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Information for students who are studying remotely - last updated 25 February 2021

Remote study

Remote study

Remote study

Studying Remotely

We know that some students may not be able to attend campus for health, personal or logistical reasons related to COVID-19. In some circumstances you may need to study remotely, and we can offer flexibility to assist with your personal requirements. We are an inclusive university and will seek to meet your individual needs. 

If you are looking for information about travelling to campus please see our Travel pages.

Please be aware that January and May 2021 Examinations will take place remotely and for information on them please see our Examinations page.  

January Start PGT Students

We know that some students may not be able to attend campus for health, personal or logistical reasons related to COVID-19. In some circumstances you may need to study remotely and we can offer flexibility to assist with your personal requirements. We are an inclusive university and will seek to meet your individual needs.

If you are a student on a January start PGT programme and have not already been previously approved for remote study and would like to request remote study for the Summer Term (Apr– June 2021) please complete our Remote Study Request form by 29th March 2021. Not all requests can be approved so applying for remote study is no guarantee of approval. We require at least two working weeks' notice to process any confirmation of approval for remote study and then also make change to your MyTimetable schedule.

If you are approved for remote study, please check the ELE pages for your modules for any online alternatives until your personal MyTimetable has been adjusted.


If you are a student on a January start PGT programme and you were already approved for remote study in the Spring term, you will be contacted by email directly by the remote study administration team to confirm your remote study status for the summer term. Please reply directly to that email if you have any further questions.

Remote Study for Summer Term (Apr-June 2021) is only being offered for PGT programmes that started in January 2021. You can review the programmes that have been approved via our Summer Remote Study PGT January Starters Approval Chart We will continue to update this. If your programme isn’t listed, you can apply using the Remote Study Request form and the team will confirm if your programme is available for Remote Study in the Summer Term. Applications for remote study in the summer term must be received by the 29th March.  Decisions on applications for Remote Study are made on a case by case basis depending on the requirements of your programme and year stage 

If you are a student on a January start PGT programme and intend to apply for a Graduate Route visa, please be aware that you will need to arrive in the UK by 27th September 2021 and spend your last term studying here to be eligible. If you need further information about this, or anything else relating to your visa, please contact 

If you are a student on a January start PGT programme and a Tier 4/Student visa holder you will be able to study remotely during term 3 with no impact on your visa status.  You will need to make sure however that you continue to engage with your studies by attending online teaching and submitting assessments.

If you have not yet applied for your visa and wish to continue to study remotely during term 3 we will need issue you with a new CAS before you apply for your visa (if you intend to travel to the UK before the end of your programme). Please contact 3 months before your intended travel date to request this.

All Undergraduate and October start PGT students

If you are an undergraduate student or a student on an October start PGT programme; we will not be offering formal remote study for Undergraduate or October start PGT programmes. This means you do not need to request to study remotely should you wish to do so for the Summer Term.

Essential vocational and professional programmes already identified in spring term such as BMBS and Nursing, will continue to conduct face to face teaching as normal in the summer term and those students should expect to continue to study in person.

All examinations during the summer term period will be online. It may be that you have face-to-face teaching sessions identified in your timetable for Term 3. It will be confirmed directly by your discipline/module lead of any alternative arrangements, if necessary.

If you have not yet applied for your visa - the validity of Student entry visas is now 90 days, so if you do have to delay your intended travel date you will not have to apply for a new entry visa if you are able to arrive within 90 days of this date.

If you already hold a Tier 4/Student visa - you will be able to study remotely, if approved by your College, without this affecting your visa's status. You must ensure however that you continue to engage with your programme throughout this period.

If you started a Masters programme in October and were studying remotely in autumn or spring term and will be graduating in summer 2021, you will need to arrive in the UK by 21st June to be eligible to apply to the Graduate Route.  This deadline does not apply if you are a final year undergraduate student, but you will need to arrive in the UK and apply for your visa before your current visa expires.

You can find more information on this scheme  in our International Student Support site.

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 are aware that some students may wish to continue their current remote working arrangements, for a variety of different reasons. In some circumstances, it may be feasible for students to continue with remote working (i.e. not attending your normal place of study, whether that is our campuses or an off-campus research site) without impacting progress in their studies.   

It is important that you discuss your plans with your supervisory team – even if this will be a temporary arrangement and not a permanent change to your mode of attendance – in order to assess whether studying remotely will impact upon your ability to make progress with your research and ensure you are appropriately supported.  This is especially important where your research requires you to undertake e.g. lab or field work, or access physical resources, such as archives, or where there is training you need to access that is not available remotely, or where there are professional, statutory or regulatory requirements on certain programmes.  

Students may also need to discuss the implication of any changes to mode of study on their funding or visa status. Students who receive support from Wellbeing Services (e.g. those who have an ILP in place) may need to discuss with Wellbeing Services their support needs and what adjustments might be needed if continuing to study remotely.  

If you are unable to attend your normal place of study and it isn't feasible to continue with your studies whilst working remotely, you may need to consider applying for an interruption to your programme of studies. The implications of interrupting will vary depending upon each student’s individual circumstances. As such, students should be advised to carefully consider their circumstances. This may include reviewing any terms and conditions attached to any studentship funding, and any visa implications. Please contact your PGR Support Team to discuss this.   

We are aware that, whilst some students are keen to return to campus, others may have concerns or difficulties in respect to returning to campus, for example due to personal circumstances or medical conditions. If you are concerned about returning to campus, you can find links to further information on how are campuses are being made safe and support for clinically vulnerable students in our Doctoral College FAQs. 

You may be eligible to apply to study remotely depending on your programme of study. You can apply using our January Starters Remote study Request form. When you apply, you also need to email the Global Opportunities Inbound team at so they are aware of your intention.

Support and Resources while Studying Remotely

Wherever possible, all of your core reading for modules should be available digitally. The Library has invested in a new e-textbooks service and is constantly adding to its e-book stock as well as digitising articles and chapters from books. Check your module reading list in ELE for links to digital resources. You can also check the library catalogue and use our extensive online databases for more content. If you can’t find what you need, get in touch with the Library via their Chat service or email

You can continue accessing your learning materials while studying Remotely via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) - from here you can select your modules and continue studying wherever you are located. 

Study Zone Digital offers a suite of study resources in a range of areas including online learning, time management, notemaking, essay writing, referencing, and revision strategies. We also offer 1:1 appointments, Writing Cafés and workshops. To find out more visit the Study Zone website.

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.


At the University of Exeter we take the wellbeing of our students very seriously. Please inform us if you are unable to attend your remote teaching sessions for any reason. You should report an absence to a teaching session through iExeter. 


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: 

We have launched a new virtual desktop service which lets you access a huge range of learning resources remotely that you may need for your course.

With an internet connection and suitable device (including Windows, Mac and Chromebook) you can access:

  1. A software directory with download links for you to install software on your own devices.
  2. Windows Virtual Desktop, providing secure access to a suite of applications to support your study.*

*The software available remotely will depend on the college in which you are studying.

To find out more visit the virtual desktops webpage. If you need more detailed guidance the Digital Hub can help.

If you encounter issues please contact SID or email

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. There are also other notable benefits of attending the campus that will be more difficult to achieve, including the social aspects of being at University, and we are working hard to ensure that those students who choose to study remotely remain engaged and included in our learning community.  

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.