Information for international students

If you've applied to study at DMU this September, please visit our Information for applicants page.

When is the deadline for the deposit payment?

Your £4,000 deposit payment should be made as soon as you can. Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies document – CAS - will be issued from 21 June.

Will I receive confirmation that I have been given the scholarship/discount (re- £1,500 + £500)?

Once you have made your tuition fee deposit payment of £4,000, which will secure your place at DMU, you will receive your CAS. If you have been successfully awarded a scholarship, this will be reflected on the CAS at this point.

To qualify for the additional £500 early bird discount (on top of the £1,500), your deposit payment should be cleared by 1 July 2020.

Please note, both the scholarships and early bird discount fees are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

We have additional scholarships on offer also, these are listed here along with the T&Cs.

I want to pay my deposit but my country is in lockdown and banks are closed. What can I do?

You can make online payments providing your full name, date of birth and student number (found on your offer letter). The full process on how to make an online payment is here.

Will embassies still be processing visa applications during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have not been advised otherwise. Should this change, we will update our website. We advise you to contact your local embassy for clarity.

Can I defer my offer? When is the next intake?

While you are welcome to defer your offer, we strongly recommend you do not do this as your place for the next intake is not guaranteed. We have two intakes in the academic year – January and September.

Will the September intake still go ahead if the pandemic situation is not stabilised? Or will all courses be postponed to late autumn or January intake?

DMU is preparing to deliver a blend of online and campus-based teaching for the next academic year. DMU is going to be open to welcome new and returning students for the next academic year on the planned term start date of Monday 5 October. More details can be found here.

What is the situation like in Leicester, with the COVID-19 pandemic?

The whole of the UK is following Government guidelines and, apart from key workers and those unable to work from home, we are all following the lockdown guidelines and students are studying online.

Currently, the UK Government advises we are able to go out of the house more than once a day for shopping and medical appointments and exercise outdoors as often as we want. The Government also says we can meet one person from outside of the household, in public, with a social distance of two meters. We will update our website and these pages as we receive further guidelines.

Given the pandemic, how safe are the university facilities and the campus environment?

The campus is currently closed and will open again in accordance with Government guidelines. When the campus decides to reopen, deep-cleaning and additional health and safety measures will be implemented to ensure optimum care towards our staff and students.

Is the deposit (fully) refunded if I change my mind because of COVID-19?

Yes, it is, and you will not be charged administration fees.

What other English tests do you accept as IELTS test centres in my country are closed?

We offer an internal English test (DATE test) which is completely free and now available online. If you require a DATE test, please get in touch with us with your student ID and we will help you further.

During this pandemic, we are accepting IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT ‘Home Edition’. We are also able to accept Duolingo for acceptance onto our online Pre-Sessional English course.

What will happen to my place at DMU if I can’t get my visa approved in time because of lockdown in my country?

In the unfortunate event that you are unable to get your visa on time, we will be able to defer your place to the following intake. You won’t need to re-apply.

We have DMU representatives/agents around the world who can help with your visa application and give you general application support. As they have expert knowledge on visa application processes they will be able to help you fast track and ensure accuracy to avoid delays.

If you don’t already have a representative/agent you are working with, please email us on ask.international@dmu.ac.uk and we will refer you accordingly.

Does DMU have an internal English test?

Yes, we do have our own internal test called DATE (DMU Academic Test of English). Very similar to IELTS, the test allows us to test you on the four main areas of English language: listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. This free test has recently been moved online due to the on-going COVID-19 situation.

For agents, sponsors or students please contact your regional DMU representative and they will arrange a slot for candidates based on availability if you require the test. If you don’t know who your regional team is please see this link or simply email your details to ask.international@dmu.ac.uk. For more information about the test visit our website here.

If I defer to January after paying my deposit, can I still get the scholarship/discount (£1,500 + £500)?

Yes, if you have already made your deposit payment for the January 2021 intake the total £2000 discount will still be valid. The discount is applied automatically and this should be reflected on your CAS letter when you receive it. If there are issues please contact us and we will look into it.

When and how is the credibility interview conducted?

For information regarding taking a credibility interview please contact your regional DMU representative and they will arrange a slot for you based on the need and availability. If you don’t know who your regional team is please see this page or simply email your details to ask.international@dmu.ac.uk. The interview will be conducted via Skype.

Can I pay the deposit now to secure my place for the January intake?

Yes, you can make your deposit payment now to secure your place for January 2021. For information about how to make the deposit payment please visit the website via this link.

How is the online teaching going to work? Will the tuition fee be the same, or will it be substantially discounted?

We are pleased to say that DMU is going to be open to welcome new and returning students in the next academic year with term starting on the planned date of Monday 5 October 2020. With precaution, face-to-face teaching is going to commence in time for the next academic year with smaller classes and only large-scale lectures will be online, this means that students will be receiving more one-to-one support from lecturers. Therefore, there are no changes to tuition fees right now.

My home country exams are delayed/cancelled. What will happen to my offer?

In the unfortunate event that you are unable to take your exams or receive your results in time for the October start, we will be able to defer your place to the following intake. You won’t need to re-apply.

Application deadline dates will be announced in due course. If you receive your results last minute around July/August time, you must get in touch with us immediately as we may still be able to fast track the process of you getting your unconditional offer, CAS and the applications for a visa and accommodation.

If part of my course is taught online, will that be stated on my final degree award/transcript?

Following the recent announcement that our university will be open in the next academic year, only large-scale lectures are going to be moved online. Unless you are studying an online course, it is unlikely that the final degree award/transcript will state that part of your course was taught online.

Is there a January intake for bachelor courses?

Generally, our bachelor courses only have a September intake apart from a select few, such as Nursing, which has a January intake. However, this January, we will be running some top-up courses. Click here to select the course of your choice. Unless it specifically states there is a January intake, the course will only be available in September.

I’m concerned about my health and want to be with my family back home. What will happen if I go?

The UK government’s new advice and instruction is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel home to their permanent residences.

For students who have already returned to their home country, DMU has suspended attendance monitoring at this stage, and Tier 4 student absence from the campus will be regarded as authorised during this time. During the period attendance monitoring is suspended, returning home will not have an impact upon DMU’s ongoing sponsorship of your Tier 4 visa. You should, however, continue to ‘attend’ and complete all online teaching and assessment that will be delivered to you by your faculty.

How do I know if I will be able to get back to the UK if I do go?

This will depend upon travel restrictions and advice from the UK government and the government of your home country. The university does not know what travel restrictions may be in place in the future or for how long. Where students are unable to come back to the UK having returned home, the university will consider the circumstances based on the evidence available and the relevant government advice in place at the time.

Will the university ban international travel?

The university will not ban international travel for our students. You should, however, ensure you are aware of the relevant travel advice and restrictions before undertaking any travel.

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, the FCO strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Will it affect my visa if I am unable to attend my lectures?

The university has suspended its attendance monitoring processes, and any absence as a result of the university’s response to the current situation will be regarded as authorised and will not affect your visa. The university will notify students when formal attendance monitoring is to resume. If you are still unable to attend at this point, the university will consider the circumstances based on the evidence available and the relevant government advice in place at the time.

The Home Office will extend your visa until May 31 without you having to make a new application or pay a fee. However, you have to submit a form to its Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.

Advice is expected to be reviewed on May 31. This provision is for people who are unable to leave the UK. It is not for people who have already left the UK - you will need to make a new application if you intend and are able to travel to the UK.

Can I complete my studies from my home country?

Tier 4 students are not normally permitted to undertake distance learning courses. However, due to the current exceptional circumstances, the Home Office will not consider it a breach of sponsor duties to offer distance learning to existing Tier 4 students in the UK or who have chosen to return overseas but wish to continue their current studies. Sponsors do not need to withdraw sponsorship in these circumstances. New international students who have been issued a Tier 4 visa but have been unable to travel to the UK are permitted to undertake distance learning and sponsorship does not need to be withdrawn.

I am a Tier 4 student on a placement. Will this be cancelled and, if so, what are the implications for my programme and my visa?

Please contact your placement tutor in your faculty who will discuss alternative arrangements for completing your placement credits. We will endeavour to maintain Tier 4 sponsorship and avoid curtailing a student's visa wherever appropriate and permitted by UK Visas and Immigration regulations.

I am currently studying abroad and my host university has been closed – what should I do now? What will happen if I return early from my year abroad?

DMU Global sent an email to all exchange students on Monday 16 March explaining the best steps to take. If you need to speak to a member of the DMU Global team directly about your year abroad (including funding, paperwork, recognition, returning early etc.) you can reach them by emailing studentexchange@dmu.ac.uk or calling +44 (0) 116 257 7613. 

If you are a Tier 4 student, please contact the Immigration Compliance team (email studentvisaqueries@dmu.ac.uk) who will be able to provide advice about your visa based on your specific individual circumstances.

I am a Tier 4 student, can I work full time while the university moves teaching online?

No, your term-time work restrictions apply – so you should not work more than 20 hours. The university has suspended attendance monitoring and authorised absence for Tier 4 students, but this is not a vacation period; if you are well you should continue to engage with the study materials available to you, if you are unwell you should be self-isolating and not undertaking work. You will be able to work full-time in university vacation periods as normal, if you are well enough.

What happens with my visa if I can’t sit my exams and finish my course later than expected?

You should have enough time at the end of your visa to complete any deferred assessments as a result of the current situation. Should you be in a position where you cannot complete your course within your existing visa end date, we will discuss the best solution with you; you may be able to complete the programme with a further extension to your Tier 4 visa, or alternatively a short-term study visit visa depending on your circumstances and attendance requirements.

If my final exams/assessments are deferred, will I get a CAS that has a later end date to apply for a new visa?

It will depend on whether you are sitting the deferred assessment with teaching, or whether you are sitting the assessment only. If you are sitting the assessment without further teaching, you will not need a new CAS, and you can sit the deferred assessment in your wrap up period. The university will review your circumstances on a case by case basis.

Will my visa be curtailed if I am away from the UK for more than 60 days if the flight restrictions are still in place?

The university will review the situation on an ongoing basis. We are currently authorising all absence. If that absence extends beyond 60 days the university will explore all options in ensuring engagement can be monitored to ensure visas do not need to be curtailed. The university will consider the circumstances based on the evidence available and the relevant government advice in place at the time. 

Tier 4 students are not normally permitted to undertake distance learning courses. However, due to the current exceptional circumstances, the Home Office will not consider it a breach of sponsor duties to offer distance learning to existing Tier 4 students in the UK or who have chosen to return overseas but wish to continue their current studies. Sponsors do not need to withdraw sponsorship in these circumstances. New international students who have been issued a Tier 4 visa but have been unable to travel to the UK are permitted to undertake distance learning and sponsorship does not need to be withdrawn.

I want to switch my visa to a different category but I am unable to return home to do so. What should I do?

Individuals (students or staff) who cannot leave the UK due to travel restrictions or self-isolation and wish to stay in the UK in the long-term would ordinarily need to apply for a visa from their home country. Where individuals would normally be required to return to their country of residence to apply for a visa in a different category, they’ll now be able to apply from the UK to switch.

If I request to pause my studies and complete my degree next year, can I stay in the UK or do I have to return to my home county?

It is difficult to give an answer that will cover all individual cases. Previously, UKVI policy would require us to withdraw sponsorship where we will not have contact with a student for a period of 60 days or more (excluding vacation periods). However, this has been temporarily removed from the sponsorship requirements where an absence is related to COVID-19.

If the student has contracted COVID-19, there is a direct cause for absence.

If a student is able to continue with their studies but chooses not to due to COVID-19 it would be difficult to say that this absence is directly caused by the virus.

Any Tier 4 students considering interruption should consult both their faculty and the Immigration Compliance team (which is available by email, phone and appointment). Immigration Compliance should be consulted with all individual requests, to review their circumstances and rationale, to confirm whether it will be appropriate to maintain sponsorship of the student in these circumstances.

In any circumstance where the student is pausing their studies, they will need to make a new visa application at some stage to reflect a new end date. Currently, where there are travel restrictions in place, those students with expired visas are not being treated as overstayers, and there are provisions for in-country applications that would previously have required an application from the individual’s home country.

 
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