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Welcome events for international students

Coming to study in a new country for the first time can be challenging and we want to help you settle in and start enjoying your time at BU as quickly as possible.

We know that every student is different. Of course, if you’re arriving in the UK for the first time, you might need a bit of extra help and you will probably have more questions than a student who is already familiar with living in the UK.

There’s a huge programme of exciting events for you to join in with and we hope you’ll come along to a variety of different activities. You’ll need to spend a bit of time planning what you want to do as there’s so much to choose from and you’ll have induction activities for your course to fit in too!

More useful information for new students can be found in our Arrivals pages.

On the main arrivals days we’ve organised the following activities that might be of particular interest to you if you’re a new international student:

“New to the UK” workshops

Friday 20 September 16:30 – 18:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

Saturday 21 September 16:00 – 18:00 FG06, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

Sunday 22 September 14:30 – 16:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

You’ll find our “New to the UK” welcome events really helpful if you haven’t lived in the UK before and you want some friendly advice about the practical things that you need to organise in your first few days in Bournemouth. These events are also a great way to meet other new international students who will understand how you’re feeling!

We recommend that you attend the event that takes place on the day you arrive, or the next day. (You only need to attend once).

You’ll get:

  • A warm welcome
  • Basic information about:
    • How to use the local and university buses
    • Where to shop
    • Tips for overcoming homesickness
    • Key events and activities in your first week at BU
    • Ideas for places to go to meet other new students and make friends.
  • A chance to ask questions.

*EBC = Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne Campus

Café Culture

Café Culture events happen throughout the year to celebrate and share different cultures from the UK and around the world. They're always alcohol-free and everyone is welcome – there’s usually some free food and drink involved too!

Thursday 19 September 17:00 – 19:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

Culture and Craft - Create your own mini canvas to express something about yourself and where you come from. Then fill your own freshly baked baguette and relax.

Friday 20 September 18:00 – 20:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

Speed-Meet! - We'll give you a list of suggested questions and you'll get to talk to each person for one minute. Then enjoy some soup and snacks with your new friends.

Saturday 21 September 18:00 – 20:00 Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

Culture Quiz Night with Fish and Chips! Enjoy a tasty Fish & Chip dinner and a team quiz with some great prizes. The more nationalities in your team, the better chance you'll have of winning! (We'll help you to form teams when you arrive.)

Sunday 22 September 16:00 – 18:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

World Snacks - A foodie quiz to get you talking, with snacks to taste from around the world! Come and challenge your taste buds!

*EBC = Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne Campus

Café Culture LATE

If you just want a space to chill out and chat, the following cafés will be open for you to relax and socialise in the evenings, with hot drinks and snacks on sale:

Thursday 19 September 19:00 – 22:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

Friday 20 September 20:00 – 22:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

Saturday 21 September 20:00 – 22:00 FG06, Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

Sunday 22 September 20:00 – 22:00 Ground Floor Café, EBC*

*EBC = Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne Campus

International Commencement Ceremony

You’re also invited to attend the International Commencement Ceremony on the evening of Thursday 26 September. You’ll need to book your ticket in advance.

Take a look at the 2018 International Commencement Ceremony page to get an idea of the special evening we have planned for you. We will contact you during the summer with your invitation and information about how to book your ticket for this year’s event which will be held on Thursday 26 September 2019.

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.