Before you arrive

It may seem like there is a lot to do before you come to the UK, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you and you will be provided with all the information you need to make your preparation as easy as possible. Just complete the steps below and look forward to a new adventure.

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Prepare for success

To help you feel as prepared as possible for your pathway programme, we’re offering a free virtual preparation course designed to prepare you for your academic journey. You can use this course to discover more about the UK education system, including the academic structures and study skills that will help you to succeed. It’s a great way to get a head start on your studies, as well as understanding your personal learning outcomes before you start your programme with us in September.

By confirming your place with us, you’ll gain access to over 100 hours of useful virtual learning sessions. You can join the course by paying your confirmation fees, as well as the first £6000 of your tuition fees. Well then email you with instructions on how to access the course virtually, which will include:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

What to do before arriving to study abroad

There are a few things you’ll need to make sure you do before travelling to the UK to start your programme at the International Study Centre. They are as follows:

  • Confirm your offer

    Visit our fees page to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

  • Arrange your visa

    You can apply for your UK study visa once we have issued you with your CAS. Contact us if you have any questions.

  • Confirm your accommodation

    You can apply for accommodation online. You will be contacted with further guidance on how to apply for accommodation once you have received an offer from the International Study Centre. Discover your accommodation options.

  • Organise insurance

    It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. You can organise your own, or find out more about StudyCare insurance.

  • Book your travel

    You can book your travel to the UK when you receive your visa. The nearest international airports are Cardiff and Bristol, and you can get a coach to Cardiff from there.

  • Arrive on time

    You will have access to your accommodation from the 23rd September 2020. In your first week, you will take part in orientation activities and get to know the people and places around you. These normally include tours, information talks, and team games. You will receive further information when your place at the International Study Centre is confirmed

Support at every step

You will be sent all the information you need in the weeks and months leading up to starting your programme. Your student enrolment advisor will be happy to answer any questions you may have, or you can visit our FAQs page to find answers.

Your pre-arrival guide

Read our arrival guide to find out what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and what it’s like to live and study in the UK.
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