Anglia Ruskin University Online Application

Anglia Ruskin University Online Application

Basic steps

Applying with us is a fairly straightforward process. Here are the five basic steps you need to follow to apply to your course of choice. You can click on the boxes below for more details on each step.

Step 1 – Choose your course

If you’ve already chosen your course then congratulations, you’ve already completed the hardest step in your application process!

Not sure yet? Then you may want to browse our course pages:

Alternatively, you can also download the PDF version of our International Prospectus here:

International Prospectus 2016/17

Step 2 – Submit your application form

The easiest and quickest way is to apply online via our course pages. Just go to your course page and choose apply online option, which is at the top right corner. This option is available for levels undergraduate and  postgraduate taught courses. To apply for a research degree please visit our research pages.

Please note if you’re an EU student and are interested in undergraduate courses, you need to apply via UCAS, all information about this application route is provided on course pages.

Make sure that before submitting your application you understand your chosen course entry requirements (academic and English language requirements). If you have any questions at this stage, do not hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help!

Don’t forget that you’ll need to support your application by providing copies of the following documents, so you need to have them prepared:

  • Qualification certificates and transcripts, including certified translations, where applicable
  • A personal statement. You can download and complete our Personal Statement Form here.
  • References/recommendation letters
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Passport
  • Current and previous visa(s) (if applicable)
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Portfolio (if applicable)

Make sure your contact details are all correct. We’ll send important information about your application process via email, including CAS deadlines, accommodation booking information and more, which will guide you on your application process.

Step 3 – Check your email regularly

After you submit your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email from us. This email will include your ARU Student Identification number (SID), which will be necessary to check your application status at any point.

From there, our team will start to assess your application. Some applications will need to be referred for faculties and to be checked by the course leaders, so please be patient!
We may contact you to ask you to provide more information or supporting documents before we can make a decision on your application. Therefore, it’s very important that the contact details on your application form are correct and up to date and that you check your email regularly for correspondence back from us.

Your Applicant Portal

You can check the progress of your application via your ARU Applicant Portal. You can also use the portal to upload documents required to assess your application. Details of how to access your portal and your username and password will be emailed to you soon after you submit your application. 

During this process, if you wish to get in touch with us about anything, feel free to use the following details:

Phone: +44 (0) 1245  683680


If you applied through an in-country representative, please contact them directly for any updates on your application. For a trusted list of our partners and representatives, please visit our information by country pages.

Step 4 – Receive our decision on your application

We aim to provide an initial response and/or a decision upon your application as soon as possible.

Provided you meet our English, academic and immigration requirements, you’ll be likely to receive an offer from us. 

Once you receive this, you must accept it firmly and provide copies of all documents requested (for example, academic qualifications and English language test results) to meet the conditions. Keep in mind that we may come back to you and ask to provide more supporting documents. Therefore, it’s very important that the contact details on your application form are correct and up to date and that you check your email regularly for correspondence back from us.

Aside of this, you will be asked to pay the deposit too. Please note that all full fee paying international students will be required to pay the deposit before being issued with a CAS. Currently, the deposit for Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught courses is £4000; further details of the deposit will be included in the Offer letter. This deposit is non-refundable except in the event of visa refusal or exceptional circumstances. 

To pay your deposit, as well as your fees, please use our web payments system.

For more information about your deposit and how to pay your fees, please visit our Fees and Scholarships page.

You’ll also need to complete the previous study form (doesn’t apply to our EU students). For more information about this form, please visit our immigration page.

Once we have received all the information we need, we’ll issue a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)*. Once you receive your CAS, you’ll be able to apply for a visa, although keep in mind that it will only be issued three months before the start date of the course.

*Note that CAS is not relevant to EU students. Your application process is completed as soon as you have accepted your offer.

I haven’t heard from you yet

  • Check your email, including the junk folder. We may have requested further information or additional documents from you.
  • Contact your in-country representative (if applicable).
  • If you’re a direct applicant and you haven’t heard from us in ten business days, please email us at:

Step 5 – Start your visa application

Well done in getting this far!

Now you need to think about your visa and plan your trip to the UK. Please refer to our immigration page for advice on how to prepare yourself for the visa interview and what you need to know before applying to it.

Already have your visa? Then you can now start planning your trip to Anglia Ruskin. And most importantly don’t forget to book your place in our free International orientation programme, where you’ll get all the information you need to have a successful start at ARU.

And of course, from all of us at Anglia Ruskin, we wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to meet you!