Join us on campus

Find out what you need to know before you travel to the UK, and what to expect when you join us on campus. 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.

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We're looking forward to welcoming you

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. When you join us on campus, you will benefit from a high-quality blended learning experience ensuring you get the best of both worlds: with some classes taking place face-to-face, and some activities taking place online.

It is important that you are able to regularly attend your face-to-face classes as this is a UK visa requirement. To help with this, we provide accommodation options and support with the booking process. Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the Centre so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the Centre.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with:

  • What to pack
  • Planning for your arrival
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • How to make the most of your time with us

When you confirm your place, you will be able to access our Welcome Hub, which will give you lots of useful information to help you prepare for joining us on campus.

What to pack

  • A small amount of British money in case you need cash
  • travel adaptor
  • laptop (if possible) or you could buy one in Cardiff when you arrive
  • small personal items to remind you of home.
  • Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English
  • Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries once you arrive in Cardiff
    • Passport and visa
    • UKVI Decision Letter
    • Confirmation of Acceptance for Study letter (CAS)
    • International Study Centre offer letter
    • accommodation documents
    • academic qualification certificates
    • sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
    • four passport-sized photographs
    • insurance documents (unless you are covered by StudyCare Insurance Plus)
    • medical certificates and vaccination records
    • copy of your arrivals/transfer confirmation letter
    • guardianship letter (if you are under 18)

Once you arrive

What to expect on arrival

There’ll be plenty of induction activities for you to join once you arrive in Cardiff. You will immediately be a part of a welcoming and supportive community, both at the International Study Centre and the wider university. Making friends should be easy and our nurturing staff are here to ensure you find the support you need to succeed both academically and socially.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that all international students have the protection of appropriate accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK.

StudyCare Insurance Plus has been designed specifically to offer international students comprehensive protection and support during their studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university.

Insurance cover is available in terms of up to 12 months and up to 24 months, allowing students to select the policy length that suits their needs.

Frequently asked questions

Our expert teachers will deliver a high-quality blended learning experience making use of both face-to-face teaching and our innovative digital teaching solutions. When you study face-to-face you can expect classes of no more than 25 students, whilst our digital platform allows you to enjoy interactive classes with plenty of discussion opportunities to improve your English. Both types of learning allow for self-study time to help you to learn to study independently. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is there to support you every step of the way to help you to stay on track to progress to the University.

You will have access to a Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the online hub for your programme. Here you will find recorded lessons, collaboration tools, helpful materials, and more.

To access course materials on a Learning Management System/Virtual Learning Environment or platform and undertake assessments, it is important that you come prepared with the appropriate technology. While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments. Therefore, you must have a PC or Mac based computer available for use. Please note that Linux and Chromebooks are not supported.

Minimum recommended specifications:

PC 

  • A Microsoft Windows-based PC with at least 4gb RAM and 200mb available free disk space (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10 or 11)
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) 

Mac 

  • An Apple MacOS 10.12 and above based laptop or desktop with at least 4gb RAM and 200mb available free disk space
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) 

To support you to success, you must arrive in the UK, on campus, by your programme start date, and be ready to attend your induction programme and all subsequent timetabled classes. Please note that poor attendance that conflicts with our Attendance Policy (in accordance with UKVI requirements) will result in the termination of your studies. Visa sponsorship will also be withdrawn.

Our induction programme will introduce you to your Centre, our staff, and welfare and support services. You will also receive full guidance on maintaining your health and safety whilst studying in the UK.

You will find out about your timetable, as well as important information about how we deliver your course through a mixture of classroom teaching and online learning. There will also be events to help you get to know your fellow students.

Student accommodation is available. If you indicated at application that you would like to book through us, our Central Student Services Co-ordinator will contact you.

If you are booking private accommodation, you must live within a 60-minute commute of the Centre.

If you are coming to the UK to study for 6 months or longer on a Student visa, you will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of your visa application fee.

The immigration health surcharge will entitle students in the UK under the Student visa route to access NHS care at no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident. The National Health Service (NHS) provides a wide range of health care services including:

Registration with a GP practice (family doctor) for non-urgent appointments and health checks. You will receive information about how to register with a doctor when you arrive. Once you have registered with a GP you will be eligible for:

  • The Covid-19 vaccination programme.
  • Emergency care in local hospitals
  • Referrals to specialists if and when required (waiting lists may apply depending on the urgency of the problem)
  • On-going medical support and care for any long term medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma

Not all treatments are covered by the NHS. For example; non-emergency dentistry, orthodontics, routine eye tests and prescriptions for medicines need to be paid for.

If you are studying in the UK for less than 6 months on a short term study visa, you are not required to pay the health surcharge as part of your visa application and are therefore not eligible for full NHS support. In these circumstances, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the UK except for in a medical emergency. If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.

Assuring the safety and wellbeing of our student and staff communities is at the heart of all of our planning and decision-making. We follow guidance provided by the government, public health authorities and the University, and our measures include:

  • Risk assessments of all our International Study Centre buildings 
  • Hand sanitisers in all our International Study Centre spaces 
  • Face coverings are available to you
  • Regular deep cleaning for all our buildings 

StudyCare Insurance Plus helps to protect you from unexpected accidents and circumstances that may impact your health, belongings, or travel plans.

We recommend that all students take out our own StudyCare Insurance Plus Policy or an adequate alternative.

More information about insurance is available here.

If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the International Study Centre’s Emergency Contact number for support: +44 (0) 7768 592 695