International Student Support

Making a visa application from China or India and want to watch a fellow student's experience of visa application process? View the short films here


Additional Resources:

UCL Pocket Student guide

Opening a UK bank account

Frequently asked questions

Your Personal Tutor at UCL video

Transition Mentor Programme video (undergraduate students)

Study Abroad at UCL video (affiliate students) 


Useful links:

International Student Orientation Programme January 2016

When is January ISOP? 

The International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) will take place between 6 - 8 January 2016. These dates have been confirmed and you are welcome to start making travel arrangements. 

Enrolment will take place on Wednesday 6th January. You will be able to select an in-person enrolment appointment as a part of the online pre-enrolment process. For details of what you need to bring to your enrolment appointment, read our Enrolment section.

After Enrolment, you will be able to obtain your UCL student ID card and will have the opportunity to meet current UCL students at our 'Ask an Ambassador' drop-in. If you have questions about London life and being a student at UCL, come along and speak to one of our Global Ambassadors! The International Student Support team will also be on hand to answer any queries you may have.

The UCL Union (UCLU) will also be around on Wednesday so you will have the opportunity to meet UCLU representatives and learn more about the opportunities on offer through UCLU.

The ISOP 'We Are All Global' talks will take place throughout the day on Thursday. These sessions aim to make the transition into life in the UK and studying at UCL as smooth as possible for you.

The sessions will include:

  • An official welcome
  • A session about making up a programme of study at UCL (affiliate students only)
  • A question and answer session with current UCL students
  • A talk from the Metropolitan Police about safety in London
  • A presentation from the UCL Health Centre about health care in the UK
  • A session about transport and travelling in London
  • Information about support during your studies

(Affiliate students only)

Friday will be your first opportunity to meet your department. You will learn more about your department and will have the chance to ask your affiliate tutor any questions you may have.

ISOP is designed to help make the transition into life in the UK and studying with us as smooth as possible for you. ISOP will cover a range of seminars and social events which will be very interactive and will give you the opportunity to meet other new and current UCL students and ask questions. You will receive the link to the programme of events once you have registered for ISOP during the online pre-enrolment task.

How can I register to attend?

All sessions are free of charge but you will need to register in advance in order to attend. You can register to attend ISOP when completing online pre-enrolment. This will be available nearer the time. On completion of pre-enrolment you will receive an email confirming your full ISOP schedule. 

When should I arrive in the UK?

If you will be entering the UK using a Tier 4 student visa, new visa regulations mean that you will be required to pick up a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) ID card upon arrival in the UK. You must have collected your BRP to be eligible to enrol and should consider this when making travel arrangements. 

In order to collect your BRP from UCL, you will need to enter an Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code as part of your visa application. The ACL code for UCL is 2HE484.You should enter this code into the Alternative Location field in the BRP Collection Page on Visa4UK.

You can find out more information about this on our visa & immigration pages.     

When can I arrive at my UCL Managed Student Accommodation?

If you are staying at UCL managed student accommodation you will be able to access your accommodation from Monday 4 January 2016.  

January 2016 Facebook Page

To meet other new international students joining in January 2016, and to keep up to date with the latest information, make sure you like our Facebook page! 

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