The International Student Orientation Programme will be taking place in January 2020 for students starting at UCL in the second term. This page provides information about the January 2020 programme.


During ISOP you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities. Some activities will require you to register, and there may also be a cost attached to certain social activities. See below for more information about the ISOP schedule for students arriving in January 2020.

‘We Are All Global’ talks – Thursday 9 January 2020

2pm - 5.30pm (with a break)

*Please arrive by 2.00pm so that you are seated for a prompt 2.30pm start*

These talks, organised by the International Student Support team, are designed to help make the transition into life in the UK and studying at UCL as smooth as possible. These talks are also a great opportunity to meet other international students.

Once you have completed online pre-enrolment and confirmed your interest in attending ISOP.  

The 'We Are All Global' talks will include the following:

  • information about the various support services (academic, social, wellbeing) available at UCL
  • information about healthcare in the UK
  • information about the various opportunities and resources available at UCL
  • tips on how to stay safe on campus and in London 
  • presentation by a former affiliate student who studied at UCL who will share their experience and tips
  • a talk by Students' Union UCL about the various Union activities, resources and their clubs and societies
  • a Question & Answer panel with our Global Ambassadors, current UCL students, about life at UCL and in London

If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact internationalsupport@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

Enrolment – Thursday 9 January 2020

From 9am 

UCL, Gower Street Campus

Once you arrive in London, you will be required to enrol in person by appointment. You will be able to select your appointment when you register your interest for ISOP during the online pre-enrolment.

Please refer to your pre-enrolment confirmation email for your appointment time. To avoid delays, it is important that you attend enrolment at the time and date specified.

Enrolment Centres will be based at the UCL Gower Street campus. Our Global Ambassadors will be on hand to welcome you, answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

For more information about enrolment, please visit the new students webpages.

If you have an arrival form or Erasmus placement form that needs signing, once you have completed your enrolment you can go to the Student Enquiries Centre during the ISOP week to get this done.

See the Student Enquiries Centre's opening times and location.

'Meet your Department' sessions for affiliate students - Friday 10 January 2020

10.30am - 12.30pm

Various locations 

*Please check the schedule prior to attending, as a small number of departments may hold their meeting at an alternative time.*

You will have the opportunity to visit your admitting department(s) and discuss module registration with your Affiliate Tutor and/or administrator. 

If you are taking modules in two or more departments, please attend the 'Meet Your Department' session for your main admitting department. You are strongly encouraged to get in contact with the other department(s) where you intend to take courses. 

Departmental contact details and information about the 'Meet Your Department' sessions can be found on our department information webpage.

Information about selecting and registering for modules can be found on our module registration webpage.

If you have an Erasmus Learning Agreement form that needs to be signed, this is signed and stamped by your department, so make sure you bring it along to the 'Meet Your Department' session.

Social events organised by Students' Union UCL

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. We would encourage you to attend at least some of these activities.

Please note that you may need to register and there might be a cost for some of these activities.

More information will be available shortly.


Campus tours

Details to be confirmed shortly

Health and Wellbeing tour

This is self guided. Just use what we said before.

You can find full details on the Student Support and Wellbeing pages.

Students on a visa

If you require a visa to study at UCL, please visit the immigration and visas website 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 about visas, please visit the immigration and visas webpages

A link to register with the police for students who need to 


Students arriving in January 2020 will be able to move into their rooms on Thursday 2nd January 2020 and will not need to request early arrival.

For more information about moving in to UCL halls of residence, please visit the UCL Accommodation website.

Useful Resources

'Welcome to UCL' app

We strongly recommend you download the free 'Welcome to UCL' app. This includes a range of useful information and features, and allows you to create your own personalised schedule of induction events. Please follow the link above to download the app on Google Play, the App Store or to view a desktop version.

New Students checklists

Make sure you read the New Students checklists to prepare your arrival and find out what to do during your first few days and weeks at UCL. These checklists cover all the essential and recommended tasks you should do, as well as optional extras, so you can make sure you are not missing any steps and can fully settle in. 

Police registration

For students who need to register with the police, please see UCL's page on police registration.