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International students

We are doing everything we can to limit the impact of Covid-19 on your plans – and we have prepared some answers to frequently asked questions.

Admissions and immigration

I am a Clearing student – what do I need to do?

It is not too late to apply and find the right course. We have a Clearing page which answers all your questions – please click here.

Depending on your circumstances:

  • If you have got all your results (academic and English), you can apply through the self-apply form here.
  • Or, if you are waiting for your results or would like more information about what it is likely to study at Brunel – you can request a call-back.
  • Or if you wish to speak with someone in our Admissions team about Clearing, you can reach them by dialling 0044 1895 265265.

Are you still processing applications and are any delays expected?

The Admissions team is working hard to ensure all applications are assessed in a timely manner. Although the team is working remotely, there should be minimal impact on the progress of your application. Please just be aware that the summer is a very busy time for our Admissions Office. Because of this we may not be able to provide you with an update on your application straight away, but please be assured it is our top priority and we are working hard to provide you with an update quickly. You can contact our admissions team by email International-Admissions@brunel.ac.uk or through our live chat on our website. 

How do I contact Admissions? 

Our Admissions team is working remotely and you can contact them at International-Admissions@brunel.ac.uk, by phone at 0044 1895 265265, by using our live chat or via Twitter @BrunelAdmission

Is there a deadline by which I need to tell the university if I want to accept my offer to study at Brunel?

Please review and meet all the conditions stated on your offer letter and pay your tuition fee deposit. This will enable our Admissions team to prepare for CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) issuance. You will require a CAS when submitting your Tier 4 Student Visa application (if you require one). We recommend that that you have met all the conditions and paid your deposit by 28 August 2020.

I’ve applied for a programme starting in 2020 but I would like to postpone or defer my place, is this possible?

All our applicants are welcome to defer their offer from Brunel for one academic year. You can request a deferral at any point until the registration deadline for the course, so there is plenty of time to see how the current situation progresses and to think about what you would like to do. If you defer your offer then there is no need to re-apply to Brunel.

If you would like to defer your offer, please email the admissions team at International-Admissions@brunel.ac.uk to let them know. Just make sure that you include your Brunel ID or UCAS ID number in the email. A member of our team will then make that change as soon as possible. Please note, if you have an English Language test which will have expired by your new start date then you may need to provide a new test. If you defer your place into a new academic cycle (for example deferring from 2020/21 entry to a 2021/22 entry) then please note that any scholarship you have been awarded will not be deferred and you would need to re-apply for the scholarship for your new year of entry.

If you have deferred your offer previously, but need to defer it again due to the impact of Coronavirus, please email Admissions and we will look at your individual case to see if we can arrange that. We will endeavour to be as flexible as possible at this difficult time.

My course requires a DBS check, will it be possible to get that arranged in time? 

Our DBS team are supporting students with the DBS requirement as part of their course. Please contact our DBS Team for advice: DBS@brunel.ac.uk

I have paid my tuition fee deposit. Will I get a refund if I am unable to start my course at Brunel due to COVID-19?

If you are unable to travel to the UK for your course due to travel restriction related to Coronavirus, then a full refund of your tuition fee deposit will be issued. We are also working hard to put alternative options in place to enable all our applicants to start their education with Brunel as planned. 

Are you still issuing Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to students who need a visa to study in the UK?

We are issuing CAS. As an international student you may need a Tier 4 Student Visa to come to the UK. Brunel will issue you a CAS which you will require to submit your visa application. A CAS will only be issued if you have met all conditions of your offer letter, paid your tuition fee deposit, the Visa Application Centres being open in your country and confirmation from you that you do intend to come and study with us on campus as soon as it is possible for you to do so. If you are holding a conditional offer and wish to be issued with a CAS, please meet the conditions of your offer as soon as possible.

If you intend to study in the UK, but in the circumstances cannot obtain your visa and/or travel before the start of your course, you may be able to start your course online and then come to the UK later. Please do refer to our dual-delivery approach here

We highly recommend you visit our visas and immigration webpage for more information, which can be found here.

What will happen if my visa application is delayed or there are travel restrictions and I’m unable to travel to Brunel by the registration deadline?

We understand that you and many of our applicants may be worried about obtaining your visa and travelling to Brunel in time for your course. You will need to register for your course online no later than the 9th of October 2020. You will engage with online learning for your course until such a stage that you are able to travel to the UK for your face-to-face studies, on-campus. This is the advantage of our dual-delivery approach. So, you do not need to travel to the campus for registration because this year, the registration process is fully online.

If nearer the start date of your programme it is still not possible for you to commence the programme, please be reassured that you can defer your offer to study at Brunel. Also, some of our postgraduate taught courses have a January start date, so you can check your course on our website and contact Admissions if you would like to defer to January 2021. There will be a range of options available for you and we advise you to take you time to think about which is the best option for you.

Arrival and accommodation

If I travel to the UK to start my course at Brunel, will I need to self-isolate? 

From 8 June 2020, most people entering the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Please visit the Home Office website for further information. We do not currently know how long these rules will be in place but they may still apply if your course starts at Brunel later this year (e.g. September 2020). You are also required to complete the form on the link below. This should be completed 48 hours before you arrive.

Please visit the following page for more information on self-isolating: 


How and when do I book accommodation and is it guaranteed?

New undergraduate, postgraduate, research and clearing students who have applied for accommodation; met the conditions of their course offer; and confirmed their acceptance of a place at Brunel can apply for a campus room. If you have completed an online application form your details will be added to the waiting list.  The Accommodation Team  will contact you by email prior to your arrival date stated on your application with further details of what accommodation is available. Please be advised accommodation during term time is subject to availability and we try to meet your preferences if your specific room type is available.

What is registration and what do I need to do?

As a new student you'll need to complete the online registration process to be enrolled and ready to start your journey at Brunel.

Before you begin your studies it's compulsory to complete an online registration form through our student portal, eVision.  Once you are enrolled, you'll be able to access the systems needed to take part in your virtual Welcome Week programme.

You will receive an email explaining how to complete the task as soon as your place at Brunel is confirmed. Online enrolment involves completing each section of the online form, confirming your payment details and agreeing to our terms and conditions.  

See this link for more information: www.brunel.ac.uk/life/welcome-week/Steps-to-complete-before-arriving/registration