Life at Leicester

International applicants

We are delighted that in some cases we are now able to visit you in person in your home country, however in some parts of the world our events continue to be hosted online, or in hybrid mode. 

Please see our visits page for full details on activity going on in your country and to connect with our team member looking after students from your region. 

You can also contact us through Weibo and Wechat.

Our Unibuddy platform hosted by University of Leicester students is also available for you to find out more about your future in Leicester, from a current student’s point of view. 

Our 2021/22 academic year will start on 27 September 2021. We are busy making preparations to welcome you safely on to campus. 

We appreciate many students are still facing challenges in making the journey to Leicester. Some of our Postgraduate courses now have an additional start date in January 2022 which may be more convenient. 

You can find a whole host of information about joining Leicester this year below.  If you need additional support don’t hesitate to contact to email us at study@le.ac.uk.

General FAQs

Will face to face teaching be offered in January 2022?

In line with current government guidelines we have gradually returned to face to face teaching for all students from September 2021 onwards, with precautions in place. We will of course be required to follow government guidelines should changes be necessary.

What if exams have been postponed or cancelled in my country and I can’t meet the conditions of my offer?

We are aware that there are disruptions to some exams due to the ongoing pandemic. Please contact us at pgadmissions@le.ac.uk and let us know if you are in this situation and we will do our best to work with you to find a solution.

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. You can view the full list of English qualifications which the University recognises, including the Duolingo English test.   If you have a conditional offer and can’t access another English test, we can offer you a free Duolingo test subject to availability. Please contact study@le.ac.uk as soon as possible for further details. 

You can also meet our requirements by joining one of our Presessional English Language Courses either on campus or online.  If you intend to join a Presessional Course we can assess your English skills via our online Leicester Presessional English Test and recommend the appropriate English course for you.

What if visa centres are closed or I can’t get a visa appointment?

We are aware that there are continued disruptions in some parts of the world and that it may take longer for you to obtain a visa.  If you are facing difficulties travelling to the UK to start your course on time please inform us as soon as possible by emailing pgadmissions@le.ac.uk. We will be able to offer deferral to the next intake for your course, which will be in September 2022.

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

We are aware that there are continued disruptions in some parts of the world and that it may take longer for you to get hold of your degree transcripts or certificate.  Please keep in touch by emailing pgadmissions@le.ac.uk and let us know if you are facing difficulties and we will work with you to find the best solution.

When should I request CAS for January 2022 intake?

Once you have an unconditional offer, have accepted your offer and paid your deposit you can request a CAS.  Please ensure that you leave as much time as possible for your deposit payment to clear and for the CAS to be issued to allow you to join us on time.

If I can't come to the UK to start my course in January 2022, can I study online for Semester 1?

No, you will need to arrive in time to join us on campus for the start of the semester on 10 January 2022.

What if I can’t take an IELTS test in time? 

You may be able to satisfy our requirements by offering alternative evidence. You can view the full list of English qualifications which the University recognises, including the Duolingo English test.   If you have a conditional offer and can’t access another English test, we would be very happy to offer you a free Duolingo test subject to availability. Free tests are limited, so please contact study@le.ac.uk as soon as possible for further details. 

You can also meet our requirements by joining one of our Presessional English Language Courses either on campus or online.  We can assess your English skills via our online Leicester Presessional English Test and recommend the best Presessional Course for you.

Is there a deposit deadline for courses starting in  January 2022?

Yes, you need to make sure your deposit payment has cleared on our system before the last CAS issuance date on 3 December 2021. Different payment types will take longer to appear in our account. Please note that whilst a credit card payment can take 5 days to reach us, other forms of transfer such as BACS may take up to 10 working days.

View the university's acceptable payment methods.

How do I get my CAS?

Once you have accepted your offer and paid your deposit we will send you an email so that you can request your CAS.

CAS request can be made on the MyStudentRecord portal.

What’s the latest date that I need to receive my Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) by?

The last date we will be able to issue a CAS in the majority of cases will be 3 December 2021 so please make sure you have accepted your offer and made your deposit payment well in advance of this date.

When do January 2022 courses start and what if I can’t make it on time?

The first day of term for the Jan 2022 academic year is 10 January 2022, so you need to have arrived and completed your period of quarantine (if required) by this date.

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