Last updated 10 May 2021

We understand that applicants and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and your plans to study with us at Leeds. 

It’s important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we’re working hard to make sure you receive the high-quality academic experience you would expect.

We will continue to make updates on this page and in our Frequently Asked Questions that follow. 

This page is for both UK and international applicants and offer holders. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety and wellbeing

What safety measures are in place on campus?

We are working hard to ensure that the campus is a safe and welcoming environment. Your personal safety is our top priority, and we have put appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place. We have detailed information about safety on campus on our coronavirus website

My Application

What are the application deadlines to study at the University of Leeds?

My university cannot provide me with an official certificate or transcript to meet the academic conditions of my offer due to COVID-19, what should I do?

We will be as flexible as possible and documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you submit the most recent transcript and/or confirmation of award you have been provided by your current institution for the admissions team to review. They will contact you if any further information or documentation is required.

I am not able to take an English language test due to COVID-19 restrictions in my country. What should I do?

We have expanded the number of English language tests we accept in light of the challenges faced by our applicants as a result of COVID-19. Please see our entry requirements for the list of accepted qualifications.

Immigration and visas

What is the current arrival advice?  

Please see our arrival page for international students for the latest information. 

If I started my studies remotely, will I be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route/Post Study Work visa?

The UK government has confirmed that students who started a one-year Masters course in September 2020 will remain eligible for the Graduate route visa, provided that they enter the UK before 21 June 2021. Students who started in January 2021 will remain eligible for the Graduate route visa, even if they are studying remotely, provided that they enter the UK before 27 September 2021. Please note that your academic school may require you to arrive in Leeds before this date, depending on the course.

When will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)? 

You will be contacted by email once your CAS is ready, or if any further information is needed, so you do not need to take any action to request a CAS. We have now started to issue CASs for courses starting in September 2021.

In order to be eligible for a CAS, you must have accepted an unconditional (firm) offer, supplied all necessary information, such as valid passport details, and for taught postgraduate students only, either paid a £1,500 tuition fee deposit or provided evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor. You do not need to send proof that you have paid your deposit to be issued a CAS.

How does studying my course online affect my student visa?

Please see our guidance on remote study and your student visa

Teaching and learning

How will teaching on my course be delivered? 

We intend to begin the 2021/22 academic year with a blended approach to teaching to give you the best possible experience. This will depend on the UK government guidance on COVID-19 safety measures at that time but our approach will be flexible.

Teaching in small-group settings, such as seminars, tutorials and practicals will be face to face on campus. Teaching activities with high numbers of students, including large lectures, will be mostly online as part of our hybrid approach.

Your health, safety and wellbeing is our top priority and we will continue to review our plans and implement any changes, in line with government guidance, as quickly as possible.

Welcome and arrival

What facilities will be open on campus when I arrive? 

It is important that you have every opportunity to engage with the whole student experience at Leeds. Our campus facilities such as libraries, sports facilities, the students’ union, cafés and other social spaces will be open with all the appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in place to help keep you safe. 

Your health, safety and wellbeing is our top priority and we will continue to review our plans and implement any changes, in line with government guidance, as quickly as possible.

Will I need to register on campus? 

If you are an international student who has to start your course remotely because your arrival in Leeds is delayed due to COVID-19, you will also need to register in person when you arrive on campus, as and when the government advises that it is safe to do so. Please see our Registration information.

I am an international student. Where can I find more information about arriving on campus? 

We will continue to adjust our welcome, arrival and international orientation plans for the year due to COVID-19. Please visit our Arrival page for more information.

You can also talk to some of our current international students and find out more about the various online pre-departure events we are organising via our international arrival and orientation support on the Link to Leeds site

My country is currently on the UK government red list. What does this mean for me?

We are working to try to provide support and advice for our applicants who are in this situation. This does not mean you cannot come to the UK, but you will be subject to quarantine if your country is still on the red list when you plan to travel. 

The website provides general guidance. We will be as flexible as we can with the application documents you need to present (see the ‘My Application’ section of this page). Keep an eye on your email for further updates. 


For questions relating to accommodation, including applying, moving in, and what to expect with social distancing, please visit the Accommodation FAQs.

Open days

Are you still holding open days?

Due to the current situation, open days are not taking place on campus. Instead, we are hosting a virtual open day experience. You can register your interest now for our upcoming undergraduate virtual open day and catch up on our most recent postgraduate virtual open day on demand.

Fees, funding and paying deposits

I have received an unconditional taught postgraduate offer from the University and a request to pay a deposit to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Do I have to pay it now?  

Your tuition fee deposit confirms your commitment to the University of Leeds and we will not be able to issue a CAS for your visa application until we have received your payment (or evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor). However, we understand that you may wish to wait before making your final decision about your study plans, so please be assured that there is currently no deadline to pay, unless you will be taking a summer pre-sessional English course at our Language Centre. For more information, please see the tuition fee deposits guidance page and the Language Centre website.

Will you refund my deposit if I cannot come to Leeds to study due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Yes, we will refund your deposit if you are unable to take up your place at Leeds for reasons relating to COVID-19.