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Post-application FAQs

The information below is for our offer holders and applicants to the University to provide information and guidance about your student experience, life and study in this new environment. We will update these pages with new information as it becomes available.

If you have already applied to the University of Reading, we will send regular updates to you directly via the email address provided on your application, and you can access advice and information via Me@Reading Applicant. If you have questions related to the information on this page, please email us. Although you are not currently one of our students, you are welcome to take a look at the things we have put in place to support the student community during the Covid-19 outbreak.

How have you adapted teaching for the current academic year (2020/21) and will this apply to future years?

To create a safe and supportive study environment, we have adapted our teaching, facilities and services to comply with UK government advice relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have designed a blended learning environment, combining face-to-face interactive sessions (outside of national stay at home orders) and online core course content. We believe that this approach offers our students the best quality learning experience in the current circumstances, for students on campus and for those who may need to study remotely temporarily.

It is too early to predict what the situation in the UK will be in September 2021, but we are committed to continuing to offer our students the best possible learning environment.

Please note: In line with government direction, teaching provision for the majority of our programmes will be online only until at least 8 March 2021.

The government has confirmed face-to-face teaching can continue where necessary for specified subjects including: Education - Initial Teacher Training, Physician Associates, Pharmacy, and Speech & Language Therapy. For these programmes we are continuing our blended teaching approach of online and some face-to-face teaching.

For programmes with placement, practical or studio activities that cannot easily be replicated online, we will prioritise some appropriate face-to-face provision of these activities for students on these programmes, as soon as possible after 8 March 2021, if the government permits it and it is safe for us to do so.

For all other students, the University has made the decision that all remaining scheduled teaching sessions will continue to be delivered online only for the rest of the spring term. This will also help reduce the risk for our community, by minimising the number of people on campus and the number of students needing to return to Reading.

Can I still visit campus?

Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run our usual on-campus events and experiences.

We are providing a range of online resources and virtual events which you can access via Me@Reading Applicant.

If you are interested in postgraduate study for 2021 entry, please register your interest and we will keep you updated on postgraduate study and event opportunities via email.

Finally, you can chat to a student - this is a great way to get first-hand information about what it's like to be a student at Reading.

We hope these online opportunities help you get a feel for campus, your Department, and life at Reading. We look forward to being able to welcome you in person as soon as we are able to.

As a postgraduate offer-holder, do I still need to pay a deposit to accept my offer?

We will require a deposit (or letter of financial sponsorship) as part of the process of accepting your offer if you are:

  • an EU or international student (with the exception of the Republic of Ireland)
  • a UK student with an offer for a Henley Business School programme.

You need to accept your offer through Me@Reading Applicant using the link in your offer email. Given the current circumstances you may feel nervous about making this payment, but we would like to reassure you that if you do not meet the terms of your offer, your deposit will be refunded. Additionally, we have established a new clause to extend refunds to offer-holders who are unable to travel to the UK as a result of a travel ban or immigration restrictions, either in their country of origin or by the UK government, or pandemic restrictions that mean they are unable to secure suitable travel to the UK. View the fully updated terms and conditions.

I am from the EU; what will my fee status be for entry in September 2021 and later years?

On 23 June 2020, the UK government announced that following the end of the transition period, EU students (with the exception of the Republic of Ireland) will no longer be eligible to pay tuition fees at the same rate as UK students.

EU students commencing a new programme of study will pay fees at the international rate with effect from the 2021/22 academic year. EU applicants for master's programmes (in common with all other international applicants) will now need to pay a deposit – or provide a letter of financial sponsorship – to accept their offer.

Students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, may still be entitled to pay fees at the UK student rate if they have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

I am an EU student and deferred my offer to September 2021; what fees will I have to pay?

EU students who deferred their entry to September 2021 will have to pay the International tuition fee for their programme.

I am an EU student due to start my course in January 2021. What information do you have available about the UK leaving the EU?

If you have questions related to visas, immigration and comprehensive sickness insurance, please consult our Brexit pages for specific advice related to the UK's exit from the EU and the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021. We will update these pages as we learn more.

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