International Postgraduate Taught: First few weeks
First few weeks checklist
1. Start your studies
Check your timetable and make sure you hit the ground running by attending all lectures, seminars and other sessions. View your timetable.
2. Meet your support staff
- Personal Tutor
Your Personal Tutor is there to help you with academic progress and personal and professional development. You should meet your Personal Tutor within your first few weeks at UCL and several times throughout your programme of study.
- Affiliate Tutor (if this applies to you)
If you are an affiliate student you may have an Affiliate Tutor to help with specific issues. Learn more about the support available to you as an affiliate student.
3. Make sure you are aware of your visa responsibilities
If you're an international student coming to the UK on a Student visa, then there are certain responsibilities that you must adhere to in order to maintain your visa rights. Make sure you read and follow this guidance.
4. Apply for a National Insurance number (if you are eligible)
If you are an international student eligible to work in the UK and would like to do so, then you’ll need a National Insurance (NI) number. Your NI number allows the government to properly record your National Insurance contributions and the taxes that you should pay. You can start work without one, but you’ll have to apply immediately. Apply for your National Insurance number.
Find out more about working in the UK as an international student.
5. Sign up for societies
6. Apply for a TV licence
In the UK if you use a TV, computer, tablet or phone to watch or record BBC programmes as they are being shown, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, then you are legally required to get a TV licence. Find out more about TV licensing.
7. Check for Council Tax discounts
Depending if you are living with others who are full-time students, or not, check to see if you are exempt or eligible for a discount with your council tax.