Pre-arrival information for new students

Prepare for success

Studying abroad is incredibly exciting, but we understand you may feel a little nervous about starting your pathway programme. The International Study Centre is here to help you, every step of the way. We offer much more than an education and will do all we can make sure you settle into your new life here.

To help you feel prepared, we offer a virtual preparation course designed to introduce you to the academic skills, study structures, and culture before you begin your pathway programme in September. You’ll discover the skills you need to succeed on your pathway and beyond and plan your personal goals, so you get a competitive head start on your academic journey.

Confirm your place with us today and we’ll email you an invitation to join the course. Pay your confirmation fees, as well as the first £6000 of your tuition fees, and receive access to:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

Pre-arrival information

Download our pre-arrival guide, packed full of useful information - from what to do once you have confirmed your place, to what to expect on your first day.

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Arriving in September? Come back a few weeks before your start date to download your induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information about being a student at Kingston University, London - International Study Centre. For students starting our April Pre-Masters Programme, the first day of term is Monday, 30 March.

You can also visit Education UK, which is the British Council’s official website for international students. The website aims to:

  • Show international students what a UK education offers
  • Offer practical advice to help international students prepare for and enjoy their UK experience

If you have any questions then contact us, or your local agent will be happy to help you plan for your arrival in the UK.

Study Buddies share their experiences

See below what our resident Study Buddies have to say about arriving at the International Study Centre, and hear the advice they have to give to all new students.

Five things to do before you arrive

Before starting your programme with us, there are five things you need to do.

Most non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals require a visa to study in the UK. Our Admissions Centre can advise you on this and issue the necessary documents, or you can find out if you need a UK visa on the UK Government website. You can also find more information on applying for a student visa in our pre-arrival guide.

If you asked for accommodation when you applied, our Accommodation Team will be in touch. For those of you arranging your own accommodation, you need to let us know where you will be staying, before you arrive.

When booking your travel, make sure you arrive before your first day, so you don’t miss our valuable induction programme. Accommodation with the International Study Centre is usually available two days before the start of term.

Before term starts we’ll email you and ask you to complete an online form. You will need to fill in your travel information and your visa details.

It is essential all international students have the protection of personal insurance while studying in the UK. You can take out our StudyCare cover, or arrange your own.

Join us online

We offer over 100 hours of virtual preparation courses to give you the head start you need on your pathway programme.

Kingston University London International Study Centre 

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.