Welcome new students

Before you start

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Get ready for life at Essex

We can’t wait for you to join us, but don’t forget that to become an official Essex student, you’ll need to register first.

To help prepare you for your new life as an Essex student, we’ve put together some pre-arrival information so you can get your questions answered and start planning from the comfort of your home. 


Pre-arrival information

Applying to study at Essex

Undergraduate applications for October 2022 are open. Visit our undergraduate pages to find out more.

Applications are open for many of our Masters courses starting in 2022, to find out to apply visit our postgraduate pages.

Further information can be found on our applying pages


Online Registration for the Spring term is now open and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 13 February 2022. Please check our registration webpage for information on how to register with us.  

We know that COVID-19 restrictions may still affect many of you. That’s why we will offer a level of flexibility for those who are unable to arrive at our campuses for the start of term. As soon as you’ve completed online registration, you can access our Remote Study Request Form and submit your request to study remotely if necessary.

Obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)/visa

CAS is an electronic document required to make a student visa application if you are applying from outside the UK and require sponsorship. 

In order to be eligible for a CAS you must have: 

CAS issue is not an automatic process.

We will aim to send you a CAS questionnaire to complete within 7 days from your offer becoming unconditional, or receiving a deposit payment (if this is required). We will also request any other documents/information required. 

Once this is received, we will review your responses to ensure that you meet Student Visa requirements. We will get in touch if we have further questions and will only proceed to issue CAS once we are confident that your visa application will be successful. 

If you have not heard from us after 4 weeks of submitting your CAS questionnaire, or after providing requested information, and you require an urgent response please email adintadv@essex.ac.uk

Find out more about Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Applying for a visa

You’ll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University in order to apply for a Student visa if you require sponsorship to study. The Admissions teams are issuing CAS as usual to applicants that they are confident meet all of the requirements, and they might ask you some additional questions as part of the process. Once you have your CAS it is valid for 6 months, giving you plenty of time to make your Student visa application, but you should let Admissions know if you do not think you will be arriving by the Latest Accept Date on your CAS.

Find out more about Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Visa requirements after 1 January 2021

European and Swiss students who travel to the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to study, unless you already hold settled status. Irish students will continue to have the right to live and study in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

Find out more about applying for a visa to study at the University of Essex following the new immigration rules from January 2021.

Registration and your CAS/visa 

Online Registration is now open and all students are required to register online. Please don’t wait for your CAS to register, you will receive this as soon as it is ready.

We expect our students to join us on our campuses for the start of term, and we are optimistic that progress in implementation of the UK vaccination programme. While we expect all our students to return to campus next year, we will continue to offer a level of flexibility for students unable to arrive at our campuses for the start of term due to COVID-19 restrictions (perhaps due to travel restrictions) to start their learning remotely.

Your deposit

Receipt of your deposit 

Depending on method of payment it may take a few days for your payment to reach our account. You can help us by making it as clear as possible where the payment is to be assigned.

If you receive a CAS questionnaire from us you can assume that your deposit payment has been received as we require payment of the deposit in order to send this.  

If you do not receive receipt of payment or a CAS questionnaire within 7 days please send us proof of payment as we will ask our Income team to confirm the payment has been received. 

Further information on how to pay a deposit can be found on our tuition fee deposits webpage.

Refund policy

If you are asked to pay a deposit to secure your place and scholarship, you should do so by the relevant deadline. Our refund policy will be applicable in any circumstances related to COVID-19 that might make you unable to join us this autumn.

Please note that the East 15 Acting School course deposit terms and conditions are different. 


We complete rigorous checks to ensure that CAS is only issued if we believe that your visa application will be successful. Our visa refusal rate is extremely low. However, in the rare instance that a visa is refused you should contact us to determine if other options such as online only teaching is possible. 

Remote study

The University of Essex is a campus-based university. We offer our students a distinctive, on-campus, living and learning experience, and our students benefit from being on our campuses, sharing their Essex learning experience with fellow students and being part of our rich and diverse community.

We know that COVID-19 restrictions may still affect many of you. That’s why we will offer a level of flexibility for those who are unable to arrive at our campuses for the start of term. More information about eligibility and how to apply to study remotely can be found on the Student Directory.

Under 18 students

Our student communities pages are a great source of information about all the support and services that are available to you if you're under 18 and coming to Essex.

International students

Whether you are arriving at our campuses straight away or if you need to study remotely for a short time, a warm welcome awaits you at Essex as soon as you are able to join us. We are proud to be a global community and we recognise that living and studying in the UK may be very different from your own country. Make sure you read all the guidance for new international students to help you arrive and settle in to your new life at Essex. 

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