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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. Below you can find details of the September 2016 International Orientation. Details of the January 2017 event will be available soon.


  • 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, should you wish to)
  • Free breakfast or lunch (depending on which session you sign up for).
  • Escorted Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) collections
  • Tours of Penrhyn Road campus and Kingston town centre

Optional seminars

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.

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.

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.

Tier 4 visas: monitoring and support**

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

Introduction to English for Academic and Professional Development Programme (EAPD)

We offer a wide range of courses in academic writing, language and skills, which are open to all students. If you have not studied in the UK before or just want to develop your academic writing, these courses can help you to do even better in your degree programme! This session will introduce you to what we offer, including specific courses for your faculty. 

Safety and security in the UK

Do you know which phone number to call in an emergency, or where to go if you're very unwell over a weekend? This session will equip you with local knowledge and tips for best practice to keep you safe and ensure you know what to do in case of an emergency.

Make the most of Kingston while spending the least

Get some financial hints and tips from our Money Advisors, and learn about the support services available at Kingston University. Next, join the Money Movement to taste test groceries from budget to luxury brands. Can you tell the difference?

Improve employability: The Kingston Award and KU 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.

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.

*This session will include specific visa and immigration information which may not be relevant to students here on a short-term student visitor visa.
**The content of this seminar is not relevant to visiting students.

See what to expect

Watch our video of a previous year's International Arrivals and Orientation to see what the International Arrivals Lounge and our orientation events are like.

Contact us

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

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

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