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Information for students who are studying remotely - last updated 14 June 2021

Studying Remotely in 2021/2022 

The UK has one of the most advanced vaccination programmes in the world, and we are planning a high-quality campus-based experience for the academic year 2021/22, supplemented by excellent digital resources to enhance your educational experience. The majority of our degree programmes are designed on the basis of in-person attendance on our campuses, so if you are able to travel we would love to welcome you in September, to get the best university experience possible for you.

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, please be assured that we will provide you with an appropriate form of high-quality remote study during Term 1 (Monday 20 September - Friday 10 December 2021).

However, this will not be possible for some programmes which have in-person only teaching requirements, such as some lab-based/practical programmes (see further FAQ specifying particular programmes below).

If you are a student on one of the following degrees, it will not be possible to study remotely:

  • 3rd and 4th year UG and PG Engineering programmes
  • Natural Sciences
  • PGCE
  • LLB Graduate Law
  • Year 4 (MSci) and PGT students in Biosciences (Streatham)
  • Drama
  • BMBS
  • Nursing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Independent Prescribing
  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Extreme Medicine         

Postgraduate Research students should speak to their supervisors about opportunities for remote study.

Further information about how to apply to rmeote study will be published in due course.

You should not apply for your visa if you are going to study remotely during term 1. We recommend that you apply for your visa approximately 6 – 8 weeks before the date that you intend to travel to the UK. If you need further information on applying for your visa, please visit our International Student Support site.

We understand that the added costs to travel from ‘red list’ countries to the UK will be a worry for many students. As a result, we will have a dedicated fund which will provide support towards the costs of quarantine for those students entering the UK from countries on the UK Government's 'Red List' in September 2021.

More details about how to access this fund will be made available in due course.

Applying for Remote Study with the University is not applicable to INTO students. INTO Students have had separate arrangements with regard to their formal online study options and If you are an INTO student please contact if you have queries in this regard. If you are an INTO student, registered on an individual University of Exeter module, you will have study options the same methods as all Exeter students.

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: