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International Orientation

The International Orientation has been created to introduce you to studying and living in the UK whilst also giving you an opportunity to make friends with other international students as well as completing useful tasks such as collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if you are required to have this. This event is open to all international students, and we will be running two repeated sessions (with identical content) in the morning and the afternoon. Please only register for one session.

Visiting students should register to attend the afternoon orientation session in addition to their own tailored orientation.

When: Wednesday 13 September 2017. Morning session; 08.00 - 13.10 or afternoon session; 12.30 - 17.25

Where: Penrhyn Road campus, main building, Union of Kingston Students

What to wear: Casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking

What to bring: A pen and paper to take notes during the seminar sessions 

Book your place to the International Orientation Day seminar sessions 

Please note: you must attend your enrolment session as a priority over International Orientation. As such, we advise you to wait until you have received your enrolment slot by email, before registering for an International Orientation session.


  • Welcome and introduction to Kingston University, including talks from a senior member of staff and a representative of the Union of Kingston Students;
  • Optional seminars (these will run one after another, so you will be able to attend them all);
  • Free breakfast or lunch (depending on which session you sign up for);
  • Escorted Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) collections; and
  • Tours of Penrhyn Road campus and Kingston town centre.

Download our International Orientation Day Programme (PDF) to see the programme for the day.

Seminar sessions

Adjusting to learning and teaching in the UK

Methods of teaching and assessment in the UK may be quite different from what you are used to in your home country. This academic session will help you understand your new learning environment, what's expected of you and how to get the most out of your studies in the UK.

Working during and after your studies

This session will provide guidance about working whilst studying and introduce you to the range of opportunities available after you graduate. This session will include specific visa and immigration information which may not be relevant to students coming on a short term student visitor visa.

Improve employability: The Kingston Award and Student Ambassador scheme

Learn about how you can be part of our team of 300 student ambassadors who support the University by working at student recruitment open days and outreach activities with schools and colleges. You will also learn about the Kingston Award; a points-based award which recognises and celebrates your engagement in university life, alongside all of the academic work you've done on your course.

Introduction to Healthcare in the UK

This session aims to give you a brief overview of the UK's National Health Service (NHS). You will find out about your entitlements, and what you must do if you need medical treatment.

Postgraduate work placements

These sessions will cover the frequently asked questions for students who have applied for our new 12-month postgraduate work placement degrees, including: when will students do the placement, what is the deadline to find the placement, what are the responsibilities of the student and university, when and where should students look for the placement, and what career support sessions will be on offer in the coming months.

Tier 4 visas - monitoring and support

Monitoring, police registrations, Biometric Residence Permits; what do do these all mean and what do you need to know? If you're studying here on a Tier 4 visa, this session seminar will give you a good overview of this.

Q&A panel with current students

This is your opportunity to meet current students and ask as many questions as you like. The session is an informal open discussion between new and current Kingston students.

Make the most of Kingston while spending the least

Get some financial hints and tips from our Money Advisors as well as learning about the support services available at Kingston University. With so many things to see and do in London, how do you fit them all in and more importantly, how do you get the best deals?

Kingston tours

Be shown around Kingston by our student ambassadors, who will point out the locations of the post office, leisure facilities, local landmarks, places to eat and shops selling everything you need.

Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

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