Welcome to International Students

 

Useful information and practical advice for new international students

We hope that the information provided in these pages will help you to plan and prepare your trip to Aberystwyth as well as give you an idea of the activities that will be taking place in the first few days of the academic year.  We realise that coming to university is a daunting experience, this is particularly so for international students, we therefore encourage you to come and visit the International Office as soon as you arrive so that we can meet you and help you with any of your needs.  You can find us in the Cledwyn Building, Penglais, on the second floor.  Welcome to Aberystwyth University!

Guide for Incoming International Students - Planning your trip

We have put together a guide that contains all the information that you need to prepare for your trip, from applying for your visa to what you should pack, please see the Guide for Incoming International Students 2017-2018.   

Preparing to study in the UK

We recommend that you visit the Prepare for Success website, this is an interactive tool to help international students prepare themselves to come and study in the UK, it covers a huge range of subjects from lecturing styles in the UK to assessment criteria.

Signpost Mentoring Scheme

The University offers a mentoring scheme to new first year students.  The scheme enables you to be paired with a second or third year undergraduate student to help you settle in to university life.  Mentoring can help you if you are feeling home sick, need help finding your way around, need help in understanding how the university operates, and much more.  More details are available from here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/signpostmentoring/.

Welcome Week Programme

We will be adding events as they are confirmed, so please make sure that you revisit this page frequently!

Big Welcome Weekend and Orientation Week Events

DateTimeDetails
 Wednesday 20 September See: www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/travel/

 

‘Meet and Greet’ transfer service from Birmingham Airport, booking details from www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/travel/

Thursday 21 September See: www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/travel/ ‘Meet and Greet’ transfer service from Birmingham Airport, booking details from www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/travel/.
Friday 22 September See: www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/travel/ ‘Meet and Greet’ transfer service from Birmingham Airport, booking details from www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/travel/.
9am to 6pm Big Welcome Weekend - Great Hall, Arts Centre, Penglais Campus.
Drop in at any time to find out more about the University’s support services including academic information, payment of fees, health, welfare, disability, specific learning needs, exchange programmes in Europe and North America, casual and part-time work and other employment opportunities and skills.
9am to 4pm

Careers Service - General Enquiries and Advice Students’ Union Building, Penglais Campus.
Come and find out about all the important things you need to do during your first year here. Fun competitions to enter, prizes to win, selfies to take and freebies to collect.

8:30am to 10pm

Hugh Owen Library - Information Services Support for Freshers.
Collection of your Aber cards, help in activating your email account and connecting your devices to the University network, upload a digital photo for your Aber card and student record, sale of network cables, use of library and computing facilities.

10am to 5pm

Students’ Union Information Desk - Students’ Union Building, Penglais Campus.
Need to buy a Bus Card or an NUS Extra Card? Perhaps you have a query about joining a sports club or society, or want to find out about evening events? The Students’ Union reception can tell you all you need to know.

Saturday 23 September   8:30am to 10pm Hugh Owen Library - Information Services Support for Freshers.
Collection of your aber cards, help in activating your email account and connecting your devices to the University network, upload a digital photo for your Aber card and Student record, network cables, use of library and computing facilities.

9.00am to 5.30pm

Tier 4 Students – collection of BRPs (visas) from the main Post Office

‘A’ Team heroes will be available during the day to help international students find their way to the Post Office in town to collect their Biometric Residence Permits (Tier 4 visas). The Post Office is located in WH Smith (Address: 36 Terrace Rd, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AB)

9am to 6pm

Big Welcome Weekend - Great Hall, Arts Centre, Penglais Campus.
Drop in at any time to find out more about the University's support services including academic information, payment of fees, health, welfare, disabilities, specific learning needs, exchange programmes in Europe and North America, casual and part-time work and other employment opportunities and skills.

10am to 4pm

Free Sports Centre Tour and Induction - Sports Centre, Penglais Campus

Each tour lasts up to 30 minutes and is designed to welcome you to the Sports Centre, help you find your way round and give essential induction to use our equipment. Check out the Free Sports Centre Classes during this weekend: bodyfit, pilates and more!

10am to 5pm Students' Union information desk - Students' Union Building, Penglais Campus. Need to buy a Bus Card or an NUS Extra Card? Perhaps you have a query about joining a sports club or society, or want to find out about evening events? The Students’ Union reception can tell you all you need to know.
10am to 4pm The Big Sale 2017 - Main Room, Students' Union, Penglais Campus. 
Our student nearly-new household sale – pick up crockery, saucepans and utensils at discount prices.
12pm to 3.30pm Library tours - Each tour lasts up to 30 minutes and is designed to welcome you to your library and help you find your way round briefly, introduce you to facilities and services based in the library and ensure you know where to find help and support. All new students should attend at least one tour (these tours are repeated through the week).

1pm to 2pm and 2:30pm to 3:30pm            

Tour of the Old College - The Old College is the birthplace of the oldest University in Wales and one of the UK’s most significant 19th century buildings.  Come and explore this iconic site and find out about its’ history and heritage.
Sunday 24 September 10.30am Welcome Ceremony 1 for International Students (SURNAMES A-K) - The Theatre, Arts Centre, Penglais Campus.
Welcome talk by the Vice Chancellor's office and other key speakers. Important information will be given to help you during your first weeks in Aberystwyth University and you will have an opportunity to meet staff from your department. Lunch and refreshments provided.
 11:30am

Welcome Ceremony 2 for International Students (SURNAMES L-Z) - The Theatre, Arts Centre, Penglais Campus (as above)

1pm to 2pm and 2:30pm to 3:30pm Tour of the Old College - The Old College is the birthplace of the oldest University in Wales and one of the UK’s most significant 19th century buildings.  Come and explore this iconic site and find out about its’ history and heritage.
3pm to 4pm

Meet & Greet: International Students - Students' Union building, Picture House, Penglais Campus

‘Meet and Greet’ is a series of welcome sessions for new and returning students run by AberSU and our officers.
They are the perfect opportunity to meet other like-minded students in a casual setting to make new friends, learn more about the opportunities available to you in Aberystwyth and the Union, and exchange ideas about campaigns and projects to boost your experience and make change for the better!

For more information, please visit https://www.abersu.co.uk/ents/event/3129/

3pm to 7pm

Welcome to Wales - Students' Union building, Penglais Campus
Cultural event & Welsh music to welcome you to Aberystwyth in Welsh fashion.

Monday 25 September Various times Academic Departments – Registration Advising Sessions, further
information from your departments and

www.aber.ac.uk/en/applicants/post-results/freshers/events/.

9am to 4pm

Payment of fees - Second Floor Reception, Student Welcome Centre, Penglais Campus (also running for the rest of the week).

10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm

International Student Document Check for visa holders and Police
Registration, Visualization Centre, Penglais Campus 
 

Students who do not have UK/EEA citizenship must have their original 
documents checked and scanned before being allowed to register onto their courses.

Document check - what you need to bring:

  • Current Passport and Visa/Biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Entry Clearance Letter
  • Original transcript/s or degree certificate/s as mentioned on your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency as mentioned in your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • ATAS (if applicable)

Students of certain nationalities also need to register with the police. A full
list can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police

Police registration - what you need to bring:

  • Police Registration questionnaire
  • 2 passport size colour photographs
  • Visa/Biometric permit (BRP)
  • £34 (34 pound sterling) - Please ensure that you have the correct
    amount in cash (credit and debit cards will not be received)

9am to 4.30pm

Careers Service - General Enquiries and Advice Students’ Union. Building, Penglais Campus
Come and find out about all the important things you need to do during your first year here. Fun competitions to enter, prizes to win, selfies to take and freebies to collect (also running for the rest of the week).

9:30am to 4pm

Freshers' Fair Day 1- Marquees, Students' Union, Penglais Campus

Quiet half hour 9:30-10:00
For more information about Students' Union events please visit https://www.abersu.co.uk/freshers/aboutfreshers/

 

10.45am to 11.15am Department of Psychology - International student welcome (for all non-UK students) 1.61, P5 Building, Penglais
12pm to 1pm

Aberystwyth Business School. Erasmus meeting with Scheme co-ordinator - Postgraduate Computer Room (RB 0.60), Rheidol Building, Llanbadarn (COMPULSORY for Erasmus students only)

1pm to 2pm Aberystwyth Business School. Discover various opportunities for Welsh-medium study - Room 0.35 Rheidol Building,Llanbadarn Centre.
2pm to 3pm Aberystwyth Business School. Welcome meeting for first years, Erasmus and International students to include library and IT induction. (COMPULSORY). Lecture Threatre T1 Elystan Morgan Building, Llanbadarn Centre.
2pm to 4pm

Wellbeing Walk-in - Student Welcome Centre Reception, Penglais Campus

If you are feeling homesick, shy, lonely or just a bit overwhelmed, following your arrival at the University, Wellbeing Walk-in provides a quiet safe space here you can chat to experienced staff, find out which University services can help you, and have a break from the hustle and bustle of Welcome Week. Feel free to drop in (also running for the rest of the week).

Tuesday 26 September Various times

Undergraduate Fresher’s Registration - Arts Centre, Penglais Campus, further details:
www.aber.ac.uk/en/applicants/post-results/freshers/registration/

Postgraduate Registration, details available from:
www.aber.ac.uk/en/student/pg-issues/taught/reg-12-13/advising/
 9am to 4:30pm Careers Service: General Enquiries and Advice - Students’ Union Building, Penglais Campus
Come and find out about all the important things you need to do during your first year here. Fun competitions to enter, prizes to win, selfies to take and freebies to collect (also running for the rest of the week).
10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm

International Student Document Check for visa holders and Police
Registration, Visualization Centre, Penglais Campus 
 

Students who do not have UK/EEA citizenship must have their original 
documents checked and scanned before being allowed to register onto their courses.

Document check - what you need to bring:

  • Current Passport and Visa/Biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Entry Clearance Letter
  • Original transcript/s or degree certificate/s as mentioned on your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency as mentioned in your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • ATAS (if applicable)

Students of certain nationalities also need to register with the police. A full
list can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police

Police registration - what you need to bring:

  • Police Registration questionnaire
  • 2 passport size colour photographs
  • Visa/Biometric permit (BRP)
  • £34 (34 pound sterling) - Please ensure that you have the correct
    amount in cash (credit and debit cards will not be received)
9:30am to 4pm

Freshers' Fair Day 2- Marquees, Students' Union, Penglais Campus

Quiet half hour 9:30-10:00

For more information about Students' Union events please visit: https://www.abersu.co.uk/freshers/aboutfreshers/

 2pm to 4pm

Wellbeing Walk-in - Student Welcome Centre Reception, Penglais Campus

If you are feeling homesick, shy, lonely or just a bit overwhelmed, following your arrival at the University, Wellbeing Walk-in provides a quiet safe space here you can chat to experienced staff, find out which University services can help you, and have a break from the hustle and bustle of Welcome Week. Feel free to drop in.

Wednesday 27 September
  
Various Times

Returning Students Registration – Arts Centre, Penglais Campus.

Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Year Degree and Final Year Foundation Degree Students (including returning students and new students transferring from other institutions). For more information, please visit https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/aqro/students/ug-issues/registration/registration-advising/

10.00am to midday and 2.00pm to 4.00pm

International Student Document Check for visa holders and Police Registration Ground Floor Visualisation Centre, Penglais Campus. 

Students who do not have UK/EEA citizenship must have their original documents checked and scanned before being allowed to register onto their courses.

Document check - what you need to bring:

  • Current Passport and Visa/Biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Entry Clearance Letter
  • Original transcript/s or degree certificate/s as mentioned on your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency as mentioned in your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • ATAS (if applicable)

Students of certain nationalities also need to register with the police. A full list can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police

Police registration - what you need to bring:

  • Police Registration questionnaire
  • 2 passport size colour photographs
  • Visa/Biometric permit (BRP)
  • £34 (34 pound sterling) - Please ensure that you have the correct amount in cash
    (credit and debit cards will not be received)

11am to midday

Theatre, Film and Television Studies - First year EU and International Student Welcome. Room 2.51, Parry Williams Building, Penglais

11:30am to midday

Computer Science Department - Meeting for overseas students. Room C57a, Llandinam Building, Penglais
3pm to 5pm

Study Skills, Language Support and Careers Workshop for International Students - A12, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais Campus
Come and hear about the support that is available to students whose first language is not English, and find out about how to enhance your opportunities to find work.

Thursday 28 September    
10am to midday, and, 2pm to 4pm

International Student Document Check for visa holders and Police Registration
Ground Floor Visualisation Centre, Penglais Campus. 

Students who do not have UK/EEA citizenship must have their original documents checked and scanned before being allowed to register onto their courses.

Document check - what you need to bring:

  • Current Passport and Visa/Biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Entry Clearance Letter
  • Original transcript/s or degree certificate/s as mentioned on your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency as mentioned in your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • ATAS (if applicable)

Students of certain nationalities also need to register with the police. A full list can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police

Police registration - what you need to bring:

  • Police Registration questionnaire
  • 2 passport size colour photographs
  • Visa/Biometric permit (BRP)
  • £34 (34 pound sterling) - Please ensure that you have the correct amount in cash
    (credit and debit cards will not be received)
12pm to 12.30pm Department of English and Creative Writing - Tier 4 Visa Compliance talk. All students in the Institute of Arts and Humanities (Art,Creative Writing, Education, Literature, Modern Languages. Performance and Theatre, Film and Television, Welsh and Celtic Studies) are welcome to attend. (COMPULSORY for Tier 4 Visa holders) Room C6, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais
5pm

‘The Aberystwyth International Student Experience’, The Cwtch, Blas Padarn, Llanbadarn Centre

This is an opportunity to hear experiences from some of our current international students, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Everyone welcome! Refreshments provided.

 Friday 29 September 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm

International Students Document Check and Police Registration
Ground Floor Visualisation Centre, Penglais Campus. 

Students who do not have UK/EEA Citizenship must have their original documents checked and scanned before being allowed to register onto their courses.

Document check - what you need to bring:

  • Current Passport and Visa/Biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Entry Clearance Letter (ifapplicable)
  • Original transcript/s or degree certificate/s as mentioned on your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency as mentioned in your CAS
    (if applicable)
  • ATAS (if applicable)

Students of certain nationalities also need to register with the police. A full list can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police

Police registration - what you need to bring:

  • Police Registration questionnaire
  • 2 passport size colour photographs
  • Visa/Biometric permit (BRP)
  • £34 (34 pound sterling) - Please ensure that you have the correct amount in cash
    (credit and debit cards will not be received)
11am to midday
'Tier 4 Visa Compliance talk' Lecture Room T1, Elystan Morgan Building, Llanbadarn Centre.
This talk will highlight the responsibilities of Tier 4 Visa Students regarding their engagement and attendance, the univeristy's authorised absence procedure and working while studying.
2pm to 3pm Aberystwyth Business School - English language and study support for Institute of Business & Law (IBL) students. Room 0.52 Rheidol Building, Llanbadarn Centre.
Various times

Cinema - Arts Centre, Penglais Campus

2pm to 5pm -  GAMING SESSION on the big screen (FREE for Students)
5.45pm -  The Limehouse Golem (£4)
8.15pm -  Detroit (£4)

For full cinema programme during this week, please check https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/new-students/freshers/events/welcome-orientation-week/