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Delayed arrival on campus for students affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

We understand that you may be unable to attend campus for a short or longer period because of issues relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have developed a remote study policy to make sure you can continue with your studies online if you are unable to attend campus.

The option to study remotely was previously available until 31 January 2021 (earlier for some programmes). We have now extended this, so you can apply to study remotely for longer. The duration of the extension will depend upon the start date of your programme:

Programme start dateRemote study extended until
Before 28 September 202018 July 2021
28 September 202020 June 2021
During October/November 202025 July 2021
During January 202122 August 2021

Please note: some programmes are not able to provide remote study, and others that were able to provide remote study for semester one will not be able to do so for semester two due to scheduled learning that requires on-campus attendance.

Check your eligibility

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student, you can apply to study remotely if you are:

  • shielding or in a vulnerable group
  • living with or caring for someone who is shielding
  • unable to travel to the UK due to travel restrictions/issues
  • in quarantine in UK accommodation
  • concerned about attending on-campus provision.

The option to study remotely does not apply to programmes where you are required to attend on-campus activity to meet the needs of professional or statutory bodies.

Do not apply for remote study if you have to self isolate due to test and trace or because a member of your household has presented with coronavirus symptoms. In these circumstances you should let us know via SIMS Online.

Programmes that are not eligible

The option to study remotely does not apply to programmes where you are required to attend on-campus activity for example, for clinical or laboratory-based learning or to meet the needs of professional or statutory bodies. If your programme is eligible for remote study you will be able to apply via SIMS Online from the week commencing 7 December 2020. If your programme is not eligible for remote study, the option to apply for remote study will not appear in your SIMS Online record. Your School will also contact all students on programmes (or years of programmes) where remote study is not possible to inform you of this.

If your programme does not allow remote study and you are not able to come to campus, you may be eligible to interrupt your studies. Your school office or personal tutor will be able to advise you of the options.

Getting advice

If you are unable to return to campus then you should contact your School in the first instance to discuss options. You can also get further advice on remote study from:

Things to consider before you apply to study remotely

If you are an overseas student, a sponsored student, studying on a one-year programme, or planning to use your qualification to work abroad there are some important considerations that you should think about before making an application to study remotely. This is especially important if you have already studied semester one remotely.

Will your qualification, if studied remotely, be accepted in the country that you plan to work? In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and remote learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status if you intend to submit a request to study your degree fully remotely. If you are on a one-year programme, you should check with the governing body in the relevant country prior to requesting remote study.

Examples of bodies you could contact for further clarity include:

  • Ministry of Education/Higher Education in your country or state/region.
  • UK-based Embassy of your country (where Embassies have a Cultural/Education Attach√© and offer support services to students in the UK).
  • Professional/licensing bodies for specific occupations in your country or state/region.
  • Educational accrediting bodies in your country or state/region.
  • Your sponsor (if you are sponsored).

It is your responsibility to check that your qualification will be valid in the country where you plan to use it before applying for remote study.

Will your sponsor continue to provide financial support if you study remotely? If you are receiving financial support from a sponsor to fund your studies you should contact them to check whether they will continue to provide financial assistance if you choose to study remotely.

Do you plan to work in the UK after studying (a post-study work visa)? The Graduate route opens in summer 2021, when the Home Office guidance will be available. The current rules state that you must arrive in the UK by 6 April 2021 and be engaged in face to face study for one semester in the UK, and meet all other criteria, to be eligible to apply for the Graduate route visa after completion of your academic programme.

How to apply to study remotely

  1. You will need to hold an unconditional offer to study at Cardiff University.
  2. You can apply through your SIMS applicant portal if you are a new student.
  3. Log in to SIMS and select 'Request remote study'. Follow the instructions to make your application.
  4. SIMS will check if your course can be studied remotely.
  5. If you are eligible your application will be approved until the relevant date indicated in the table above (depending on the start date of your programme).
  6. You will receive an email confirming the period that you have been approved to remote study.

If your circumstances change, or you change your mind

If your circumstances change after you've applied for remote study, and you wish to return to on-campus learning, you can notify us via SIMS. You should be able to start on-campus learning two weeks after notifying us.


Even if you are applying to study remotely, you should still complete your online enrolment as soon as you receive an email inviting you to do so (you may have already received this email).

Please note that if you are granted permission to study remotely, you will not initially need to collect your student card, or, if you are an international student, provide evidence of your right to study in the UK. We will require you to upload a copy of your passport to the SIMS portal following completion of online enrolment, to verify your identity. When you arrive at the University you will collect your student ID card and provide your full documentation at the enrolment event.

Academic implications

In academic terms, students studying remotely for semester one will have a comparable student experience accessing learning materials online. Your academic work will be assessed on the same basis as all other students, whether they are studying remotely or not. As long as you have enrolled, you will still be able to access the ‘standard’ online learning material offered as part of your programme.

International students

Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS)

If your application to study remotely is approved we will contact you regarding a replacement CAS statement.

UK visa application

You should check your proposed travel dates carefully and allow sufficient time for your visa to be processed.

Post-study work visa

The Graduate Route opens in summer 2021. The UK rules state that as long as you have arrived in the UK by 6 April 2021, and meet all other criteria, you will be able to apply to switch to this route after completion of your academic programme.