Online Orientation Course

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

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Online Orientation Course

For new students arriving at UCL, the Online 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 student who is starting at UCL. Although the course is for all new students, some sections labelled 'international students only' are for non-UK students, as they cover information to support the transition to life in the UK.


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 3 sections and covers:

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 students. 

Academic and social 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, who to ask and where to go when you want the answers to your specific questions including UCL Library services, information on the career and job services offered for when you graduate; all the clubs, societies, support and opportunities offered by Students' Union UCL. 

UCL provides a huge amount of academic and social support to its students and this course is great in showing you where and how you can access this support. 

When does it start?

The Online Orientation Course opens from August 16 2021 at 08:00 UK time. You will be able to access the course by clicking on the blue button below.

The Online Orientation Course will remain open until December 17 2021.

Start the Online Orientation Course - September 2021.

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