Prospective students

Advice for prospective students and applicants.

We can't wait to welcome you to Surrey! You'll find information on our students page about accommodation and teaching, and guidance about Covid-19 and wellbeing on our advice for all page.

Updates from the Universities Minister

Letter for international students UCAS updates

How we have adapted our way of life at Surrey

We understand that the Covid-19 crisis has created uncertainty for everyone, with many of you wondering what University life will look like for the 2020/21 academic year, and beyond.

At Surrey, our number one priority is the health and safety of all who work and study here. We are committed to providing you with an excellent learning experience, enabling you to have ongoing access to your University studies, campus facilities and support services.

We have adapted our teaching for 2020/21 to ensure all of our students continue to have an exceptional student experience, with a blend of online and campus-based learning. Our facilities and laboratories are open, but with added safety measures, along with our bars, restaurants and social spaces.

Our Accommodation team has worked hard to ensure our future and current students are comfortable from the moment they step foot on campus. There is signage and Covid-19 guidance in all of our student accommodation, including information about Wardens and Peer Supporters who can provide support on a wide range of housing, student life and wellbeing matters.

If students need to self-isolate at any point, we’ve created a dedicated MySurrey self-isolation support guide.

You can read our full Covid-19 University health and safety policy, as well as details about the new signage we have implemented across campus, enhanced cleaning measures, risk assessments and our policy on face coverings on our general 'advice for all' page.

We’ve also created a video to reassure you of the Covid-security steps we’ve taken, with the headlines set out in an easy-to-digest infographic

We want to ensure that you have a supportive, diverse and vibrant learning experience, but we must adapt the way we teach to ensure we all stay safe, so we have moved to 'hybrid education' for Semester 1 and 2 of 2020/21 – a blend of online and campus-based learning which involves face-to-face teaching wherever possible for most seminars, workshops and practical sessions, supported by online lectures and assessments.

The Executive Deans of our three faculties have shared their own enthusiastic welcomes – focusing on the great learning experiences to come, but also reassuring students on the health and pastoral sides. We’ve also built on the exceptional efforts made to deliver online learning from a standing start back in March – we’re proud to share the positive feedback we received – to develop our hybrid learning approach for this academic year. Large lectures will be online, with on-campus learning for seminars and practical work. 

We can ensure you that your studies with us will be academically challenging and rewarding, meeting the learning outcomes you expect, as well as having access to safe and helpful services to support your course and your university life.

We are committed to enabling students to study successfully in a digital environment, and all taught students will be provided with free, personal, digital copies of their essential textbooks.

The University has robust contingency plans in place - you can read about them in the lockdown and local outbreaks section on our 'advice for all' page.

We’re also so very proud of all our students and staff who have contributed to the Covid-19 response in so many different ways – from research to combat the virus and it’s impacts to a wide range of community contributions. Our final year nursing students are a particular source of pride, sent to the NHS frontline earlier than they expected, and serving with distinction in extraordinary circumstances. 



We expect students to be able to join us to start academic activities from 28 September 2020. There will be face-to-face tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions, supplemented by online delivery, including all lectures. There will be a small number of exceptions to this, and we have arranged Late Arrival Points for those students unable to join us on the 28 September. Details have been communicated via email.

For PhD intakes, the deadline for commencement is usually four weeks or one month, however, given the situation we are keeping these periods under review.

Please be aware that changes to visa regulations which also affect your study. Please contact for all deferral requests.


Applicants may request to defer their offer of a place, but must meet the conditions of their offer and be Unconditional Firm (UF) with Surrey by 31 August of the year that their programme begins.

It is not possible to defer an application for our Acting, Actor-Musician, and Musical Theatre, Health Sciences, Dietetics and Veterinary Medicine and Science programmes. This is due to the limited number of places available each year and possible changes to the professional requirements each cycle. 

We do not normally permit applicants to defer entry for more than one year. Applicants who defer for more than one year are usually expected to make a new application through UCAS.

Postgraduate taught

Applicants can request to defer their application to another start point within the same cycle. For example from a September 2021 start to a February 2022 option where this is available.

Please note it is not possible to defer an application for our MA Acting or MA Musical Theatre programmes.

Postgraduate research

Applicants may be able to defer their offer for up to one calendar year. Applicants still need to meet our entry criteria and fees for the year, which may be different from the original offer. Also note that it may not be possible to transfer studentship funding to the next academic year. Deferrals must also be agreed by the supervisor.

It depends on the scholarship you have been awarded, so please contact us at


After lengthy consideration, we have taken the difficult decision that, where applicable, if we do not have final exam results on which to make an acceptance decision where exams were cancelled during the summer of 2020, we will require private candidates to resit their examinations.

We recognise this will be disappointing, but in the absence of final assessments/exam results or a ranking from Heads of Centre, we feel it is the most fair and transparent approach when we have to take into account the many thousands of offer holders we have. If you would like to discuss this further, please email

Yes, we welcome applications from students who are looking to transfer from another university.

When applying, please indicate whether you would like to join year one, year two or year three (please note that not all courses can accommodate transfers into year two and three due to professional requirements and/or capacity).

  • For entry into our first year, we will need to review your academic background and check you meet our standard entry requirements.
  • For entry into year two/three, we will additionally require you to also have undertaken relevant previous study and we will map the content of your first year and/or second year with the first and/or second year of our programme.

Please note that visa restrictions may also apply. If you have any questions about transferring, please do get in touch with us via email

Postgraduate taught courses

Yes, we will be as flexible as possible with deposit deadlines and will keep these under review. Please contact if you do not feel you will be able to meet your deposit deadline.

In some cases we are able to offer deposit refunds, please email if you would like to request a refund.

If you require a Visa to study in the UK then you need to allow sufficient time to apply for this so that we are able to provide you with your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) prior to your travel. The amount of time to allow will depend on your country of residence and access to your local Visa Processing Office. If you do not require a Visa/CAS then we will be running a rolling deadline for deposit payments from the point of your application, normally 4-6 weeks from the start of the programme.

Your end date will be stipulated in your offer. Normally PG taught programmes last for one year and this remains the same for deferred starts, so the programme should not be more intense. 

Most of these will remain valid, however as your English Language document evidence needs to be dated within two years of the start date of your course, in the majority of cases, you will need to check this.

Postgraduate research courses

You will have received emails explaining about completing your online registration and attending virtual inductions. Most of you will be required to come to campus in person, but a few of you may be able to start remotely if you meet certain conditions, please see for full details or who is isn’t required to attend campus in person.

If you need a CAS for a Tier 4 visa, please contact if you have not already spoken to the CAS team.


The University is monitoring the situation carefully on an ongoing basis. Please continue to complete the application process as normal and we will provide an update for your specific start date closer to the time. It is likely, however, that the process will be similar to that followed for October 2020 starters.

Applications for postgraduate research are currently being processed as normal. If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact We are happy to help.

We are still recruiting postgraduate research students, so do continue to approach potential supervisors.

We are still recruiting postgraduate research students, so do continue to approach potential supervisors.

We are currently not open for visiting postgraduate research applications, however, we hope to open for applications again soon. Please continue to check our website for updates.

English language

Yes, we are still offering pre-sessional English courses. These courses will now all be online.

Although you will still need to meet our English Language requirements, please be aware that the University accepts a variety of English Language tests, SELT and non-SELT. Please view our English language requirements page for further information.

If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your application to academic study at the University. We can accept an IELTS test providing it has been taken within two years prior to the start of the course start date, we will require evidence of the most recent test results. Alternatively you may be able to take the IELTS test in a few months, and your application can still be processed while you are awaiting your exam. 

Please be aware that the University accepts a variety of English Language tests, SELT and non-SELT. Please view our English language requirements for further information.  

Please upload documents to Surrey Self-Service. The Admissions team will then verify your results with IELTS. If you are having technical issues let us know by emailing


Events on campus

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains a priority. We will be managing events on campus in line with the UK government's covid-secure guidance.

Our Open Days will take place online as virtual events that will provide opportunities to find out more about learning and living here as Surrey student. Book your place here.

If you have any questions about studying at Surrey, we would love to hear from you. You can email us via 

For questions relating to your offer, please get in touch via

We are pleased to be offering campus tours, including accommodation, between 26 October – 1 November. Booking is essential. 

Book your place now

Events off campus

Yes, we are pleased to be able to attend university fairs and other school events again. Whilst the majority are still taking place virtually, we are now able to come into schools and deliver our university information, advice and guidance sessions again. For more information, please do contact us via or visit our post-16 Schools and Collegues activities page. 

Contact us

  • If you are an applicant:
  • If you are an agent: please contact the international team via
  • If you are a parent/guardian: unfortunately we cannot discuss the details of individual students with other parties, but do encourage any dependants you are responsible for to read the information provided by the University.