Last updated 25 March 2021 at 10am

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.

Your personal safety remains our top priority. 

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 are putting 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.

Can I defer my Masters offer to secure a place for next year?

If you were unable to join us in September 2020 or January 2021 you can request to defer your place to September 2021, provided that you have not previously deferred and you have met any academic conditions. Please be aware that due to the likely high demand for deferrals this year we may not be able to approve every request. You can request a deferral in the application portal until 1 April 2021. If you have already paid a tuition fee deposit, this will be carried forward to your deferred offer.

Immigration and visas

What is the current arrival advice?  

The latest UK government advice is for students not to travel to university and to start your studies online until further notice. Please see our arrival page for international students for the latest information. 

If you have already applied for your visa, it is likely the Government will allow some flexibility on arriving in the UK and we will update this page when more information is known.

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 school may require you to arrive in Leeds before this date, depending on the course.

When will I receive my 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 not yet begun to issue CASs for courses starting in September 2021. Please continue to check this page for updates.

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 this academic year? 

In line with Government guidance, we are introducing face-to-face teaching for students on practical or practice-based courses who need specialist resources to complete their studies. Please see our dedicated coronavirus website for more details. 

How will teaching on my course be delivered in September 2021? 

We are committed to providing an active and inclusive approach to learning in 2021-22 to give our students a high-quality research-based education. Our plan is that students will learn through a blended mode which means participating in both online learning and face to face activity using campus facilities (where this is the usual expectation of their programme). Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities will be provided where possible.

Education will be delivered in ways that ensure the safety of students and staff and protect the quality of education. Activities may be adapted to comply with Government COVID-19 requirements in place at any given time. Please see our dedicated coronavirus website for more details and updates.

Welcome and arrival

Will I need to register on campus? 

If you are an EU or international student who has started your course remotely, 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'm an international student. Where can I find more information about arriving on campus? 

We have been adjusting our welcome, arrival and international orientation plans for this 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.  


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 now for our upcoming postgraduate virtual open day and catch up on our most recent undergraduate 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. For more information, please see the tuition fee deposits guidance page.

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. 

If I already paid my deposit for this year, will it be automatically carried over to next year if I defer my place?

Yes. If you have paid the deposit before requesting to defer we will keep hold of your payment for next year - we do not usually permit applicants to both receive a refund and defer.