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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. In this way even those who are delayed or need to self-isolate on arrival can attend the event.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS

  • National Lockdown in England 

The Prime Minister has announced a period of national lockdown in England, starting from Tuesday 5 January and expected to last until at least mid-February. Universities are moving to online delivery except for subjects such as initial teacher training, social work, and physiotherapy. You will receive more information from your academic department on how your assessment and lectures take place.

If you are planning to travel to the UK, you should consider delaying your arrival if your travel plans can be rearranged without additional costs. If you are arriving/returning to the UK please follow the most up-to-date advice available for international travellers which is available here. We have also included information for international travellers on our COVID-19 FAQ help page and help page.

  • Students travelling from overseas will need to show a negative COVID-19 test before arrival 

The UK Government is due to announce this new requirement for international arrivals next week (w/b 11th January 2021). This means that you need to pay for a private COVID-19 test before boarding the plane/train to the UK. Check the UK Government website regularly for the latest information on this  

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

  • Arrival form

International arrivals must complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK. You can complete it from 48 hours before your estimated arrival time to the UK. You will need to know your UK address in order to complete this form.

You do not need to complete this form if you are travelling directly from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

  • Self-isolation on arrival to the UK - who does and doesn’t need to self-isolate (quarantine)

If you arrive from an international destination that is not on the travel corridor or exempt countries list, you will need to self-isolate on arrival.

You have two options:

  1. Book and pay for a Test to Release in advance of travel. This means that you book a private COVID-19 test through a UK Government approved test provide, which you need to take after 5 days of self-isolation. If the test result is negative, you can stop isolating. If the test result is positive, you will need to continue self-isolating for 10 days from the date the test was taken. Please check the government website for more information.
  2. If you do not want to opt for the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate for a period of 10-days. After 10 days you can stop self-isolating and start following the rules in place in the local area. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms while self-isolating, you will need to let the University know through our covid report procedure and continue self-isolating.

Check the UK Government guidance for more information on the self-isolation requirement.

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/self-isolating-when-you-arrive

You will be fined if you fail to provide details of where you plan to stay and/or if you do not self-isolate.

International arrivals travelling from these countries do not need to self-isolate on arrival to the UK. Please check the list carefully to see if you are required to self-isolate.

Students travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories do not need to self-isolate on arrival. However, you travel via a country not listed on the above list you will need to self-isolate.

Please check the travel corridor/exemption list on the UK government website regularly and carefully to find out whether you need to self-isolate or not.

  • How do I self-isolate?

The current UK government guidance on self-isolation is available on the Government website.

If you are required to self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in the UK, we recommend that you try to arrive 10 days before the start of your course, so that you can complete the self-isolation period before your classes start. If this is not possible due to travel restrictions, or visa application delays, do not worry, we can still support you as most of the teaching sessions will be available online for you to access them during the self-isolation period. Contact the international student advisers at international@chi.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns about self-isolation.

  • Self-isolation in the halls of residence:

If you have booked a room in the University Halls of Residence and you need to self-isolate on arrival, please contact our accommodation team to book your room for the early arrival self-isolation period. Email allocations@chi.ac.uk.

If you have booked a catered room and arrive before 11th January, you will need to arrange your food and other necessities to be delivered to your room. From 11th January our accommodation team can deliver food boxes to students in catered rooms. Please contact the accommodation team at accommodation@chi.ac.uk to arrange this.

If you are in a self-catered room, you will need to arrange your food and other necessities to be delivered to your room throughout your self-isolation period.

If you are a new student the International Student Advisers will provide information on how to get ready for the self-isolation period before you are due to arrive. This will include information on how to register an online shopping account and how to arrange food and other necessary items to be delivered to your room. You can email international@chi.ac.uk if you have any questions.

  • Self-isolation in a private shared house:

If you live off-campus in a private shared house, you can use it as a base to self-isolate. The people you live with do not need to self-isolate unless you travelled together. You should keep contact with your housemates to a minimum and avoid using the common areas (kitchen, bathroom, living room etc) at the same time. You should have your food and other necessary items delivered as you will not be allowed to leave your self-isolation base except for limited reasons. Make sure you read the self-isolation guidance in detail and contact the International Student Advisers if you need any support or advice.

  • Travelling from the airport/train station/port to Chichester/Bognor Regis

The UK Government advises against using public transport unless you have no other option. We recommend that you book a taxi as it is easier and safer. When traveling on public transport you must use a face covering and stay 2 meters apart. The full guidance on travelling by public transport is available on the Government website.  

  • Travelling by taxi

A good alternative to public transport is to pre-book a local taxi to collect you from the airport. Visit our online store to pay the booking fee and provide all the necessary details. Please complete the online store booking form at least 48 hours before your estimated arrival time.. A local taxi will cost about £60-£90 depending on the location and drop of points as well as waiting times at the airport. You can read the government guidance on using taxis and adhering to social distancing.

  • National Express (coach company) has suspended its services until March  

Please note that the National Express coach service is not operating from 10th January 2021 until further notice. This will limit your public transport travel options especially from Heathrow airport. https://www.nationalexpress.com/en 

  • What if I am unable to travel to the UK when the teaching starts again? 

We understand that some of our students may experience delays in travelling or returning to the UK due to COVID-19 related visa application delays and/or travel restrictions. If this applies to you, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible to find out whether your late arrival can be authorised and how you can study online during the agreed late arrival period.  If late arrival is authorised and you are able to study online it is really important that you fully engage, so that you do not fall behind. 

The UK Visas and Immigration has introduced a distance learning concession for Student Visa holders for the academic year 2020/2021. This means that Student Visa holders are permitted to study on a distance learning basis, as long as the intention is to return to the UK for face-to-face teaching as soon as it is practically possible. Please note that to benefit from this concession, you will need to discuss the late arrival plans with us. 

Please email international@chi.ac.uk if you have any questions or need to discuss your late arrival.

 

EXCHANGE/ERASMUS/STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS’ VIRTUAL ORIENTATION EVENT ON FRIDAY 29TH JANUARY

You will begin your studies with our virtual International Orientation event on 29th January.  The event will be hosted via Zoom.

At this event we will cover lots of useful information, including:

  • Introduction to UK Higher Education system
  • International Academic and Language Support
  • Introduction to UK healthcare system and registering with a local doctor
  • Student Visa information
  • How to access different support & wellbeing services at the university
  • Meeting with your exchange tutor
  • and much more….

Joining the orientation event is a great way to start your new life in the UK, adjust to the university environment and meet new and current international students.  

Final programme details

We will confirm the full event details at the beginning of January.

Book your place now!

Confirm your place by completing the online booking form.

Pre-Arrival & International Orientation Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Our Orientation & Pre-Arrival Virtual Learning Environment (Knowledgeexchange.chi.ac.uk) will be available for you to access in December. This VLE is designed to help you with your arrival preparations and it will connect you with other international students and members of staff at the University before you arrive. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Next steps

  • Read our International Pre-Arrival Guide carefully as it covers a lot of useful information.  
  • Book your place at the orientation event online
  • Visit our website regularly for the latest updates on our plans to support you.
  • Book your Accommodation by emailing allocations@chi.ac.uk
  • Request your free bedding pack if you live in the halls of residence. Email allocations@chi.ac.uk
  • Check the Students’ Union website for information on societies etc.
  • Register onto your programme online via Chiview when you receive an email inviting you to do so (January).
  • Check if you need to self-isolate on arrival (see our “Important Information for International Arrivals” section above)
  • Get visa advice:  Check our website for more information or get in touch with us. Please note that from 1 January 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will need an immigration permission to enter the UK. If you are coming to the UK for up to 6 months, you can enter the UK as a visitor and do not need to apply for a permission in advance.

Visit these useful websites:  

INTERNATIONAL TOP-UP (LEVEL 6) STUDENTS INDUCTION DAY

You will start your studies with a departmental induction day. The International Student Advisers will meet you on that day and will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to UK Higher Education system
  • International Academic and Language Support
  • Introduction to UK healthcare system and registering with a local doctor.
  • How to open a UK bank account.
  • Student Visa information.
  • How to access different support & wellbeing services at the university.
  • and much more….

Next steps

  • Read our International Pre-Arrival Guide carefully as it covers a lot of useful information.  
  • Visit our website regularly for the latest updates on our plans to support you.
  • Book your Accommodation by emailing allocations@chi.ac.uk
  • Request your free bedding pack if you live in the halls of residence. Email allocations@chi.ac.uk
  • Check the Students’ Union website for information on societies etc.
  • Register onto your programme online via Chiview when you receive an email inviting you to do so (January).
  • Check if you need to self-isolate on arrival (see our “Important Information for International Arrivals” section above)
  • Get visa advice:  Check our website for more information or get in touch with us.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON OTHER PROGRAMMES

Please refer to your departmental induction programme/welcome information.

Email international@chi.ac.uk to arrange a meeting to find out about opening a UK bank account, registering with a doctor and signing up for International Academic and Language Support.

Next steps

  • Read our International Pre-Arrival Guide carefully as it covers a lot of useful information.  
  • Visit our website regularly for the latest updates on our plans to support you.
  • Book your Accommodation by emailing allocations@chi.ac.uk
  • Request your free bedding pack if you live in the halls of residence. Email allocations@chi.ac.uk
  • Check the Students’ Union website for information on societies etc.
  • Register onto your programme online via Chiview when you receive an email inviting you to do so (January).
  • Check if you need to self-isolate on arrival (see our “Important Information for International Arrivals” section above)
  • Get visa advice:  Check our website for more information or get in touch with us. 

Visit these useful websites:  

ARRIVING LATE TO START YOUR STUDIES

We understand that some of our students may experience delays in returning to the UK due to COVID-19 related visa application delays and/or travel restrictions. If this applies to you, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible to find out whether your late arrival can be authorised and how you can study online during the agreed late arrival period.  If late arrival is authorised and you are able to study online it is really important that you fully engage, so that you do not fall behind. 

The UK Visas and Immigration has introduced a distance learning concession for Student Visa holders for the academic year 2020/2021. This means that Student Visa holders are permitted to study on a distance learning basis, as long as the intention is to return to the UK for face-to-face teaching as soon as it is practically possible. Please note that to benefit from this concession, you will need to discuss the late arrival plans with us. 

Please email international@chi.ac.uk if you have any questions or need to discuss your late arrival. We can put you in touch with your department.

 

Pre-Arrival & International Orientation Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Our Orientation & Pre-Arrival Virtual Learning Environment (Knowledgeexchange.chi.ac.uk) will be available for all our new students. This VLE is designed to help you with your arrival preparations and it will connect you with other international students and members of staff at the University before you arrive. You can also access this information after you have arrived. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Topics covered:

  • Pre-arrival information & how to arrange a one-to-one meeting with us before arriving in the UK 
  • Getting ready for self-isolation  
  • Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Healthcare and registering with a local doctor (register with a doctor before you arrive) 
  • How to open a UK bank account (complete your bank account letter request form now!) 
  • Travel & Transport 
  • Student Support & Wellbeing 
  • Student Visa holders information (including Police Registration) 
  • The EU Settlement Scheme  
  • International Academic and Language Support (sign up for this FREE support!)  

If you have not received an email inviting you to join this VLE, please check your personal email inbox /junk mail and look out for an email regarding https://knowledgeexchange.chi.ac.uk/. If you are still having trouble, get in touch with us (International@chi.ac.uk)