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ARU College Application Process

How does the application process work for international students?

Step 1


Submit your application via the StudyLink portal and track the status of your application on our Student Portal or through one of our contracted educational representatives/ agents. It is important that you provide up to date contact information so you can receive updates about your application.

Step 2

Wait to Receive Your Offer Letter.

After submitting your application, the next step is to wait to receive your offer letter. You should hear back from a member of our admissions team within 48 hours, but please allow longer in busy periods.

There are two types of offers:

A conditional offer means that you have been offered a place to study with us, upon meeting specific requirements or conditions. These conditions will be clearly outlined on your offer letter. Once you have met these conditions, your offer will turn into an unconditional offer, which you can then accept. An unconditional offer means that you have met all the entry requirements for your course and that you have secured a place with ARU College.

Step 3

Accept Your Offer!

Congratulations on your offer to join us at ARU College!

After receiving your unconditional offer, the next step is to complete and return the acceptance form that is attached to your offer. In addition to this, you will need to pay your tuition fee deposit (the amount will also be outlined in your offer letter).

Step 4

Receive Your Provisional CAS.

The next step in the process, is to receive your provisional CAS.  CAS stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies and is a unique number which confirms you have been accepted on a course of study in the UK and is essential for making a successful Student visa application. A provisional CAS allows you to check all of the information is correct, before your final CAS is issued.

Step 5

Receive Your CAS.

Once you have met the requirements, ARU will issue you with your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). You can now start your visa application.

Step 6

Apply for Your Visa.

Once you have received your CAS, you should submit your student route visa application. Be sure to keep us updated with your visa outcome.

Step 7

Book Your Accommodation.

Once you have received your visa, it is vital that you explore your accommodation options as soon as possible. On campus student accommodation is very limited and ARU cannot guarantee accommodation, so we strongly encourage you to consider off-campus private accommodation options. Overall, you should ensure that you have made arrangements prior to arriving in the UK.

Step 8

Arrive and Register.

Lastly, book your flights and arrive in the UK! Once you’ve arrived, there are a number of options to travel from the airport to either Cambridge or Chelmsford – including trains and buses. Discover your options here.

You will receive your log in details to register on eVision. Your timetable will be released on eVision within 5 working days of your completion of your eVision registration. If you have not completed your eVision registration, your timetable will not be released.

Right to Study Checks.
ARU College students will need to complete the right to study checks with ARU. The UK Government requires us to make sure you are eligible to study in the UK. You will need to go to the Registration Hubs, by bookable appointment, to complete this. You will be able to collect your student ID from the registration hubs when you complete your Right to Study checks. Make sure you get your photo ready for your student ID card.

Welcome Week and your Induction.
Welcome week and your induction will take place the week prior to the trimester start date. It’s very important that you consider this when booking your flights as you should arrive in time to attend this.

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