International applicants

Our 2020/21 academic year will start on 28 September 2020 as planned. However, because of the current situation, this year we plan to run some of our courses with an additional January 2021 start date for those students who would find this more convenient.

The University Admissions Office remains open in the current circumstances and the team is busy making offers, dealing with enquiries and taking deposit payments.

Please feel free to contact the team with any queries you may have.

We have taken the decision to postpone all international travel and events until further notice.

In place of scheduled international events we will be offering a variety of online sessions for prospective students. Please see our visits page for further details on activity going on in your country.

Our Unibuddy platform hosted by current students and members of the recruitment team is also available for you to find out more about your future in Leicester.

The team will be hosting Unibuddy live webinars, chat sessions and other themed events for all international applicants, and you can also contact us through Weibo and Wechat.

What if I can’t access an English test?

We are aware that there has been a great deal of disruption to English testing in a number of countries and that in the case of closures test providers are working to offer additional tests where possible as test centres reopen. You should keep up to date with developments and updates offered by your test provider in your local area.

You may be able to satisfy our requirements by offering alternative evidence. View the full list of English qualifications which the University recognises.

You can meet our requirements by joining one of our Pre-sessional courses. If you would like to join one of these, we can assess your English skills via our online Leicester Pre-sessional English Test.

What if Visa Centres are closed?

We are constantly reviewing the situation and are aware that visa centres in some countries have been closed for some time and that others may be subject to closure in the future. If you are due to commence your studies at Leicester in March, April or May please contact for the latest information.

You will also find valuable information on the UK Council of International Student Affairs website.

My School/University is closed what should I do?

We are in close contact with Schools, Partner institutions, the British Council, Agents and international awarding bodies and will make every effort possible to minimise disruption for those prospective students who find themselves affected by school or University closures.

What if I can’t get hold of transcripts or degree certificates?

You may not at this time be able to provide all of the documents we have asked for, such as transcripts or references. If this is a problem for you, please contact your admissions team at for the latest information.

Should I pay my deposit?

We would encourage you to pay your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place. We are operating remotely but are able to process your application and deposit as normal.

Will I get a refund if the course does not start in September?

Our normal terms and conditions apply to paying your deposit. If we are unable to deliver your chosen course in September then we will offer you alternatives in order to ensure you can begin your course with us.

Visiting and Exchange Students

We would encourage all potential Visiting Students to apply as they would normally. We are putting into place longer deadlines for the submission of university transcripts and English language certificates as well as working on ways to be flexible should we need to be, when deadlines become nearer.

Other questions?

If you are worried or would like any information on your offer, please do not hesitate to speak to our team by emailing

We will update our website daily to ensure you have the latest information at all times.

If you have any questions or queries about studying with us, we’re here for you with our Unibuddy platform hosted by current students and members of the admissions and recruitment team are also available for you if you have any questions or queries.

The full list of cancelled events will be updated daily and can be found on the Postponed or cancelled events page. Please rest assured we will email you with the most up to date information, so we do recommend you check your emails regularly.

Phone: 0116 252 5281

WhatsApp: 0774 1234 273

FAQs for international students who are currently studying in UK schools

Will my results now be based on my predicted grades?

No, the government announced recently that students will be awarded calculated grades, which will be released to students and universities no later than the typical results day, possibly earlier. Teachers have been asked to provide a fair assessment of how they feel their students would have performed if the exams had gone ahead. This assessment will be made using a range of information as appropriate; for example assessed coursework or performance in mock exams.

Why are you not making my offer unconditional now that I am not taking my exams?

Despite current challenging circumstances, we understand our responsibility to you as future students of the University and we want to ensure you have the best chance of success and happiness while you’re studying with us. Therefore, we fully support the government’s robust and pragmatic approach to providing students with calculated grades this summer as it will be a fairer reflection of your ability than predicted grades. Our approach to handling results awarded this summer will be flexible and reasonable and we will do our utmost to ensure that none of our applicants are unfairly disadvantaged as a result of the cancellation of summer exams.

How will the cancellation of my exams affect my application?

We have been advised that all UK summer exams have been cancelled and that calculated grades will be provided by teachers to examining bodies. We understand that the situation will vary internationally.

The University will keep up to date with developments so that we can work with you as much as possible to limit disruption to your future plans.

Now I can’t take my exams how will my grade be calculated?

The government has asked teachers to calculate a grade based on your performance over the duration of the course. They will consider coursework and any performance in internal tests, for example mocks or other exams which have been held, and will then supply a final grade to the examining body. The examining body will then analyse the distribution of grades in comparison to previous years and may make some adjustments in order to ensure there is no evidence of disadvantage. These final, calculated grades will be made available no later than the typical results day, possibly earlier.

What do I do if I’m unhappy with the grades I’ve been given?

We do understand that some students may feel their calculated grades do not accurately affect their potential. The examining bodies will ensure that students are offered the opportunity to sit a formal exam as soon as possible if they want to. It likely that the earliest opportunity for this will be the autumn term. We are still waiting for more detailed information to be released but we will work with UCAS to ensure we have as flexible a process as possible in terms of keeping offers open for students who choose this route. Please keep in touch with us at if you have any questions.

I’m taking my exams privately, how will I get a result?

Ofqual are currently exploring options for awarding grades to private candidates please keep checking our web pages for updates.

If results are based on predicted grades will you have more students that you can take and take back my offer?

As we will not be using predicted grades this year to allocate places to students, we do not anticipate any capacity issues across any of our courses.

Will Clearing take place this year?

Clearing will take place as normal this year following the release of calculated grades to examining bodies. UCAS has confirmed that results will be released to students on 13 August 2020 as planned. Clearing will open on 1 July 2020 and will remain open until the end of September.


Pre-Sessional English

How will summer pre-sessional courses be delivered?

Summer 2020 pre-sessional courses will be delivered online only with no campus based classes. Modules C (IELTS 5.0 entry) and D (IELTS 5.5 entry) are due to start on 6th July and Module E (IELTS 6.0 entry) on 3rd August.

Can I apply for University of Leicester summer pre-sessional modules now?

You can apply now online. There is no need to have taken an English test before making an application.

Are the tuition fees for online pre-sessional courses the same?

Yes, tuition fees for online courses remain the same. However, a £1,000 bursary will be offered to students who successfully progress onto an academic course at the university. This bursary will be discounted from the tuition fees of the academic course.

What are the features of the online pre-sessional courses?

35 hours per week of study, through a combination of live streamed classes and guided personal study.

  • A personal tutor to guide you through the module, including one-to-one online tutorials.
  • Small class sizes – a maximum of 16 students per session.
  • High-quality and well-established materials delivered on the University’s online learning platform, Blackboard.
  • Live streamed sessions which allow you to interact with your tutor and with other students. All sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to join live can catch up at a time convenient for them.
  • Optional extra-curricular activities.
  • Development, practice and assessment of all four skills: Writing: You will develop your grammar, vocabulary, academic style and organisation for writing essays. You will learn to write more effective paragraphs, introductions and conclusions. There are regular submission of written assignments, with feedback and correction from your tutors.
    • Reading: You will learn and develop skills for identifying useful parts of a text, finding the information you need, reading and understanding, and coping with unknown vocabulary.
    • Speaking: You will learn expressions and vocabulary for communicating effectively in different kinds of academic discussions. You will get practice in expressing your opinions and understanding others. You will develop and practise presentation skills.
    • Listening: You will learn to be more effective in lectures, identifying the main points and taking effective notes.
  • Develop your knowledge of your academic area, which consists of a small piece of research to produce a poster for presentation (Module C) or learn how to develop a 1,500 word essay (Modules D and E). You will learn how to reference and avoid plagiarism.
  • You will also learn about the UK, British academic culture and what you need to do in order to be successful in your degree.
  • You can use results from final Module D or Module E assessments to meet entry requirements of University of Leicester academic courses.

What benefits are there to studying online?

Study at home without having to pay for international travel and accommodation fees.

  • There is no need to apply for a visa, saving time and money.
  • There is more flexibility in entry requirements and no need to take a UKVI IELTS test, for instance. An online Leicester Pre-sessional English Test is available if you are unable to take another test.
  • Study at your own pace, at times that are convenient for you.

What experience does the ELTU have in delivering online courses?

The ELTU successfully delivered its Term 3 pre-sessional courses online to over 100 students and has been teaching all academic English modules online for students at our China campus, collaborating with Dalian University of Technology.

The ELTU has great experience in using technology to teach, and, for instance, offers a Postgraduate Certificate course online.

More widely, the University of Leicester is one of the oldest and most globally recognised providers of online learning in the UK, with over 25,000 graduates across the globe.

Do you offer an internal test?

Yes, we have the Leicester Pre-sessional Entry Test. For more information, please email

Will the EAP Teacher Development Programme and EMI Teacher Development Programme take place

These teacher training programmes, due to start on 13th July, have been cancelled. However, we hope to be able to offer some online taster classes. Please email with any enquiries.

Will the International Summer Programmes take place?

Both the July International Summer Programmes, due to start on 13th July, and the August International Summer Programmes, due to start on 3rd August, have been cancelled. However, we hope to be able to offer some online taster classes. Please email with any enquiries.

We expect Advanced English for Engineers and Advanced English for Chemists to go ahead in January 2021 and English for Medics to run in March 2021.

How will Study Skills be delivered?

The Study Skills course, planned to take place between 14th and 25th September, has been cancelled. We hope to run it instead in January 2021. This course is aimed at students who already have an unconditional offer for a University of Leicester degree course and want to develop their academic skills and learn more about UK study culture in preparation.

Which pre-sessional courses will be running in term one of 2020/21?

We are planning on running Modules A, B, C and D as usual. In addition, we will also be running Module E to feed into Masters courses starting in January 2021. We will be delivering the courses online and also possibly on campus. An announcement will be made about this in July.