It can be confusing when you first arrive and do not know what to do and where to go. Don’t worry, lots of help will be on hand!
Your first few days
Students with a Tier 4 visa, should also come to the International Student Information Point, to make the arrangements to collect their Biometric Residence Permit.
"l received a very warm reception upon my arrival though it was on weekend. The university hub, international office and the language centre have been very supportive, trying to provide me the necessary information l needed to settle. Bradford has a very welcoming multicultural environment."
Orientation Programme for new International and EU students
Enjoy our free orientation programme! Come along to one of our Welcome Briefings, orientation talks, campus and city tours, and Tier 4 Essentials sessions, so that you can prepare yourself for life at the University and in the UK.
September 2017 Orientation Programme (draft)
Find out about the orientation programme for international students coming to the University of Bradford in January 2017Download Orientation Programme 18-22 January 2017
(Word, 18 KB) Download Orientation Programme 18-22 January 2017
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Important Things to do when you get here
- Locate your accommodation
- Let your family know you have arrived safely. You will have access to the internet on campus to send an email home, even before you have enrolled
- Come to the International Student Information Desk in Richmond Building (just follow the signs!). Here you will be able to get lots of practical information, find out the programme of events and ask any questions that you may have.
- Collect your Biometric Residence Permit from the Post Office, if you are a Tier 4 student (we will help you do this - please ask at the International Student Information Desk
- Enrol on your course
- Attend the orientation programme – full details at the International Student Information Desk and online.
- Attend the induction programme that your department have arranged
- Open a bank account
- Register with the Health Centre
- Register with the police (if you need to do this, it will be mentioned on your student visa)
- Go on a campus tour to learn where the main facilities of the University are (tours daily, starting from the International Student Information Desk)
- Go on a city tour to learn where to shop for food, household essentials and clothes (tours daily, starting from the International Student Information Desk)
- Attend a Tier 4 Essentials Briefing (if you have come to the UK on a Tier 4 visa)
- Register to attend the Lord Mayor’s Civic Reception for international students. This will be at the start of the academic year and you will be receive an online invitation. It will be an opportunity to wear your traditional dress if you have brought it with you!
- Talk to people. Try not to be shy - it is normal to feel anxious at first regardless of where you come from in the world, other students will be feeling the same. Don't worry about your English, nobody will mind if you make a few mistakes. It is far more important to just start talking to other students, and soon you will find that you are making friends from all over the world!
- Join a sports club or society – we have a whole range of sports, country societies and clubs for interests of all kinds. It is a brilliant opportunity to try something new, or to keep up with an existing sport or hobby that you may have. Best of all, you will be meeting and getting to know people, practising your English and enjoying yourself!
Culture shock is a very real phenomenon. Have a look at this very useful guide on the UK Council for International Students (UKCISA) website.
What can you do to help these feelings of culture shock pass? Here are some ideas:
Try to join in with events organised by the International Student Adviser and the Students’ Union. These activities are designed to help you build up a sense of belonging to Team Bradford and we do our very best to make every student feel welcome and involved.
Talk to other students – they may seem confident, but the chances are that they are actually feeling the same as you.
Try not to sit in your room and worry about things. Come and see us at the Hub, your Department, our Counselling Services, or the Students’ Union – staff at all of these places will be happy to see you and to help.