Studying at university might be a little different from what you're used to at school or college, and if you are an international student it may be very different from what you are used to, but don't worry – your tutors know this and will give you plenty of help and support to help you adjust. And remember that everyone else is in the same situation too!
Check out our FAQs below as a starting point to make sure you're prepared. If there's anything you don't understand, our jargon buster A–Z is here to help.
University is a chance to study new ideas in ways that may be different to those you're used to at school or college. At Kingston we want you to enjoy your subject, but also experience new ways of thinking and working so that you'll learn the skills you need for your future.
At university you'll be able to make more decisions for yourself than at school or college, which means that you can focus on the things that really interest you. You'll study more independently, with less contact with your tutors.
This means that you'll have the freedom to develop your own ideas and opinions – you won't be marked down if you disagree with your lecturers and tutors – but you also have to take responsibility for your workload and for motivating yourself! To help you in this, we provide a wide range of resources and support, including an induction programme known as Freshers' Week. Find out more depending on which faculty teaches your course.
There are a series of pre-arrival videos available to help international students to familiarise themselves with living and studying in the UK.
Most taught courses are delivered through a combination of:
The number of teaching sessions will vary according to your subject, but they will normally take place on most days of the week. You'll have to study independently for the rest of the time, so you'll need to organise your time efficiently and develop good study habits.
However, patterns of study differ between courses so you'll be able to find out exactly what applies to you after you've completed the online part of enrolment.
We use a range of assessments to give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your achievements. This means that your entire degree doesn't just depend on how well you do in your final year exams. For example, we might also use:
However, assessment differs between courses so you'll be able to find out exactly what applies to you after you've completed the online part of enrolment.
It may seem strange to start thinking about leaving Kingston University already! But the time will pass very quickly and it's important to make sure that you're prepared for the future.
Whatever your reasons for coming to Kingston, personal development planning (PDP) encourages you to make the most of your time here. This is an opportunity to reflect on and record your progress as you journey through your course. PDP involves identifying the skills you need to help maximise your potential, considering questions such as:
Yes, we do – our main induction programme is known as Freshers' Week and is designed to introduce you to university life. Your initial welcome to Kingston University consists of the following:
Once Freshers' Week is over and teaching starts, your tutors will focus on the skills you need to study at university. So your introduction to studying at Kingston extends well into the first semester of teaching – we won't expect you to have gained all the study techniques you need by the end of Freshers' Week!