Coronavirus FAQs for International Applicants

Coronavirus FAQs for International Applicants

Updated 6 May 2020


Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, visa centres are closed and tests have been cancelled. If the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation does not get better, can we take the Pre-sessional English Course online?

Yes! Applications are open and details can be found on the Pre-sessional English Language Course page. The final deadline to apply for this course is 11th June.


Will you consider organising an internal test for students who can’t take an IELTS test for the Pre-sessional English Course?

RWCMD is working with USW to offer an online test option for applicants in China wishing to undertake the Pre-sessional Course. This test is offered from May 4-8th only. All offer-holders in China have been emailed with these details. If you have not received these details, contact immediately.

For applicants who don’t wish to take the Pre-Sessional Course, we are able to accept a range of tests including the TOEFL Home Edition test. ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test which is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test centre. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU. For a full list of acceptable English language tests, visit the English Language Requirements page.


Can I use the Duolingo or IELTS Indicator tests instead of IELTS?

The list of alternative tests that we accept can be found in the English Language Requirements page. We are currently looking into the Duolingo and IELTS Indicator tests and will make a decision on this shortly.


Will the new term in September 2020 start as usual due to the current situation with the pandemic?

This is currently out of our control as all educational institutions will be guided by the UK Government as to when they can reopen. We are planning towards term starting in September as usual, but are looking at contingency measures in case this is not possible.


Can I delay my deposit deadline?

We have not moved the deposit deadlines, however deposits are refundable in line with guidance below.

Applicants who accept a place, but subsequently have to withdraw, will have their deposit refunded provided they inform the College in writing, no less than 14 days before the advertised start date of their course. Applicants who withdraw after this date will be entitled to a refund of their deposit, less a £250 administration charge. You will also be eligible for a full refund if your visa is rejected.

Options on how to pay can be found on the Pre-student Portal:


If the situation with COVID-19 is still serious in a few months, what options are available for new international students?

For international students that are not able to travel to the UK in time for a September 2020 start, we are looking at the possibility of running the first term (September-December) online, which we have been doing with current students since lockdown began in the UK.

If students do not have the necessary equipment (a laptop/tablet, internet connection) for online tuition, then we are exploring a January start date option.

Once we have the details for the above options we will share them with you.


Is retaining my student status possible if I want to postpone my study at RWCMD until September 2021 because of the pandemic?

Maintaining your performing arts ability takes regular practice. As we cannot guarantee that an applicant will continue to practice and maintain their level for the year, we are unable to defer an offer of a place. We will, however, schedule auditions for any offer-holders who were unable to start their course in 2020, before we audition new applicants. We will also waive the audition fee.