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Welcome events for international students

Coming to study in a new country can be challenging and we want to help you settle in and start enjoying your time at BU as quickly as possible. Every January we run workshops, lectures and seminars to provide additional support for our international students when they arrive.

International Orientation Day

On Wednesday 29 January 2020 there will be an Orientation Day for international students (including lunch):

  • Talbot Campus Tour
  • Overview of BU support services and facilities (your chance to ask questions and find out about the wide range of support available to you)
  • Police, British Law and your personal safety: an introduction to aspects of British law which may affect your daily life in the UK, as well as some important tips to make sure you stay safe whilst you are living here
  • Essential Immigration for non-EEA students with a Tier 4 student visa
  • Workshops on Cultural Transition and British Culture
  • Question and Answer session with current international students
  • A SUBU International Students Fair (meet your Students’ Union)
  • Free UNIBUS travel for Lansdowne-based postgraduate students (collect at enrolment or from your programme support team office in EB401, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus)*.

Visit the International Orientation Day programme for full details.

International Welcome Reception

You are also invited to attend our annual International Welcome Reception on the evening of Wednesday 29 January 2020. This event formally welcomes all our new international students to BU and celebrates the beginning of your journey as a BU student. Join the Vice-Chancellor, BU staff from your faculty and other departments, special guests and up to 180 other students to enjoy dinner, welcome speeches and entertainment.

This event is free of charge but you must register for a ticket in advance - book now to secure your seat and bring your ticket or your mobile phone to be scanned on the day. You can tell us about any dietary requirements when you book your ticket.

* Temporary one-day voucher for travel on the U1 and U4 buses. Route map available from the UNIBUS website. Only valid on 29 January 2020.

Prepare for studying in the UK

Find lots of information and interactive study skills activities on the Prepare for Success website. It is designed to help students coming to study in UK universities and is great preparation for your course.

Prepare for life in the UK

Our Cultural Transition web pages have lots of information about British life and the emotional process of living in a new country. We also recommend you attend our introductory lectures and seminars listed above, especially if you are coming to the UK for the first time.

Directions and Maps

Navigate your way around our two campuses with our handy directions and maps.

Bus tours and excursions

There are so many amazing places to visit in the local area and beyond. If you want to explore, you can book a ticket for excursions to London, Bath, Oxford and lots more places through our Students' Union (SUBU). 


SportBU offers a range of activities and programmes. Everything can be accessed on a pay-as-you-go basis, but our memberships offer excellent value for money.