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International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) for Undergraduate Students - September 2015

You are an 'undergraduate student' if you are coming to study at UCL on a full-time, three or four year programme at undergraduate level.

ISOP will take place in the week commencing 21 September 2015. During this week, you will have the opportunity to complete your in-person enrolment, attend 'We Are All Global,' a full day of talks designed specifically for our new international students, and participate in a variety of social events organised by UCL Student Union (UCLU). 

ISOP is a busy few days and you may decide you don't want to attend all of the social events – this is your choice and, although you are encouraged to attend, these are optional. It is however important that you attend your enrolment appointment and the 'We Are All Global' sessions on Saturday 26 September. 

Enrolment – By appointment 

UCL, Gower Street Campus

You will have selected your in-person enrolment appointment when completing online pre-enrolment. Please refer to your confirmation email for your appointment time. To avoid delays, it is important that you attend at the time and date specified. 

Enrolment Centres will be based at UCL Gower Street Campus. An ISOP Welcome Desk will be located in the Front Quad from Saturday 19 September - Sunday 27 September. International Student Ambassadors will be based at the desk daily to answer your questions, share their experiences or just point you in the right direction! 

‘We Are All Global’ – Saturday 26 September 2015

Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
Please arrive by 9.30am 

This full day of talks, organised by the International Student Support team, is designed to help make the transition into life in the UK and studying at UCL as smooth as possible. Click through the schedule below to find out about each session, each session is different and it is highly recommended that you attend all three. 

Please be aware places in the auditorium will be allocated on a 'first come, first serve' basis and you are advised to by 9.30am to secure a place.  

Official Welcome

The day will begin with an official welcome from Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs), and a Question and Answer session with current UCL students. You will have the opportunity to hear about UCL's unique approach to teaching and learning, find out how academic English differs to 'Everyday English' and be given information on where to find support during your studies.  

This is also an excellent opportunity to listen to and learn from current student's personal experiences. 

Adapting to Life in the UK and Building Relationships in a Global University

It is quite normal when you first arrive in a new place to focus on the differences between yourself and the locals and to start lacking confidence, even in really simple everyday situations, such as asking for directions or starting a conversation with someone you don’t know. This session, delivered by a UK leading consultancy specialising in enhancing communication skills and building interpersonal relationships, will help you get a clearer understanding of communicating effectively across cultures and building positive relationships with new people, including UK students, other international students and staff at UCL.

Living in London

Representatives from the Metropolitan Police and the UCL Health Centre will provide you with guidance on staying safe and healthy during your time at UCL. You will also be given information about travelling in and around London and obtaining a student discount Oyster card. UCL Student Union (UCLU) will inform you about the social events on offer while you are at UCL and the assistance they provide to students. UCL Careers will also be on hand to tell you how they can help you write a CV, prepare for an interview and look for a job during and after you study at UCL.

ISOP Social Events  

ISOP social events, organised by UCLU, are the perfect opportunity to meet other new international students and immerse yourself into life at UCLU. Social events are an optional part of ISOP, however we would encourage you to attend at least some of these events. For full details please visit UCLU's website.

Monday 21 September

Welcome Breakfast | 9.30 | Print Room Café 

Join UCLU for breakfast at the first event of the year. You’ll have the chance to meet other international students over a croissant, hot drink and fruit, as well as meeting some of UCLU’s International Students Committee. Price: £2.

Games Night | 19.00 | Print Room Café 

Get to know other new international students over a board game or two (or three!). Price: Free. 

Tuesday 22 September

Welcome Breakfast | 9.30 | Print Room Café 

Join UCLU for breakfast at the first event of the year. You’ll have the chance to meet other international students over a croissant, hot drink and fruit, as well as meeting some of UCLU’s International Students Committee. Price: £2.

Picnic | 12.00 | Gordon Square

You’ll need to bring along your own food, but UCLU will be providing some additional snacks! Please note this event will be cancelled in the event of wet weather. Price: Free. 

Volunteer Gardening Day | 14.00 - 17.00 | Clyde Court (near St Pancras) 

Volunteering is a great way to get to know your new local community. Saint Pancras Community Association (SPCA) is an independent charity that promotes community activity for all ages in the St Pancras area, just north of Kings Cross Station. Join UCLU and help make a world of difference to an older person's home by doing some light gardening and a spot of window cleaning. You'll have a chance to socialise with the residents along the way. 

Contact: Glen Pickard, to register your interest. 

Please note students from the EU and those on a Tier 4 visa are eligible to volunteer while in the UK. If you are studying at UCL and are not on a Tier 4 visa or from the EU please contact Glen for more information. 

Wednesday 23 September

WALS Workshop | 11.30 | Venue TBC 

Writing and Language Support (WALS) workshop on British Slang and Idioms. A free workshop on getting to grips with British slang, intended for non-native English speakers. Price: Free 

Womens International Coffee Hour | 13.00 - 15.00 | Venue TBC

Come and meet other women students from around the world. Price: Free

Literary Tour of Bloomsbury | 17.00 | Bloomsbury Theatre 

Join UCLU on this tour to discover the area around UCL known as Bloomsbury. It’s where Virginia Woolf and co. lived and wrote. See London’s tiniest street, its most literary street, the Sylvia Plath-Ted Hughes house and London’s most beautiful square. Price: £6.

International Pub Quiz | 19.00 | Print Room Café 

A classic pub quiz, part of ISOP 2015, presented by UCLU’s International Student Network. This is a fantastic way to meet new people and test your knowledge of the United Kingdom and Europe. This event is intended for undergraduates. Price: Tickets are £1 and are available at the door.   

Thursday 24 September

WALS Coffee & Conversation | 11.00 | Print Room Café

Come along to the Print Room Café to take part in conversational English. All are welcome! Price: Free 

LGBT+ Coffee Hour | 15.00 - 17.00 | George Farha Café

Come and meet some other International LGBT+ students in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Price: Free

Games Night | 19.00 | Print Room Café 

Looking for more ISOP activities but don't feel like attending the boat party? Join UCLU for their second games night, with a chance to play board games and meet other new international students. Price: Free. 

Boat Party | 19.45 | Embankment Pier 

Get to know London and fellow new students at UCLU’s ISOP Boat Party. Tickets go fast so make sure you buy yours in advance on UCLU’s website. Price: £15. 

Friday 25 September

Bring and Buy Sale | 11.00 - 15.00 | Cloisters  

Organised by UCLU's International Students' Forum, come to the Cloisters to check out a host of bargains. 

Disabled Students' Coffee Hour| 15.00 - 17.00 | Social Study Space

Come and get to know some other disabled international students in a relaxed atmosphere. Price: Free 

International Student BBQ | 18.00 | Print Room Café 

Come along for a bite to eat with other international students, with a choice of soft or alcoholic drinks available. Price: £3. 

UCLU Comedy Night | 19.00 | Mullys

Confused by the British sense of humour? Don't know your Monty from your Python? Not fluent in sarcasm yet? Don't panic! UCLU Comedy Club can help! Join us for an evening of Sketch, Stand-up and Improv and learn more about the weird and wonderful world of British comedy. Price: Free. 

Saturday 26 September

ISOP Bike Tour | 14.30 | Waterloo 

This tour is designed to show you London in all of its glory - great monuments as well as hidden nooks and crannies - and to give a taste of a Londoner's London. 

Cycling casually alongside riverside pathways, cycle lanes and park routes, ensuring your complete safety at all times, the tour includes stops at highlights such as the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. We also go in search of the Prime Minister at Downing Street, the Spies at MI5 and the Horse Guards at Whitehall, along with visits to many other iconic locations such as Trafalgar Square and St Paul's Cathedral. 

This tour is highly subsidised and a  bargain. It includes bike hire and helmet. Price: £9

Sunday 27 September

Fiesta @ KOKO | 22.00 – 03.00 | KOKO 

The Fiesta is UCLU’s trademark opening night for all students (both home and international) starting at UCL in September 2015. UCLU have exclusively booked out KOKO, one of London’s most famous nightclubs, to welcome you to London with top DJs, visuals and FX. Price: 16. 

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