Congratulations on receiving your offer. Starting university is one of the most exciting times of your life.
By now you'll already be thinking about what lies ahead and what you should do to prepare for your course and all that follows. We're here to guide you along the way. This handy timeline breaks down all the important phases between now and when you start your course, and shows you the things to do next.
For Februarty starters: You'll be emailed seperately with dates and more information about Registration.
|October start||February start|
|From January 2019||Email for availability||Applications for on-campus accommodation open via MyRAU. You'll receive an email once the portal is open.|
|January - September||January - September||Postgraduate open days. A perfect opportunity to visit the University and get a feel for what life as a student is really like. For dates please check here.|
|From February 2019||As soon as possible||Arrange student finance loans and check for any other additional support, scholarships, awards and bursaries you might want to apply for. Try to apply for your student loans as soon as possible to make sure they are in place in time for starting your studies.|
|From May 2019||As soon as possible||For applicants holding a conditional offer, send your final results (final transcript and certificate) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|May - June||October - November||If you're an international student needing a Tier 4 Visa you'll be sent an email asking you to complete the BIPF (Background Information Pro Forma on the MyRAU portal. This must be completed as soon as possible and no later than June.|
|May - June||October - November||International students: TB screening tests - for visa applicants. If you're coming to the UK for more than six months and are resident in any of the countries listed on www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa you'll need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test.|
|Early June onwards||November onwards||International students: For those applicants who need a visa, CAS numbers are issued to unconditional firm offer holders who have submitted their BIPF (Background Information Pro Forma), paid the required £2,000 deposit and confirmed their passport details with Admissions. An email is sent to overseas (non-EU/EEA nationals) offer holders in early May asking for confirmation of these details.|
|Late August 2019||Mid-December||A confirmation email will be sent to all applicants who are holding an unconditional firm offer.|
|September 2019||December 2019||Get vaccinated. All students - British, European or overseas - admitted to UK universities are advised to be vaccinated against Meningitis and to ensure all of their vaccinations are up-to-date. Students on courses relating to agriculture should also ensure they are vaccinated against tetanus.|
|September 2019||December 2019||Get your money organised. Make sure your postgraduate loan is approved and set up an online payment for your tuition and/or accommodation fees. For queries contact email@example.com.|
|September 2019||Late January 2020||Online self registration will open. You'll need to complete this before you arrive. You'll be able to request a permit to park on site at this point. You'll receive an email once the portal is open.|
|Before you arrive in the UK||Before you arrive in the UK||Overseas students: Obtain sufficient UK currency or an international credit/debit card to cover you until you open a UK bank account.|
|September 2019||February 2020||International students: International Orientation Programme (optional). Dates to be confirmed|
|22 September 2019||N/A||Arrivals for on-site accommodation|
|23-27 September 2019||February 2020||We look forward to welcoming you for on-site Student Registration and Induction Week.|
|Within 10 days of your arrival in the UK||Within 10 days of your arrival in the UK|
International students: Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (i.e. Tier 4 Visa) from the appointed collection point, either the RAU Registry Office or Swindon Post Office.
Ask Registry for a student status letter (state the bank you'll use) to allow you to open a UK bank account.
As soon as you receive your Biometric Residence Permit Nationals of certain countries will need to register with the police no longer than 10 days after your arrival in the UK. RAU arranges dedicated dates for international students to do so either on campus or at the Police headquarters.
Semester dates for 2019-20
New student Registration and Induction Week 23 - 27 September 2019
|1||30 September 2019||6 December 2019|
|Christmas||9 December 2019||3 January 2020|
|1||6 January 2020||31 January 2020|
|2||3 February 2020||20 March 2020|
|Easter||23 March 2020||17 April 2020|
|2||20 April 2020||5 June 2020|