Where your journey starts...
Welcome to Brunel You have chosen an amazing place to study and live!
Based on a modern campus in West London, at Brunel we are globally renowned for the quality of our teaching and research across many subject areas, from Engineering to Sports Science, Anthropology to Business. 14,000 students and staff from over 110 countries are based here, so you will be part of a thriving international community that is well-known for being friendly and helpful. Brunel International is the office dedicated to assisting international students through every stage, from their first enquiry about the University to the day they graduate and beyond. Our international team is based in the Russell Building, a modern office block on the University Campus. The team has responsibility for international marketing, recruitment, admissions, welfare, English Language and Modern Foreign Language provision. Together we speak over 20 languages, including Mandarin, Malay, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Japanese and Swahili. This booklet will guide you through the next steps from planning your trip to getting settled at the University. Look out especially for comments from our Brunel International Scholarship winners throughout this guide. They have plenty of insights to share. www.brunel.ac.uk is the place to go for further information about the University or you can contact our international team any time. We hope to be welcoming you here soon.
Karen Blackney Head of Marketing and Recruitment Brunel International
Introducing our International Scholars Every year the Brunel International Scholarship Panel awards scholarships to help selected international students cover their study fees and living expenses when studying at Brunel. In the academic year 2010/11, we had over 20 students from different countries and disciplines who were awarded a scholarship from Brunel International. The students were from countries, such as India, Nigeria, Korea, Canada, Egypt and Malaysia. We thought you would like to hear what they have to say about the University, so throughout this guide you will find their stories.
Some of our Scholarship Winners have been keeping a blog about their experience at Brunel and the UK, find out more here: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/currentstudents/meet-the-bloggers2
International Student Orientation Programme Activities during those three days will include a day trip, a campus and Uxbridge walking tour and lots of social events. All meals are included in the event. If you have been allocated a room on campus please let our accommodation team know you will be arriving early, by going to www.brunel.ac.uk/life/accommodation/ earlyarrival There will be a small extra charge for your additional nights’ stay. To book your space on the orientation programme please click here: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/applyingto-brunel/unconditional-offer/orientation
Brunel International is hosting a 3-day Orientation programme for all international and EU students prior to the start of the academic year. The event is free for international fee paying students and £95 for EU and exchange students. The programme is designed to help you familiarize yourself with the campus and Uxbridge before starting your course. This is a great opportunity to make a lot of friends and enrol onto your course before all other students arrive. You will get information sessions on banking, immigration and free services offered on campus and the Union of Brunel Students.
Hello my name is Amira Abd El-Khalek from Egypt. I’m studying an MSc in Medical Anthropology. I would advise you to attend the International Student Orientation Program and Fresher’s Week. The people you meet there are your first contacts to the university and throughout your year of studies, it is these familiar faces that you will continue to bump into and befriend. Make the best use of the time you have at Brunel. It is an experience you will not forget!
Securing your Offer
Alternatively, please do not hesitate to sign and return the reply slip attached to the original offer letter either via email attachment to email@example.com or by post.
Admissions: Next Steps Please keep in touch. We will be sending you important information and possibly queries right up to the time of travel to the UK, so please tell us if your contact details change – and check your emails regularly.
Step 1 – Decide if you would like to accept the conditional offer. It is important that you let us know if you would like to accept your conditional offer, as your place on the course may be offered to someone else if we do not hear anything from you. Undergraduate students who have applied through UCAS: You must accept your conditional offer online through UCAS’s Track service. You will only be able to accept one offer firmly and one offer as an insurance choice, so choose carefully. All other students can confirm acceptance of the place to us by indicating through “My Applications” – further information can be located at www.brunel.ac.uk/international/applying-tobrunel/applied-and-waiting/my-application.
Step 2 – Meet all the conditions of your offer (and tell us) Undergraduate students who have applied through UCAS: The conditions your offer is based on can be viewed on UCAS Track (we do not issue offer letters unless requested). All other students will receive a conditional offer letter which will list the conditions required. As you meet the conditions of your offer remember to let us know by email, post or in person. If you have problems meeting the conditions of your offer please do not hesitate to contact our International Admissions Team to discuss alternatives.
Step 3 – Unconditional offer Once you have met all the conditions of your offer, your offer becomes unconditional. Brunel does not issue unconditional offer letters. Instead, you will receive a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement via email which is required for visa purposes. The information 5
Email: International.Admissions@brunel.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)1895 265519 For international students who are resident in the UK and would like to apply to Brunel but have not yet taken an English Language test we also provide our own English Language Test. For dates of the Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT) please go to: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/iplc/ brunel-english-language-test-brunelt
English Courses If you have not yet met the English Language requirement, the International Pathways and Language Centre (IPLC) offers you the opportunity to study English for Academic Purposes and General English. All of our courses have been designed to provide you with intensive English support to develop your academic writing, listening, note-taking and presentation skills. These will equip you with the necessary study tools for your academic studies. For full details of our English courses and prices, please go to www.brunel.ac.uk/international/ englishcourses
Pre-sessional Courses Our Pre-sessional English courses run from 4 to 20 weeks prior to the start of your undergraduate or postgraduate course. You will be offered a course based on your English language level. Our 4-week course is for those students who have already met their English 6
Language Requirement, but would like to be better prepared for their degree course by studying academic English.
Year-Round Courses If you would like to attend a longer English programme, IPLC also runs a year-round English course, English@Brunel. This programme has been designed to improve your general and academic English to prepare you for life and academic study in the UK. You will have the opportunity to practise English used in everyday situations, to develop your knowledge and understanding of grammar and vocabulary and improve your academic study skills for your UK university study. Courses are available each August, October, January and February.
in the CAS email is all you need for the visa application - you do not require a CAS letter. Please notify Brunel International Admissions team if you do not need a CAS and you will be issued with an updated offer email instead.
Hello, my name is Leela Bala from Singapore. I am studying for an MSc in Neurorehabilitation. I was first drawn to Brunel because of reviews and recommendations regarding the course I was interested in. The location was also brilliant as it was close enough to central London and the airport. My course is definitely challenging and does encourage you to push yourself academically. The academics are very helpful and extremely well-versed in their specialities. Support and assistance can be easily accessed as you need it and see fit. The library, sports, accommodation and other university facilities have also lived up to high standards. My advice would be to take part in whatever activities you can and enjoy meeting new people and all the experiences that come along with it. I have made many new friendships here which are so diverse and ones that I will take away with me for the rest of my life.
In order to apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) number. This is a unique number that we can only send to you after your offer has been made unconditional. We will send you your CAS statement by email only - you do not have to request it separately. The first CAS we issue you with is free, however if you need a different CAS number issued (if for example you change your course after being made an unconditional offer) then a ÂŁ10 administration fee is charged. A CAS is only valid for six months, so we will not issue one until six months before your course starts. Further information on how to apply can be found at www.brunel.ac.uk/international/currentstudents/immigration
Do I need a visa?
You can learn more about the Points Based System by visiting this website www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/ studyingintheuk
If you are coming to the UK to study for a course lasting 6 months or more, or you are coming to study a Pre-Sessional English or Foundation course which will lead on to another Brunel University degree programme, it is highly recommended that you enter the UK under the Tier 4 - General student immigration route. If you are unsure whether you need a new student visa, please visit our immigration website: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/currentstudents/immigration
Applying for a Student Visa When should I apply for a student visa? As soon as possible (but not more than 3 months before your course starts). 7
How To Make Payments To Brunel Credit/debit card, cheque, direct bank transfer or banker’s draft can be used to make advance payments to Brunel. Where possible pay by credit/debit card, as the charges are considerably lower. Please do not send cash through the mail under any circumstances. Quote your Brunel student number as reference in all correspondence and transactions. 1. If you wish to pay by credit/debit card please ring +44 1895 265519 between 10am and 4pm UK time or visit the Brunel International website. You will need to quote your student number and card details. 2. All students who wish to pay by direct bank transfers are advised to complete the process by Monday 12th September 2011; a delay could result in late registration for your course. It takes about one week for international transfers to be concluded. 3. Cheques and banker’s drafts drawn on a UK bank account (sterling) can be sent to: Finance Office Brunel International Brunel University Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH 8
4. Payments may be made electronically by credit/debit card through the Brunel website: www.brunel.ac.uk/about/pay From the main website go to ‘International students’ then follow the instructions. 5. If you have any queries about payment, please contact the Finance team: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone number: +44 (0) 1895 265519 Fax number: +44 (0) 1895 269700
Finance and Banking
Hello my name is Muhammad Hibatullah Romli from Malaysia and I am studying MSc Occupational Therapy. Brunel has a strong charismatic and uniqueness of its own and has a student-centred approach where student priority is most important. Life on campus is never boring. The nice and kind international environment makes you feel at home. The facilities available to students are easy to reach whether on campus or off campus. Living and studying at Brunel does not mean you have a high cost of living. Being a Muslim or any faith is not a problem because Brunel has taken precise measure in its account to help on your matters. Not to mention the great coffee you can get from Rococo’s the campus café before your lectures in the morning.
Information For Sponsored Students The University understands a sponsor to be a company, organisation or charitable trust (including Brunel University Bursaries/ Scholarships) who will meet either the full or partial cost of your course fees. Please ensure you review the section entitled Sponsored Students under the Brunel International Finance Policy. For further information please see: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/fees-andfunding. Parents, guardians, family members or friends are not acceptable as sponsors. You should check the terms of your sponsorship carefully: it may be necessary for you to pay accommodation and other deposits should your sponsorship arrangements not cover these.
Education to study at Brunel. Detailed and up-to-date information can be found on our website. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact our Finance Office: email@example.com
Payment Information for PhD students Students following a PhD programme can start on the first day of any month. As the academic year for PhD students at Brunel University runs from October to September, the payment schedule varies according to the start date of each student. For further information please go to: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/feesand-funding
Brunel University Bank Details Bank name: Bank address:
Sort code: Account number:
HSBC PO Box 41, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK, UB8 1BY 4Ø-45-Ø8 Ø147823Ø
Swift code: MIDLGB21Ø9L Iban number: GB16MIDL4Ø45Ø8Ø147823Ø Cheques should be made payable to “Brunel University”. The student number should be written on the back of the cheque.
Preparing Funds For Your Arrival When transferring funds to Brunel University, do not include your personal living expenses. Separate arrangements should be made to transfer your personal expenses.
Financial Aid Information for US Students Applicants from the USA can access a range of federal loans from the US Department of
Accommodation Halls of Residence Once you have a conditional offer for a course commencing in September you will receive an email from the Accommodation Office with details on how to apply for accommodation on campus. If your course commences at any other time, please contact the Accommodation Office directly. For further information on accommodation please visit www.brunel.ac.uk/life/accommodation
Alternative Accommodation There is plenty of private rented accommodation available close to the University, including individual rooms, houses, flats and flat shares. If you would like further information about off-campus accommodation please contact our University Housing Office, who will be able to assist you in securing local off-campus accommodation. www.brunel.ac.uk/life/accommodation/ offcampus 9
Before you travel... Academic Year 2011/2012 International Student Orientation Programme: 15-17th September 2011 Induction week, also known as Freshersâ€™ week starts on Sunday 18th September 2011 Autumn Term 26th September 2011 to 16th December 2011 Spring Term 9th January 2012 to 30th March 2012 Summer Term 23rd April 2012 to 31st August 2012 10
Pre-Registration Before you arrive, make sure you are provisionally registered with us. Once you have met all your conditions Brunel will send you details on how to register online. You need to complete the first stage online (this will give you â€˜provisionally registeredâ€™ status). It is important that this is completed before you arrive as this will speed and ensure a smoother process of the second part of registration when you arrive. To provisionally register, just log into the University student portal at: https://evision.brunel.ac.uk/ Enter your username and login details (which will be included in the letter) and fill in the online form. Once you complete this please print the Provisional Registration Document and bring this with you to registration. If you need help completing the task you can contact our Student Centre on +44 (0) 1895 268268.
Open a UK bank account Check with your bank at home. It may have an arrangement with a UK bank, so you can open an account before you leave. If not, we can advise you on how to open an account when you arrive.
Cash / travellers’ cheques If you are planning to open a bank account in the UK, it can take up to 10 working days, and even bank drafts will take up to two weeks to clear. Therefore, we recommend you bring some cash for the first few weeks. We suggest you bring £150 in cash to cover your first few days (bus fares, refreshments, etc) and a further £500 in travellers’ cheques (or a widely accepted credit card) to cover the first four weeks. For further information on bank accounts have a look at the website of the British Banker’s Association: www.bba.org.uk
It is a good idea to take out travel insurance for your journey to Brunel in case your flight is cancelled or your luggage is lost. We recommend that you also buy health insurance before you leave if your course is for less than six months to cover healthcare (you will receive NHS healthcare if your course lasts more than 6 months).
Other insurance You may want to insure any valuables, such as cameras, luggage or MP3 players, before you travel. Alternatively, you can arrange cover cheaply in the UK.
Travel and health insurance Hello my name is Ngo Thuy Anh Tuyet from Vietnam and I am studying the MA in Children, Youth & International Development. One of the wonderful things about Brunel University for me is the Art Centre where I had the opportunity to relax and develop my hobbies in pottery, drawing & music. All the classes are either free or with very little fee for Brunel students. I attended the music theory class and had a practice pass card to use the pianos anytime I want. It is not only about studying and staying up late for essays in Brunel, but also enjoying & discovering your own abilities. 11
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When you arrive... Arriving by air You will need to clear immigration before you reclaim your luggage, so pack your passport, visa, money and University documents in your hand luggage and keep this safe at all times.
Our Airport Welcome Scheme On Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September, we will be running a free airport welcome service at Heathrow for first year international students who are attending our International Student Orientation Programme. We will then be running an additional service on the 18th September, for new international students who are not attending the International Student Orientation Programme.
Arriving at Heathrow Just look out for the people in red T-shirts. They will help you with your bags and show you to our free shuttle bus, which will run
from 7am to 7pm on each of the designated days. To book this service, please go to: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/applyingto-brunel/pre-arrival-guide/your-first-fewdays Students arriving for summer English courses can also book a meet and greet service, available prior to each Wednesday start. To book this service, please go to: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/iplc/ before-you-arrive
Getting to the University on your own If you are arriving outside of the hours of our airport welcome service, you will need to make your own way to the campus. We recommend you use buses where possible, as taxis can be expensive (approximately ÂŁ35 from Heathrow to campus and much more from other airports).
From Heathrow Airport Go to Heathrow Central Bus Station and take the U3 bus directly to the campus. The bus 13
station is clearly signposted and is within walking distance of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. If you arrive at Terminals 4 or 5 look for the signs to the transit area or ask at the information desk.
From Stansted Airport We recommend you take the Jetlink 737 coach to Heathrow Airport’s Central Bus Station and then follow the instructions above.
From Gatwick Airport Take the Jetlink 797 coach from Gatwick South Terminal to Heathrow Airport’s Central Bus Station and then follow the instructions above.
Going through Immigration Customs During your flight to the UK the flight crew will hand out Landing Cards. The information you need for this card is: • Personal details such as name and date of birth • Your address in the UK • Occupation. In your case this would be student • Arrival flight details, you can find this on your ticket
Once you arrive in the UK you will need to go through Immigration Control. Please make sure you have the following documents ready for the immigration officer: Completed Landing Card (if you forgot to
do this on the plane you can fill it in while you queue) Admissions/Offer Letter Pre-Departure Clearance Certificate Or Chinese Certificate of Health booklet Bank Statements/Evidence of funds 14
The Immigration Officers may ask you a few questions. Remember, they are only doing their job and are in general very friendly and helpful. For further information on arrival please have a look at the Home Office website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ travellingtotheuk/Enteringtheuk/ arrivingatukborder/
Safety in the Airport After a long journey you may be tired. The UK is generally a friendly place but if you have just arrived it is a good idea to take some extra care, especially around the airports. • Keep a close eye on your bags and make sure you have them with you at all times • Keep valuables such as wallets and phones out of sight • Use only public transport, black cabs or our free airport welcome service For more information on personal safety for international students go to www.britishcouncil.org/new/
Hello my name is Farahiyah Wan Yunus from Malaysia and I am studying MSc Occupational Therapy. Brunel University has all you need on one campus, which makes studying much easier. The library even opens late at night which is amazing. Living and studying at Brunel is always fun and enjoyable.
Accommodation – getting your keys If you have a room on campus, please email our accommodation team and tell them the day, date and time you will be arriving on campus. Remember, it will probably take you two hours to clear customs and make your way to campus after you have landed at Heathrow. Allow an extra hour and a half from Gatwick or Stansted airports. From 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, you can get your keys from the appropriate Residence Office. At any other time, we will leave your keys in our Security Office on the campus.
Your accommodation If you are using our free airport welcome service we will take you to the Brunel campus, where student helpers will welcome you. They will be able to direct you to your accommodation and are happy to help you if you have further questions. Our accommodation staff and international team will be around to help if you have any questions. Otherwise just relax. You have arrived!
Registering with the Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO) in London Some nationalities will have to register with the police within 7 days of arrival. Check your visa, if you are unsure just come to Brunel International, we can help you and give you the information you need with the directions to OVRO and a map. Please note that if you are required to register with the police it is very important that you do so within 7 days of your arrival.
Completing Registration Once your offer has been made unconditional, you will receive a letter a month prior to the start of the course advising you on how to register with Brunel. The registration is completed in two stages.
Stage 1 You can start Stage 1 of the registration process prior to coming to the University by using Brunel’s online student portal through eVision (https://evision.brunel.ac.uk). You will need to check that the personal details we already hold about you are correct and provide information about how you intend to pay your fees. You will also be given the opportunity to upload or post a passportsized photograph of yourself for your student ID card and your student visa. Once you have completed the task, you will be asked to print a Provisional Registration Document. You should bring this to the second part of Registration, which takes place on campus. Don’t panic if you don’t have Internet access at home – there will be provision to complete the task when you arrive, but it will make part two of Registration much quicker if you can complete it before arriving at Brunel. 15
Stage 2 – Registration on campus This is the last hurdle for you before you are a fully registered student. You can join the International Student Orientation Programme where you will be able to register on Friday 16th September as part of the programme. All other students can register from Sunday 18th September until Wednesday 21st September in the Sports Hall. After this date you can go to the Student Centre in the Bannerman Centre to complete your registration. Here are some of the things you MUST bring to register successfully - we cannot register you otherwise. • Passport • Visa: You should make sure that you apply for a visa that covers the full length of your course. • Your Brunel offer letter or another document containing your seven-digit Student Number (usually starting 11)
• Original English language certificates (unless we have already seen them). If in doubt, bring them along • Sponsorship letters (applicable only to students receiving external sponsorship) • Documents to complete Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work students only - you will have been sent details of what to bring if the check is not yet complete) • Receipts of any payments made If you are joining a Professional Course you must also bring • ID documents to complete a CRB check • Your Criminal Conviction Disclaimer • Your Medical Questionnaire • Your Immunisation Card (for physiotherapy and occupational therapy students) • Your GTC Suitability Questionnaire (for PGCert or teacher training courses) Information about your enrolment will be sent to you separately.
• Your Provisional Registration Document (you can print this once you have completed the online registration task).
• Original academic certificates (unless we have already seen them). If in doubt, bring them along
Hello, my name is Andi Minnarto from Indonesia. I’m studying MSc Business Systems Integration (with SAP technology) course. Brunel University has a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere with its diverse students. Living on campus gives me an extra advantage, because all facilities are available on campus, including bank, sports centre, medical centre, arts centre, and various food outlets. My top tip for you is: Keep the balance between studying and enjoying your time – prepare yourself to enjoy one of the most memorable journeys in your life in Brunel University.
Living on campus With more than 4500 rooms on campus you will be joining a vibrant campus community. The facilities are very similar across all our halls, and you can indicate in your application for an on-campus room if you prefer a standard or en-suite. All rooms have a free internet connection and a communal kitchen.
What will I find in my room?
What will I find in the communal kitchen?
Pillow and Cover
Duvet and Cover
Desk and chair
Iron and ironing board
Kitchen table and seating
Food storage space
You will need to bring your own crockery and cooking utensils. You can buy them cheaply in the Uxbridge town centre.
More details about the facilities and pictures of all the halls can be found here: www.brunel.ac.uk/0/Corporate%20Documents/135587LivingatBrunel20116.pdf 17
Freshers’ week Freshers’ week starts on Sunday 18th September 2011. This is an induction for all first year students and is designed to help everybody find their way around and get started. You should certainly plan to attend your School’s induction events, as a lot of these will be about your timetable, study facilities, meeting your lecturers and getting the right study materials. There is also a first year students’ fayre, called Fresher’s Fayre, organised by the Union of Brunel Students’ (UBS). Here you can meet people with similar interests, make new friends, and join a sports team, a social club or an international students’ group. Throughout the week, in the evenings, the Students’ Union organises parties, gigs and other events – and there is a special meeting point for international students within the Union building. By the end of the week, you will know a lot more about the University campus and will have met a lot of new people!
Modern Foreign Languages
The Students’ Union exists to represent the interests of every Brunel University student. It has its own building on campus and this provides shops, bars, cafeterias and spaces for parties or performances. In addition the Union provides student welfare services and advice on everything from finance to visa questions. Plus it represents student interests to the University’s policy makers and managers. The Union is run by a President and management team. These people are elected by the University’s students and are mostly students themselves, although there is a small team of permanent staff. You can get involved by either becoming a School Rep, join the Brunel Media team as a Radio DJ, write for the students newspaper Le Nurb (Brunel spelt backwards) or join many of the activities throughout the academic year. Union membership is free and you will be automatically enrolled unless you state otherwise. For more information have a look at the UBS website: www.brunelstudents.com/
Brunel International Pathways and Language Centre (IPLC) offers a range of free Modern Foreign Language courses at a variety of levels. The classes develop key linguistic skills and are all taught by qualified, native speakers who promote a fun and stimulating learning environment. Foreign language skills enhance work, study and travel experiences, improve career prospects and develop cultural awareness. You will make new friends as you meet students from different countries with different native languages. We currently have courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. For further information on IPLC language courses, please go to www.brunel.ac.uk/international/currentstudents/foreign-languages
In-sessional English Courses Once you have started your degree programme, to help you improve your academic English as you study at Brunel, we provide free in-sessional English support. You have the opportunity to attend a variety of classes in presentation skills, writing, reading and listening, and English pronunciation and grammar, all of which should help make you studies at Brunel even more successful. You can also book one-to-one academic consultations with a tutor to discuss your writing and to give you support when trying to structure your academic work. For further information on in-sessional English support, please go to: www.brunel.ac.uk/international/currentstudents/insessional-english
Your Students’ Union
Hello, I’m Olga Shubina. I’m from Russia and studying MSc Packaging Technology Management. During the academic year, Brunel International organised trips to the most interesting cities and sightseeing around the UK that I liked a lot because it was nice opportunity to see the country and take a break from studying during weekends. I can definitely say that I don’t regret my choice and I had a fantastic year at Brunel. During this year, I tried to participate in different workshops and English Courses that the University specially provided for International and EU students as well as One World Week and different social events, which was very helpful as in professional development so as in student social interaction. 19
Uxbridge, London and the UK â€“ A short guide to living in the UK British people and customs Here are a few things to bear in mind:British people are generally quite reserved, but this does not mean they are unfriendly. You must wait in line when there is a queue. British people will get quite upset if you push to the front. Police officers in Britain are generally friendly and helpful, so do not be afraid to approach them if, for example, you are lost! Have a look on facebook and find our very own Brunel Bobby who works on campus. You do not have to drink alcohol if you visit a British pub. Many people do not. Smoking is forbidden in public places, including bars, shops and railway stations. British people really do talk about the weather quite a lot!
The weather It can rain at any time of year in the UK and it generally does! However, spring and summer can also be warm and sunny, whilst the winter 20
can see some very cold temperatures. Being an island climate, the weather can change quickly in the course of a day.
British food Fish and chips, roast dinners, ploughmanâ€™s lunches, great British breakfasts! These are some of the delicacies waiting for you, but do not worry: there is plenty more on the menu. Most restaurants for example will have vegetarian dishes on the menu and it is not too hard to find Halal or Kosher food in the London and Uxbridge areas. And wherever you are from, the chances are there will be a restaurant from home!
The Uxbridge town centre is a short walk from campus and has everything you need, from banks to mobile phone shops, from halal supermarkets to departments stores. With two shopping centres, and it’s very own cinema, lots of pubs and restaurants, Uxbridge is a charming place where you can go to relax, shop and socialise with friends. The London city centre is about 40 minutes away. It is an amazing place full of history, culture and something new to discover every week. Virtually every nation, culture and cuisine is represented in London, so you always get a taste of home. Of course, London has excellent transport links, so exploring the rest of the UK or mainland Europe is easy.
You can pick up coaches to many destinations from Victoria Coach Station in London or more locally here in Uxbridge. For trains to different regions of the UK, it is best to travel in to London. As in many cities, there are different rail terminals serving different parts of the country. Check before you travel to see which terminal you need by going to www.tfl.gov.uk If you wish to travel a greater distance, say to Europe or Scotland, there are some excellent deals to be had from airlines, such as Ryanair and Easyjet. Check their websites for details.
UK Health services If you are here on a student visa for more than six months you will qualify for healthcare from the UK’s National Health Service. See www.nhs.uk/pages/homepage.aspx You will need to register with a doctor (a “General Practitioner”) to access the NHS’s services. If you are living on campus, you can register at the Brunel Medical centre: www.brunel.ac.uk/life/health/medicalcentre To find a doctor close by if you are living off campus, go to www.nhs.uk/Pages/homepage.aspx or speak to the international team. Important: If you are on a course for less than six months, you should arrange health insurance in your own country before you travel.
Getting around Travelling by train or coach is good value for money if you buy a student travel card. This gives you generous discounts and is especially cheap if you travel outside peak times. 21
Making the most of your stay During your time at Brunel we will try to keep in touch with you to make sure that you enjoy your studies and your time here. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to be part of the Brunel University community and for you to contribute.
Be part of a community As an international student you are a member of our new international student society ‘Six Degrees’. You will get the chance to apply for a voluntary post in the Six Degrees committee and automatically will be involved in shaping social events for the academic year. We have a fantastic social programme lined up for you in Fresher’s week, including trips into central London and a chance to try some traditional British food (which is lovely, we promise) to start. You can find Six Degrees on facebook and find out what they have been doing so far: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/ pages/Six-Degrees/174307735927993 22
International newsletter Student life can be busy. To make sure you don’t miss out Brunel International will send you a regular newsletter with updates and newsflashes on life on campus, events in London, great opportunities for students and explain the weird and wonderful traditions of British culture such as Pancake Day and how to make the perfect Yorkshire Pudding, and by the way this is not a sweet dessert.
Facebook Before you arrive at Brunel you can check out our facebook page to find out what’s going on at Brunel and what current students have to say: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/ brunelinternational
Anything else? If you should have any further questions or would like to find out more about your arrival in the UK and your life at Brunel University, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org We are looking forward to meeting you in September. The Brunel International Team
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