In this section, you will find a summary of the information that we have communicated to incoming students.
This information was communicated to students on 6 August 2020.
Students that have applied to Cardiff University and are awaiting a decision on their application can be assured that we will be in touch soon. If they already hold a conditional or unconditional offer, and would like to accept their offer, they should do so as soon as possible either through UCAS for undergraduates, or the SIMS application portal for postgraduates.
English language tests
For students that still need to provide proof of their English language ability, please remember that the University accepts a variety of English language qualifications for entry. These include two new tests accepted for 2020 entry only: Duolingo and TOEFL At Home.
Students planning to take the Duolingo or TOEFL At Home test will need to take the test in good time to secure their unconditional offer and apply for their visa. We will be accepting the results of these two tests until 30th October 2020. After this point, we will no longer accept these two tests.
Exams, results and tests
We know that the situation with exams and assessments in some countries remains unclear, and that some results may arrive late, or with grading schemes which differ from ‘ordinary’ years. We will accept the final grade awarded by examining bodies or universities in all countries, and will also demonstrate as much flexibility as we can in assessing results and confirming decisions on applications.
Deposits for postgraduate taught programmes
For students with an offer for a Postgraduate Taught programme who have not yet had chance to pay their deposit, we are pleased to confirm that the deadline for deposit payment has been extended to 3rd September 2020. Deposits can be paid through the SIMS applicant portal. Please remember that we cannot issue a CAS without receiving a deposit payment.
If students are concerned about paying their deposit because they think the situation related to COVID-19 may prevent them from travelling to the UK, please be aware that the University will be happy to consider a refund of the deposit in these circumstances.
In our last message, we explained that, while we hope that students will be able to join us in good time to begin their studies, we understand that some students may be unable to join us on campus for the start of their course. This may be due to shielding, travel restrictions, or delayed results or visas. Others may prefer to wait to join us on campus until later in the academic year.
In recognition of this you will be able to enrol and start your studies remotely. We have extended our latest arrival dates to give you more time, and you will be expected to engage in your studies remotely until you can join us on campus. Please note, there are some programmes where it may not be possible for us to provide remote study as on-campus attendance is required, for example to meet professional body requirements.
For those who need more time to arrive, you will be able to request late arrival up to the start of semester two, and by 31st January 2021, at the latest.
If you would like to apply for permission to arrive after the latest arrival date for your course, you will need to apply via an online form that will be available via SIMS in late August. We will write to you with more information nearer the time.
CAS and visa
The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is an important electronic document which contains information needed for the visa application. Students need to have accepted an unconditional offer to be issued a CAS.
We have begun sending out CAS statements by email and will continue to send them over the coming weeks.
It is important to remember that once issued, the visa will require students to enter the UK within 90 days. Some of our postgraduate programmes have later start dates this year, and some programmes may permit students to study some of the course online, before arriving at Cardiff at a later point. Please check the dates before submitting visa applications as it can be difficult to change those dates once the visa is issued, if you then find you will be arriving after the 90-day period.
We understand that students may be concerned about whether they can arrive at Cardiff for studies beginning in 2020. Therefore, we are willing to defer offers to 2021, although we hope this will not be necessary. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss these options, if required.
Please note that undergraduate students holding conditional offers will need to re-apply through UCAS by the relevant UCAS application deadline but will not be required to submit a new personal statement or reference, unless they would like to do so.
We can guarantee that scholarships provided via our Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship Scheme will continue to be awarded, in line with the terms and conditions.
As well as meeting all the criteria for a scholarship, students will need to hold an unconditional offer. Postgraduate students will need to have paid any required deposits by 1st September 2020 in order to receive the scholarship. If students are awaiting documents which mean they may miss this deadline, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss their options.