Document Verification Sessions or ‘in-person enrolment’

You need to attend a document verification session before the start of your course if you are an international student and if you have: a student visa any other visa in any other visa category limited or indefinite leave to remain/settled status or similar a pending visa application with the Home Office. Sometimes this process…

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Collecting your BRP from the Post Office

Who is issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)? If you are a non-EEA national, UKVI will place a 90-day entry-permit vignette in your passport that you use to enter the UK. You will also be issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), that you should collect from the nominated Post Office within 10 days…

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Three ways to improve your academic writing

While an in-depth knowledge of your subject area is key to meeting the course aims, so are good academic writing skills. These allow you to express your arguments clearly and logically. Here are three ways you can develop your academic writing with Brighton Student Skills Hub: Book a one-to-one tutorial with the academic skills tutor from…

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House Hunting in the UK: a guide for international students

House hunting as an international student can be difficult and confusing—trust me, I know! As a Student Ambassador on the Orientation programme, I’ve helped new students find accommodation, and I have first-hand experience of the process myself. So, I understand just how stressful it can be. If you are living in halls at the moment…

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Semester Two: start as you mean to go on!

While we are a little late for New Year’s Resolutions, the start of semester two is a great time to reflect on the first half of the year, and make a plan for the second. Here are our top tips for starting the semester as you mean to go on, and getting the most out…

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An international student’s guide to culture shock

What is culture shock? Arriving to Mexico for my study year abroad, I suddenly found myself on the other side of the world feeling totally overwhelmed by unfamiliar places, strange university procedures and new transportation systems. I navigated my way through these experiences, confusing and amusing the locals with my minimal Spanish that also made…

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An international student’s guide to the Student Union

All UK universities have one. It’s an essential part of UK university life, but not all international students know what the Students’ Union is and what it can do for them. What is a Students’ Union? The National Union of Students (the NUS) is a organisation that supports and promotes students’ rights and issues. Each UK…

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An international student’s guide to going home: reverse culture shock

You’ve completed your course, exams and assessments are over – you’re finished. Going home may have been far from your mind, but now the date of your departure from the university and the UK is fast-approaching. pre-departure admin Before you leave there are many ‘administrative tasks’ you’ll need to do. You may wish to close bank accounts…

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Can international students vote?

UK politics – it’s just keeps on giving. In case you haven’t heard there will be another General Election in the UK in December. Brexit is the main reason why a General Election is taking place. Other issues that are a high priority at this election are how much money should be allocated healthcare? Should…

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Your first Christmas in the UK

If this will be your first Christmas in the UK you’ll find useful information about what to expect on this page. You may have already noticed festive decorations and lights in the main shopping areas, as well as Christmas menus in local cafés and restaurants. It’s generally a time of year where everyone gets into…

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