Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for prospective students
We understand that the current situation remains unsettling and uncertain and that you may have concerns about your future studies.
We are following the advice from the UK Government, Universities UK and Public Health England, our priority is the welfare of our students and staff.
Lancaster is here to support you and we are looking forward to welcoming you in 2021.
Please contact us if you have any questions, but please check our frequently asked questions below as they should provide you with the information you need at this time.
We will continue to update this page when more information is available and will communicate any important updates to offer-holders directly.
Last Reviewed: 18 February 2021
- Can I still apply to study at Lancaster University?
When will the 2021-22 academic year begin?
We currently plan to begin our 2021-22 academic year on time. For new students Welcome Week will start on the 4 October, and for the vast majority of students the academic term will begin on the 8th October.
If government rules permit we will reopen the campus for teaching and research in time for the start of the new term in October. This may involve social distancing measures and we are planning accordingly.
If government restrictions make it impossible to open the campus immediately then we are fully prepared to continue teaching online. We can also deliver a mixture of campus-based and online teaching if that is appropriate.
Will the teaching be delivered online, on campus or a mixture?
We’re making sure we’re prepared for whatever happens. That means being ready to offer teaching, support services and access to our University community on campus, online or through a combination of both.
What this means is that you will still be able to engage with your programme effectively, and receive a high-quality learning experience, no matter what the circumstances.
We know that it’s not just the course content that’s important, and that your student experience is vital too. Across the University, we’re working to maximise the student experience while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
If social distancing affects how we can use rooms, we will prioritise the face-to-face delivery of practical work, laboratory sessions and small group tutorials and seminars over those where social distancing will be more challenging (e.g. lectures).
We are also establishing a set of quality standards for online delivery, should it be required. And through our colleges, Students’ Union and support services, we’re making sure you have the pastoral support you need as well as ways to reach out to each other in our University community.
We are also lucky to have a green and spacious campus. This enables us to plan and organise our space to maximise the safety of our students and staff.
What will happen to my forthcoming study abroad/placement year?
We are currently experiencing ongoing disruption to some of our Study Abroad, ERASMUS+ and industry placements. Our primary concern remains student safety - that means we will only permit your year abroad/placement to proceed when we are confident that it meets our safety criteria, including compliance with UK Government regulations and any relevant international guidance.
We will continue to do all we can to support you in progressing your year abroad/placement and, where necessary, we will consider with you any viable alternatives or variations that may be available. Where a year abroad or placement is not a compulsory component of your degree programme or a requirement for professional accreditation, the option of completing your studies on a non-year abroad/placement variant will remain open.
Will fees change for 2021-22?
We are absolutely committed to offering a high-quality experience that students should expect from us and there will be no change to the fees for 2021.
Will accommodation be available in the autumn? When do we need to pay/apply?
Once you accept an offer of a place at Lancaster you will receive an email from our accommodation team with further information about the application process. For undergraduate students, emails are sent in June. Further details are available on our accommodation pages.
Will you refund tuition fee deposits if I choose not to come?
Our current policy is outlined on our Terms of Offers page.
Will my unconditional offer still stand?
Yes, if your offer is unconditional your place at Lancaster is secure.
Can I get a conditional offer without providing my official documents?
Yes, we can make decisions on your application if you provide a copy of your interim transcript showing your marks to date. Undergraduate applicants should complete as much information as possible about their qualifications on the UCAS application.
Please note that, if you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to meet the conditions of your offer before we can issue you with a confirmation of acceptance of studies number (CAS).
What should I do if my exams are delayed?
We recommend that you contact your school, college or university in your home country for further information on how this may impact your studies.
Where possible we will extend deadlines for the receipt of transcripts and other documents. As the extent of the disruption becomes clearer, we will be in a better position to update you on our policy.
If you do not receive your results in time for 2021 entry, in most cases we will honour the conditions of your offer for a place in 2022.
My academic performance has been disrupted by the closure of my school/university. Will the University take this in to account and make any adjustments?
We recognise that most students will have experienced disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we are monitoring the advice and guidance from a number of awarding bodies. As the extent of the disruption becomes clearer, we will be in a better position to update you on other related policies.
We will aim to be flexible if you narrowly miss your offer grades.
Can I send my documents to the University by post?
Our Admissions team are working from home at the moment, so please don't send us any documents by post until further notice.
Undergraduate applicants: please send us a scanned copy of your documents by email.
Postgraduate applicants: please upload a scanned copy of your documents to your MyApplications account.
If you've already posted your documents to us, please send us an electronic copy by email. If you don’t have access to an electronic copy, please let us know.
Important information for anyone arriving from outside of the UK
Will there be any travel restrictions for students coming to the UK and will I need to self-isolate?
Your arrival into the UK, and England in particular, may be subject to certain conditions. As the situation is changing, we advise you to check the latest UK Government guidelines as well as your own country's advice regularly.
How do I get my CAS number and apply for a visa?
If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from us for your visa appointment. You won't need to request a CAS, we will generate a CAS when you're eligible to receive one. The process for issuing a CAS cannot start until your offer is unconditional and we have received your passport details.
While waiting to receive your CAS, you can find full details of the student visa application process on the Gov.UK website at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration and you can also find more information about visas on our visas and immigration web pages.
I have applied to study at Lancaster as an incoming Study Abroad or Erasmus+ student, what do I need to know?
Incoming SA or Erasmus+ student: 2021/22 entry
What help is available for me to find accommodation?
If you are from a partner university outside the EU/EEA, you are guaranteed University managed accommodation provided you apply by the deadline..
EU/EEA/Swiss students coming to Lancaster can apply for University accommodation although we are unable to guarantee that you will be allocated a room. Should you apply for campus accommodation and are unsuccessful, the Accommodation Team will support you in finding alternative accommodation. You can find alternative accommodation approved by Lancaster University here if you would rather book something off-campus.
We will contact you with information about how to apply for accommodation.
When can I apply for a visa?
We will send all confirmed applicants an e-letter for visa purposes and further information about entering the UK to study as part of the application process..
What if my circumstances change and I now wish to withdraw?
We understand that these are challenging times and you may wish to withdraw your acceptance with us. Please email us at email@example.com and ensure you let your home university know.
For information regarding refunds for accommodation and deposits, please refer to the terms and conditions as set in the Residents' Handbook.
Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with other expenses occurred as part of the application process such as visa costs.
My local English language testing centre is currently closed. What other options are available?
For information about the English language tests that we a accept, please visit our English language requirements pages.
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