EU & International students

English Language Requirements

We know that many English language test centres in different countries have been closed, and so appreciate that you may be concerned about demonstrating that you have met the English language requirements.

We have reviewed the various English testing options which are available and can offer some flexibility to reassure you:

In addition, some Postgraduate taught programmes will now start in November 2020 or January 2021, providing you with more time and opportunity to meet the conditions of your offer.

Pre-sessional English online courses are available for students starting in November or January who still need to raise their English to meet entry requirements.

EU/EEA students arriving after 31 December 2020

Due to the UK's exit from the European Union, you must have started living in the UK by 31st December 2020 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you enter the UK after this date and are staying for longer than 6 months, you must obtain entry clearance through the UK visa process. This will also involve payment of the £470 per year healthcare surcharge to gain access to the National Health Service (application prior to October 2020: £300 per year study).

You may wish to explore the option of arriving early with your accommodation provider to establish proof of residence by 31 December, such as a signed tenancy agreement or contract. A hotel booking is not acceptable. 

If you wish to enquire whether a residence contract and arrival pre-December 31st is possible for your particular circumstances, please contact Accommodation Services directly. They will consider availability and feasibility on a case by case basis.

For more information on visas, please see: International Student Support 

International Students: CAS

Confimation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

If you are an international student, we will provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once you have been accepted on a programme. You will need this for your visa application. 

You should receive your CAS by email once you have accepted your unconditional offer and uploaded all documents relating to meeting the entry requirements for your programme.  The CAS will be issued within the 3 months before your course start date. 

Timeline to receive your CAS in 2020/21

Start Date CAS Issue Period Timeline for CAS Issue Last Date for CAS Issue
September now until 11 Sep up to 5 working days from accepting unconditional offer 11-Sep
November 1 Sep - 16 Oct up to 5 working days from accepting unconditional offer 16-Oct
January 19 Oct - 18 Dec up to 5 working days from accepting unconditional offer 18-Dec

Your CAS will state your programme start date:

  • 14 September 2020
  • 9 November 2020
  • 11 January 2021

Wherever possible you should aim to arrive in Glasgow for the start of your programme.

If you are unable to travel to Glasgow in time, due to visa delays, travel restrictions or Covid-19 related medical/health reasons, you can register, enrol and commence study remotely, but must do so by your start date, providing you transition to Glasgow as soon as you can

Changing your CAS

To give you the most flexible time period to arrive in Glasgow, the latest arrival date stated on all CAS issued from Monday 10 August will be Monday 18 January 2021.

If you have already received your CAS stating the latest start date of 12 October 2020 and will not be able to arrive in Glasgow by this time, please complete and submit this form:

We will update your CAS to the latest possible arrival date within the 6-month validity.

Please visit International Student Support  for detailed information on the visa application process and any Covid-related updates.