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Arrival and Welcome


We have some great things in place for when you arrive. We appreciate how difficult it can be to settle into life in a strange country, therefore we have an International Social Network and a buddies programme, both of which will help you to settle in.

Kat Firth runs the International Social Network, which keeps all international students up-to-date on social activities, clubs and societies, trips run by our University or other organisations, job opportunities for part-time work and all important essential information we think you would like to know about our university, Leeds and the UK.

On arrival there are several events that will help you start life at our University. It is important that you attend these You can find a full schedule of events on our Welcome Week page.

Our International Social Network is an ideal way to make friends and see new parts of the UK. To receive information about our programme of activities, please e-mail Kat on and join us on Facebook.

We have produced a handy guide with all the information you need before you come to Leeds. Click the button below to download your Arrival Guide.

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Meet & Greet Service

This is a welcome service where our International Student Ambassadors will meet you on arrival at Leeds Bradford International Airport. They will then guide you to the best method of transport for the final part of the journey to your accommodation.

Our Meet and Greet service runs from 15 to 21 January 2018 at the times and dates below:

Leeds Bradford International Airport
 Monday 15 to Sunday 21 January 2018 between 09:00 - 21:00*

 *If your flight is outside this time we will try our best to accommodate your arrival

If you have any questions about the Meet and Greet service or travelling to the UK then please contact meetgreet@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and we will aim to help you as best we can.

International Welcome Week

Once you have arrived, you will have the opportunity to take part in many different events to help you settle in. You can find a full schedule of events on our Welcome Week page.

Attendance and registration

If you are have a Tier 4 Student visa you will need to register your attendance at lectures and seminars on a weekly basis. You will do this by collecting your paper timetable at the start of each week from your School Office. You will then ask three lecturers to provide their signatures at your class and return the signed timetable to your School Office at the end of the week. 

You can also register your attendance at lectures and seminars through the Leeds Beckett app. We are trialing the use of the app so you still need to register attendance via your paper timetable when you arrive at a lecture or seminar. It is important that you use both methods of registration at each lecture and seminar to ensure you have been checked in.

International social network

During your time with us at Leeds Beckett we will organise a variety of activities for you to join, including trips to some of the UK attractions such as Alton Towers and the historical city of York. We will include you in community events around Leeds; you can volunteer to help with Christmas parties and celebrate UK holidays such as Bonfire Night and Burns Night. This is another great way to make new friends with international and UK students during your time in Leeds.

Leeds Beckett Buddies 

When you come to a new environment - whether it is a new country or university  - it can sometimes take a little while to settle in. The International Social Network - Meet a New Buddy event is here to help. Current international and UK students provide support, advice and valuable experience that new students can learn from. This will provide you with help regarding personal, practical and academic matters. 

At the event you will be provided with the opportunity to find out about studying at Leeds Beckett and living in Leeds from your fellow students. This is a great way of making friends and learning about the social side of Leeds Beckett within the first few weeks of arriving in Leeds.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Kathryn Firth on k.firth@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Social clubs / events

The International Students' Club (ISC) is run by the University's Chaplaincy in Leeds. You can join on Wednesdays, 18:00 - 19:45. Come to practise your English and have fun! For more information and details of where to meet, please visit the International Students' Club (ISC) website.

The Global Cafe. This is an opportunity to have fun, make friends, practise English and learn about British and other cultures. It runs every Tuesday evening 19:30 - 21:30 in the 'Living Room' which is above the City Campus Students' Union and is an alcohol free bar. Please like their facebook group to find out more.

Meet new friends and explore the UK & Europe on awesome trips direct from university. Don't be a tourist have selected top destinations and created awesome itineraries so you can enjoy the real UK and Europe with minimum fuss and meet new friends from around the world. Please note that the cost of these excursions is not included in your course fee.

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International FAQs

Plus Icon Do I need to attend a course interview?
Certain courses require an interview as part of the entrance requirements. Please note that this is a requirement of our University and not part of the immigration process. This information is detailed in the course requirements section of the Online Prospectus. Please note: You will be required to evidence your English language ability through one of the qualifications listed in our University entrance requirements. This cannot be met through interview alone.
Plus Icon How will I make friends with other students?
To help you make friends with other international and home students, we run a mentor scheme and an International Social Network. Leeds Beckett International Mentors gives new students the opportunity to make new friends quickly and to benefit from the support and advice of current students keen to share their experience. We also run an International Social Network, which holds social activities and trips through-out the year and keeps you up to date with part-time work and other important information. For more details of all our mentor scheme or social network, please email Kathryn Firth.
Plus Icon What are the annual living costs?
In addition to tuition fees, we recommend that you budget to cover other costs, including accommodation, food, transport and social activities

It is difficult to suggest to you exactly how much money you will need to support yourself, as each person's circumstances will be different, but please see below for guidance:

Living expenses (including accommodation): ££9,135
Please note that these living expenses are estimated and dependent on your lifestyle.

Check out www.studentcalculator.org.uk/international/ for great advice and tools to help you plan and manage your budget whilst studying in the UK.
Plus Icon How can I get help with my visa and the immigration process?
Our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team (SIAC), based in Leighton Hall on our Headingley Campus can offer advice on immigration and visa matters (including visa extensions).

Our advice is available free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Agency.

Email us for support with visa and immigration etc. or find out more on the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team website.

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