Pre-departureGuide 2015 entry
Welcome toNewcastle University LondonWelcome03On behalf of all the staff here atNewcastle University London I wouldlike to wish you a very warm welcome.By studying with us not only will youbuild the skills you need to succeed intoday’s globalised work force, but youwill also be living in the exciting capitalcity and making friends from all overthe world. You will join NewcastleUniversity’s alumni network – someof whom have become well-known inthe business sphere including AndrewBird, CEO of Disney International;and Keith Ludeman, former CEO ofGo-Ahead Group. We hope you enjoyyour time here.WelcomeElizabeth Munro, Chief Operating OfficerNewcastle University Londonwww.facebook.com/NewcastleUniLondonwww.twitter.com/NewcastleUniLDNwww.instagram.com/NewcastleUniLDN
00291_INTO_BLUE_London_AW_v18_FLAT_OL_A4_CR.pdf 1 01/05/2015 15:10:40Your LondoncampusOur purpose-built campus is in the heart of London’sfinancial district, known as the City of London.You will find yourself perfectly placed for access tothe financial institutions of the City, as well as theculturally vibrant areas of Shoreditch and Brick Lane.A welcoming student cityLondon is the third most popular student cityin the world, according to the QS Best StudentCities 2015, giving you a rich social life. Youwill have the opportunity to meet students fromdiverse cultures and backgrounds, and takeadvantage of the wealth of cultural activitiesavailable on your doorstep.05Your London campus
IntroductionImportant dates 2015-201606We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Universityduring the 2015-16 academic year, and we hope that yourtime here is both successful and enjoyable!How to use the guideThrough this guide, we intend to help youmake all the necessary preparations beforeyou depart, from booking your accommodationto planning your arrival. We also provideinformation on other things you will need to doonce you arrive, and give you a general idea ofthe costs involved.12We suggest that you keep this booklet asa source of useful information. Pleasefamiliarise yourself with our term datesopposite, and if you have any furtherquestions feel free to email us at any time:email@example.comWelcome Week and registration forEnglish for University Study andacademic pathway studentsMon 21 Sept 2015 to Fri 25 Sept 2015English for University StudySeptember startMon 21 Sept 2015 to Fri 11 Dec 2015January startWed 06 Jan 2016 to Thu 24 Mar 2016April startMon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 17 Jun 2016July startMon 04 Jul 2016 to Fri 09 Sept 2016International Foundation/Diploma/Graduate DiplomaSeptember start (three term)Mon 21 Sept 2015 to Fri 11 Dec 2015Mon 04 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016September start (four term)Mon 21 Sept 2015 to Fri 11 Dec 2015Mon 04 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016Mon 13 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sept 2016January start (three term)Mon 04 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016Mon 13 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sept 2016Welcome Week and registrationfor undergraduate and postgraduatedegree studentsMon 28 Sept 2015 to Fri 02 Oct 2015Undergraduate degreesAutumn TermMon 28 Sept 2015 to Fri 18 Dec 2015Spring TermMon 11 Jan 2016 to Fri 11 Mar 2016Summer TermMon 11 Apr 2016 to Fri 17 Jun 2016Semester datesSemester 1Mon 28 Sept 2015 to Fri 29 Jan 2016Semester 2Mon 1 Feb 2016 to Fri 17 Jun 2016Postgraduate degreesMon 28 Sept 2015 to Fri 26 Sept 2016Public holidays2015Summer bank holidayMon 31 Aug 2015Christmas DayFri 25 Dec 2015Boxing DaySat 26 Dec 20152016New Year holidayFri 01 Jan 2016Good FridayFri 25 Mar 2016Easter bank holidayMon 28 Mar 2016May Day holidayMon 02 May 2016Spring bank holidayMon 30 May 2016Summer bank holidayMon 29 Aug 2016Christmas DaySun 25 Dec 2016Boxing DayMon 26 Dec 201607Important dates12Central London campus.Welcome Desk.
Before you departBelow are some helpful hints and tips for before you leave home.08What should I bring?When leaving home for a year or more, it canbe hard to decide what to pack. It’s temptingto bring everything just in case, but rememberyou will have to carry your luggage, so packonly what you need. You can always buy extraitems once you arrive, and there are plenty ofgood value shops close by.If you need more information about the bestplaces to shop after you arrive, you can ask atthe Welcome DeskGeneralBefore you set off, make sure you have noteddown the address and contact details of whereyou will be staying along with the campusaddress, so that you can contact us if it takeslonger than planned to travel. Make sure thatyour family has these details too.Please also bring your original documentsas specified in your offer letter, such as yourpassport, visa and original transcripts, as youwill need these to register for your programme.For your roomIf you have chosen to live in one of the studentresidences you do not need to bring anybedding or towels as this is provided for you,but we suggest that you bring some personalitems for your room that will remind you ofhome and help you to settle in quickly.The kitchenA kettle, toaster, cooker hob, fridge andmicrowave are supplied, along with cutlery,mugs and glasses. However, you will needyour own saucepans, plates and bowls. Youcan buy a pack of these kitchen items fromyour accommodation provider – please enquireupon your arrival if you are interested.Students staying at Scape Living will needsaucepans that work on an induction hob.Pans that work on gas and electric hobs donot always work with induction hobs so pleaseensure that you bring or buy the correct items.International studentsClothingThe UK weather varies, so bring clothes to suitall conditions. You can typically expect colderweather from December to February and hottertemperatures from June until August. Manystudents find it useful to carry an umbrella asrain can occur unexpectedly.As well as everyday clothing you may wishto bring some smart items for job interviewsand other formal events.Airport baggageIf you are planning on flying to London youshould remember that most airlines allow20–23 kg of checked luggage and thereare strict size and weight restrictions nowon all hand luggage.For an overview of items that you are allowedto bring to the UK visit:www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods.Shipping itemsIt can be cheaper to buy items in the UK.Students often find it is better to wait until theyhave arrived to work out what they need. Afriend or family member can then send anyadditional items later.If you ship items, you must make sure youarrive before your package does, as we cannotstore them for you. Prices can vary greatly andit is important to make sure the company youuse is reliable. Make sure to pack carefullyand insure your belongings against damages.Always label your luggage clearly, whether youare carrying it or sending it separately.ElectricityThe electricity supply in the UK is 230 voltswith a frequency of 50 hertz. Ensure yourappliances are connected to a plug fitted witha fuse of the correct rating.09Before you depart
10Your journeyto NewcastleUniversity LondonAll students are expected to arrive in time forWelcome Week and should complete registrationbefore teaching begins. Find out about our airportpick-up service and how to prepare for your journey.When should I arrive?We recommend that you plan to arrive on theweekend before your course starts, to allowyou time to settle in, attend the Welcome Weekand register for your course. Please see theimportant dates on page 7 for full details.We do not recommend that you arrivebefore Saturday 26 September 2015, asyour accommodation may not be availablebefore this date. If you do want to arrive early,please contact the Admissions Office or firstname.lastname@example.org.It is essential that you arrive before teachingstarts: on Monday 28 September 2015 forpathway students and on Monday 05 October2015 for degree students.Your arrival detailsAll students must complete our onlinepre-arrival form to let us know the dateand expected time of your arrival, so thatwe know when to expect you:www.intohigher.com/arrival-form.International students travellingto LondonIf you are travelling from outside the UK, werecommend flying to one of London’s threeinternational airports, then travelling to thecampus either by using public transport or byrequesting our airport pickup service.Student AmbassadorsIf you are arriving at Heathrow or GatwickAirport during the weekend before WelcomeWeek for the September and January intake(see page 7 for important dates), there will bea team of Student Ambassadors on hand towelcome you and to assist you with getting toyour accommodation.Airport pickupsFor international students arriving in the UK forthe first time, we can arrange for a taxi to meetyou upon arrival. A pre-arranged transfer willoffer you peace of mind and ensure that youare met by someone who knows where youneed to go. To book a pickup, please completethe arrival details form, at least seven daysbefore you arrive:www.intohigher.com/arrival-form.London Heathrow AirportThere are two train services that link HeathrowAirport to London Paddington – the HeathrowExpress and Heathrow Connect. The HeathrowExpress takes 15 minutes, while the journeyon the Heathrow Connect varies between 31and 49 minutes. Tickets purchased in advanceonline are often cheaper.National Express also offers a 24-hour coachservice from Heathrow to Victoria coach stationwith a journey time of 70 minutes to 1 hour 50minutes, depending on the time of day.www.heathrowairport.comwww.heathrowexpress.comwww.nationalexpress.comLondon Gatwick AirportThe Gatwick Express is a non-stop train serviceto London Victoria which takes only 30 minutes.National Express also operates direct servicesto London Victoria with a journey time of 1.5 to2 hours, depending on the time of day.www.gatwickairport.comwww.gatwickexpress.comwww.gatwick-airport-guide.co.ukLondon Stansted AirportThere are express train services from StanstedAirport directly to Liverpool Street Station.The journey takes around 45 minutes.11Your journeywww.stanstedairport.comwww.stanstedexpress.com
14Visa advice forinternationalstudentsEveryone arriving in the UK has to pass throughImmigration Control. The rules and conditions regardingentry are strictly enforced by Immigration Officers, but if youhave obtained all the necessary documents in your homecountry before leaving, you should not have any problems.Who needs a visa for the UK?If you are a national of the European EconomicArea (EEA) or of Switzerland you do not requirea visa or immigration permission to enter andremain in the UK while you are studying. Yourpassport or identity card will not be stampedwhen you enter the UK as there is no formaltime limit on your stay.Further immigration guidance for EuropeanEconomic Area Nationals is on the Home Officewebsite:www.gov.uk/browse/ visas-immigration/eueea-commonwealth.Most nationals of non-EEA countries will requireimmigration permission to enter the UK.What type of visa do I need?The main immigration routes for study atNewcastle University London are Tier 4General and Short Term Study visas.Tier 4 General is offered to students who intend tostay in the UK for longer than six months or whomay need to extend their stay for further study.The Short Term Study visa route is used forstudy programmes of six months or less.An 11-month route is available for studentswho will be studying English language only.Can I bring dependents with me?Students making an application under theTier 4 General category can apply to bringdependents (spouse/partner/children under 18years of age) if your intended programme ofstudy is 12 months or more and is at NQF7 orabove or you are a new government-sponsoredstudent studying a programme of six months.Short Term Study visa holders may be ableto bring their family members with themunder the general visitor category.Further information can be found at:www.ukcisa.org.uk/international-students/preparing--planning/visas-and-immigration/bringing-your-family.How do I apply for a Tier 4General visa?To apply for a Tier 4 General visa you mustfirst receive confirmation that the University willsponsor you under this category. This is calledConfirmation of Acceptance for Studies orCAS. You will also require appropriate financialevidence in the form of a sponsor letter or bankstatements. The earliest you can only apply foryour Tier 4 General visa is three months beforethe start date of your programme.To apply, you should:• read the Tier 4 policy guidancevery carefully at:www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-application-for-uk-visas-tier-4-student• go to www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa to makeyour application.You must make sure that you apply underthe correct category.Depending on your country of residence,you may be required to submit a tuberculosis(TB) certificate as part of your application.As part of the application process you will berequired to attend an appointment to submityour biometric data (have your fingerprintsand photograph taken).You may also have to attend an appointmentfor a credibility interview. This is conducted bythe Home Office to ensure you have genuinestudy intentions in the UK.What happens next?If your Tier 4 application is successful, you willbe issued with an entry clearance sticker whichwill be valid for 30 days. You should ensure thatyou enter the UK as soon as possible within the30-day period, as you will be required to collecta Tier 4 Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cardon arrival in the UK from a specified collectionpoint.* Under the terms of your Tier 4 visa youshould ensure that you:• collect your BRP card within 10 days ofarrival in the UK and before you registerwith Newcastle University London• refer to your decision letter to determinewhere you will need to go to collect your BRPcard: www.ncl.ac.uk/students/ progress/visa/BRP/BRP• register with Newcastle University Londonas soon as possible• make arrangements to register with thepolice if required to do so: www.ncl.ac.uk/students/ progress/visa/police• attend your study programme as required(unauthorised absences will be reportedto the Home Office)• do not breach the work conditions of yourTier 4 visa (limits are set on the numberof hours you are permitted to work andwhen. You must not be self-employed).• do not switch to part-time study, as thismay not be allowed under the conditionsof your visa.* If you Tier 4 visa is for less than 6 months,you will need to collect a BPR card on arrival.15Visa advice
16How do I apply for a Short TermStudy visa?Entry clearance applications for a Short TermStudy visa are optional for nationals of somecountries, but it is advisable to apply for entryclearance before travelling to the UK to avoidany problems on arrival at the port of entry.To apply for a Short Term Study visa you willneed a letter from the relevant admissions teamat Newcastle University outlining your intendedprogramme of study. You should then makeyour application atwww.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/app.What are the conditions of a ShortTerm Study visa?Students in the UK with a visa for Short TermStudy may not:• take paid or unpaid employment or be selfemployed• switch to any other immigration categorywhilst in the UK, or extend their stay in theUK Students who may need to be in the UKfor longer than six months should ensurethey can meet the conditions as a Tier 4General student.Important information abouttravelling to the UKStudents who are subject to immigrationpermission should avoid entering the UKthrough the Republic of Ireland. There are noimmigration controls between the UK and theRepublic of Ireland. This means that studentswith entry clearance will not have their visasactivated on arrival. Students who have notobtained entry clearance before travelling tothe UK and who arrive with visitor leave for theRepublic of Ireland only will not be allowed toregister at Newcastle University London as theywill not have the correct immigration permissionto do so.Further information to prepare for your arrivalin the UK can be found at www.ncl.ac.uk/students/progress/visa/applying_student_visa/Prospective/Afteryouarrive.What is the immigrationhealth charge?From 6 April 2015, students applying for a visato come to the UK for more than six months willbe required to pay a health charge of £150 foreach year of their intended study at the time oftheir immigration application.The charge is based on the grant of leaveappropriate to a student’s stay, so studentsmay also be subject to partial charges for anyadditional months on their visas.The charge will also apply to the dependentsof Tier 4 applicants. See page 27 for moreinformation.How can I apply for a visato travel in Europe?You may wish to use your vacation period totravel in Europe. You should first check theimmigration requirements of the country youwish to visit to find out if you need a visa.Most students will require a Schengen visa.Details of how to apply for a Schengen visaare available at: www.ncl.ac.uk/ students/progress/visa/Travelling.Immigration and customsAll students arriving at a UK airport must bechecked by immigration control. To ensuresmooth entry into the UK you will need to havethe following documents in your hand luggage:• your CAS statement and offer letter• all the documents you used to apply for yourvisa, including your bank statement(s)• a valid passport or travel document,and a valid visa• a completed landing card (this will begiven to you on the plane)• a health or medical certificate, includingyour TB certificate, if required.Completing your landing cardIf you do not hold a UK passport, you will needto complete a landing card. You will normallybe given a landing card to complete duringyour flight but they will also be available beforepassport control once you arrive in the UK.On the landing card please list your:• flight number and city and/or country youflew from• family and given names• birth details and gender• nationality and actual occupation• your full contact address while you are in theUK, including the postcode• signature.If you come from certain countries and want tostay in the UK for more than six months, youmay be required to have a medical examinationcarried out by a qualified medical inspector.Meeting immigration staffat the airportWhen you arrive at a UK airport, you should beprepared to answer some questions, such as:• Why are you coming to the UK?• Where and what course are you studying?• Where will you live during your studies?• Do you have a CAS from NewcastleUniversity London?• How are you going to fund your studies?You may be asked to undergo a brief, routinehealth check by the airport doctor, which mightinclude an x-ray. The health check will takeplace in a separate room.Very few students have problems atimmigration. If you do have a problem pleasecontact the Student Services team or phonethe emergency contact number.To find out moreWe advise that you check the followingwebsites regularly for up-to-date and accurateinformation.Who should apply and where to apply:www.gov.uk/uk-border-controlUKCISA (Council for International StudentAffairs) advice for international students:www.ukcisa.org.ukRenewing your Tier 4 visain the UKThe University can assist you with any furtherTier 4 applications you might need to makein the UK for further study at NewcastleUniversity London.We can guide you through the process, but it isessential that you begin preparations to renewyour visa as early as possible by attending avisa workshop at least eight weeks before yourvisa expires.For further information, please askat the Welcome Desk or email:email@example.comVisa advice
Accommodation18Choosing the right place to live is important for allstudents coming to university. In London we offer a varietyof accommodation options including residences withineasy reach of the campus, carefully selected homestayaccommodation or privately let accommodation.Choosing your accommodationYou can find out more detailed informationabout each accommodation option by visitingour website: www.ncl.ac.uk/london/studentlife/accommodation.htm.For further information, check online orcontact the London Accommodation team:firstname.lastname@example.org.We will do our best to place you into yourfirst choice of accommodation but we cannotguarantee availability. The sooner you pay yourdeposit, the better your chance of getting theroom you would like.Once registered, your accommodation providerwill provide further information such as how tocollect your keys and on rules and regulations.International studentaccommodation guaranteeIf you are an international student coming tothe University alone to study an undergraduateor postgraduate degree we guaranteeaccommodation for the first year of yourprogramme, provided you have acceptedour offer for a place at Newcastle UniversityLondon before 31 July and have appliedfor accommodation and confirmed yourpreference by 31 July of your year of entry.Your accommodation contractYour accommodation contract will normallystart on the Saturday before your course startdate, and will cover the duration of the first yearof your course.All contracts include the Christmas and Easterholiday periods. This enables you to leave yourpossessions in your room during Universityholiday periods.How to pay for youraccommodationAll accommodation fees for the entire durationof the accommodation booked must be paidin full in pounds sterling by cheque, banker’sdraft, bank transfer, credit or debit card at leastsix weeks prior to the start date of your course.For accommodation costs, please visit:www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/newcastle-university-london/living/accommodation.aspx.Living as part of a communityFor many students this may be the first timeyou have lived independently as part of astudent community. You are expected to beconsiderate towards your neighbours andcomply with our code of conduct. Failure todo so may result in disciplinary action and,in serious instances, your accommodationcontract being cancelled.UK and international students will live inthe same accommodation blocks, and werecommend that students take this opportunityto socialise with those from differentbackgrounds. This will give you an insight intoother cultures, which is not only personallyrewarding but also a vital asset on your CV intoday’s globalised work environment.19Accommodation43121234Scape East Mile End.On-site laundry facilities, Scape East Mile End.Stratford ONE.The Craft Building.
Student finance20Our high graduate employability and low cost of livingmean a degree from Newcastle is a sound financialinvestment. To help finance your studies, theUniversity offers a generous range of scholarships.Paying your tuition feesYour tuition fees must be paid to NewcastleUniversity London no later than six weeks priorto the start date of your course. Details on howto pay have been included in your offer letter,but if you need further advice please email:email@example.com.Bursaries and scholarshipsA range of bursaries and scholarships ofdiffering values are offered by NewcastleUniversity London to both undergraduate andpostgraduate students. Your year of entrydetermines the bursary or scholarship schemeyou are eligible to be considered for.For more information, visit: www.newcastle.ac.uk/london/scholarships.htm.Typical costs in LondonLondon is expensive in comparison to manyother world cities, so we advise students tobudget carefully.Mobile phone costsWe recommend that international studentsuse an international sim card in their mobilephones, as if they use their phone with its usualsim they will receive a very expensive bill.We give out free Lebara mobile sim cards tointernational students during orientation week,which are preloaded with £1 credit. Studentscan then top up with credit as they go, or buy30-day bundles from £7.95-£17 including UKminutes, data and SMS allowances. Furtherinstructions will come with the sim card.21Student financeAlumni discountNewcastle University graduates may beentitled to an Alumni Discount on fees.Further information is available at:www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance/tuitionfees/alumni-discount/orwww.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/atfd.Bringing money to the UKIf you are an international student, you shouldbring enough money to live on for the first fewweeks in the UK. However, please do not bringlarge amounts of cash with you.Once you have opened a bank account in theUK (see page 23 for more details) you cantalk to your bank about the best way to transfermoney. We advise using traveller’s cheques,as they are a safer way of carrying moneywhen you travel.For information on country calling rates pleasevisit: www.lebara.co.uk/students.Academic costsAs a general guide we recommend that youbudget around £150 to cover the cost ofacademic books you will need. We will be ableto provide further clarification during WelcomeWeek (see page 7 for important dates).Everyday costsZone 1–2 DayTravel CardZone 1–2 MonthlyTravel Card£9 (or £6.30 with astudent Oyster card)£117 (or £81.90 witha student Oyster card)Cinema ticket £9–£13Local lunch £3–£5Weekly food shop £45Social event Free–£28Ticket to Premier £10–£100League FootballLocal gym £39 per monthmembership
22Your first weekWhen you first arrive at the University there is alot to do, so we have put together the followinginformation to guide you through your first few days.Keep in contact with homeGoing to university is an exciting time, butremember that your family and friends mayworry about you. Remember to contact themand let them know you have arrived safely.We recommend that you download usefulapps and software such as Skype, FaceTimeand WhatsApp before you arrive. These appswill enable you to contact other users free ofcharge, once you are connected to Wi-Fi.We have installed Skype on the computersin our study areas, and we recommend thatstudents take advantage of this on arrival.Welcome WeekWelcome Week (see page 7 for importantdates) is a full orientation programme, givingstudents the opportunity to settle in a weekbefore their course starts. It includes aformal welcome to the University, a tour ofthe teaching and learning facilities and anintroduction to your course and teachers. Acity tour is also offered to those that are new toLondon, and a fun welcome party will be heldto give students the opportunity to get to knoweach other prior to course commencement.You will receive a letter with more informationabout Welcome Week before you arrive inLondon. Attendance is vital, but if you cannotattend on the specified dates pleaseemail firstname.lastname@example.org the earliest opportunity.Registering for your courseEvery student joining Newcastle UniversityLondon is also required to register for theircourse during Welcome Week, to confirm thatthey are a Newcastle University student. Detailson how to register will be provided in the letter,and will involve bringing various documents tothe university campus.If you have not paid your full tuition andaccommodation fees, you will need to do sobefore you are able to register. Please seeyour offer letter for further information or email:email@example.com.Meeting your personal tutorA personal tutor will be assigned to studentsduring the first few weeks of their course,to give them the opportunity to discuss anyacademic and/or welfare issues they mighthave. International Foundation students willbe required to meet with their personal tutoron a termly basis, whereas students on othercourses have the option of meeting withthem as and when required.Student ID cardDuring your first week you will be issued witha University Smartcard. You will need this toaccess the building and library facilities. It willcontain a digital photograph and brief detailsincluding your name and card expiry date.International studentsWhat documentation doI need to bring with me?During registration, we can help you arrangeyour police registration and health checkappointments, if required.You will need the following documentationon your first day:• passport and/or identity card• valid visa (if appropriate)• all payment receipts or feesif not already paid• academic transcripts (original)and certificates (original)• evidence of English proficiency (original)• course confirmation letter• up-to-date address for home countryand next of kin details• contact details for your UK residence,including mobile telephone number.Opening a bank accountYou will need a UK bank account to receiveand make payments. Some banks allow youto open a bank account in the UK while youare in your home country. You should consultindividual bank websites to see which productsbest meet your banking needs, or visit theBritish Banking Association website for advice:www.bba.org.uk.We recommend Santander, as there are noadditional costs involved for students. It cantake several months to clear a personal chequethat is drawn on a bank outside the UK.However you will not be ableto open a UK bank account until you receivea letter from the Home Office informing youthat you have student status.The following are the main UK banks.Barclays: www.barclays.comHalifax: www.halifax.co.ukHSBC: www.hsbc.co.ukLloyds: www.lloydsbank.comNatWest: www.natwest.comRBS: www.rbs.co.ukSantander: www.santander.co.ukTSB: www.tsb.co.ukIf you bring a banker’s draft in pounds sterlingwith you (payable to yourself) or arrange for itto be sent, you can open a bank account afteryou have registered on your course.The following is a checklist of what is usuallyrequired to open a UK bank account, althoughrequirements can vary:• your passport• proof you are a student – we will issue youwith an official bank letter after registration• proof of UK address – such as theaccommodation contract• proof of your home addressis also a possible requirement.For more information, visit: www.ukcisa.org.uk23Your first week
Here to help24Free In-sessional Englishlanguage supportDuring the registration process you willneed to take the University English LanguageAssessment (UELA). The purpose of theUELA is to advise you as early as possibleof your current English language level soyou can benefit from the English supportrelevant to you.Depending on your UELA results, you maybe able to take up to 12 hours of in-sessionalclasses per week. These classes help you toimprove your English and achieve your fullacademic potential. They are available freeof charge to all students whose first languageis not English.Students from countries that are highlyproficient in English will be exempt fromtaking the test, as will students with highEnglish language test scores.For more information, please visit:www.ncl.ac.uk/students/insessional/uelaRegistering with the policeIf you are required to register with the police,the Home Office will send you a letter to let youknow before your course begins. If required,you must do so within seven days of arrivingin the UK. Staff at the Welcome Desk can helpyou with the registration when you arrive, butif you would like further information about thisbeforehand please email firstname.lastname@example.org.To register with the police, you should takethe following with you:• your passport and visa• proof of UK address (utility billor accommodation contract)“The Student Services team is here to help withanything you need to settle into your new life inLondon. The hub of the campus is the WelcomeDesk where you will receive a warm and friendlywelcome from the team.”Madonna Fieldhouse, Head of Student Services25Your first week• proof of studies (letter confirmingyou are a student at the University)• two passport-sized photos of yourself• your registration fee (currently £34).Collect your biometricresidence permitIf you are coming to the UK to study you willbe issued with a biometric residence permit(BRP) as part of your visa process. You mustcollect your biometric residence permit within10 days of arrival in the UK, and before youregister with Newcastle University London,from the Post Office branch detailed in yourdecision letter. You will need to bring both yourpassport and decision letter to the Post Officeto collect your BRP card.For more information, visit:www.ncl.ac.uk/students/progress/visa/BRP/BRP
26Health servicesin the UKWe hope that your time at university is trouble free. If youdo feel unwell at any time, our Student Support team willbe able to help you access the medical help that you need.All studentsRegistering with a doctorAll students should register with a local GP assoon as possible. This is particularly importantfor international students as failure to do somay invalidate your insurance policy. Detailsof how to register with the nearest GP will beavailable from the Welcome Desk.Your medical historyIf you are currently receiving any medicaltreatment, or have glasses or contactlenses, we advise you to bring your currentprescriptions and a doctor’s report (in English),summarising your medical history.MedicationWe suggest that you bring enough medicationto last you the first term. For internationalstudents, it is important to bring yourmedication in its original packaging, as this willhelp a doctor to identify what you are taking,and is also useful for customs officers.Students with a disabilityNewcastle University London is committedto providing an accessible environment forour students. Our Disability Support teamcan provide you with advice and guidancethroughout your application and at all stagesof your university career.If you have not already done so as part of yourapplication, we encourage you to contact us email@example.com so that you canfind out more about the University’s provisionfor disabled students, and we can ensurethat everything is in place in advance of yourarrival.Safety on campusWe take your safety very seriously and if yousee anything that concerns you, please reportit to the Welcome Desk and we will ensure thatit is dealt with immediately.SmokingSmoking is not allowed on our campus or inenclosed public spaces in the UK, as well assome outdoor public spaces, such as busstops and train stations. You may be finedif you smoke in these places, or anywhereelse displaying a ‘No smoking’ sign. Inconsideration of others, please do not smokedirectly outside the building.UK/EU studentsNational Health ServiceIf you are a UK resident, coming to the UK asa full-time student enrolled on a course lastingover six months, or you are from a countrywhich is part of the European Union, you willbe entitled to free treatment from the NationalHealth Service (NHS).Medical care is free if you are entitled to NHStreatment, except:• prescriptions• dental treatment• eye tests, glasses and contact lenses• immunisations.All you have to do is register with a localGeneral Medical Practitioner (GP) when youarrive. A local GP will be there during WelcomeWeek to help students with this, but they cancome to the Welcome Desk at any time.International studentsPrivate health insuranceFull travel, medical and health insurance ismandatory for all international students. Unlessproof of suitable insurance is provided duringthe application process, Uniplan Insurance willautomatically be added to your course fees.Personal safetyThe UK is a safe place in which to study andlive. For practical tips on how to keep safeduring your studies, please visit:www.britishcouncil.org/eumd-immigration.htm.We also have lockers where students can storetheir belongings while on campus – pleaseask at the Welcome Desk when you arrive forfurther details.27Health services
28Studying atNewcastleUniversity LondonStudying at a University is very different from school,and if you are an international student you may alsofind certain ways of studying, as well as the way wedeliver our teaching, different to your own country.LecturesIn lectures, University academic staff presentinformation to a large number of students. Youare expected to take your own notes during alecture, even if notes are also provided. Youmay also be directed to use online learningresources connected to the topic of the lecture.The lecture will often introduce you to a certaintopic that might then be discussed in moredetail in a seminar.You will be given a list of books at thebeginning of the semester and you areexpected to do extra reading on certaintopics. In addition to attending andparticipating in lectures, private study isconsidered a very important part of thelearning process at Newcastle UniversityLondon as it allows for the developmentof independent thoughts and ideas.SeminarsA seminar involves a much smaller number ofstudents and gives you the chance to discussa previous lecture or specific topic. You areexpected to participate in the discussion andattend every seminar. Preparation and readingbeforehand are essential. You may disagreewith the opinions of other students or eventhe staff and discuss the reasons why; thisis expected and encouraged. What you sayshould be informed by reading and havingcritically considered the topic.TutorialsYou will also have one-to-one tutorials with yourPersonal Tutor about general academic mattersas well as personal/welfare issues if you needto discuss these.Group workWe encourage our students to work in groupsto solve problems, develop presentations orcomplete projects. This will help you to developyour social and team skills, which are importantqualities to many employers.It is therefore very important that you try yourhardest to contribute fully to the work of thegroup you are in. Do not sit back and let othersdo all the work just because you are shy aboutspeaking or expressing your ideas. Someof your group work will be assessed, so it isimportant that you participate fully.Private studyStudying at a UK university will encourageyou to be an independent and active learner.As well as the formal hours of your timetable,you will be expected to devote a lot of timeto reading, researching, revising and makingnotes on your own, and you must be selfdisciplinedenough to devote a large partof your time to this, particularly if you are apostgraduate student.AssessmentsAt Newcastle University London, each taughtdegree programme is divided into a series ofmodules. Each module has its own assessmentmethod, which can take the form of exams,essays, dissertations, presentations or groupwork.There are three main University examinationperiods each academic year:• Semester One examinations (January)• Semester Two examinations (May/June)• re-sit examinations (August).PlagiarismThe word ‘plagiarise’ means to copy workfrom another person or source withoutacknowledging or referencing it. NewcastleUniversity London takes this very seriouslyand if a student is guilty of plagiarism they canexpect to be disciplined. For example, it is notacceptable to copy content from the Internet orprinted publications into a piece of academicwork. Rules on this may be different in yourhome country so if you have any questionsplease ask on arrival.Monitored attendanceGood attendance is key to academic success.Newcastle University London expects studentsto attend all academic sessions. Studentattendance is monitored carefully and whereattendance is not satisfactory, we have anabsence procedure.Newcastle University London has anadditional obligation to report to UK Visasand Immigration any changes that may affectthe terms of an international student’s visa,including absence from the programme.29Studying at Newcastle University London
Social life30London attracts people to live, work and study fromall over the world. There’s always something goingon to get you out and about and enjoying student life!31Students’ UnionStudents at Newcastle University London aremembers of Newcastle University Students’Union (NUSU), whose job it is to make surethat you have a great time while studyinghere. The Students’ Union is run by students,for students, and provides social activities aswell as advice and support. We also representstudents on their concerns and problems,meaning that you truly have a voice on allmatters that affect you.Information about how to get involved andactivities on offer will be provided duringWelcome Week.SportIn London, you are never far from world-classsports facilities. Host of the London 2012Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city ishome to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,which recently reopened to the public and isonly three underground stops from the campus.For more information, visit:www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.ukWithin walking distance of the campus are anumber of private gyms, offering access totraining facilities for a monthly charge. Studentswill usually qualify for a discount. Please ask atthe Welcome Desk for details on arrival.International Students HouseInternational Students House (ISH) is a uniquesocial, cultural and recreational centre in theheart of London – the ideal place to meet andmake friends. ISH welcomes students from allover the world, including local students fromthe UK, which helps to make it a truly multiculturalenvironment.If you choose to become a member you canenjoy a large variety of events, activities,sports and hobbies in a safe, friendly and funenvironment. Most of the activities are free aspart of your membership, while a small fee ischarged for some.For more information, visit:www.ish.org.ukMultifaith provisionLondon is a cosmopolitan city, which caters toall the major religions of the world. The StudentServices team can provide you with informationon places of worship close to the campus.Social life
32Enjoy panoramic viewsacross London from eitherthe London Eye or the Shard.Watch a live concert - the O2,Wembley Stadium and Hyde Park arepopular venues for big name artists.See a West End show- many of which offerstudent discounts!33LondonLondon:one of theworld’s mostpopular studydestinationsVisit more than 1,000 museumsand galleries in London, manyof which are free.Go for a run or relax inone of London’s 3,000parks and open spaces.See a football, rugby, tennis or cricketmatch at world-famous venues, or takeadvantage of the facilities at the QueenElizabeth Olympic Park, just threeUnderground stops from campus.Take a walk along the River Thames and see many ofthe capital’s top tourist attractions including the Towerof London and Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, andBig Ben and the Houses of Parliament.Experience the very best of worldcuisine, from Chinatown andBrick Lane to market stalls andthe latest pop-up restaurants.A premiere shopping destination: WestfieldShopping Centre in Stratford and the flagship storesof Oxford Street are less than 15 minutes away,while the eclectic Spitalfields Market is also nearby.
34Internationalstudent checklistThere are a number of arrangements youwill need to have in place before you arrive.Preparing to become a student:one to three months beforeyou come to London• If you are a non-European student, have youreceived your CAS number so that you canapply for your student visa?• Do you know what the fees arefor your course?• How much money you will needfor general living costs?• Have you booked an airport pickup?If not, do you know how to get to youraccommodation?• Do you have a disability, and if so, haveyou contacted the Student Services teamfor advice?Preparing for living in the UK• Have you booked your accommodationand paid your deposit?• Have you reviewed and acceptedyour accommodation contract?• Have you packed some warm clothes?• Have you packed an adaptor plug so youcan use your electrical items in the UK?(UK plugs are 3 pin, not 2 pin.)• Do you have all your original qualificationsand certificates and certified translationsinto English?HealthHave you obtained a tuberculosis (TB)certificate? Check www.ukvisas.gov.ukto see if this is required.• Do you have a short medical history thatwill help when you register with a doctorin the UK?• Have you had a check-up at your dentist?This is advisable as dental treatment inthe UK can be expensive.• Have you obtained a letter from your doctorfor any prescribed drugs you may need tobring with you?• If you are a European student have you gotyour European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?Preparing to travel• Do you have a valid passport?• Have you obtained any necessary studentvisa/entry clearance for study in the UK?• Have you bought your travel ticketsand travel insurance?• Do you have extra photos of yourself (wesuggest you bring at least four)• Have you made all the necessaryarrangements for any family, if theyare travelling with you?• Do you know how many bags and theweight of baggage allowed by your airline?This is worth checking as the policy variesbetween airlines. Please remember you canbuy things here in the UK too; you don’thave to bring everything you own with you!Put labels on your luggage with your nameand address in your home country and theaddress of your accommodation in London.It is advisable to keep copies of the followingdocuments in a safe place, and send an emailof scanned copies to yourself so that you canaccess them in an emergency:• passport• entry clearance documents• confirmation of place letter and CAS number• accommodation contract• vaccination certificates.Preparing your finances• Have you checked whether you needpermission to transfer money to the UK?• Have you checked whether your owngovernment has restrictions on the amountof money you can take out of your country?• Have you investigated whether you canopen a bank account at home that youcan use in the UK?• Do you have a bank letter or referencefrom your home bank?• Do you wish or need to apply for a creditcard (if you don’t already have one)?• Have you arranged travel and personalinsurance?• Have you ordered British currency foryour immediate arrival expenses?(We suggest a maximum of £600–£800.)• Do you have appropriate currency for anysmall purchases, such as snacks duringairport changes (for example, Euros forAmsterdam Airport)?Key contact detailsAll studentsNewcastle University London+44 207 059 4400The Welcome Desk is open Monday to Fridayfrom 8.00am to 9.00pm.Emergency number (24-hour)+44 7850 930 394Out of office hours for emergency use only.Emergency services: police,fire brigade or ambulance service999If you are unfortunate enough to experiencecrime you should report it to the police andUniversity.Addison Lee taxi service+44 844 800 6677National Health Servicewww.nhs.ukNHS Hotline for non-urgentmedical issues: 111International studentsUK Visas and Immigrationwww.gov.uk/visas-immigrationBritish Councilwww.educationuk.orgwww.britishcouncil.orgUKCISA advice for internationalstudentswww.ukcisa.org.uk/studentUK weather informationwww.bbc.co.uk/weatherInternational Student Calculator?www.studentcalculator.org.uk/internationalKeep in touchwww.twitter.com/NewcastleUniLDNwww.facebook.com/NewcastleUniLondonwww.instagram.com/NewcastleUniLDN35International student
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