In continuing your journey and studies at AUB, you’ll be joining a very special, supportive and close community. It’s really important to us that, whether you’re joining us this year or next, you feel part of this unique network, and remain informed about how we are responding.
Given the current ongoing situation, we wanted to reach out to you and let you know that we’re very much paying attention to questions and queries that you might have about the weeks to come, and realise that our answers will help to shape, guide and inform your choices and your safe arrival at AUB.
Here, we’re answering your questions on a number of topics, but we recognise that we won’t have answered them all. Please put further queries to our teams, who’re keen to hear from you and happy to help.
We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!
Campus and University Operations
In line with Government advice, and in order to protect members of our community, we’ve decided to close our campus until further notice, planning to resume on-campus teaching for Autumn.
Our student support, course activity and administration teams are fully operational and will continue to help you online until we are able to re-open campus. Unfortunately, we are unable to prepare and send out prospectuses during this time, but please register here to receive a digital copy.
We fully intend to reopen the campus as soon as it’s safe to do so. Our Major Incident Team are monitoring the evolving situation and are being continually updated with UK Government advice.
Our teams will continue to respond to enquiries across the Easter Break (Saturday 4 April – Monday 13 April).
Joining the AUB Community – Future Applications
We strongly recommend that you continue to apply for a place at AUB – our team is really looking forward to hearing from you.
All of our applications are processed online, and if appropriate, we will ask you to submit a portfolio – don’t worry, we completely understand if this isn’t complete. Because the AUB campus is closed, we’re requesting that all portfolios are submitted via MyApplication, as we’re currently unable to receive postal submissions.
For UK students, all universities are taking guidance from the UK Government, and we’ve been requested to be flexible in these exceptional circumstances. The Government is working with schools and teachers to award grades that fairly reflect student performance and they aim to have these results calculated before the end of July. You can find the latest updates through both UCAS and GOV.UK.
We understand the anxiety that school closures around the world and the cancellation of A-levels, the IB and other examinations is causing to our applicants and offer holders. We will support you as much as we can – the good news is that AUB takes into consideration the whole of your application when we make you an offer of a place. We are monitoring very closely the announcements coming from various examination boards and we will be taking into consideration the adjustments made when we receive your final results.
As of now, all academic bodies will be issuing qualifications which will still need to be added to your admissions file – but rest assured that during Confirmation we will take the mitigating circumstances surrounding this year into consideration. We don’t wish any applicant to be disadvantaged due to these unprecedented circumstances and will look at each case on an individual basis to ensure we can support you as much as possible throughout the process.
We’ll be as flexible as possible and work with you to progress your application as smoothly as we can. We understand the situation is changing rapidly and you may have some uncertainties, however we encourage you to accept your offer as soon as possible. Accepting your offer will not commit you to anything if your circumstances change but ensures you receive important communications from us.
For students who have applied through UCAS, they have extended their deadlines in order to also give students more flexibility during these uncertain times. If you have applied through UCAS we recommend reading their information about deadlines and any other changes on their website.
If you have any questions, get in touch. Our admissions team is fully operational, so please email email@example.com, and we’ll get back to you.
Fees, Funding and Accommodation
We’re really happy that you’ve chosen to come and study at AUB, and we’re working really hard to make sure that you’ll have a fantastic time as a member of our friendly, brilliant and creative community.
If you’re an international student and you’ve gained a place at AUB, we recommend that you guarantee this with a deposit in order to secure your place – it’s always refundable, and it makes sure that you’re all set to arrive.
If, due to the Coronavirus, you’re unable to start here at AUB this year, we completely understand, and we’ll refund your accommodation deposit, too.
For the last couple of years, we’ve been able to house all of our first-year students in halls, and we don’t have an application deadline for our accommodation. However, once you’ve chosen to come and study with us, it’s definitely worth applying for halls early to ensure that you get the accommodation you’d like – we have a lot to choose from!
English Language and Visa Requirements
We’re aware of some delays with IELTS and are able to accept a range of other English Language qualifications. Read more on our English language entry requirements.
In response to the situation, we’ve adapted our Pre-Sessional course that was originally planned to start in June, which will now be offered partially online and partially on campus in Bournemouth. Please check on the latest updates.
We’re also pleased to announce we are accepting a new test effective immediately that can be taken entirely online. The LanguageCert English test offers online delivery and will be accepted for admission to many of our courses. Please refer to the website above for important information on which test and which score is required.
Current rules relating to Tier 4 visa applications are available from the government and UKCISA. UKVI has confirmed there is an extension for anyone whose leave expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation will have their visas extended to 31 May 2020. Although no further guidance has yet been released from UKVI, we’ll update our information accordingly as soon as any announcements are made. Please contact our International team if you wish to discuss any concerns or difficulties you may be having with obtaining or extending your visa.
Pre-sessional English Courses 2020
We are also running Pre-sessional courses for students who need to improve their English Language levels. We have extended the start dates and the course will now be split between online and campus-based delivery at AUB. Read more about our 2020 Pre-sessional courses.
Course entry requirements
You’ll need an IELTS for UKVI score for the On-Campus 5-week Pre-Sessional English Course, and you can join the 6-week Online part of 11 Pre-Sessional English Course with a regular Academic IELTS result, but you will need to take a UKVI IELTS to obtain a CAS and visa to travel to the UK for our 5-week On-Campus Pre-Sessional English Course.
We recommend you take the UKVI IELTS test within the first two weeks of the Online Pre-Sessional English Course to ensure you have your UKVI IELTS in sufficient time to apply for a visa.
You can book via the Pre-Sessional English Course booking tile on MyApplication.
- The deadline for 11-week Pre-Sessional English Course is Monday 15 June
- The deadline for 5-week Pre-Sessional English Course is Sunday 26 July
If you feel you will not be able to make the deadline, we ask you to get in touch with the International team to explore alternative options.
For the 6-week online Pre-Sessional Course, we accept:
BA 1 year entry
Pearson Test of English (PTE) with an overall score of 45 with no less than 43 in each section LanguageCert B1 Achiever (including written and speaking tests) with a high pass
Cambridge First Certificate with a grade of C or better
BA 2/3 year entry and MA
Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a score of 51 with no less than 46 in each section LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and spoken assessments) test and score a pass Cambridge First Certificate with a grade of C or better
You’ll be able to join the 5-week part of the course with the same requirement for the 11-week course, which is UKVI IELTS overall 5.0 with 4.5 or higher in all components, as we appreciate you will have to do the UKVI IELTS before you have completed the online part of the course.
If you’re unable to meet the above, unfortunately, you would not be able to progress to the 5-week part of the course. However, you can still complete the 6-week course and defer your place to 2021. We will refund £2,100.
If you intend to study on the 5-week Pre-Sessional Course only (without the 6-week online part), you are required to meet UKVI IELTS overall 5.5 with 5.0 or higher in all components.
If you have not received your high school diploma/university degree yet, we can issue a single CAS for the Pre-Sessional English Course, but if you have not met the academic requirements and you will have to extend your Tier 4 Visa in the UK.
You may also like to read about other English Requirements we can accept in lieu of studying on our Pre-Sessional programmes, here. Unfortunately, we do not Pre Sessional results from other educational institutions, unless it is a formal course that we are able to match within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
If you have any concerns, please get in touch with our International team.
Fees and teaching
Once you have registered for the course via your MyApplication, you will receive a confirmation email. Within the email, you will find a link that takes you to the online store where you can pay for the Pre-Sessional course.
Our fees are:
– £3,250 for the 11-week course
– £2,100 for the 5-week course
In the first week, the course will focus on helping you to accustom to the new learning environment, introduce and meet your tutors. Following this, there are 35 hours per week of study time including self-study learning activities, assignments, live sessions and discussion topics.
Live online chat/video classes will be arranged throughout the study week (Monday-Friday) at times to best meet your needs. It is likely to be between 7:00-13:00 GMT to suit your time zone and this will be discussed with you once the course starts.
The course includes weekly assessments and tests. Tutors will monitor your progress through the course and assess if you have reached the minimum UKVI requirement to join the face-to-face part of the Pre-Sessional English Course at AUB. Please be assured that this is possible, as long as you follow the course, complete all the required studies and attend live chat/video classes.
If you do not pass the Pre-Sessional English Course, unfortunately you would not be able to start your chosen BA or MA course this year. You can still keep your place on the course by deferring the start to September 2021.
If you are taking the 11-week Pre-Sessional English Course, you should be able to arrive in Bournemouth with time to begin your studies. If this is not possible, please contact the International office as soon as possible. If you are taking the 5-week Pre-Sessional English Course only, the latest start date is 24 July.
International Foundation Applicants
If you have already applied for (or received an offer on) the September Foundation Diploma you don’t need to make any changes at this time.
You can continue with your plans to study for September – but if it becomes impossible to meet the September deadline, we’re happy to move your application to the January start.
Let us know that you would like to start in January, and we will update your application and send you a new offer letter. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The January Foundation Diploma offers many of the same benefits as the September Foundation Diploma and offer excellent preparation for success on your preferred bachelor degree.
Successful completion of either the September or the January Foundation Diploma guarantees you a place on an AUB BA degree course for September 2021.
You receive the same qualification – the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Studies
Additional benefits of the January Foundation Diploma include:
- Complete the Foundation Diploma in six months instead of ten
- AUB accepts non-UKVI IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and other English tests as you can study on a Short-Term Study Visa (You can still obtain a Tier 4 visa, but you will need to provide a UKVI IELTS)
- AUB will accept an IELTS score of 5.0 with no less than 4.5 on each band – or equivalent score on other accepted tests (for the September start the score requirement is UKVI IELTS overall 5.5 with no less than 5.0 on each band)
If you have already applied for (or received an offer on) the September Foundation Diploma you don’t need to make any changes at this time. You can continue with your plans to study for September – but if it becomes impossible to meet the September deadline, we’re happy to move your application to the January start. Just let us know you would like to start in January and we will update your file and send you a new letter.
You don’t have to make a decision now – we just wanted you to have this information to help in your decision. If you have any questions or need more information please let us know.
Travel to the UK
We appreciate that you may face travel restrictions or other difficulties that present challenges in joining AUB for the start date of your course in the Autumn. We’re working closely with all applicants to understand each situation and identify how we can support them so that they are able to start their course as soon as they are able. Please continue to communicate with our International team, so that we’re able to give you the necessary advice and information as appropriate.