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International Orientation


Joining one of the International Orientation events is a great way to start your new life in the UK, adjust to university life and meet other new international students.  

We are holding our international orientation events online this year. We will post more information here as soon as we have finalised our plans. 

To find out how we are planning to support international arrivals in September 2020, please visit our pre-arrival section.


VIRTUAL LIVE  EVENT ON 11th September 2020

Starting at 9 am (UK time)

Book your place online (Booking link available end of July)



9 am

Arrival to the virtual event.

You will receive a an event invite in August.

Times to be confirmed

Welcome talks

  • Official welcome
  • Introduction to International Academic & Language support
  • Introduction to Student Support and Wellbeing
  • Students’ Union Welcome
  • Virtual Campus tour
  • Meet current international students
  • Nurse Health Advisers’ introduction to UK health services
  • Tier 4 information session
  • EU Settlement Scheme session

Time to be confirmed

Exchange and Study Abroad students only:  Meeting with your departmental exchange tutor. You will find out about your modules, timetable, department location etc & course registration & Erasmus agreement signing.


Virtual evening get-together to be confirmed.


Please note that this is a draft programme and subject to change.

We will post the final version here in August 2020.


We are currently putting in place plans to support your arrival to the UK and will be contacting you with more information in the coming weeks. 

 If you have any questions, please contact 

Our plans to support international arrivals include the following: 

  • We aim to provide a one-to-one pre-arrival meeting for all our applicants to discuss arrival plans and support needs.
  • Our International Orientation on the 11th September will be a live virtual event this year. This is to make sure that everyone can attend.  
  • If the UK Government guidelines regarding the 14-day quarantine(self-isolation) period is still in place in September, we would suggest that you try to arrive in time to complete the self-isolation period before teaching starts . 
  • Arriving early into the halls of residence – We are planning to make rooms available earlier for international arrivals and we are currently planning the support we will offer you during the 14-day self-isolation period.  
  • Travelling from the airport – The current UK Government advice is to avoid public transport if possible. If you must use public transport, please be aware that you must use a face covering. If you do not wish to use public transport to travel from the airport, you can use our taxi booking service. This means that we will book your taxi and send you an invoice for the fare afterwards.  
  • We will help you register with a local GP (doctor) before your arrival, so that you can access the National Health Services without delays, if needed. 
  • Tier 4 Biometric Residence Permit (visa) collections from Portsmouth Post Office - We will work with the Post Office staff to make sure that your BRP collection can be arranged safely and after the 14-day self-isolation period.  
  • Opening a UK bank account – Opening a bank account at one of the local branches will not be possible during the 14-day self-isolation period. We will provide you information on alternative online bank accounts, which can be opened before your arrival to the UK. 
  • UK SIM card for your phone – In order to access the National Health Service  telephone services you will need a UK telephone number. Options for obtaining a SIM card before arrival will be provided for you. 
  • Police Registration - If you are a Tier 4 visa student and you need to register with the police, we will communicate with the local police regarding your appointment arrangements so that this can be done safely and after the self-isolation period.