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:
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 visa 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.
As well as responding to individual enquiries, we host live webinars and virtual Q&A sessions to help students understand the latest visa advice and to assist them with preparing their visa applications. Find out the different ways you can reach the team here.
We'll also continue to run an exciting schedule of online activities for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students, and there are a series virtual tours allowing you to explore all of our beautiful campuses from wherever you are.
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 residences offer a safe and happy environment, ensuring that your experience with us is enjoyable and memorable for years to come. We’ve added enhanced cleaning in all our buildings and accommodation.
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.
All remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions have now ended for people entering the UK.
Unvaccinated people arriving from overseas are no longer required to take a test before and after their arrival in the UK, and the requirement to complete a passenger locator form has been removed.
Anyone travelling overseas is still advised to check the rules for the countries you are visiting as many still have restrictions and testing requirements in place.
We know that these last few years have been tough, so we’ll try to make your move to university as easy as possible.
We want you to succeed and realise your ambitions so we’ll support you in whatever way we can, and help you get to grips with new skills and technologies to help your studies.
Our Digital Hub is available on campus to answer any of your questions, they can also support you via video call, group training sessions and even rapid tech support with our Tech Experts.
We’re committed to your education and supporting you getting your world class degree.
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.
There may be some very limited opportunities for students who are currently studying remotely to continue to do so. Students that are eligible will be contacted more information about the options available to them.
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.
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.
You can find the latest information about our English language requirements on the following webpages:
If you are thinking of deferring, please make this request as soon as possible. We also have a responsibility to make sure those applying to study in 2023 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 2023 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.
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 2022 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 2022 application deadlines remain as before.
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. You can then use this to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.
Events on campus
Yes, they will be taking place in May/June 2022 as well as Autumn 2022. Dates are yet to be confirmed but you can sign up to be on our mailing list to find out when bookings are open. For more information please visit our open day pages.
Yes, we are very pleased to be open for campus tour bookings, to book your place please visit our campus tours webpage.
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE) update the UK’s COVID-19 information on a regular basis.
Wearing a face covering continues to be one of the most effective ways of preventing transmission of COVID-19 – this is even more important now the legal requirement to self-isolate has ended.
The University recommends all colleagues and students wear face coverings in shared indoor spaces that are crowded and enclosed and where you may meet people you do not usually meet. Please continue to bring your reusable face covering with you when coming to campus.
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 decide to self-isolate and maintain prolonged social distancing. The guide also provides signposting and guidance towards additional support. You should meet with your manager and discuss with them whether any additional adjustments are required on your return to campus. If you have a condition which makes you vulnerable please see the sections above. 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.