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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and International Applicants

Find answers about your application to the University of Bradford below.

Frequently asked questions

We understand that many applicants are concerned about being able to meet English Language requirements, due to IELTS centre closures around the world. In order to support applicants for all programmes during these unprecedented times, we will be temporarily accepting the following tests.

  • TOEFL at Home. Details can be found here.
  • Linguaskill. Details can be found here.
  • LanguageCert. Details can be found here.

We will accept these tests until the IELTS test centres reopen, and for a time limited period of six weeks from the date IELTS centres reopen.

We will continue to review other language tests and we will add details of these as we approve them.

There’s been a lot of uncertainty about how school closures and exam cancellations are going to affect pupils and this varies by country.

UCAS have provided some guidance around the impact on international qualifications. If you can’t find the qualification you are taking it is best to check with the examining body who is awarding your qualification.

We understand that some students may have difficulties obtaining their transcripts or results during this period.

If our admissions team have requested a copy of your transcripts or results, you should send any documents that you currently have access to, even if this is not the most up-to-date information.

We will deal with all students in this situation on a case by case basis, taking into account the situation in your country. For further advice you can email

The centre you are entering with will submit a calculated grade which we will use to see if you meet the conditions of your offer. You can read more about how your grade will be calculated in the advice published by Cambridge.

Many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed or offering limited services. From 1 June 2020 some UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) will begin to open in a small number of locations, where local restrictions allow. For advice on visa services in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

This is the first phase of re-opening and we hope that more Visa Application Centres will open soon.

You can find more advice on our Visa support pages.

If you have an appointment and the Visa Application Centre is now closed, you’ll be contacted and told your appointment will not take place.

If you’ve paid for courier return, your passport will be returned if courier routes remain open.

If your passport is currently held in a VAC and you would like it to be returned by courier, please contact either TLS contact or VFS global directly if you haven’t already paid for courier return.

You can also contact the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline if you are concerned about your passport.

If you are unable to obtain a Visa due to COVID-19, the University will refund your deposit.

The ATAS scheme will begin to accept new applications on the online portal from 12:00 BST on 1 June 2020.

They will be working to a normal peak processing time hoping to provide a decision to the student within 30 working days from receipt of the application. You can read more about this on the government website.

Travel restrictions may be imposed as the situation continues to evolve in areas affected by the virus.

All prospective international students are reminded to review advice from their government about travel restrictions.

Applications for our 20 week Pre-sessional programme have now closed. If you have already applied you will be contacted shortly to advise of the next steps.

The University is currently reviewing the Pre-sessional English course and we will be in contact with any applicants in due course.

The University of Bradford will start the new academic year, two weeks later than planned, on Monday 28 September 2020. Teaching will start week commencing 5 October 2020. Programmes in the Faculty of Health Studies with earlier start dates will continue with their previously published dates.

We will continue to deliver semesters with twelve weeks of scheduled learning and teaching activity and there will be no loss of student learning opportunities as a result of the change.

Welcome Week will take place week commencing 28 September 2020, with teaching starting week commencing 5 October 2020.

We are working with the Students’ Union to make sure that your student experience is not impacted. Further information on the opportunities for leisure, sports, societies, activities and volunteering, amongst other things, will be made available as soon as possible.

We are committed to delivering outstanding education to all our students while continuing to offer a campus-centred experience through a blended approach to learning. This means that all our courses will be delivered through a combination of educational technologies and face-to-face teaching on campus.

All of our programmes include small group settings, such as tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops, clinics and/or in laboratories. We will continue to deliver our programmes through these teaching activities and will always be guided by national safety guidelines to ensure students are able to benefit from a safe, personalised learning experience.

We will not be able to run lectures in their usual format on campus for the foreseeable future but, we will deliver the content through innovative online technology to supplement our small-group learning.

Our campus will be open and – following all national safety guidelines – we look forward to welcoming you back to our community here in Bradford.

We will provide further details about our approach to making on-campus facilities available, including the library, as soon as possible once these plans are finalised.

Yes, to reassure you and protect your health, social distancing measures will be in place across our campus, further details of which will be provided to students in due course. 

We will finish the academic year at the same time as originally planned.