Visas and Immigration for study in the UK

International Welcome Programme

Our International Welcome Programme is carefully designed to help international students settle into life as a student in the UK, and to welcome you to the University of Greenwich.

We know that coming to the UK to study is a big step. We want to give you the best possible start to your time here, by ensuring you have access to all the information that you will need to make your time at university successful and enjoyable.

Online Information

From August 2019, we will provide our international applicants with online access to all the key information you need to know, both before and after your arrival in the UK. You can access this in your own time, from anywhere with an internet connection.

Working in partnership with the Students' Union, we have collated some really useful guidance to help you get settled and give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive. This will include:

  • Guidance on what (and what not) to pack
  • Details on how to get to campus
  • Help with opening a bank account
  • An introduction to all the support services available at university
  • Help navigating the famously complex public transport system in London
  • and much, much more!

You will be sent a link to this information in late summer. We recommend that you take the time to look through this, as it will make your first days at university all much easier.

We know that our students have a wide variety of experiences; some of you may have never been abroad before, whereas others may have already studied in the UK or Europe. But whatever your experience, whether you are from Austria or Zambia, the Middle East or China (and everywhere else in between!), we hope that you will find this information helpful.

Campus Events

All international students are encouraged to join in with the Welcome Week activities that will be happening on each campus between 16-20 September 2019. Throughout that week, there will be a series of social events hosted by the Students' Union, as well as an important induction to your programme. You will also have the chance to register and pick up your student ID card.

We will also be hosting a series of 'welcome' talks throughout the first few weeks of term, which will give you the opportunity to hear from a member of university staff, and ask any questions you may have. These talks will be followed by a reception where you can meet other students in an informal setting. A link to book onto a 'welcome talk' will be available in the online information pack.

Getting to Campus from the Airport

There will be university staff available at Heathrow Airport on the weekend of 14-15 September 2019 to help greet and welcome students arriving in the UK. We don't offer a coach service to campus, but we can help you make your way by public transport. Our staff will be wearing bright yellow t-shirts so should be easy to spot. If you have any questions, do come along and say hi!

As all of our campuses are in or near London, getting here on public transport is easy. To avoid any unnecessary stress when you arrive you should plan your journey from the airport before you leave - please refer to the university guidance on travelling to campus.

For students living away from campus, the Transport for London Journey Planner is a useful tool to plan travel in the London area. For travel outside of London, Trainline will help you plan a journey by train and coach.