International Student Orientation

The 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 through the Blackboard Collaborate platform. 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 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 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

January 2021 – International Student Orientation

As part of Block Zero, the Global Student Support team has put together a schedule of events for new students in January for everything you need to know as an international student before you start your life at UWE Bristol. We will be available to help you with any enquiries you may have at the end of each session.

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

In the meantime, we would like to invite you to attend the weekly online Global Cafe events, which are open to prospective and current students. You can find the dates and future topics on the UWE Bristol events calendar.

If you have any questions, please email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk.

Week one - Thursday 21 January 2021

Global Café: An introduction to British culture

Register to attend this event.

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.

Week two - Monday 25 January 2021 to Friday 29 January 2021

Welcome for new international and European students

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A welcome from the Global Student Support team. 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! Followed by a chance to meet your Global buddies and ask questions. They will be sharing their top tips on adapting the UK as an international student, and how to make new friends.

Money Matters

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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 at UWE Bristol.

Global Café: Support internationals with UK Visa and Immigration

Register to attend this event.

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.

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 in the 2020/2021 academic year. 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 globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk 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 globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk 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

All our Student Orientation sessions are delivered 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.