Join us on Wednesday 24 January for a day full of useful information, workshops and the opportunity to meet staff and other new international students. By the end of the day, you'll have a better understanding of the support available to you as an international student at BU and you'll have gained tips and advice to help you settle in to your new life in the UK.

The day starts promptly at 9:30am in Lees Lecture Theatre, Poole House on Talbot Campus. The day will be a mix of lectures and interactive workshops with an information fair during the lunch break. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Regretfully, we cannot allow children on site during the day. For further information about this event please contact [email protected].

The morning (9:30am - 12pm): Welcome and essential information

Please arrive at Lees Lecture Theatre promptly for a 9:30am start. Coffee will be served on arrival. Morning presentations include:

  • A formal welcome from BU's Vice-Chancellor
  • A summary of BU support services
  • Immigration information
  • An essential introduction to UK Higher Education and the academic system
  • An introduction to UK laws and personal safety
  • Advice for settling into life in Bournemouth​
  • Practical information about life in Bournemouth
  • An introduction to the Students' Union at BU (SUBU)

Lunch and information fair (12pm - 2pm)

Lunch vouchers will be provided at the end of the morning session and can be used in any Chartwells outlet on campus.

Visit the information fair on the ground and 5th floor of the SUBU building where you’ll find a variety of information stands, including support services and extra-curricular opportunities. Plus a second-hand winter clothes and coat sale.

In the afternoon (2pm - 5pm): Optional workshops

Select three workshops to take part in during the afternoon to learn more about different aspects of life at Bournemouth University. 


Lees Lecture Theatre

Stevenson Lecture Theatre

Lawrence Lecture Theatre

2pm - 2:50pm

Careers & part-time jobs

Saving money and cooking

Culture Shock & UK culture

3pm - 3:50pm

Careers & part-time jobs

Accommodation Tips

Culture Shock & UK culture

4pm - 4:50pm


Accommodation Tips

Saving money and cooking

In the evening (5pm - 6:30pm): Meet other students at our Global Café

Our Global Café takes place every Wednesday during term-time and is a great place to meet other international students, chat and relax. There’s free tea, coffee and biscuits, come along for 15 minutes or stay for an hour… it’s up to you. Join us after the Orientation Day in the 5th floor of the Student Centre at Talbot Campus to meet other students and discuss what you learnt during the day.

More information about the optional workshops

There are four workshops for you to choose from and each session will run twice. (You need to choose three workshops, according to what is most useful for you).

Careers support, part-time job opportunities and skills development at BU
Find out about the many ways in which the Careers team can support you. You’ll get tips about how to search for a part-time job and information about National Insurance and immigration restrictions related to your Student Visa. Plus, we’ll tell you about other careers-related workshops, services and activities that you can access later in the term if you need to.

Saving money and cooking on a budget
We will provide you with a list of places where you can get your groceries, different local supermarkets, and the range of prices that you can find. As cooking is always a good way to save money, we will give you some examples of simple recipes that you can make and how to store them. You will also learn how to plan your daily meals, making sure that you get all the nutrients and supplements that your body needs.

Culture shock and British culture
Moving to a new country is exciting, but not always easy. Join us for some interesting discussions about British culture and how it may differ from what you expect and what you’re used to at home. You’ll have chance to share your observations and ask questions.

Accommodation tips and advice
Finding somewhere to live can be challenging. Although BU can’t find private accommodation for you, this session will help you to understand your options and gain valuable tips about how to navigate the UK lettings system, avoid scams and make sure any potential accommodation is safe and provided at the right standards.