We were the first UK university to launch a fully online International Welcome Programme. Our free programme is specifically designed for international students and will help you prepare for student life in the UK

We know that coming to the UK to study is a big step. You may have previously studied here, or this could be your first time way from home. Whatever your previous experience, and whether you are from Austria or Zambia, the Middle East or China (and everywhere else in between!), our online International Welcome Programme is specifically designed to give you access to all the information you need, helping you prepare for life as a student in the UK.

Online Information

We really care about your experience and want to make your first few weeks in the UK as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our sector-leading International Welcome Programme is fully online, so you can access it from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, at a time which suits you.

All international applicants who hold an unconditional offer to study with us will receive an email inviting you to access the course a few weeks before the start of term. Keep an eye on your inbox!

If you don't get your email, you can access the programme through Moodle by clicking here and logging in with your university username and password.

Culture Shock

Our International Welcome Programme contains loads of carefully selected resources which will help you adjust to how life works in the UK. This can be very different to how things work in your own country and it takes some getting used to! We call this 'culture-shock', but with a little preparation, it is easy to overcome.

Our International Welcome Programme will help you navigate the culture shock by ensuring you understand what to expect when you arrive in the UK. A lot of this is about things you can prepare before you leave home, so we make sure you have access to everything you need to know before and after you arrive. Remember, your journey starts long before you get on the plane!

In our International Welcome Programme, you will find:

  • Help with what (and what not) to pack
  • What to expect at the airport
  • Help with opening a bank account
  • Assistance with finding accommodation
  • Help navigating the famously complex public transport system in London
  • Ideas on how to get the most out of living in London
  • How to keep yourself safe and healthy whilst you are in the UK
  • Guidance on registering with the police
  • and much, much more!

Free Subscription to the UK Survival Service

As part of the International Welcome Programme, we have partnered with Great British Mag to offer you a free subscription to their new UK Survival Service

This subscription is normally worth up to £50 but we are offering it to international students joining us in 2020/21 free of charge. The subscription will give you:

  • Help to open a UK bank account before arrival
  • A UK phone number and SIM with £5 credit, sent to you before you leave home
  • Access to discounts and products ad services you will need during your time in the UK, saving you hundreds of pounds
  • A weekly e-magazine delivered to your inbox, that will guide you through your studies and life in the UK
  • Invites to webinars and events on topics such as how to get a job after graduating

You can find all the details you need to activate your free subscription within our online International Welcome Programme.

Airport Pickup Service

We will be offering a limited, free airport pickup service to students who are booked to quarantine with us in halls of residence as part of our accommodation promise

This service will run on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th August. We will pick you up from Heathrow and take you directly to your accommodation.

To take advantage of this service, you need to book your place in Halls of Residence before 21st August 2020. Don't forget to let them know that you need to quarantine and give them your arrival date. You will then receive a link to book your space on the coach.

If you can't make it on those days, we are unfortunately not able to offer you a free lift to campus this year. But don't worry because getting here is really easy on public transport.