Key dates and offer holder days

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.

The wellbeing of our students, staff and our visitors is our priority. With this in mind and following the latest advice from the UK Government and Public Health England, we have made the decision to postpone many of the events that were due to take place on campus in the coming weeks. 

We know this will be disappointing but hope you understand why it has been necessary for us to do this. We will be in touch with everyone booked onto one of these events in due course with further information. 

In the meantime, we have lots of information available online for you and will be arranging webinars, other online events and videos which we hope will give you the best possible insight into living and studying at the RAU.

Offer holder days

We would love to invite you to an offer holder day to spend some time with us and get a further taste of life at the RAU. You’ll spend most of the day with your chosen course experiencing what it’s really like to study here. There’ll be relevant activities such as sample lectures, practical activities, visiting our farms or going on a field trip, plus the chance to get to know your fellow offer holders before you start at the RAU, as well as the staff and students already here. To give a flavour of wider student life at the RAU you will also have the opportunity to find out about student finance, student support, career and work experience opportunities, accommodation and all the clubs and societies run by our Student Union.

This is a fantastic chance to meet the people and places that make the RAU, and discover why around 1,100 students choose to live and study with us. With a thriving social scene and plenty of opportunities to further your knowledge and entrepreneurial expertise, your future starts with a degree at the RAU.

Offer holder days are on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 19 February 2020
  • Wednesday 11 March 2020
  • Saturday 4 April 2020 - POSTPONED

As an offer holder, you will shortly receive a personal email invitation containing a direct link to book your place. If you have any questions, please email the open days team

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.

From NovemberApplications for on-campus accommodation open via myRAU. You'll receive an email once the portal is open.
February-April

Offer Holder Days. You are invited to visit the RAU to discover more about the University, your chosen subject area and to meet with academic staff and students. Booking is required. You will be sent an email with booking details. International students can meet university representatives who may visit their country.

From February 

UK applicants: 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 the start of your studies.

International applicants: Check for any additional support, scholarships, awards and bursaries you might want to apply for.

4 May 2020UCAS applicants only - If you've received your offer from the RAU before 31 March you need to choose your firm and insurance choices using UCAS Track.
Date TBCDeadline to accept your UCAS offer for consideration for the University Core Bursary.
Early MayIf you're an international student needing a Student 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 - JuneInternational 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 onwardsInternational 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.
July BTEC and IB results are published. Please send your results to the RAU Admissions Office by emailing [email protected]
Mid-AugustGCE A Level, Diploma and Pre-U results are published. Check UCAS Track online to see the status of your application.
Late August A confirmation email will be sent to all applicants who are holding an unconditional firm offer. 
Early SeptemberOnline 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.
Early SeptemberGet vaccinated. All students - British, European or overseas - admitted to UK universities are advised to be vaccinated against Meningitis C and to ensure all of their vaccinations are up-to-date.
Early September

Get your money organised. Make sure your tuition fee loan and maintenance loan is approved and/or set up an online payment for your tuition and/or accommodation fees.

International students: Make sure all the money you need is available and payment arranged for your tuition and accommodation fees before you arrive, or have provided details of any sponsors.

Please email [email protected] with any questions you have.

Before you arrive in the UKOverseas students: Obtain sufficient UK currency or an international credit/debit card to cover you until you open a UK bank account.
September 2020International students: International Orientation Programme (optional). Dates to be confirmed
13 September 2020Arrivals for on-site accommodation
14-18 September 2020We look forward to welcoming you for on-site Student Registration and Induction Week.
Within 10 days of your arrival in the UKInternational students: Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (i.e. Student Visa) from the appointed collection point, either the RAU Admissions and Visa Compliance Office or Swindon Post Office.
Open a UK bank accountInternational students: 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 PermitInternational students: 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 2020-21

For information about our semester dates, please visit: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/term-dates