We're delighted that you have chosen to study with us. Once you have arrived at the University, you will be able to participate in a range of events and activities designed to help you settle in, enrol, and find your way around.
We are very pleased to welcome you into our academic community and we wish you a happy and successful time with us. The Orientation Programme is designed to help you settle into Staffordshire and make a positive start to your life as student here at Staffordshire University. We are currently working very hard to ensure you have the best start possible with us. View our programme of activities (PDF 250kb).
Please note: The International Student Support team reserves the right to change details (e.g. events and locations) of welcome activities should it be necessary. In the event of any change to the advertised format, we will do everything possible to communicate the changes in the most appropriate and timely way including putting a notice on the International Student Support Website. We will also update our Facebook page (Click the following link and like our page to receive updates): ISS Facebook.
If you haven't already completed online enrolment, you'll be able to do so when you arrive on campus. You'll need your bank account details and a digital copy of a passport-style photo for this. Don’t worry you can upload your photo when you arrive on campus, but it will be quicker if you do this in advance.
Once you've enrolled online, over Welcome Weekend you can go to the enrolment desks in the Sports Centre to complete your enrolment. You will need two forms of ID one of which must be some photo ID (e.g. passport/driving licence). If you’ve not got your passport you must bring your original birth certificate.
During International Orientation week (12-14 September), you will be required to present your passport and visa (or collect your visa if you have requested it is delivered to us), as well as the certificates listed in your CAS and offer letter. You will also need to attend several compulsory sessions and workshops which will explain the responsibilities that are associated with your new visa.
Most of the sessions and activities in the International Orientation timetable are compulsory and are designed to help you adjust to life in the UK, meet other new students and inform you of the ways in which the university can support you. Once you have completed all the required steps, you will be able to book a timeslot to finish your online enrolment and collect your student card on Friday 14 September. The time and location will be communicated to you beforehand.
During International Orientation week, you will be required to produce your passport and visa, or passport plus one other form of ID if you are an EU citizen. You will then be able to collect your student card during the week; the card collection times for you will be communicated to you during the week. You are also strongly advised to attend as many of the workshops and activities in the International Orientation timetable which are designed to help you adjust to life in the UK, meet other new students and find out how the University can support you. If you cannot arrive until 15 September, you will have the opportunity to complete your face to face enrolment in the Sports Hall during Welcome Weekend.
All International students’ cards are valid for one year. In order to renew your card, you are required at the start of each academic year to undertake a right to study check. This involves you bringing your passport and visa to a specified point for verification by our International Student Support team. Once this check has been completed, you will receive your new student card. Please note that this check must be completed within 4 weeks of the start of term.
There will be lots of staff from our support teams and academic colleagues available over the weekend to chat to – they will be able to answer your queries and provide you will valuable information about the University, the week ahead and the course you will be studying.
As a registered student, you'll be able to access the campus Wi-Fi using your university log on details - If you have any issues accessing the Wi-Fi, or any other technical issues, our Digital Services team will be around to help (you can spot them in their orange t-shirts).
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