International Student Orientation

International and European Student Orientation is your chance to meet other international students, as well as staff members from the Global Student Support team. 

Group of students sitting in the Business School.The Student Orientation Programme is open to all new undergraduate and postgraduate students and will be delivered online (before arrival and during self-isolation periods) and face-to-face on campus. The programme is designed to provide you with information and advice to ensure you receive all the support you need to get the best from your time at UWE Bristol. This includes a range of activities to introduce you to university life, the wider city of Bristol, and plenty of fun social events run by The Students’ Union at UWE.

We know it's important for you to settle in quickly. All key events highlighted below will help you settle into your surroundings and study successfully at UWE Bristol. Our programme provides opportunities to meet your international peers and connect with other students.

Download the orientation timetable

We have some fun events to welcome you to UWE Bristol, help you make friends and get to know your new city. Take a look at our 2021 orientation timetable below.

International Student Orientation programme 2021
Students talking at Arnolfini.

International and European Student Orientation

We look forward to welcoming you to UWE Bristol. Orientation is your chance to meet other students and help you settle into your university life in the UK.  Orientation events are open to prospective and current students. You can find the dates and future topics on the UWE Bristol events calendar.

Student Orientation events will take place between Tuesday 7 September to Monday 18 October 2021. We have planned a schedule of exciting events and workshops including a British culture workshop, student panel discussions, Global Welcome Breakfasts, a Welcome Pizza party and much more!

To register your interest, please sign up online

Please note a photographer may be present during Student Orientation and some of the images might be used in the future for marketing and promotional activities. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform us via email at

Global Reception

The Global Reception is located in P Block Foyer (South Entrance) on Frenchay Campus and is open from Monday to Friday between 11:00 to 14:00 (GMT).

This is a space where the Global Student Support team together with Global Ambassadors will be available to help you with any enquiries. We can provide guidance on finding accommodation, help with returning to campus queries, and we can explain how to use the University's IT systems. We can also signpost you to other helpful services.

Download the International and European Student Arrival Guide

Starting at a new university in a new country can be daunting, but we’re here to help you every step of the way. We’re sure you’ve got lots of questions – so you’ll find lots of useful information in this guide to help you settle in.

International and European Student Arrival Guide
The cover of the International and European Arrival Guide 2021

Keep in touch

You can keep up to date with the UWE Global Centre on Instagram and Facebook.

If you have any questions, please email


Previously recorded webinars

If you have missed our Student Orientation, you can watch our previous webinars below.

Welcome to Bristol (for prospective students)

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the beautiful city of Bristol and its unique place in the world. This session is for all prospective students who are considering to study at one of the Bristol universities. You will be welcomed by representatives from both universities as well as Bristol City Council. 

Online webinar

Welcome for new international and European students

This session will cover advice and information on how you can make the most of your time in the UK, as well as practical information such as registering with a doctor or opening a bank account. We will provide you with all the support you need to settle into the University.

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe: Feeling at home in Bristol

Whether you've recently arrived in Bristol or you've been here for some time, there's lots of support to help you feel at home. Join Visit Bristol and find out about some of the things to do in this fantastic city - from the centuries-old heritage and where to find the latest Banksy creation, to where to eat out and the best markets to find a bargain. There will be a fun Bristol quiz to take part in too. 

Online Blackboard webinar

Money matters

This session will tell you all you need to know about what costs to expect while you study, tips for working in the UK, and opening a bank account. The Student Money Service will help you develop or improve financial skills, knowledge and confidence while you study.

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe: Supporting international study life in the UK

Get to the know The Students’ Union at UWE with an introduction from this year’s President, Augusta Chidinma Nnajiofor. This will then be followed by VP Societies and Communication, Samuel Ikpe, who will be speaking about how you can get involved with the 100+ societies at UWE Bristol. We will then welcome you to UWE Bristol and give you some top tips on living standards in the UK. 

Online Blackboard webinar 

An introduction to British culture

An informal session designed to help you settle into your new cultural environment. The session will give you the chance to explore common traits in British thinking and behaviours and give you an opportunity to ask questions you have about British culture. 

Please email for recording link.

Looking for accommodation in Bristol?

If you are looking for accommodation then The Students’ Union at UWE advisers will be available to help with general queries you may have such as where to look, what to consider when looking ie budget, location, who to live with, types of accommodation, as well as tenancy checking and information about deposits.

Online Blackboard webinar

Student panel discussion: My life at UWE Bristol

Ask questions and hear life experiences from our Global buddies. They will be sharing their top tips on adapting the UK as an international student. This will be the chance to find out how to get the most out of your time at UWE Bristol and ask questions. 

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe Meet your PALs

UWE Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) can help you increase your academic confidence, make friends, and boost your resilience. This is an opportunity to meet current PAL leaders and learn about the benefits of engaging with PAL sessions, as well as how to become a PAL Leader. Who knows, maybe you will become a PAL leader next year. Just come along and be curious. 

Online Blackboard webinar

Got accommodation - but what’s next?

This session will cover information on moving in, inventory, paying bills, how to get on with your new neighbours, as well as the relationship with your landlord or rental agency.  Come along and speak to the Students’ Union at UWE advisers, who will help you with any issues or concerns you may have your accommodation.

Online Blackboard webinar 


Supporting international: Careers and employability

UWE Bristol is uniquely placed in offering international students a highly tailored package of career support and expertise. Join us to find out how to best use your time at the University to build your CV and maximise your employability, and how our award-winning careers service can help you to achieve this. Includes ways international students can succeed with virtual job applications, interviews, and other online activities. 

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Café: Communicating across cultures - Developing the skills and mindset for your global futures

An interactive workshop delivered by Kynfolk who will cover how to be clear in your intercultural communications, being a creative and active listener when we are working in a diverse language environment, and how culture can impact on communication. 

Please email for recording link.

UK visas and immigration

Join the Immigration Advice Service at UWE Bristol for an interactive session providing top tips on living in the UK with a Tier 4 visa. A chance to find more about BRP collection, conditions of your visa, working during your studies, as well as BRP safety, extending your visas, and post-study options. 

Online Blackboard webinar

Healthcare for international students

If you are new to the UK and would like to understand the accessible healthcare service for international students studying at UWE Bristol, join us to ask questions on such topics as registering with a doctor, accessing emergency treatment, and healthcare services on campus. We also have Louise Goux from Feel Good Fortnight to help you kick off university in a healthy way. She’ll be highlighting our four themes: relax, eat well, get active and try something new. 

Online Blackboard webinar


Student panel discussion: My life at UWE Bristol

Ask questions and hear life experiences from our current UWE Bristol international students. They will be sharing their top tips on adapting to life in the UK. This will be a great chance to find out how to get the most out of your time here. 

Online Blackboard webinar


Love music: Welcome to the Centre for Music (CFM)

Find out about the UWE Bristol Centre for Music, with free services, ensembles, facilities, and projects throughout the year for you, no matter what you are studying. Many students make friends and connections through us. We have special opportunities for trained musicians and exciting sessions for complete beginners to try something new. 

Online Blackboard webinar

Using Blackboard Collaborate

Our Student Orientation sessions are delivered partially on-campus and online using Blackboard Collaborate*. It is an easy, convenient, and interactive web-based tool that provides you the best connection experience with us.

  • Make sure you use Google Chrome as your browser when logging in on your computer.
  • You can also join by downloading the Blackboard application on your phone or tablet. 
  • More information about Blackboard Collaborate:
  • Close other programs and streaming services on your computer except for the browser you are using for your Collaborate session.
  • Limit video use, only use video during the session only when you are talking or necessary.

Best practice:

  • Be on time – arrive 5-10 minutes early so you can introduce yourself, and give everyone a chance to get to know you.
  • Mute yourself when not speaking – to avoid background noises distracting others.
  • Raise your hand if there is no opening to speak. Type your question and feedback in the chat box. One of the team staff will get back to you.