Coronavirus FAQs for International Applicants

Coronavirus FAQs for International Applicants

Updated 21 July 2020

 

Will RWCMD open in September?

Yes, we are planning to open the College for all new and returning students when the new academic year starts on 21 September 2020. We are monitoring the current situation and following advice from the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. The health and safety of our students and staff is our main priority, and we will therefore adapt the way that we use our facilities to ensure that we follow any social-distancing guidelines that remain in place at that time.

 

Will I be taught online or face-to-face?

We are planning to use a blended learning approach to our teaching in the first term (September to December). We are working hard to ensure that all students will be able to experience some face-to-face learning at College, in a way that is both effective and safe for all of our students and staff. This will include teaching in small groups or one-to-one teaching, so that social distancing can be observed, as well as some online teaching, which the College has used successfully with current students over the summer term. We will continue to follow Government guidelines with the aim of increasing more face-to-face teaching as soon as possible.

Nearer the start of term, we expect to have further clarity about the mix of online and on-campus teaching for the first term, based on government guidance at that time. This information will be emailed to you.

 

How clean is campus?

We aim to achieve the best possible cleaning standards with night-time cleaning and day-time janitorial services. We have recently increased focus on toilets/washrooms, replenishment of soap and paper towels and cleaning of touch points such as door handles and lift call buttons. Anti-bacterial spray is also available throughout campus.

 

What is the current move in date for the College’s halls of residence?

Contracts commence on the Wednesday before the academic year commences (16 September this year). It is possible to move in earlier and pay the additional daily rate.

 

Will there be fewer people accepted into halls due to social distancing?

Social distancing considerations will not reduce the number of students accepted into halls of residence. Social distancing adjustments will be guided by Government rules and advice at that time.

 

I have a conditional offer. Do I need to send you confirmation of my results?

If we attached conditions to your offer, we’ll need to see evidence that these conditions have been met.

Some results will be sent to us directly by UCAS. Information on results that UCAS will send us can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note that for UCAS to match your results to your application, you will need to ensure you included all exams you are taking in the ‘qualifications pending’ section of your application form. If you did not include any exams in this section, please contact UCAS to ask about adding them to your application form.

If the results for the qualification you are studying are not included in the list of those sent to us by UCAS, you’ll need to ensure you send this information us. Please ensure that any result confirmation you send clearly states your full name, the qualification, the date of the award and the result.

If the qualification documents you are submitting are not in English, you must also include an original translation of each document. Each translation must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator or translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document, e.g. “I can confirm that this is a true and accurate translation of the original document”
  • the date of the translation
  • the full name and original signature of the translator, or of an authorised official of the translation company

 

When will international students be receiving CAS numbers for visa applications?

We have been sending out draft CAS statements for you to check your details are correct, and we will issue your final CAS to support your visa application as soon as we are able to.

If you have not already done so, please send us your passport, IELTS, academic qualifications and pay the deposit. We will not be able to issue your CAS until we have received all of these. If you are not sure which documents you need to send us, please email us at admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk and we will advise you further.

If you need to provide proof of your English language level, please refer to our English language requirements page.

We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the visa requirements for study in the UK. Information and advice can be found on the UK Visa & Immigration website and the University of South Wales (USW) website (RWCMD is a part of the USW group). Please pay particular attention to the financial considerations which can be found under the heading Maintenance: specific guidance for Tier 4 (General) Students, currently on page 32 of the Policy Guidance.

 

Are there any issues/concerns for international students who will be flying in?

We recognise that there may still be some travel restrictions in place that restrict the mobility of students, especially those travelling from outside the UK and Ireland. If students are not able to travel to the UK, we will put in place options for students to begin their studies remotely in September, and then join their classes at College once they are permitted to travel.

It may also be that students are permitted to travel to the UK, but will be subject to a short period of quarantine on arrival. If quarantine rules are still in place, RWCMD will assist students with travelling from the airport to Cardiff and ensure that their accommodation during the quarantine period is as close to College as possible. We will send further information about this once the details have been confirmed nearer to the time.