Before you arrive

Once you've been accepted onto one of our study abroad programmes, you will receive the following:

  • an email confirming that you have been accepted onto the programme, and what you should do next
  • an unconditional offer letter, together with invoice and payment information if applicable
  • immigration paperwork/email after you have confirmed your acceptance of your place
  • joining instructions, shortly before the start of the course

Your classes will be registered by the International Programmes Office and we will only be in touch about this if a problem arises.

You will need to complete pre-registration online before you arrive at the University. Detailed instructions will be sent to you about this step nearer the time.

Enrolment and orientation

During Welcome Week there will be an enrolment session where you register with the University, supply your passport details and immigration status and receive your Student ID card. Please bring your passport or national identity card along with your offer letter and (if applicable) a credit or debit card to pay your fees.

There will then be various orientation sessions for all semester students where you will be provided with information about the services and facilities offered by the University and also general information about life in London, and guest speakers. This will be a good opportunity to meet other students.

We offer a half-day tour of London by coach and boat as part of our orientation and often, international student parties are arranged. Making the most of your orientation week will set you up for the rest of your stay in London so make sure you don't miss anything!

Examinations and assessments

Please note, if you're only staying for the autumn semester, you may be able to complete an alternative assessment (instead of taking exams, which occur in the third week of January), enabling you to leave just before Christmas.

If you're staying for a whole year or you're a European student, it is mandatory for you to complete the exams during the exam period in January. Spring semester students take exams in May. You should not plan to leave until you know your exam schedule, which is usually released three weeks before the examination period.