Covid-19 (Coronavirus) advice for Goldsmiths’ applicants

This page provides help and advice for people whose application to Goldsmiths may be impacted by Covid-19 measures.

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We appreciate that prospective students are understandably concerned about the coronavirus and the potential impact on their ability to complete the enrolment process to study at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Goldsmiths is currently following the latest advice for the UK from the Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

As the situation develops, we will continue to update our webpages so keep checking for the latest advice and guidance.

Courses at Goldsmiths are expected to run as normal and are open for applications. We will, of course, continue to monitor the likely impact of the situation on our applicants from regions affected by the coronavirus and also how the situation develops in the UK. We will make every effort to ensure applicants are not disadvantaged.

How to contact us if you need help.


We are aiming to open applications for new students on Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 12noon, and close on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 12noon.

We guarantee accommodation to international applicants who apply by the 18 June.

However the accommodation application portal will remain open throughout the summer, and any applications received after the June deadline will be considered.

We are not able to guarantee a place to those who apply after the deadline, but last year, all accommodation applicants, including those who applied after the deadline received an offer of accommodation before the start of term. We will make every effort to accommodate late applicants again this year.

Open days and visiting campus

Due to the ongoing situation around Covid-19 (coronavirus) across the UK, we can no longer hold our applicant day on 25 April 2020, or our postgraduate applicant days on 13 May 2020 and 10 June 2020 on campus.

We have also cancelled Campus Tours for the rest of the academic year.

We are holding a series of online events for applicants in the coming months. Please see our Applicant Days page for details.

Extended deadline dates for CAS

We have extended our deadlines for applying to study with us, requesting a CAS statement (if you need a student visa) and starting your studies.

  • If you plan to join the 12 week Pre-sessional English language programme starting on 15 June 2020 then then we can allow you to start late if you are delayed because of the coronavirus. The latest we can allow a student to enrol on the programme is 6 July 2020. The latest date to receive a CAS is 29 June. Programme applications received after the published deadline will be processed accordingly
  • If you plan to join the 9 week Pre-sessional English language programme starting on 6 July 2020 but are delayed because of coronavirus, the latest we can allow you to enrol is 27 July 2020 and the deadline to receive a CAS is 17 July 2020. Programme applications received after the published deadline will be processed accordingly
  • For the 5 week Pre-sessional English language programme starting on 3 August 2020 the latest start date is 10 August 2020 and you should have requested a CAS by 29 July 2020. Programme applications received after the published deadline will be processed accordingly

If you think you might be slightly later than these dates then you should let the English Language Centre know ( and the Immigration Advisory Service ( so that we can advise you and help you further.

For programmes starting in September, we are monitoring the situation and we will update this information in the coming weeks. We will be flexible with students delayed because of coronavirus. Check back for the latest information.

Deferring your offer

If you are unable to start studying on your programme this year it is possible to request to defer entry until September 2021.

This is normally authorised by the academic department in which your programme is taught. If your request to defer is granted we will guarantee that your place will be held until September 2021.

We usually contact deferred offer holders in the spring before they start to confirm that they still wish to take up their place.

Please contact for more information or to request a deferral.

Refunds if you are unable to travel due to restrictions

If you cannot travel in time to start your studies with us because of restrictions relating to coronavirus, you should be eligible for a full refund of your advanced tuition fee payment or the Pre-sessional programme deposit payments.

Problems with IELTS, SELT, other certificates and final grades

Unable to take the IELTS test as centres are closed

The British Council have advised that all IELTS exams in China are suspended for the duration of March 2020. If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your course application for Goldsmiths. Get in touch with to discuss your circumstances. The IELTS website has the latest information about testing centres.

Results not received

If you have already taken an IELTS test, but have not received your results, you should receive your Test Report Form (TRF) by email

If you have not yet received the hard copy of the certificate, you can provide us with the TRF number and we can verify this online.

We cannot contact IELTS for you because they will not share your information, but if you provide us with the TRF number we can verify your results for you and this means we should be able to process your offer.

Unable to obtain a SELT English language certificate

The Home Office requires that a Secure English Language Test (SELT) is used to access some Pre-sessional English language programmes and all International Foundation Certificate programmes in the UK.

At the moment Goldsmiths does not have a test it can use to assess your English language levels for direct entry to a degree programme, so we recommend you check our list of acceptable English language qualifications as you may hold an alternative qualification we can use.

If you have further questions or concerns about meeting the English language requirements then email to discuss your circumstances. You might also be able to use an older IELTS result to support your programme application for Goldsmiths.

School or university certificates and final grades

Goldsmiths has a policy to help people who cannot obtain certificates because their school or university closed.

It also helps if you believe your final grade will be affected because of Covid-19.

You should let admissions via know about this as soon as you can so that they can advise you further. We will do all we can to support you in this situation.

If anything is unclear or you are worried about your ability to successfully enrol for study this year, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Page last updated 27 March.