Prospective students, applicants and offer holders (Exeter and Cornwall)
Our Admissions team are committed to continuing to provide the same exceptional service we always have for our prospective students. We’ve collated a series of FAQs below to help with your questions during this uncertain time.
Further information about the application process is available on our webpages:
We’re hoping 2021 will be a bit more normal, but if needed we've worked closely with our academics to develop a blended approach that combines on-campus teaching alongside more flexible, interactive online learning that will provide an excellent education experience that can quickly adapt to changing circumstances.
Each department, or programme, has summarised how they will continue to provide high quality teaching and learning should the UK Government roadmap and regulations change
Most international fee-paying students will need some form of visa to come to the UK to study.
We know that international students will be worried by the changing Covid-19 situation and what it means for their immigration status and their studies in the UK. We therefore have a dedicated team who are on hand to support you with this process and any questions you may have.
Whilst our June 2021 Open Days are taking place online, we are thrilled to be planning to welcome you back for ‘in-person’ Open Days to resume across all our campuses in the Autumn.
We have been, and will continue to run an exciting schedule of online activities for prospective Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. We also have a series of virtual tours allowing you to explore all of our beautiful campuses.
Follow our Discover University Facebook page to take part in our Live Q&A series. Each session is hosted by University of Exeter colleagues or students, which provides a great opportunity to gain insight into life and study at a University of Exeter campus.
Activities include regular subject specific sessions with our academics as well as information and guidance on choosing a university course, writing your personal statement, navigating the UCAS process and much more! Book your place on an upcoming event.
Your campus experience
We have been committed to making our campuses some of the safest places in the UK, reacting quickly to changing government guidelines and alert levels. We have put in place a number of safety measures across our campuses and buildings.
We’re lucky to have three of the most beautiful, green campuses in the UK, providing plenty of room to socialise with friends and enjoy green landscapes and outside space.
Whether you choose to live and study in wonderful Devon or stunning Cornwall, you will have everything you need on your doorstep, from modern sports facilities and libraries, to bars, clubs and plenty of shops stocking all your essentials.
When you arrive at one of our campuses this autumn, we’ll make sure that whatever the situation, you are kept informed and looked after.
Our university halls and accommodation offer a safe and happy environment. We’ve introduced testing for students and staff returning to campus and added enhanced cleaning in all our buildings and accommodation.
If you have any questions please check out our FAQs on our dedicated webpage.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous change to all our lives. Your health, safety and wellbeing is important, and now more than ever, you need to take care of yourself and look after your mental health.
Wellbeing and welfare support is available to our students 24/7, which means you'll have support available around the clock should you need it. Our Wellbeing Services in Exeter and Cornwall will be open for you and have been carrying out appointments remotely, throughout this time. We’re working on plans to enable you to get a rapid test for the virus if you feel unwell and, by working with the healthcare community in Devon and Cornwall, we’ll make sure you’re supported during any periods of isolation and/or treatment.
We are committed to ensuring you have fair and equal access to university, irrespective of your background, and understand that certain aspects of university life can be very challenging. You may be eligible for additional support throughout your studies, from bursaries to academic and employability support. We also provide an enhanced induction programme for eligible students as part of our Transition support, to help you settle into university life. Please see our website for information about how we can support you.
We are one community that looks after and supports each other with kindness and respect, and we’re absolutely committed to supporting you and your wellbeing.
Your social life
We know socialising and making friends is a key part of your University life, and we are committed to ensuring that you have the best experience possible.
With over 400 sports clubs and societies that you could be a part of, there really is something for everyone. This year our student societies have welcomed new students with online events and smaller in-person activities when allowed. Not only have our student societies been amazing at adapting to the changing situation, but they’ve also supported each other’s wellbeing in a way that we couldn’t have anticipated.
There are plenty of opportunities to make the most of your time here and we can’t wait to welcome you to our fun, inclusive and active community.
To help with your questions during this uncertain time we have pulled together lots of helpful information about joining us, but if you need to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to email us. We are receiving a lot of enquiries at the moment so please include your University of Exeter reference number so we can help you as quickly as possible.
Frequently asked questions
Please note the advice on this page may change, particularly as there are ongoing updates to the Government guidance.
We want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to make your journey to us as safe and as easy as possible. If you are unable to travel due to government restrictions as a result of Covid-19, we have put in place several initiatives to help support our international students including remote study options and financial support for quarantine from Red and Amber countries.
For the latest information and guidance on travelling to or from the UK including from Green, Amber and Red countries and the support available from the University please visit our student travel pages.
We understand that you have questions about teaching next year, and hope that the following provides you with reassurance that we continue to be committed to the student experience we offer.
Next year we plan to deliver as much on-campus as possible, enhanced by the best bits of our online teaching and personal academic support. We are expecting the majority of academic colleagues to be on campus to deliver in-person teaching, whilst recognising this may have to be adjusted in line with Government requirements and the COVID-19 safety restrictions in place at the time.
Building on the experience of adapting our teaching over the last year, and through listening to our students’ feedback, we have developed an enhanced, blended approach which will combine live teaching with more flexible learning activities. This allows us to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and Government requirements, at the same time as continuing to provide an excellent education experience.
We will be in touch with you about any possible changes to your course. We know this is important and want to provide you with as much clear information as we can before you join us later in the year.
Each scholarship is different, so we recommend that you see the terms and conditions of the scholarship you have been offered. See further information about funding and scholarships.
We fully appreciate that due to different Governmental travel restrictions some international students may need to study remotely for some, or all, of the 2021/22 academic year.
However, given the UK vaccination programme is among the most advanced in the world, we are planning a high-quality campus-based experience for the academic year 2021/22, and the majority of our degree programmes are designed on the basis of in-person attendance on our campuses. This will allow you to make the most of the excellent on-campus provision available, supplemented by high-quality digital resources.
If you are not able to travel to the UK to take up your place in person due to national or government travel restrictions, either in your own country or in the UK, we will endeavour to enable you to study remotely during the Autumn Term. This may not be possible for some programmes which have in-person only teaching requirements, such as some lab-based/practical programmes, and we will contact you about these as soon as we can.
We are aware these are worrying times for our students in some areas and we are exploring options regarding how we can support you to travel if your country is included on the UK Government's 'Red List' for international travel, including financial support for quarantine arrangements. We will provide details regarding options and support as soon as possible.
All grades will continue to be confirmed by exam boards and we'll be reviewing these results once we receive them. The grades awarded are confirmed grades and if they meet the conditions of entry we have set by the end of August, we will be pleased to confirm your place.
As with previous years, we will review those who narrowly miss the conditions of our offers and if we have places available, we'll look to offer places to these applicants.
We're aware that some of you may be in receipt of their provisional grades which have been submitted to exam boards, please note that we can only act upon official results which are confirmed by exam boards in August.
We understand that this must be a really worrying time for you. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have published a list of centres willing to work with private candidates to have a result considered entered by the centre and considered by the exam board. The JCQ have provided some useful information for private candidates, and UCAS has provided additional information for private candidates.
All applications that we receive within the relevant admissions deadlines will be considered equally. We'll consider the likely impact of the current situation on you and make every effort to ensure you're not disadvantaged.
If you are thinking of deferring, please make this request as soon as possible. We've big demand for 2021 places because of those wanting to change gap year plans.We also have a responsibility to make sure those applying to study in 2022 are treated fairly alongside this year’s applicants.
Whilst we don’t have a deadline for deferral requests, we prefer to receive them prior to results day. Each case will be considered individually, taking account of any particular personal circumstances as well as your chosen subject. Please be mindful though, that whilst we are generally able to allow deferred places for 2022 for programmes without a cap, if at any point you wish to change your mind and reverse the deferral, we may not be able to accommodate this, so please consider a deferral carefully before requesting it.
If you have applied to a Postgraduate Taught course, and have paid a tuition fee deposit, this will automatically be rolled forward with your application if a deferral request is accepted. You may also be interested in considering the programmes that offer a January start.
For Postgraduate Research programmes, we are in a position to consider alternative start dates. Please get in touch with us to discuss further.
Studentships are paid to registered students regardless of whether you are on campus or not. For most studentships, the duration of the funding is not expected to change even if an adjusted start date is agreed.
We do not anticipate any delays but if this changes we'll let you know.
We have cancelled all face-to-face interviews for 2021 entry due to the pandemic. We've taken this decision to safeguard the health and welfare of our visitors, students and staff. We're sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, but your safety is our top priority. Please be assured that we are experienced at conducting online interviews for programmes including Medicine and our PGCE, and we'll be able to do this if necessary. All 2021 application deadlines remain as before.
We know that some international qualifications may issue results with a small delay or be postponed. Some universities may also award degrees later than originally planned.
Undergraduate applicants are required to meet conditions of their offer by 31 August 2021 irrespective of year of entry. However, we understand that due to current circumstances some applicants may need a bit more time to meet the conditions of their offer. With this in mind, if applicants will not be able to meet their conditions by this date due to the impact of Coronavirus, i.e. delayed release date of results, we may be able to extend the deadline.
If you think that you’ll need additional time to confirm your results, please contact us.
Your CAS should not be affected by Covid-19. When you have met all of the conditions of your university offer and paid your deposit (where applicable) you will be sent a CAS Data Check. Once you have checked and returned your CAS Data Check we can issue you with a CAS. Once you have your CAS you can apply for your visa up to 6 months before the start of your course. For further details on CAS issuing please see CAS and Qualifications.
We have comprehensive information about applying for a student visa on our website. You can also attend one of our online events to find out more about applying for your visa.
However, if you need more in-depth advice on your individual situation please contact International Student Support at email@example.com.
This will depend on your particular circumstances, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our International Student Support team will advise you.
If you change programme before you make your visa application, you will need to use a CAS for the new programme to apply for your visa. If you change programme after your visa has already been granted, please contact email@example.com and our International Student Support team will advise you.
Your entry vignette (the visa sticker in your passport) should be granted for 90 days. You can therefore legally enter the UK at any time within this 90 day period. If you are able to start your studies remotely and travel to the UK within 90 days, your visa will continue to be valid. If you are unable to travel within the 90 day period on your vignette, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our International Student Support team will advise you on how to replace it.
You will need to wait until visa centres in your country are open before you can apply for your visa. If this means that there is a delay to your arrival on campus, most of our programmes will allow you to start your studies remotely until you are able to travel.
Please visit our Remote Study webpages to find out more.
For visa application centre updates relevant to your home country please visit:
This will depend on your particular circumstances and may be affected by Covid-19 immigration concessions. Please contact email@example.com for advice from an immigration adviser in International Student Support.
They will advise whether or not it is possible for you to apply and help you to prepare a valid application.
If you are studying in the UK for more than six months and are from one of the countries listed on the Police Registration section of our website, you are required to register with the police when you arrive in the UK. Information on this can be found on our When you arrive in Exeter website.
During periods of lockdown and some periods of heightened restriction, the police will close for police registration. If this is the case, it will be published on our website and you can wait to register with the police until they have re-opened.
Even if police registration is operating, you do not need register with the police while you are self-isolating, as it is more important that you complete your self-isolation period safely. The police are aware of this and understand that students may take longer than usual to register. When centres are open, you should register with the police as soon as possible after your period of self-isolation has been completed.
Yes. On January 8th, the Government announced that all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. Find out more on our travelling to the UK from overseas pages.
Events on campus
The safety of our University community is our absolute priority and we’re working hard to welcome you back to campus in-person. As things are changing all the time please keep an eye on our website for the latest information on visiting campus.
We have recently launched our virtual tours if you want to take a look around our campuses in the meantime.
Our June 2021 Open Days will still be taking place online, but we’re working really hard for our ‘in-person’ Open Days to resume across all our campuses in the Autumn term. For more information please visit our open day pages.
We anticipate that our PGCE Open Day will not take place, but whatever happens over the next few months, we will do our very best to make sure that you have the information you need.
Yes, we are very pleased to be open for campus tour bookings, to book your place please visit our campus tours webpage.
We recommend all students are vaccinated if they are eligible.
We recently held a Q&A event about the UK vaccination programme for our students and have put together some FAQs with the Department of Health.
We have posted full information on self-isolating, including the support available, on these webpages.
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE) update the UK’s COVID-19 information on a regular basis.
Face coverings will no longer be required in outdoor areas. However the University has a strong expectation that students and colleagues will continue to wear face-coverings in shared indoor spaces to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Government guidance is that face coverings remain mandatory in healthcare settings. This will apply to colleagues and students using our RILD building and other hospital sites in Cornwall and Exeter. Please also be mindful that there may be different guidance in place if you are in a shared setting, such as an NHS building.
Please also remember and be sensitive to the fact that some members of our community are unable to wear face coverings.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you are travelling to one of our test sites to take a test, you must wear a face covering at all times, keep a safe distance from others, use sanitiser gel on your hands and avoid touching surfaces.
In summary, guidance is as follows:
- All persons are strongly recommended to wear a face covering inside the buildings.
- There is a strong expectation that we will continue to wear face coverings where we cannot keep a safe distance from others.
- If you are in an individual office you do not need to wear a face covering but you are strongly recommended to do so if you’re moving around your building or wider campus.
- You are asked to test yourself before coming to work as this is another useful way to control infection and protect others
- Face coverings will continue to be made available to all staff, students and visitors from the face covering stations. Transparent face coverings and visors are also available from University receptions.
- Some tasks, based on the local risk assessment, may require staff who will be required to work in very close proximity to other staff, students or members of the public, to continue to wear a face covering for the time being.
- In the event of a change in government policy or local outbreaks requiring public health intervention, at the request of a competent body, all staff, students and visitors will be required to wear face coverings if requested, unless exempt.
Face coverings remain available from the following locations:
Streatham Campus: Forum Street (entrance to Devonshire House, and Sanctuary / Blackwell’s foyer); Building:One; Peter Chalk Centre; Old Library
St Luke’s Campus: X-Keys café; InfoPoint
Penryn Campus: Glasney Porter’s Lodge; Masters suite (for Masters students only); ESI reception (for staff only)
Some members of our University community are exempt from wearing face coverings. The reason may not always be obvious however, whilst not being a requirement, these members can request exemption cards or badges to highlight their exemption. Obviously, whilst we should all strive to respect everyone’s privacy.
Exemption cards, lanyards and badges available for colleagues and students who choose to use one and these are available from:
· University Main Reception, Streatham Campus
· Info@St Luke’s
· Cornwall: Glasney lodge for students, ESI reception for staff
· Our campus Here2Help team (Exeter) and Marshalls (Cornwall)
“Please give me space” cards and badges are also available at the above locations.
We are offering free three-layer face coverings to everyone who is using our campuses during lockdown. These face coverings are available to people who choose to upgrade their single layer / loose fitting face covering – the disposable face coverings have 3 layers and have a snug fit on the face which when worn correctly with both the nose and mouth covered, will perform effectively to provide a good barrier to respiratory aerosols and small droplets.
The face coverings will be available at stations in following locations:
• Forum Forum Street, entrance to Devonshire House, and Sanctuary / Blackwell’s foyer)
• Peter Chalk Centre
• Old Library
St Luke’s Campus:
• X-Keys café
• Glasney Porter’s Lodge
• Masters suite (for Masters students only)
• ESI reception (for staff only)
Please remember to sanitise your hands and the hand sanitiser station before collecting your mask, and remember to queue in a safe and socially-distanced manner.
For students - our AccessAbility team is available for you to discuss any concerns you may have around your disability. You can find information on how to access this team on our website.
A guide has been developed specifically for disabled colleagues working from home which addresses some of the challenges faced by those who need to self-isolate and maintain prolonged social distancing. The guide also provides signposting and guidance towards additional support. If you are contacted by your manager about returning to work on campus, you should discuss with them whether any additional adjustments are required. If you have a condition which makes you clinically extremely vulnerable or vulnerable please see the sections above and refer to government advice regarding shielding. If you require additional support or advice please contact your line manager who can arrange a referral to occupational health or contact a disability adviser in confidence.
Online programme for self-isolation
Everyone join us on the Connected FaceBook group to meet with other students who are self-isolating across our campuses.