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.

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. These on campus events will give you the opportunity to find out more about your chosen course and experience what it’s like to study here. There will be relevant activities such as sample lectures, practical activities, visiting our farms or going on a field trip. Plus you'llget to meet your fellow offer holders before you start at the RAU, as well as the staff and students laready here.

You can also find out about student finance, support, careers, work experience opportunities, accommodation and all the clubs and societies run by our Students' Union.

This is a fantastic chance to meet the people 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.

The offer holder days are taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 23 February 2022
  • Saturday 19 March 2022
  • Wednesday 27 April 2022
  • Wednesday 25 May 2022

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

Please note: we are planning for these events to go ahead as a full open day experience on campus, but we are ready to adapt our plans if there are any changes to the Government guidance. If this is the case, we will be in touch with all attendees with an update on how the events will run.

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 MarchApplications for on-campus accommodation open via myRAU. You'll receive an email once the portal is open.

Offer holder days. You are invited to join us at one of our offer holder days to discover more about the University, your chosen subject area and to hear from academic staff and students. 

You’ll also be invited to explore our offer holder hub which contains lots of useful information relating to your offer, chosen course and starting University.

You’ll be sent an email with more details about these events. 

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.

9 June 2022UCAS applicants only - If you've received your offer from the RAU before 19 May you need to choose your firm and insurance choices using UCAS Track.
9 June 2022Deadline to accept your UCAS offer for consideration for the University Core Bursary.
April/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 you'll need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test.
Early May 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 international offer holders in early May asking for confirmation of these details.
TBCBTEC and IB results are published. Please send your results to the RAU Admissions Office by emailing
18 August 2022GCE A Level, Diploma and Pre-U results are published. Check UCAS Track online to see the status of your application.
25 August 2022GCSE results are published – relevant to Undergraduate applicants who may be re-taking GCSE Maths and English.
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 with any questions you have.

Before you arrive in the UKInternational students: Obtain sufficient UK currency or an international credit/debit card to cover you until you open a UK bank account.
September 2022International students: International Orientation Programme (optional). Dates to be confirmed.
11 September 2022Arrivals for on-site accommodation
12-16 September 2022We 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 from 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 2022-23

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