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Your questions answered – prospective students

Updated: 25 March 2020

We understand this is a very unsettling time for students who are looking to begin a course at King’s in September. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to update this page with important information about your application and next steps to study at King’s

For more information about Covid-19, please check the Public Health England website for the latest official advice.

We will continue to add to the questions and answers below as the situation develops. 


Offers to study at King’s

I am concerned that my education has been affected by the coronavirus e.g. my school/university is closed or my exams have been cancelled. What should I do and what will happen to my offer?

We understand that this is a very unsettling time for those due to take examinations this year. We are aware that a number of schools, colleges and universities are experiencing disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we will inform applicants and offer holders as soon as further information is available.

If you are a current undergraduate offer holder, you do not need to contact us to discuss your individual examinations circumstances. We are monitoring the situation closely and liaising with the relevant organisations (including UCAS, schools, colleges and examination boards). In the meantime please do not submit a mitigating circumstances form for coronavirus-related educational disruption. If you believe that other mitigating circumstances (not relating to the coronavirus) apply to you then please get in touch through our usual mitigating circumstances process.

If you are a postgraduate offer holder, please note we can only accept mitigating circumstances if this affected your admissions interview. You can find details of our policy here.


When do I need to meet the academic condition of my offer?

The university’s standard deadline for offer holders to meet any academic or English language offer conditions usually falls the month before the start of your course. If you are an offer holder, please refer to your offer letter on King’s Apply for the specific dates for your course as this may differ.

Please keep reviewing this page as we will provide guidance on how to proceed when we have further information. We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will provide updates here as and when they become available.  


How do I provide proof of my English Language requirement if test centres are closed?

The position of test centres in certain countries is rapidly changing as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The webpages below are being regularly updated with the latest advice for candidates:

A list of the English language tests we accept for undergraduate and postgraduate is available on our website. 

The university’s standard deadline for offer holders to meet any academic or English language offer conditions usually falls the month before the start of your course. If you are an offer holder, please refer to your offer letter on King’s Apply for the specific dates for your course as this may differ.

For courses where applicants are not required to take a SELT, we will be accepting the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition which has been released in a number of countries as a temporary measure whilst test centres remain closed. This test will therefore be accepted for our postgraduate research, postgraduate taught and undergraduate degree courses whilst the test centres are closed.

A SELT is a Secure English Language Test, such as the IELTS for UKVI test. These are approved by UK Visas & Immigration. Our King's International Foundation programme and pre-sessional courses (where an integrated CAS cannot be issued – please see this link) need applicants to provide a SELT and therefore TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition will not be suitable in these instances.


If I am unable to get a visa to study will I get a refund if I have paid a deposit when I accepted my place?

If you are unable to obtain the necessary student visa to study on the programme and King’s is satisfied that the failure to obtain the visa was not your fault you will receive a refund of your deposit. 


Where can I find more information to help inform my decision about studying at King’s? 

There are several ways for you to connect with us online.  Keep an eye on your emails as we will send you details for upcoming webinars and online events where you can learn more about your chosen study area and about student life at King’s. You can chat to current King’s students and staff here (link- https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/unibuddy) now. 


Applying to King’s

Are applications still open for programmes that are due to start in September 2020? 

We are still accepting applications for courses that have remaining spaces available. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. For more information about your course of interest, please visit the online prospectus.


Are you still considering applications from all countries, including those listed on The Public Health England website as countries that are affected by COVID-19?

We are continuing to process all applications as we would normally regardless of where you are from or live. The current exception to this is the Elective Short Courses, more information can be found on our website


Will there be delays in processing my application due to the current situation?

Whilst we endeavour to continue processing applications as per our standard timeframes, application decisions and responses to messages may be delayed as the Admissions Office is currently working at a reduced capacity due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.  


Who can I contact about my application? 

If you have additional questions about an existing application, please use the admissions portal. For all other admissions queries, please use Student Services Online.


Visiting King’s

I was planning to attend an event at King’s this spring. Are the events still happening? Where can I find more information?

We know many of you were signed up to visit King’s and to attend a range of events over the coming months. Following Public Health England guidelines, we will not run events on campus until May at the earliest. This includes the upcoming, Tasters Days, Offer Holder Days and Campus Tours. We will update this page as soon as a decision is made about the Open Days which are run through the summer beginning in June. 

As an alternative, we are working hard to provide you with a robust series of online events which will provide you with more information about your course and will allow you to connect online to King’s staff and students. Keep an eye out on your emails for invitations to join webinars, online chats, and to visit our webpages which will be updated with virtual campus and department tours in the coming weeks.

Here are some quick ways for you to connect with us online right now:

Email us at openday@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions.


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