The global Coronavirus outbreak is understandably causing some uncertainties amongst university applicants and prospective students. Please find below some frequently asked questions which we will update when more information becomes available. 

My programme is due to start in September, will it be delayed? 

The dates of the academic year will remain as planned. We are currently planning to deliver a mixture of online and face-to-face induction activities and are working towards a blended approach to teaching for the first semester. Small group teaching is one of the characteristics of our teaching and we aim to carry on this approach while respecting any requirements of social distancing in place. We will also provide an augmented amount of lectures and material online to provide a rich pedagogic experience to accommodate different circumstances. 

Should I still apply for 2020 entry?

Yes, we are continuing to assess applications for 2020 entry on a rolling basis for all programmes. 

Should I defer my place? 

We are preparing to welcome new students in September 2020. However, if you are unable to take your place this year, you may be able to defer entry until September 2021. 

If you like to discuss deferring your place, please contact the Student Services Office by email or through the contact form.

I am concerned about taking up my offer at ULIP due to the pandemic.

Although it is impossible to know for sure how things will develop in coming weeks and months, the French Government’s response to the pandemic is showing encouraging signs, with a gradual return to normal since the end of the strict lockdown in place until May 11th. The French health system is envied by many and is a key part of the Government’s strategy for a successful progressive release of restrictions in place. We continue to monitor government announcements and provide detailed advice to students as the situation evolves. ULIP’s small size fosters a true sense of community and many of our current students have expressed their appreciation of the personal and academic support received over the past few months.

My school/university is closed and exams have been cancelled. I’m concerned about the impact on my education and grades.

We are aware that many schools and universities are closed and that some examinations will not take place as planned. 

For applicants taking A levels in the UK, the government has announced that grades will be awarded through a process of assessment on performance by teachers taking into account a range of evidence. For more information about the calculation of A level grades please see the UK Government webpage

It is important to remember that places are not decided on grades alone. Information in your personal statement and reference are part of the decision-making process along with your interview. We will aim to be flexible and take into account individual circumstances when confirming places. 

I am an independent applicant, what happens if I can’t get a grade? 

Where possible, centres will consider the evidence that they have to make an objective judgement for independent applicants. If your centre cannot award a grade, we will aim to be flexible in our decision-making process. 

When do I need to reply to my offer? 

For undergraduate applicants, UCAS will have informed you that May deadlines have been extended. Your reply deadline will depend on the date when you received all decisions, you can check this in Track

Is Student Finance affected? 

No – you can still apply for student finance. Check the Funding section to find out more about the process.   

The Student Loans Company contact centre has reopened for students after a temporary closure. If you have any questions about your application for student finance, check their FAQs page first. 

Will Clearing still be available? 

A Clearing process will be available this summer for undergraduate students as in previous years. UCAS has announced that Clearing for 2020 entry will open on 6th July. Find out more about Clearing and Clearing Plus on the dedicated  UCAS webpage.  

I was hoping to visit ULIP, when will that be possible? 

The ULIP building is currently closed to the public. Please contact us if you would like to be informed of when premises might be available to visitors. Meanwhile, ULIP staff are working from home and can be contacted with any questions. You can also check our online resources to help you find out more about the ULIP environment.