Information for prospective students

As a prospective student or offer holder, we understand you may have concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on your enrolment at the University of York.

We want to reassure you that our shared sense of community and compassion puts our students at the very heart of our University, even more so during this unsettling period. Our dedicated team is closely monitoring the situation and doing everything we can to support your choices about which university is right for you and smooth your transition to university life.

In the information below we've tried to address as many concerns as possible in relation to prospective students.

We’re continuing to follow official advice and adapt our response as the situation evolves. For the latest information please regularly check these pages and our prospective student pages.

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we confirm our plans to provide the best possible experience for you, our applicants.

We are updating these pages as the situation develops, so please check them regularly.

You should also consult these official sources of information:

Examination and assessment cancellations


We know you’ll be concerned about the cancellation of examinations and assessments in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and across the world. We want to reassure you that we are working closely with UCAS ( and other relevant awarding bodies throughout this period.

We’re currently waiting for details from the UK government on the process for award of results. As soon as we have more information, we’ll be in touch to confirm how and when we will manage the process of confirming offers.


If you’re in the final year of a higher education qualification and are planning to continue your studies, you should check with your university to confirm how and when your grade will be awarded.


If you're an international student, you should contact your school for updates on whether exams are still going ahead. You can also get updates for some of the most common qualifications at:

Current York students

Current York students can visit our dedicated coronavirus page for more information:

Applications for 2020/21 entry

Applications remain open. Your application is important to us and we encourage you to apply as planned.

We are closely monitoring what schools, universities and awarding bodies put in place for students who have not yet completed their qualifications. If we make you an offer, we'll contact you about the next steps.

If you are an international student currently affected by travel restrictions in your home country, we still encourage you to apply. This situation is fast moving and is likely to change in the coming months.

For guidance on how to apply and deadlines see:

Postgraduate taught applications

We have removed academic reference requirements for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes, with the exception of the following:

Find out more information on what supporting documents you will need.

Arriving in September

We're continuing to prepare to welcome our new students in September 2020 as usual. This page will be kept up-to-date with the most recent guidance and advice. As the start of the term approaches, please refer back to these pages to check for updates.

University events and visits

The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors is our key priority and in light of the ongoing situation we have regrettably taken the decision to cancel all university events and visits for the foreseeable future.

This includes:

  • All worldwide visits and events have been cancelled. We are developing a programme of alternative online events and will advertise these soon. Sign up for international event updates via email and we’ll contact you about the alternative arrangements.
  • The undergraduate Open Days scheduled to take place on Friday 26 June and Sunday 28 June will be redeveloped as online events. Sign up for undergraduate event updates via email and we’ll contact you about the alternative arrangements.
  • The undergraduate Post Offer Visit Day scheduled to take place on Wednesday 8 April has been cancelled and will be developed as an online event. Further communications will follow.
  • All Postgraduate Open Days and Study Fairs have been cancelled. Where possible these will be developed as online events. Sign up for postgraduate event updates via email and we’ll contact you about the alternative arrangements.
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate interviews are in the process of being arranged via video call where possible. University staff will be in touch with further details.
  • Campus tours have been cancelled and we're looking at arranging online versions of these events. Get a feel for our campus, accommodation and facilities with our online campus tour.
  • The Shine and Roots to Success residential events scheduled for the 23 March onwards have both been cancelled.

We're closely monitoring the situation and planning for all eventualities while we work within the guidance provided by Public Health England (PHE).

Sign up for email updates for the latest announcements and booking information:

Refunding travel and/or accommodation

If you’ve already booked accommodation or travel please contact your provider directly to enquire about a refund.

English language tests and requirements

  • IELTS testing is still going ahead where it is permitted and safe to do so, with additional precautions in place to help protect the health of test takers and staff. See the latest IELTS updates (
  • If your testing centre is closed or you don’t yet have your test result, you can still apply to study our courses. The deadline for meeting the English language entry criteria for 2020/21 entry is 9 September 2020 (for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses). Postgraduate research students should contact for more information.
  • We are also developing alternative English language tests, equivalent to IELTS. You will be able to take these from home and meet the English language requirements for your course. We’ll announce these soon and contact you with details.
  • If you’ve booked and paid for a test that you can’t take, as you need to take an additional online test, you’ll need to contact your test provider to enquire about their refund policy. It’s not current University policy to reimburse additional online English language tests.

For more details about English language requirements, including information on all the qualifications we accept, see:

Pre-sessional English courses

All our pre-sessional courses will now be delivered online. If you have already have a place, you will be offered a place on one of our online courses. Our Admissions team will contact you with the details.

We have also removed the application deadlines to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. You will still need to apply before the course start date.

Find out more about pre-sessional courses including course dates, fees, course content, how to apply and cancellations.

Who to contact

If you have further questions, please email us:

If you’re an international student, you can also contact Regional Managers for information about your application status.