International Student Orientation Course

This page gives information on the International Student Orientation Course, when it starts and how you will be able to access it.

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For new international students starting at UCL, the International Student Orientation Course will help you familiarise yourself with everything you need to know about life at UCL. Although not mandatory, completion of this course is strongly advised as it contains important information on all parts of life at UCL and in the UK.

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for any international student who is starting at UCL. This includes all levels of study; whether you're here for one term or five years.


Each section contains presentations and activities to prepare you as much as possible for your time at UCL. The presentations and activities are clearly labelled to make navigating the course as clear as possible and there are also resources and further information for each section, which allow you to quickly find links to topics mentioned in the presentations. 

The course is divided into 4 sections:

Healthcare, wellbeing and safety

This section includes what services are offered by the National Health Service (NHS) and how to access them; the Student Support and Wellbeing team and what services are offered to students who require extra support; the UCL Safety team and how you can stay safe during your time at UCL.

Life in London and the UK

This section includes what to bring and prepare for when coming to London and the UK; the best ways to travel around London and the UK; information about banks and how to open an account in the UK; immigration advice for EU/EEA/Swiss and non-EU international students. 

Academic life at UCL

This section includes information about the tutors and academic staff who can help with your academic and personal journey through UCL, English language support for academic purposes and who to ask and where to go when you want the answers to your specific questions such as UCL Library services. UCL provides a huge amount of academic and social support to its students and this section is very useful for showing you how and where you can access this support.

Social life at UCL

This section includes information on the career and job services offered for when you graduate; all the clubs, societies, support and opportunities offered by Students' Union UCL as well as how to be a more environmentally sustainable student and person.

You may find that certain topics are not as relevant to you such as access to private healthcare. This is not a problem and you can simply skip those sections. As you move through the course, you can check-off the sections you have completed. 

When does it start?

The International Student Orientation Course becomes available:

  • 21 August 2023 for September 2024 starters;

Please note you will need to have completed pre-enrolment in order to access Moodle.

How do I access it?

From the start date onwards, you can click on the blue bar below. This will take you to the course. You can then self-enrol and start the course!

The International Student Orientation Course will be available in August 2024