ISOP Schedule

The International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) takes place at the start of the academic term in January and September. This page provides an overview of the programme.

During ISOP you will have the opportunity to complete your in-person enrolment, attend the 'We Are All Global' talks designed specifically for new international students (both EU and overseas), and participate in a variety of social events organised by Students' Union UCL. If you are an affiliate student, you will also have the opportunity to meet with your admitting department(s) at UCL to discuss module selection.

You will be able to register your interest to attend ISOP as part of the pre-enrolment process.

‘We Are All Global’ talks

This series of talks, organised by the International Student Support team, is designed to help make the transition into living and studying in the UK as smooth as possible. Throughout the day there will be a number of interactive sessions with various speakers, covering information about life at UCL and in London. The sessions are free of charge and it is highly recommended that you attend.

Undergraduate and graduate talks from September 2018 ISOP can viewed on the following webpages


Once you have arrived in London, you will be required to enrol in person by appointment. You will be able to select an enrolment slot nearer the time as part of the pre-enrolment process.

For more information about enrolment, please visit the enrolment webpage.

Meet Your Department (MYD)

If you are an affiliate student, you will have the opportunity to visit your admitting department on arrival and discuss module registration with your Affiliate Tutor and/or administrator. 

Departmental contact details can be found on the department information webpage, where details of the MYD sessions will be made available in due course. 

Social events

There are a range of activities available for you during ISOP, including social activities organised by Students' Union UCL. Social events are a good opportunity to meet other new international students and immerse yourself into life at UCL. These are an optional part of ISOP, however we would encourage you to attend at least some of these activities. 

More information about social events can be found on the Students' Union UCL website.

Students on a visa

If you require a visa to study at UCL, please visit the immigration and visas webpages for further information and guidance on the application process. If you are on a Tier 4 visa, please note that you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) before you attend your in-person enrolment appointment.  

For more information on visas, please visit the immigration and visas webpages

Accommodation during ISOP

If you are staying in UCL managed accommodation and you would like to attend ISOP, you can submit an Early Arrival Request on the accommodation portal if needed. If you are staying in other student halls you should follow the information provided to request an earlier move in date if necessary.

For more information on UCL halls of residence, please visit the UCL Accommodation website.

Useful resources 

International Students' Guide

This guide provides helpful information for new international students on a range of topics. Please note that the International Students' Guide was correct at time of publishing in July 2018.

Here to Support You: A Guide to UCL Student Support and Wellbeing Services

This guide contains information on the support available from UCL Student Support and Wellbeing services, including contact details and useful resources. Please note that the 'Here to Support You' Guide was correct at time of publishing in July 2018.

New Students Checklists

These checklists for new students show essential tasks that you must do, recommended tasks that you should do and optional extras that you could do. We suggest reading them to make sure you have everything covered for your arrival and know what to expect.