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International students

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.

“One Staffs” International Orientation Programme 

We are very pleased to share our "One Staffs" International Orientation Programme with you!  Please keep in mind that this is working programme and while details may change, we can promise that we have plenty for you to do! This programme will run alongside your academic welcome programme beginning January 21st 2022. We are also running a virtual pre-arrival programme with the first lot of information being released 17th December 2021. Check out the details below! 

Most of the sessions and activities in the international programme 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 time slot to finish your enrolment and collect your student card. You will be sent an invitation to book a time.  

Please be aware that some of the activities (Tours, Gladstone Potteries, Tenpin Bowling) require a booking through Eventbrite. The booking links are located on the Programme. These events require minimum numbers to go ahead so please book as soon as possible.

Please note that the Student Support and Experience team reserve the right to alter advertised 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. 

Anxious to get going?

We know that you are very busy preparing for your arrival and live Q&A sessions might not be the best option for you. That's ok! Check out our pre-arrival videos YouTube playlist. We'll be adding new videos periodically to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

Pre-arrival programme

Practical arrangements w/c 4th January 2022

How do you open a bank account? Are you allowed to work as a student? What is the NHS? This week will cover all of these things and more! 

Information available: 

As part of our pre-arrival information each week we will provide you with videos and sway documents with information related to our topic for the week. This week's information includes the following: 

  • Money, Banking and Budgeting - this session will provide you with some top tips managing your money
  • Healthcare in the UK - information you need to know should you need medical treatment whilst in the UK
  • UK Law, Safety and Security - Meet PC Simon Stone our University Police Liaison Officer who will talk you through how to keep safe whilst in the UK.

Money, Banking and Budgeting in the UK – A guide for International Students  

Managing your Money, knowing how to budgeting and being aware of the UK banking system will all help you when you arrive in the UK. We have a wealth of tips and information to help you in our guide.

Weekly Newsletter  

Check out more about our weekly theme by reading through our Sway Newsletter   In this addition you will find out more about Money, banking and Budgeting along with information on Healthcare in the UK, Working in the UK and our Staffs Peer Mentoring scheme plus lots more.   

Have a question? 

Join our International Advisor for a Q&A session on Wednesday 12th January at 1pm for anyone who wants to ask a question.

Contact the team?  

Please do get in touch with the team if you have any specific questions by emailing student-support@staffs.ac.uk  or using our Live Chat 1pm-3pm Monday-Friday.

Transition, Study and Arrival Preparation: w/c 10th January 2022

Coming to a new place to study can be a big adjustment. In this week we'll cover things like UK culture and weather as well as culture shock preparing to study in the UK. 

Information available: 

As part of our pre-arrival information each week we will provide you with videos and sway documents with information related to our topic for the week. This week's information includes the following: 

  • Culture and Identity
  • Culture Shock
  • Developing Resilience when starting University
  • Learning and Study Skills
  • English Language Support
  • What to Expect when you Arrive in the UK
  • Support if you need to isolate

Check out the newest Newsletter covering all of this and more!

UK Weather and Climate- A guide for International Students  

Is UK weather really so dreary and grey? Our UK weather and climate guide will help you prepare yourself for the British climate.  

What to Pack- List and advice  

Packing can be a bit daunting, especially when coming to a new country for a while year. We’ve put together a handy What do I pack? guide to help ease the burden.  

Have a question? 

Join our International Advisor for a Q&A session on Wednesday 12th January at 1pm for anyone who wants to ask a question.

Contact the team?  

Please do get in touch with the team if you have any specific questions by emailing student-support@staffs.ac.uk  or using our Live Chat 11am-3pm Monday-Friday 

Get Involved & Final Preparations : w/c 17th January 2022

Joining in with clubs, societies, the Students' Union and social events are all important aspects of being a student. This week will focus on how you can get involved with all the university has to offer. 

Don't forget to book the activities you want to take part in through Eventbrite! Booking links are available on the Programme.

Information available: 

As part of our pre-arrival information each week we will provide you with videos and sway documents with information related to our topic for the week. This week's information includes the following: 

  • Your Students Union- What is the Students' Union? What does it do and how can it help you?  

  • Sports, Clubs and Societies- We have a full list of the social sports on offer and links to the clubs and societies pages.  

  • One Staffs Cafe- The One Staffs Cafe is weekly get together to learn about culture and meet people from all walks of life.   

Weekly Newsletter  

Check out more about our weekly theme by reading through our Sway Newsletter   In this addition you will find out more about the Students Union, Clubs and Societies, Socialising, One Staffs Café and more.    

Socialising in the UK Guide  

Are you nervous about making friends? Don’t worry, everyone is. Our Socialising in The UK guide will give you an overview of what to expect in some different situations in the UK. 

 

Still not quite ready? Check out some last minute preparation guides at the links below! 

Have a question? 

Our International Advisor will be holding a Q&A session on Tuesday 18th January at 11am for anyone who wants to ask a question. Join the meeting.

Contact the team?  

Please do get in touch with the team if you have any specific questions by emailing student-support@staffs.ac.uk  or using our Live Chat 1pm-3pm Monday-Friday  

Contact the team? 

Please do get in touch with the team if you have any specific questions by emailing student-support@staffs.ac.uk 

We will also be available via. Live chat every Monday-Friday from 1pm to 3pm UK Time to answer any questions you may have. You can chat to us when we are online by going to our our Welcome Webpages and click the chat with our team option.

Missed some of our webinars?

We know not everyone can attend everything. That's ok! Check out our pre-arrival videos YouTube playlist. We'll be adding new videos every week for those of you who've missed them.

Staffordshire University London

Most of our pre-arrival information is relevant to all of our students but if you are joining us in London, there may be a few more things to think about.

Check out the Sway below to see about registering for a GP in London.

Registering for a GP in London

Check out deatils of clubs and societies at our London campus.

London Clubs and Societies

Getting from the airport

To help you make your way from the Airport to the University, you will be able to book a taxi through the University who will meet you at the airport and bring you directly to your accommodation.

Enrolment

If you haven't already completed online enrolment, we would encourage you to do this before you arrive however, don’t worry if you can’t as 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.  You can upload your photo when you arrive on campus, but it will be quicker if you do this in advance.

Face-to-face enrolment

During International Enrolment, you will be required to present your passport and BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)/Visa (or collect your BRP from us if you have requested it is delivered to the University), as well as the certificates listed in your CAS and offer letter. You are advised to attend the International Welcome activities which will explain the responsibilities that are associated with your new visa. 

EU students  will also need to complete face to face enrolment to present their documents/share code.

If you are a student who will be here for six months or less, you will be required to do face to face enrolment, you will need to bring your passport and your boarding pass (from when you arrived in the UK) which will form part of your enrolment check, plus one other form of ID. Once your enrolment is fully completed you will be issued with your student ID card.

Once your online enrolment is completed, we will send you a link to book a time slot to complete your Face to Face enrolment.

Your Student ID Card

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 Student Support and Experience 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.

Before you arrive 

We want to help make your transition to life in the UK as smooth as possible, so we have created a series of resources to help you to prepare for your new life with us.

We will be running lots of activities for new and returning students to help you settle in and make friends including information about clubs and societies and lots of exciting social events.
Make sure you're ready for our blended learning approach by checking out our digital guides. You'll need your student email and password to access these guides, so make sure you have them handy.