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.

Visit Welcome 2020 for a complete schedule of all The Students’ Union at UWE social events taking place in the autumn term. You can join the Virtual Freshers Fair and find out about everything that The Students’ Union at UWE, sport clubssocieties, and UWE Bristol itself has to offer. You can also download the UWE Bristol app to view student events. 

Please note: Schedules may be subject to change.

Book Orientation events

Book events hosted by The Students’ Union at UWE

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 2020

Block Zero

The virtual Global Lounge is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 13:00 (UK time). This is an online space where the Global Student Support team together with student ambassadors will be available to help you with any enquiries you may have.

We can provide guidance on finding accommodation, returning to campus queries and explaining how to use the UWE Bristol online system. We can also signpost you to other services.

Please note: Schedules may be subject to change.

Visit the Global Lounge

Week one - Monday 21 September 2020 to Friday 25 September 2020

Event

Description

Date/time

Location

Welcome for new international and European students

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!

Tuesday 22 September

14:00-15:00

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe: Feeling at home in Bristol

Life in a new social, cultural and academic environment is exciting but can feel challenging. 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 us with the Bristol International Student Centre to find out about some of the things to do in this fantastic city - from the centuries-old heritage and where to eat out and the best markets to find a bargain. There will be a fun Bristol quiz to take part in too!

Thursday 24 September

14:30-15:30

Online Blackboard webinar

Bake along with Ella

Join Ella for a virtual bake-along! As part of the UWE Feel Good Fortnight, we'll be discussing mindful eating while making and baking two simple but tasty study snacks. All you have to do is get your ingredients and tune in to our lunchtime UWE Bristol Instagram at 13:00.

Friday 25 September

13:00-14:00

UWE Bristol Instagram @uwebristol

Week two - Monday 28 September 2020 to 2 October 2020

Event

Description

Date/time

Location

Wellbeing walk

Join the Centre for Sport on their Instagram live for a virtual walk. Put your trainers on and grab your camera to capture some nature. Let’s get out together for some fresh air, and get our steps in!

Wednesday 30 September

12:30-13:30

UWE Bristol Sport Instagram @uwebristolsport

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 at UWE Bristol. This event is also running on Tuesday 6 October.

Wednesday 30 September

14:00-15:00

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.

Thursday 1 October

14:30-15:30

Online Blackboard webinar

An introduction to British culture

An informal session designed to help you settle in to 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 any questions you have about British culture.

Friday 2 October

14:00-15:30

Online Blackboard webinar

Week three - Monday 5 October 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020

Event

Description

Date/time

Location

Looking for accommodation in Bristol?

If you are looking for accommodation, then The Students’ Union at UWE advisers will be available during this virtual session to help you with general queries you may have such as where to look, what to consider when looking, who to live with, types of accommodation, as well as tenancy checking and information about deposits. This event is also running on Wednesday 21 October.

Monday 5 October

14:00-15:00

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 at UWE Bristol.

Tuesday 6 October

14:00-15:00

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. This event is also running on Tuesday 20 October.

Wednesday 7 October

14:00-15:00

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe: Meet your PALs

UWE Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) can help you increase your academic confidence, help you 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.

Thursday 8 October

14:30-15:30

Online Blackboard webinar

Virtual Freshers' Fair

In the true spirit of 2020, Freshers' Fair is going virtual! While we may not be coming at you in our normal style, that doesn't mean you won't get the chance to learn about everything on offer at The Students’ Union at UWE. We will still have our sports clubs, societies and freebies, as well as games and competitions. The Fair will give you a chance to try new things and connect with other students. So, whatever your set up, wherever you are, join us at this year's virtual Freshers' Fair.

Friday 9 October

12:00-17:00

The Students' Union at UWE Freshers' page

Week four - Monday 12 October 2020 to Friday 16 October 2020

The virtual Global Lounge is available from Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00 (UK time). This is an online space where the Global Student Support team, together with student ambassadors, will be available to help you with any enquiries you may have. We can provide guidance on finding accommodation, returning to campus queries and explaining how to use the UWE online system. We can also signpost you to other services.

Visit the Global Lounge to learn more.

Event

Description

Date/time

Location

Got accommodation - but what’s next?

This session will cover information on moving in, inventories, 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 about the property you are renting.

Monday 12 October

14:00-15:00

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 UWE Bristol to build your CV and maximise your employability, and how our award-winning careers service can help you to achieve this. We will provide guidance on the current situation, including how international students can succeed with virtual job applications, interviews, and other online activities.

Wednesday 14 October

14:00-15:00

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe: 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, how to be a creative and active listener when you are working in a diverse language environment, and how culture can impact on communication.

Thursday 15 October

14:30-15:30

Online Blackboard webinar

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.

Friday 16 October

14:00-15:00

Online Blackboard webinar

Block One

Join the final week of International Student Orientation sessions

Monday 19 October 2020 to Friday 23 October 2020

Event

Description

Date/time

Location

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 four themes: relax, eat well, get active and try something new.

Monday 19 October

14:00-15:00

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 at UWE Bristol.

Tuesday 20 October

14:00-15:00

Online Blackboard webinar

Looking for accommodation

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

Wednesday 21 October

14:00-15:00

Online Blackboard webinar

Global Cafe: Feeling at home in Bristol

Life in a new social, cultural and academic environment is exciting but can feel challenging. 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 us with the Bristol International Student Centre to find out about some of the things to do in this fantastic city - from the centuries-old heritage and where to eat out and the best markets to find a bargain. There will be a fun Bristol quiz to take part in too!

Thursday 22 October

14:30-15:30

Online Blackboard webinar

Love music: Welcome to 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.

Friday 23 October

14:00-15:00

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.