Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Once you have been offered an unconditional place on one of our programmes, we will issue you with a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will need to enter this number on to your visa application. 

What is a CAS?

The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique reference number that you will need when you make your Tier 4 (General) student visa application. The CAS is confirmation of your unconditional offer of a place to study with us. The CAS is an electronic document which confirms both the University’s and your personal details and generates a unique CAS number.

Please note that the CAS cannot be issued more than six months before the start date of your intended programme. The earliest that you can use your CAS to apply for your visa is three months before your programme begins.

Obtaining a CAS

If you are a new student the CAS number is sent to you by email by the University as part of the admissions process. You must hold an unconditional offer and have either accepted the offer and paid at least £2,000 towards your tuition fees (if you are a postgraduate student) OR selected the University of Surrey as your firm choice through UCAS if you are an undergraduate.  

If you are a non-degree student (English language or on an exchange programme) the CAS will be sent to you as part of the application process.

Always read the CAS email carefully as soon as you receive it, to ensure there are no errors, which could later affect your visa application.

If your course requires an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate, you must provide this before a CAS can be issued.

Pre-sessional English language courses

You may be eligible to have a single CAS to cover both your pre-sessional English language course and your degree course. If you are eligible, this means you don't have to make a second visa application for your degree course.

Eligibility

  • You hold an unconditional offer for our Pre-Sessional English Language 11 weeks (PS11) course.
  • You have a valid Secure English Language Test at minimum B1 level in each of the four components of the test that are accepted by the University of Surrey.
  • You hold an offer for a degree course at the University of Surrey starting in September 2020.
  • You have met all other offer conditions for your degree course, by the given deadline, except for English language.
  • You have paid your deposit for your 11-week pre-sessional course.
  • You have either:
    • Chosen the University of Surrey as your ‘firm’ choice through UCAS (for undergraduate applications).
    • Paid you deposit or provided satisfactory evidence of sponsorship for you degree course (for postgraduate applications).
  • You meet the conditions of the CAS issuing policy (PDF).
  • You have satisfactorily completed your CAS request form for your degree course.
  • You hold an unconditional offer for our Pre-Sessional English Language 8 weeks (PS8) course.
  • You have a valid Secure English Language Test at minimum B1 level in each of the four components of the test that are accepted by the University of Surrey.
  • You hold an offer for a degree course at the University of Surrey starting in September 2020.
  • You have met all other offer conditions for your degree course, by the given deadline, except for English language.
  • You have paid your deposit for your 8-week pre-sessional course.
  • You have either:
    • Chosen the University of Surrey as your ‘firm’ choice through UCAS (for undergraduate applications).
    • Paid you deposit or provided satisfactory evidence of sponsorship for you degree course (for postgraduate applications).
  • You meet the conditions of the CAS issuing policy (PDF).
  • You have satisfactorily completed your CAS request form for your degree course.
  • You hold an unconditional offer for our Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course.
  • You have a IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson Test of English at a minimum of B2 level in each of the 4 components of the test.
  • You hold an offer for a degree course at the University of Surrey starting in September 2020.
  • You have met all other off conditionsfor your degree course, by the given deadline, except for English language.
  • You have paid your deposit for your 5-week pre-sessional course.
  • You have either:
    • Chosen the University of Surrey as your ‘firm’ choice through UCAS (for undergraduate applications).
    • Paid you deposit or provided satisfactory evidence of sponsorship for you degree course (for postgraduate applications).
  • You meet the conditions of the CAS issuing policy (PDF).
  • You have satisfactorily completed your CAS request form for your degree course.

Further information

As the CAS contains your personal details, you must inform the University of any changes that may occur, for example if you get a new passport or pay any additional tuition fees.  You should scan a copy of your new passport, or receipt for the payment, and your CAS will be updated. Confirmation of the update will then be emailed to you.  

You also need to keep us informed of any change to your contact details, particularly your email address. If you are using an agent’s contact details, you must keep in touch with them to ensure that you receive all the information from them.