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You’ve received an offer, what next?

Applying and receiving an offer is the start of your journey to study with us, there are a few more steps you need to take before we see you on campus.

Important things to do before you arrive

Pay your Confirmation Payment and return your signed acceptance form to confirm your offer. For more information on what your Confirmation Payment consists of and your payment plan please visit our fees page.

Once you have confirmed, you will have access to our Welcome Hub with lots of useful information about preparing to study.

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique reference number which confirms you have been accepted on a course of study in the UK. It is required for your Student visa application. You can apply for your CAS up to six months before your course start date (three months if you are in the UK).

a. Book and take your Pre-CAS interview (if required)  

b. Pay any fees due - check the information in your payment plan in your offer letter  

c. Provide any outstanding documents - your insurance information, emergency contact details, any study gap information (if applicable), living arrangement confirmation form and previous UK Visa history (if applicable) 

d. Receive your CAS preview. Sign and return it  

e. Submit your financial or bank documents - you must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your visa and take your UKVI interview (if required).

If you have requested accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly regarding the options available. 

We recommend for the best student experience and to focus on your studies that you live close to the Centre but you must live no further than a 60-minute commutable distance from the Centre.

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Receive your visa and book your travel. When booking your travel, make sure you arrive before your first day of term, so you don’t miss our valuable induction programme. Accommodation with the International Study Centre is usually available two days before the start of term.

It is essential all international students have the protection of personal insurance while studying in the UK. You can take out our StudyCare Insurance cover or arrange your own.

StudyCare Insurance is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university.

Our insurance cover is available for up to 12 months or a fixed 24 months, allowing you to choose the policy length that suits you. Both lengths cover travel to the UK, loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance. If you select 24 months, you will be covered for the duration of your pathway programme plus the first year of your degree.

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You must have the correct equipment to access online materials and complete your assignments. Once you have confirmed your place you will receive access to the Welcome Hub. Here, you will find details about preparing to arrive for your studies, including what system requirements your laptop may need and how you can purchase one in the UK from our trusted supplier, Plan-IT.

In your first week, you will take part in orientation activities and get to know the people and places around you. These normally include tours, information talks, and team games. You will receive further information when your place at the International Study Centre is confirmed.

Important deadlines for your CAS

You must submit your CAS and have them approved by the below published deadlines, at the latest.

Please note that these CAS deadlines are based on standard visa processing times for each country. If you miss the standard CAS deadlines, you must confirm that you will use a priority visa service before the CAS is issued, otherwise you will be deferred to the next available intake.

For some programmes, the CAS will be issued by Study Group; for other programmes, the Combined visa (iCAS) is issued by the University.

Here are three simple steps to find your deadline to be CAS ready: 

  1. Find your programme and start date in the left-hand column
  2. Look for the country you are applying from, not your nationality. For example, if a student is from Angola but is a resident in France, then the deadline is the date above France in the table below
  3. The deadline to submit your CAS will be the date above the country you are applying from.

iCAS deadlines

We encourage students on pathways requiring an iCAS (e.g. International Year One programmes and Pre-Masters Programme) to apply and request iCAS early to avoid the busy periods at university.

Note: All iCAS dates are provisional and to be confirmed by Royal Holloway, University of London. Please check this page regularly for any updates.

Programme & Start dateDeadline to submit CAS and Country of residenceDeadline to submit CAS and Country of residenceDeadline to submit CAS and Country of residenceDeadline to submit CAS and Country of residenceDeadline to submit CAS and Country of residence

Pre-Masters Programme

4th March 2024

19th January 202419th January 202419th January 202419th January 202419th January 2024

International Foundation Year

23rd September 2024

16th August 202423rd August 202430th August 20246th September 202413th September 2024

International Foundation Year

25th November 2024

18th October 202425th October 20241st November 20248th November 202415th November 2024
















Saudi Arabia

South Africa










Hong Kong









Myanmar (Burma)

New Zealand






Sri Lanka














United Arab Emirates







UK onshore

For the 4th March 2024 start date, the deadline for countries with Priority visa service will be 2nd February 2024. For the 23rd September 2024 start date, the deadline for countries with Priority visa service will be 9th September 2024. For the 25th November 2024 start date, the deadline for countries with Priority visa service will be 11th November 2024.

Contact Admissions if you are using a Super Priority or Priority Service.

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