After you Apply

We understand that deciding to study in another country is a life changing experience.

This section is designed to answer your questions about what happens once you have applied to Robert Gordon University and help you prepare for coming to join us in Aberdeen.

Your Offer

Once you have submitted a complete application to us, we will do our best to get a decision to you within one week.

Please understand that this timeframe alters depending on what course you are applying to and also the time of year you apply. If you have any queries about your application, we are happy to answer these over the phone or through email.

I have received a Conditional Offer, what do I do now?

Most international students will initially get a conditional offer of acceptance. This means we are happy in principle to accept you to study at Robert Gordon University but you must meet certain conditions first. The most common conditions are:

  • Completing an existing course (for example passing your Bachelors before coming to do a Masters with us). Please upload your degree documents to your Apply Yourself record or email the Admissions Office with these.
  • Proving that your English language is good enough for University-level study. In this case you should send us a copy of your IELTS or TOEFL certificate as soon as it is available. Please upload these documents to your Apply Yourself record or email the Admissions Office with these.
  • Making a pre-payment (deposit) for international students. In this case you must arrange to pay the  University before we can release an Unconditional Offer. To find out how to do this, please visit the Making Deposits section. 

How do I get an Unconditional Offer and CAS letter?

Once you have fulfilled the conditions of your Conditional Offer, we will issue your Unconditional Offer and CAS number and statement. The UK Border Agency requires CAS numbers and statements for all student visa applications.

The personal CAS number we issue will link directly to the UKVI  database to facilitate your visa application.  Your CAS statement confirms that:

  • The University is prepared to offer you a place on a course,
  • You have met any academic conditions that were asked of you 
  • You have paid your pre-payment of 40% of your tuition fees.

Regarding pre-payments, this means when we have received your payment in our bank account here in Aberdeen, which may be several weeks after you transfer it, if you are making an overseas bank transfer. The pre-payment policy of the university can be downloaded by following the link below:

Deposit

At Robert Gordon University, we have a policy for asking students to pay a deposit before an Unconditional Offer is made.

This is in order to:

  • Support the University's administrative and financial processes as well as the provision of immigration advice from UK Immigration authorities
  • Maintain a rigorous check to prevent fraudulent or frivolous applications
  • Ensure consistency of approach in line with our general duty to promote equality of opportunity in terms of the University's Equity and Diversity Policy.

The pre-payment for students beginning their studies is 40% of your tuition fees - the exact amount you are required to pay will be stated on your offer letters. This must be paid before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) number and statement will be issued and sent to you, which are required for you to begin the visa application process.

It is important to understand that the deposit is normally only refunded if a student fails to secure a visa to enter the UK as a student. For example if you pay the deposit and successfully arrive in the UK but then decide you want to study at a different institution, you will lose the deposit that you have paid.

When should I pay my deposit?

There is no deadline for making your pre-payment. However, you must pay it to us early enough for you to receive your Unconditional Offer in plenty of time so that you can apply for your UK student visa.

In some countries (Pakistan and Nigeria, for example) it can take many weeks at busy times (June - September) to obtain a UK student visa. We therefore recommend that you pay your deposit by the end of May in order to ensure that you have sufficient time to get your visa.

If you are starting your studies in January, we recommend you aim to have paid your deposit before the University closes for the Christmas break, which is usually around the third week in December.

ATAS Certificates

Do I Need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate?

  • This scheme was introduced on 1 November 2007.
  • An ATAS clearance certificate will be a mandatory requirement for some Postgraduate Research and some Postgraduate Masters students in science, engineering or technology disciplines.
  • The JACS code that appears on your offer letter is in place of an ATAS certificate.
  • Should the course you chose to study at Robert Gordon University require an ATAS certificate, we will notify you.
  • If we do not tell you an ATAS is necessary, please assume your course does not require this certificate.
  • More information about ATAS

 

Accommodation

We recommend that you book and confirm your accommodation before you leave your home country.

  • RGU Accommodation endeavours to provide accommodation to non-UK students who apply in advance.
  • University accommodation is limited and not guaranteed, however, and you must apply in plenty of time.
  • For full information, visit the Accommodation pages.

Deferring Entry

In some cases it will be possible for students to defer their studies for one academic year and each request is considered individually. If you think that you need to defer your studies, please contact the Admissions Office.

Course content and academic entry requirements can vary from year to year: students can therefore only defer entry for one academic year. If you wish to defer your entry, please email the Admissions Office, pgoffice@rgu.ac.uk and our Admissions Officers can assist you. 

Please note that if you have been accepted for one of the following courses you will not be able to defer your entry to the next academic year:

  • MSc Oil and Gas Engineering
  • MSc Drilling and Well Engineering
  • MSc Petroleum Production Engineering

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