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Information for students regarding Remote Study in 2021/22 - last updated 26 November 2021

This page provides information for students who have already been approved for remote study in Term 1.

Yes, you can return to campus and face-to-face teaching before the return date you initially provided on your remote study application form. In fact, we would actively welcome it.

Please just let us know your new date of return as soon as possible so we can ensure your timetable reflects your study status in time for your arrival.

Please email with your new date of return to campus and face-to-face teaching. Note, it takes up to 7 working days for your timetable to be changed so please let us know as soon as possible.

Please DO NOT reapply.

If you hold a Tier 4 or Student visa you can study remotely during Term 1 with no impact on your visa status.

It is a visa requirement that you continue to engage with your studies even while you are studying remotely, so it is important that you continue to use online learning materials, submit assessments and (if possible) attend virtual teaching sessions.

New Students:

If you are a new student and are going to study remotely then you do not need to apply for your visa until approximately 6-8 weeks before the date that you intend to travel to the UK. We recommend that you do wait until you know your travel date to ensure that you are able to enter the UK within the validity of your 90 day entry vignette. For information on applying for your visa, please visit our International Student Support site.

The UK government has also recently announced that any students starting programmes of one year or less in September 2021, or January 2022, who start their studies remotely, will be eligible to apply for a Graduate Route visa if they enter the UK by 6th April 2022 and remain here to complete their studies.

Continuing Students:

If you started a Masters programme in October 2020 or January 2021 and have not yet travelled to the UK, you will need to arrive in the UK by 27th September 2021 to be eligible to apply for a Graduate Route visa. You will need to arrive before the expiry date of your current visa if are on a longer programme or have previously travelled to the UK.

Please note – this guidance is based on current rules, which are subject to change. Please check this information regularly for further updates.


The decision to study remotely for any part of the Academic Year is an individual one taken by a student which the University has agreed to support given the exceptional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the University’s desire to support each student’s engagement with their programme, regardless of individual circumstances. 

Supporting a student who has decided to study remotely requires the University to put additional adjustments and support in place in order to maintain the standards and quality of our degree provision. 

It is important to clarify that no reduction in fees will be made for students whose decision to study remotely has been supported by the University. This is on the basis that whichever mode of study undertaken by a student (on-campus, online or blended) we will be delivering a high quality education to give students every opportunity to complete their degree. As noted above, a student’s decision to study remotely is a personal decision made by the individual. 

For students who decide to remote study but their application has not been supported no tuition fee refund or reduction will be made.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have made any necessary arrangements regarding your accommodation, either University or private.

Anybody in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status, therefore international students in England can receive the COVID-19 vaccine when their age or clinical risk group becomes eligible.

Please see the vaccinations webpage for further information

We know this is a challenging time for everyone and you may be feeling anxious, particularly if you are currently self-isolating. We have a lot of support available to you, with welfare teams available to talk to you in a confidential and non-judgemental space about any issues issue you need support with.

For students in Exeter, please visit our Wellbeing Services website details on how to access these services.

In Exeter our Residence Life Team also has an in-depth knowledge of the support and wellbeing services on offer at the University, and can provide support to students living in University accommodation. They can answer questions, help with any problems, and keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the University and city. The Residence Life Team will offer a variety of support, events, and opportunities for students to ask questions while they are in self-isolation. Please visit their webpage for more information.

Residence Life also run an instant chat seven days a week from 6pm – 9pm where you can speak to a Residence Life Support officer instantly. Go to the Residence Life webpages for more information and to access the chat.

For students in Cornwall, our Living Support and Wellbeing team offer a wide range of support including self-help, online resources, advice and information, and referrals where needed.

All students can also access our on line self-help tool SilverCloud for support with changing negative thought processes that lead to anxiety, depression and stress.


If you need IT support, including while studying remotelycheck out the Digital Hub which is packed with guidance, help and advice on using technology with your studies.  

If you experience technical difficulties while studying remotely contact SID by logging an enquiry online. If your enquiry is urgent, you can talk to one of our IT support analysts by telephoning SID on: 

Your remote study status will need time to update in our student records systems - please expect it to take up to 7 working days.

If you are still experiencing issues at the end of this period of time, please contact your College Hub for support. Details on how to do that can be found here.

There will be some limited opportunities for students who are currently studying remotely to continue to do so during Term 2. All such students have been communicated with directly, with more information about the options available to them. Please check your University email account for more information.

Students unable to attend timetabled sessions for any sickness, including for COVID-19, should report absences as normal through the 'teaching & learning tools' tile in iExeter. You should also speak to your tutor for advice on how to catch up on any missed classes.

If your absence is expected to go on for a longer period, please contact your Personal Tutor or Education Welfare Advisor for advice on your particular circumstances.