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Coronavirus information for prospective students

A statement from City, University of London on our advice to prospective students.

City, University of London is still accepting applications for students interested in joining in September 2020.

As a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all face-to-face teaching at the University will be suspended by Monday 23rd March at the latest.

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are doing all we can to mitigate the impact of the virus on our prospective students and their plans to join us in September 2020. We have put together the FAQ below to help answer some of the questions you may have.

We will update the FAQs as new information becomes available and we advise you to check back regularly for the latest information.

How will the outbreak affect my application?

We are doing everything we can to limit any impact coronavirus may have on applicants to study at City, University of London.

Our Admissions teams are working hard to process all applications and provide decisions as soon as possible. Please acknowledge that the speed of our decision making may be slightly lower than normal, as we balance the wellbeing and support of our staff, with the level of applications and enquiries we typically receive at this time of the year.

This is a constantly evolving situation. We are continually assessing the impact of the virus but do not currently have any plans to change the term dates advertised on the University website.

If any of these details change, we will communicate directly with all relevant applicants and stakeholders.

Is the University still considering applications?

Yes, we will continue to give equal consideration to all applications regardless of where you are from or where you live. Please note there may be some impact on how quickly we are able to make decisions.

What is the best way to contact the University?

We are not currently able to field phone calls from prospective students. We are encouraging all applicants to submit enquiries via our contact form.

I have submitted an enquiry and need a response

Please note that we are receiving a high volume of questions. We are doing our upmost to continue to resource admissions enquiries as best as we can and we will try to respond to as many as possible.

Academic Qualifications

My school/university is (or will be) closed and I won't be able to take my exams

We are taking advice from the examination bodies on school and university closures due to the coronavirus outbreak, including the provision of online learning opportunities. We expect extenuating circumstances to be taken into account by the relevant examination bodies.

We are not yet in a position to say definitively how this will affect the decisions we make on applications.

I'm worried about the impact on my school/university exams

We understand that this is likely to have an impact on all applicants in many different ways. At this stage, we expect extenuating circumstances to be taken into account by the relevant examination bodies. We are not yet in a position to say definitively how this will affect the decisions we make on applications.

I am applying for postgraduate study and I will be unable to complete my university study

We are monitoring the situation across the world closely. Please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to limit any impact this has on you beginning your studies with us this year.

We will publish more information surrounding our policies as it becomes available. We will communicate directly with all relevant offer holders.

I am applying for postgraduate study but my current studies are affected

We understand that this is likely to have an impact on all postgraduate applicants from a variety of countries, in many different ways. Over the coming weeks and months we will take advice from sector partners, examination bodies and others, before deciding whether this is any mitigation we can put in place in this area.

At this stage, we expect extenuating circumstances to be taken into account by the relevant examination bodies - in this case, that would typically be your host institution. We are not yet in a position to say definitively how this will affect the decisions we make on applications.

English language

I am an international applicant and I will be unable to take my English language test

We will still require all relevant applicants to complete an English language assessment, if it has been communicated to them directly in the terms of their offer.

We accept several English language tests as proof of eligibility, some of which are now available to sat completely online.

For further information please see our English Language requirements pages. Please note that this list is subject to change so we would encourage you to check it regularly.

Any change in this policy will be communicated to applicants directly.

I have to do pre-sessional English. If I cannot come to the UK is it possible to do this online?

At the moment this is not possible. We will continue to work with our colleagues at INTO City London to look at the opportunities to do this and we will update all relevant applicants directly.

Deadlines and procedures

What happens to the current deadlines within my offer?

We are in the constant process of reviewing the deadlines we have attached to conditions of acceptance across the University. We will contact all applicants directly if any detail relating to deadlines change.

I am a postgraduate applicant, do I still need to pay a deposit?

We have deposit schemes across most of our postgraduate courses. The relevant applicants will still be requested to follow this process.

If the current situation results in applicants not being able to attend/choosing not to attend in September 2020, we will assess this on a case-to-case basis and applicants should contact the relevant Admissions Officer.

Have student finance deadlines been extended?

The most important deadline is with Student Finance England (SFE). If the SFE deadlines are pushed back then this will affect our 31st October deadline for students to share their household financial information for City's means-tested bursaries. We could then push the City deadline date back to November or December 2020. Once again, if this happens, we will communicate this to students.

Have accommodation deadlines been extended?

We are monitoring the situation and at the moment we have not changed the accommodation guarantee deadline. We may choose to extend the accommodation deadline by a maximum of two weeks, but, if we choose to do this, we will communicate this to our students.

Visiting us

Can I still visit the University?

In the interests of safety for staff and visitors we have currently cancelled all events for prospective students on campus. We are constantly reviewing this situation. Read the latest information on events for prospective students.

I am due to attend City, University of London event in my country. Is this still going ahead?

We have recently reviewed all of our scheduled international events. We would encourage all applicants to look at the university's country pages for the most up-to-date information.

For MSc and MBA applicants to Cass Business School, the latest information can be found here:

Our advice to schools and colleges

Will the University extend the dates for accepting places?

We are taking advice from the relevant exam bodies on school and university closures due to the coronavirus outbreak and are doing everything we can to limit the impact this might have for students wishing to study with us in 2020.

Any amendments to deadlines and/or start dates due to coronavirus will depend on your level of study and department and will be published as soon as they become available. We will write to all relevant students and contacts at schools and colleges when we have this.

How will the University apply extenuating circumstances to the study of students at my school or college?

Given the nature of the situation, it is too early to tell if extenuating circumstances will be required and how they would be implemented.

We will work with schools, colleges and exam boards to ensure this is done as promptly, fairly and clearly as possible.

Any further enquiries relating to admissions

If your admissions enquiry is not answered within this FAQ, please fill in our enquiry form and we will get back to you soon.