International Student Guide 2015

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Student Guide International2015 student / 2016 guide 2015/2016

Contents 03 Welcome 04 Living in Bournemouth 06 Why choose BU? 08 Life at BU 10 Subject areas and pathway options 13 Entry requirements

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14 Applying to BU

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15 Fees and scholarships 16 Research


17 International employability 18 Accommodation

As a student at BU you will be part of a vibrant university life and learning

19 Connect with us

community made up of motivated students, successful graduates and inspirational academics. You will be studying alongside 17,000 students from over 100 countries. You’ll have the opportunity to make life-long friends, get involved in a diverse range of activities and learn from amazing guest

Contact information

lecturers and academics passionate

+44 (0) 1202 961916

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International Team 3rd Floor Melbury House, 1-3 Oxford Road, Bournemouth BH8 8ES UK

about their subjects.

Professor John Vinney Vice-Chancellor

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Lots to see and do

Courtesy of Poole Tourism

Courtesy of Poole Tourism

A wide range of activities

Courtesy of Poole Tourism

Fantastic beaches

Living in Bournemouth

Only 2 hours from London Bournemouth Christmas market

Courtesy of Poole Tourism

Historic Christchurch

Courtesy of Poole Tourism

Great shopping

Courtesy of Poole Tourism

Beautiful Sandbanks peninsula


Stunning Jurassic Coast

New Forest National Park

Excellent transport connections


Work placements (Internships)

Why choose BU?



Internships for Masters in Business, Tourism, IT and Technology across 29 courses, up to 12 months


UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice

university in the UK commended for quality of student learning opportunities


won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our commitment to excellence


10 in the world


undergraduate courses offer the opportunity of a work placement


(Quality Assurance Agency 2013)


BU graduates worked on the Oscar and BAFTA winning movie Gravity


The internationally recognised National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) is ranked top 10 in the world by 3D World Magazine, for animation and digital effects.


of BU graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation

Work experience university in the UK – nearly nine out of ten students graduating in 2013 have work experience of some kind (

BU community £200m

1,648 scholarships We have one of the UK’s


largest collection of e-journals

in our buildings,

and e-books, with 180,000

IT and facilities

e-books and 48,000 e-journals

by 2018

for BU students to access

were awarded in 2014/15

The Students’ Union has over 100 clubs and societies ranging from academic, cultural, sports and special interest (see more at

easily online Over


“My experience as a Bournemouth University student has been brilliant, I gained more than I could imagine, not just academically but socially.”


international students from more than


different countries Ramon Blanquer Ruiz (Spain) BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation & Animation


guaranteed university accommodation for international students*

*when applying before deadline


Social life, community

and support

Social life

Community and support

Food… Bournemouth offers diverse

Students’ Union…The Students’ Union (SUBU)

dining choices: British, Thai, Indian,

provides a voice for students and offers independent

Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian,

and impartial advice. The Union also organises social

the list is endless…

activities and events, visit:

Socialising… Bournemouth town is well

Libraries… The Sir Michael Cobham Library is

known for having great places to socialise

based on our Talbot Campus with other libraries

including: pubs, restaurants, music and

located at the Lansdowne Campus, all of which

dance venues.

have computers with Wi-Fi coverage. We’ve also designed some really innovative learning spaces, for

Sports… At BU we offer sports and

example the ‘techno booths’ with touch screens for

recreation facilities for everyone, whether

group work.

you are a keen athlete or would like to start a sport for the first time.

Centre for wellbeing… The Medical Centre on Talbot Campus offers confidential advise on all

Culture and arts… Bournemouth offers

aspects of healthcare.

many outlets for artists including theatres, museums, open air music stands, the

Free English language support… Extensive

annual air festival, and many more.

English language support for international students is offered by dedicated English language specialists.

Places of worship… Bournemouth offers

Group classes and one-to-one sessions are available

a diverse range of places to worship. The

for general English study or subject specific

multi-faith Chaplaincy at BU has an open

language. You can also choose to study online at your

Working in the UK… International

door policy with weekly Global Café for all

convenience using our interactive language learning

students, with the appropriate visa, may

international students to meet and relax

facility to improve your English skills or learn a

work a maximum of 20 hours a week during

with free tea, coffee and biscuits.

new language.

term time and full–time during vacations. Help and advice is available via the askBU

“Bournemouth is a safe and friendly town with a great reputation and a lovely atmosphere. As a coastal town, the summer here is amazing, there are plenty of international shops and lots of live interesting events throughout the year, you can be sure to enjoy your time here”


Azzan Al ‘Alawi (Oman) LLM International Commercial Law

Airport transfer and International Students’

Student Services when you arrive.

Orientation Programme (ISOP)… We provide

There is a range of part–time work

a meet and greet service from London Heathrow

available, both on campus and in

Airport and Gatwick Airport (depending on demand).

Bournemouth, including: •

Students’ Union shop

The ISOP programme is designed to help you

BU Student Ambassador Scheme

to discover everything you need to know about

Bar assistant

BU, make friends and explore the local area. It

Shop assistant

includes The International Welcome Reception, the

Catering and hospitality positions

university’s official welcome to you. See more at

For more information visit


Subject areas and pathway options Study areas We offer undergraduate, postgraduate, top-up and research degrees in a range of academic areas. Visit:

Bournemouth University International College Bournemouth University International

Foundation Certificate

College offer Pre-sessional English

• Business, Law & Finance

Accounting, Finance & Economics

and pathway programmes leading to

• Computing

Advertising & Marketing

guaranteed progression to undergraduate

• Media & Communications

Archaeology & Anthropology

and postgraduate courses at BU. Situated

• Tourism & Hospitality Management

Business, Management & Retail

on campus, Bournemouth University

Computer Animation & Digital Effects

International College is a long-term

Computing & IT

partnership between BU and Kaplan

Design & Engineering

International Colleges.

Environmental Science

Events Management

Film & TV Production

Forensic Science

Games Technology

Hospitality & Tourism

Successful completion of the above

International Management

programmes with the required grades,

Journalism & Public Relations

will guarantee progression to a range of

Law & Taxation

degrees at BU.

Each programme aims to equip you with the best possible skills to succeed in your chosen degree at BU. Students will be able to study on the following programmes:

• MBA •

Media & Communications

Nursing, Midwifery & Health Sciences

International Year One • Business Pre-Master’s • Business, Law & Finance • Media & Communications • Tourism & Hospitality Management

For more information visit:

• Nutrition •

Psychology & Sociology

Social Work

Sports Management & Sciences

We have years of experience in welcoming international students. Visit our countryspecific pages and view international student videos to give you an insight into BU.

“I’m currently studying the Pre-sessional English course at Bournemouth University International College. The teachers are well qualified and while you are studying at Bournemouth University International College you can access all the university facilities like libraries and computer labs. It was a challenge for me because it is my first time studying abroad, and I did not have any knowledge about the education system in the UK. I now feel that I am ready to start my Master’s at Bournemouth University, it was difficult but worth it in the end.”


Hamdan Alshamsi (United Arab Emirates) Bournemouth University International College Pre-sessional English student


Executive Business Centre – dedicated facilities for BU’s postgraduate Business students

Entry requirements The Atrium – social space on BU’s Talbot campus

Foundation Certificate (FC)

Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor’s)

Postgraduate Degree (Master’s)

Research Degree (PhD)

Successful completion of 12 years’ schooling in your own country

Overseas qualification equivalent to A-level in the UK, including IB diploma and recognised FC

Overseas qualification equivalent to UK Bachelor’s degree (Honours)

Overseas qualification equivalent to UK Master’s degree

IELTS 5.0* minimum and 5.5 for specific subject pathways

IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent, or successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English for University Study Programme

IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent, or successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English for University Study Programme

IELTS 6.5/7.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent, or successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English for University Study Programme

Our International Admissions Team is dedicated to ensuring that your application is dealt with quickly. You will normally hear about your application in a week and for courses that require an Students on campus enjoy the use of sportBU facilities Studio accommodation – Dorchester House

interview, you will be informed about the progress of your application in good time. We need the following documents in order to make a decision on your application: • Academic transcripts • Copy of degree/diploma qualification or work reference if employed • One reference • English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) if available at the point of application • Personal statement (part of your application) • Copy of your current passport



Apply to BU Enquire

Finance and scholarships To confirm your place at BU, you must

• Visit us at exhibitions in your

Tuition/course fees


Individual course fees are listed on the BU website and are updated regularly.

The following table shows the range of full time course fees you can expect for EU

formally accept your offer:

(non-UK) and non-EU students.



• Undergraduate applicants do this • Gather information from our official representatives in your country international-representatives.

by accepting the offer via UCAS track online • Postgraduate applicants can reply directly to the university and non-EU students must pay

Apply Make your application to BU, either:


a £2,000 tuition fee deposit to secure their place


• Sponsored students must provide • On our website for

• Via UCAS for undergraduate courses


• Non-EU students will receive their CAS for visa applications three

• Via one of our official representatives in your country international-representatives • You can also apply for BU scholarships at this point scholarships.

months before the course starts • Apply for a student visa • Apply for university accommodation at accommodation before the

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deadline (see page 18) • Book International Students’

Offer BU makes an offer to you:

• A conditional offer means you

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Orientation Programme (ISOP)

details of what is required • An unconditional offer means

• Book your flights and pack your suitcases

you have met all of our

to BU. We provide an airport

entry requirements.

transfer service.

Foundation Degree



Undergraduate (Bachelor’s)





Postgraduate (Master’s)

£5,000 - £9,000

£11,000 - £14,000




Research Degree (Full-time)

£4,200 - £4,500

£11,500 - £13,500


Living costs

We believe that outstanding academic,

The following breakdown of living

sporting and musical achievement

expenses is intended as a rough guide,

deserves to be recognised, and we offer

as your expenses will differ depending

generous scholarships to international

on your lifestyle and how you decide to

students who plan to study with us.

spend your leisure time.


each year who excel in their academic



and personal profile. The value of



scholarships range from £1,500 to



100% full fee deduction for both

Clothes, etc


undergraduate and postgraduate


Living costs per week* Accommodation

awarded to over 1500 new students


• Arrange onward transport

£9,750 - £10,725

Scholarships worth over £2 million are

need to provide further evidence and your offer will contain full

£9,750 - £10,725



Guideline non-EU Fees 2015/16 Entry (per year)

Foundation Certificate

Placement Year

official evidence of sponsorship.

postgraduate courses

Guideline EU Fees 2015/16 Entry (per year)

degrees. Find out more at

The estimated annual living expenses in Bournemouth are between £7,000 and £8,000. Visit http://international. to work out how to manage your money and build a budget for living and studying in the UK.


Research at BU

Research themes

Our academic staff are involved in cuttingedge research and enterprise that make a genuine contribution to society both

Aging & Dementia

nationally and internationally – whether we are understanding the physics of knee joints, developing processes to make the animation of movie characters more realistic, pioneering innovative crosssubject approaches to solving medical

Communities, Cultures & Conflicts

Biodiversity, Environmental Change & Green Economy

problems, or trying to understand drivers for climate change. Although, like many universities, we are organised into different academic Schools/Faculties, we make sure our work

Creative, Digital & Cognitive Science

Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth

(particularly our research) does not stay isolated within those structures. We have a different way of working to ensure a joined-up way of thinking prevails. We

Health, Wellbeing & Society

Leisure, Recreation & Tourism

Wunderman global digital agency

“We started working with Bournemouth University because we heard a lot of good things about the university and they offer lots of courses that are relevant to our business. We might even say that BU is our favourite university!”

Every undergraduate course and

Industry links and placement opportunities

many postgraduate courses include

You can also make excellent contacts during

the option of undertaking a work

your time with BU, with companies including:

placement. Many of these last for a


full year, while others are shorter and


fit in around other modules of study.

• Hilton • IBM

All of them, however, are designed

• Microsoft

specifically to give you the chance

• Intel

to put your learning into practice.

• Disney

In addition, the experiences you gain while on placement can shape

We run recruitment fairs and employer events on campus

sharing with each other to deliver world-

your future learning, providing a

to help introduce yourself to companies and we are also

leading, life-changing research that we are

framework to help you understand

involved with helping you find the right placement.

work without barriers, collaborating and

passionate about. Our research is arranged into different

Technology & Design

themes that describe what the research is about, rather than which specific School/ Faculty is conducting it. Indeed, many of our research projects involve academics from different Schools/Faculties working together, and we place a lot of emphasis on developing processes, structures and learning spaces that make it easier to work together.

Doctoral opportunities BU offers a range of Doctorial opportunities, supported by academic staff with high levels of expertise, gained through their research activity, connections with industry, professional experience and international collaborations.


International employability

your studies even better. Employers, recruitment agencies and job-

Accreditations and partnerships

hunting websites will all tell you the

Our degrees are recognised worldwide, our courses

same thing – graduating with ‘just’ a

have a wide range of accreditations and partnerships

degree is often not enough.

with professional bodies.

“After two years of studying computer science in Norway I went on to complete a Master’s in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University to seek a more practical and creative approach. I was not disappointed. The course was everything I wanted, including interesting lecturers teaching important units like current affairs and law, to the development of our creative skills. After graduating from BU, I am now in my second year as an adviser at the

To view Doctoral opportunities at BU, visit

Norwegian Government Administration Services, where I work on

video production and web development.”

postgraduate-research Kjetil Svendsen (Norway) Master’s in Multimedia Journalism


Accommodation BU offers a good range of accommodation

entry). This may be in Bournemouth itself

options to suit all needs and budgets.

or in the neighbouring town of Poole.

As an international student, you are guaranteed a room in BU-managed

For more details about where you could

accommodation if you apply before the

live while studying at BU visit:

mid-August deadline (for September entry)

or the December deadline (for January


Connect with us Bournemouth University Fern Barrow Poole, Dorset

University Halls of Residence and facilities Location

Rooms Flat sizes

Chesil House 210

Free Approx Disabled UG*/ internet En-suite cost p/w access PG* access (15/16)

6 and some studios









International Team +44 (0) 1202 961603


Corfe House 308

BH12 5BB






Cranborne House








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Dorchester House

Lyme Regis House

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4-7 and some studios 5 and some studios





UG/PG Follow us on Twitter





UG Find us on Weibo

Purbeck House 518







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Student Village 250





Mostly 4-6 600 approx bedrooms








£89 to £115

*Indicates whether the accommodation is for postgraduate (PG) or undergraduate (UG) students.


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Two hours from London by train. Trains run every 30 minutes

Only two hours to major European cities from Bournemouth International Airport

Situated next to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with stunning scenery

Green, safe and friendly town welcoming students from many countries


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