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Pre-application FAQs

If you're interested in studying at Reading, but you have not yet applied, you may have questions about how we're processing applications and ways you can engage with us before applying. We've compiled answers specifically for you on this page.

We'd also encourage you to read through our post application FAQ page, where we've compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions from our applicants and offer holders about next steps in the application process.

We update all of our FAQs regularly as we receive additional information and as government guidance changes. 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 outbreak.

When do applications open for September 2021 or future years?

If you're interested in undergraduate study, you will need to apply through UCAS. Applications open in September for the next year of study and our now open for September 2021 entry.

Postgraduate students can apply directly to the University from September 2020 for September 2021 entry. Read more about postgraduate study.

For more information for undergraduates and postgraduates on how and when to apply, visit our How to Apply page. Our International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are accepting direct applications through our online application form.

What will happen to my application once I've submitted it?

Your application is important to us and our staff are well equipped to work remotely, so we do not anticipate any significant disruption in assessing your application. However, please bear with us if considering your application takes slightly longer. You can follow progress in considering your application on Me@Reading Applicant.

How long will it take to make a decision on my application?

Currently, we're not experiencing delays in assessing undergraduate applications. We are working to our normal application assessment timeframes, which means you will typically hear from us within two to four weeks. PhD applications take longer because we involve your future PhD supervisor in the assessment process. You can follow progress on your application assessment on Me@Reading Applicant.

What are the deadlines for applications?

For postgraduate applications, apart from our MSc Speech and Language Therapy, we don't have a final deadline to submit applications. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so that we are able to make a decision on your application before the start of term. This is especially important for international students who require a visa to study in the UK. You can read more about applying for a UK student visa on the UK Visa and Immigration website.

For undergraduate applications, you should aim to apply via UCAS between 8 September 2020 and 15 January 2021 for admission in September 2021.

You will only be eligible to apply for accommodation after you receive an offer to study with us.

Will halls of residence be open if I want to live on campus?

It is our intention for halls of residence to remain open for students starting with us in September 2021, subject to any government restrictions. We continue to work closely with our halls provider, UPP, to put the necessary social distancing and cleaning arrangements in place for our students. We will monitor the government's developing advice and will be prepared to make additional arrangements as required, including facilitating quarantine if needed.

Visit our post-application FAQs page which we're regularly updating as we receive more detailed information from areas across the University.

I am interested in applying for September 2021; how will classes be taught and what can I expect from teaching?

To create a safe and supportive study environment this autumn term in 2020, 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 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.

We are currently working on our timetable for the spring term and we intend to offer as much scheduled on-campus activity as we can safely accommodate while adhering to current social distancing requirements. This is, of course, subject to any change in local or national restrictions.

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.

For detailed information, please visit our post-application FAQs page which we're regularly updating as we receive more information from areas across the University.

I'm thinking of applying to Reading for September 2021 (or in future years). How can I learn more about the University?

We're thrilled you're considering Reading! Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events and instead have a range of online resources and virtual events available. Our virtual taster sessions enable you to explore your chosen subject at university-level. To help you with your application process, you can also join webinars and listen to podcasts on topics such as:

  • Personal Statement Tips  
  • Making the Most of a Virtual Open Day 
  • Choosing a Course.

We've also created a Virtual Experience Hub which allows you to explore our campus and facilities, chat to our students, and get a sense of what it might be like to study here with us. We understand that one of the most important things is to get a feel for campus and to interact with us as much as possible, so we're making sure we have lots of information for you to virtually experience campus and meet our staff and student support staff.

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

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