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UCL and Oxford claiming joint fifth place in the QS ranking 2014

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The QS ranking of world universities, regarded as the most rigorous of its type, places Oxford and UCL in joint fifth place, behind two other UK universities - Imperial and Cambridge which are second equal.

Information for Students on a Tier 4 Student Visa

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If you entered the UK with a Tier 4 Student Visa, it is important to remember that your Tier 4 immigration status has some conditions attached which you need to follow.

Support provided by your Personal Tutor - information and video

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When you become a student at UCL you will be provided with a Personal Tutor (a supervisor in research degrees), who will normally be a member of teaching staff but not necessarily teaching courses on your programme. Your Personal Tutor will be responsible for facilitating your personal and professional development in all years of your study at UCL.

Help with enhancing your English language skills

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If your main language is not English, the UCL Centre of Languages & International Education (CLIE) can offer you a wide range of part-time courses aimed at enhancing your English language skills and overall confidence. These courses are offered during the three academic terms.

Ebola: What I Should Know About the Ebola Virus Disease?

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Cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks are currently occurring primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. Ebola virus is a serious and often fatal illness that has been in the news in recent weeks.

Skills 4 Study Campus: an online resource for UCL students to help you prepare for university life

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UCL has licensed access to a highly regarded online resource 'skills4studycampus' produced by the academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan and based on the work of Dr Stella Cottrell, now Pro-Vice Chancellor at another London university.

Welcome from Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost (International)

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I am delighted to welcome you to UCL, and look forward to meeting you at some of the ISOP sessions in September. Like you, I’m new to UCL – I joined as Vice Provost (International) in May this year. I’ve lived and worked in London, Mexico City, Paris, New Delhi, Pretoria and Cape Town, so I know how exciting and daunting it can be to settle into a new city.

World Suicide Prevention Day - today 10 September 2014

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Suicide is a major public health concern in the UK and across the world. Each World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for friends, family and professionals to join together across all societies, cultures and countries to acknowledge that suicide is something we want to work together to prevent.

How to obtain an 18+ Student Oyster photocard

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In conjunction with Transport for London (TfL), full time UCL students can apply online for a TfL 18+ Student Oyster Photocard which entitles the holder to buy student-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets valid for 7 days, one month or longer periods, which cost 30% less than adult-rate season tickets.

Voice and Pronunciation classes for non-English speakers - 8 week workshop

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More places are now available on the 8 week Voice and Pronunciation workshop for students whose main language is not English.

International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) Sessions & Events

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If you haven't already done this, please remember to register for the ISOP Sessions & Events. The ISOP Sessions & Events are designed to help make the transition into life in the UK and studying with us as smooth as possible for you. All non-UK students are invited and attendance is free of charge. 

The Quiet Contemplation Room at UCL

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The Quiet Contemplation Room is a space on UCL’s main campus where students of any religion, or of no religion, can pray, engage in quiet reflection or engage in meditation. All of UCL’s staff members and registered students can use this room.

Dealing with Anxiety

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Anxiety is a normal response to feeling threatened. People differ as to how vulnerable they feel in different situations: this can be influenced by past experiences as well as by the beliefs and attitudes they hold about these situations.

Essential Checklist: What to bring to the UK

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You don’t want to pack too heavily before you arrive on campus – London isn’t as compact as some cities, but you will probably end up with less living space than you’re used to back home. There are, however, a few essential things you should pack to ensure your safety and comfort in your new home.

Transgenderism

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At birth, we are all labelled “male” or “female” based on the male or female characteristics of our reproductive organs. These physical differences define our sex.

Shopping around UCL

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You’ve arrived in London with your suitcases stuffed to the seams, but your accommodation is still missing a few noticeable things. A hair dryer. A microwave. Speakers for your iPod. Cleaning supplies. Batteries. A mop. A television. A hammock. Okay, maybe the hammock won’t fit. But still, where can you buy this mixed bunch of items?

Getting used to living away from home

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It is a cliché that we can feel lonely - even particularly lonely - in a crowd. Unfortunately it is one that is only too true and all too common at university.

Find a flatmate events for UCL students

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Do you have an extra room in your flat that you’re looking to fill? Are you looking for a room in London? Come along to one of the Find a Flatmate events organised by UCL Student Union (UCLU) or University of London Housing Services (UCLH) to meet your future flatmates!

10 Tips to Build Your Confidence as an international student at UCL

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1. Don’t worry – all students starting at UCL are new to the culture.

Can’t remember what a biro is, or how to get from Warren Street to Leicester Square? Don’t sweat it. You’ll pick it up in no time.

Schengen Visa

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If you are a national of one of the countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you may be required to obtain an additional visa to travel to Europe.

Staying Safe@UCL

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If you have an issue on the UCL campus or you require any advice, please contact UCL Security Services on 020 7679 2108 or extension 32108 from any main UCL phone, or in an emergency call 222. If you wish to see a member of the management team on a personal issue or for advice, you can find them located on the ground floor of Foster Court.

UCL Student Disability Services - Top 5 FAQs

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1. I have a disability. How can I find out what support is available for me?

Make an appointment with a Disability Adviser or come along to a Drop In at Student Disability Services. Opening times and contact details can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/disability/appointments-and-opening-times

UCLU: Events during ISOP

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The Union at UCL has planned a line-up of social events to welcome you to the University and to London. These events represent some of London’s most popular places and will introduce you to some of the ways people in the UK choose to socialise and relax.

Procrastination

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Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be done – postponing things that need to be done until a later date, when you should really get them done today.

UCL Scientists Honoured by Royal Society

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The outstanding achievements of three UCL scientists have been recognised by the Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy of Science, in this year’s awards and prizes announcement.

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