January Orientation 2018 for new international students

January Orientation is held on 15 January for all new international students, Erasmus and International Exchange students who will be studying with us for semester 2 onwards. It is important that you attend the programme as you get to find out all about the University, the support available to you and you will meet your college tutors.

There are certain things you need to do before you come to university to make sure everything runs smoothly.

You will receive emails to help you prepare for University life. These contain important information. Please check your email account regularly and make sure they do not go into your waste/spam folder.

  • Acceptance email 
  • Welcome email from the University. This will be sent mid November onwards and contain your student number, information on how to activate your IT account and registration information.
  • 2 University support emails. These will look at things you need to do prior to arrival.
  • University Accommodation emails (if applicable)

Our full orientation programme will start on Monday 15th January 2018. 

For the first time, we will be holding a small-scale pre-orientation event on Friday 12th January, to allow students some extra time to settle into the city over the weekend period.

Pre-orientation sessions on Friday will include a campus tour, a welcome talk and document clearance for international students. Students attending these sessions on Friday will not have to repeat them on Monday and can instead begin any timetabled lectures.

Please register your interest by contacting inbound@exeter.ac.uk

Please note: students attending this event will be responsible for sourcing your own short-term accommodation in the private sector for this period. A list of private providers will be provided by the Study Abroad Team along with information provided on the University Accomodation webpages. If you wish to attend the activities on Friday 12th, you should plan to arrive on Thursday 11th.

Our full Exeter and Cornwall programmes will be available in November. 


Your Welcome email will tell you how to activate your IT account. Your need to do this before you can complete online registration. You will be allocated a student username, password and university email address. Activating your IT account will allow you to access iExeter which contains your timetable, library access and other services to help you make the most of your life and studies at the University of Exeter.

Your UniCard is your University ID card, library, NUS discount, and printing card, access to electronic resources, access to buildings and lots more. It is important to apply for your UniCard before arriving in the UK so that it is ready for you on arrival at University.

  • Photos are to be a head and shoulders shot on a neutral background
  • Photos are to be jpeg images 
  • Include your student number in the email title
  • Exeter based students photos are to emailed to sid@exeter.ac.uk
  • Cornwall based students photos are to be emailed to cc-registry@exeter.ac.uk

University online registration is the process by which you agree to the University’s current regulations, and is completed at the start of every academic year that you study here. You will receive information on how to do this in your Welcome email. You will be sent an email reminder when your registration is open. If you are a non UK or EU student you will need to show us your original documentation at Documentation Checks before you can complete online registration. 

iExeter is a free app that provides all current and new students with personalised information and services to help you make the most of your life and studies at the University of Exeter including all the Freshers' Week social events. You can download the app for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play.  

It is important that you organise this before you arrive in Exeter. The University has a limited number of en-suite rooms available at James Owen Court (at a cost of £2,833.34 for the semester).

Alternatively, you might like to consider renting a room with private accommodation providers or in a private house in Exeter. Always remember to ask the accommodation provider/landlord any questions before you sign contracts as these are legal documents.

Our Accommodation Office website will provide more information about all your options and allow you to apply for University accommodation from 24 October

Accommodatipon at the Penryn Campus is guaranteed, please visit our Cornwall Accommodation pages for more information. 

If you are from outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will need a visa to stay and study in the UK. See our immigration pages for detailed information, including advice on applications forms and a list of supporting documents required.

Studying in another country is exciting but can also be challenging. Read our International Student’s Guide to help you prepare and plan for your study abroad experience. Click here to look at the guide and our pre arrival information for new international students.

Your Welcome email will detail any tuition fees you need to pay and the associated deadlines. If you have applied to live in University accommodation you will also need to pay a deposit to secure the booking. This will be detailed in an email from the Accommodation Office. Throughout the year you will be able to check your recent transactions and balance at your online statement. For further details on how and when to pay click here.

Students who will be studying at Exeter for more than 1 semester may register with a Health Centre. You will be able to do this upon arrival and there will be instructions at January Orientation. If you are studying with us for 1 semester only you will still be able to see a doctor or emergency services through the National Health Service (NHS) for emergency care but you may wish to consider additional private insurance.

Check if it is a condition of your visa to undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening, which is mandatory in some countries.

iExeter is our online gateway to services at Exeter; you can check your timetable, ask questions through SID, see your financial statements, submit coursework, look at learning resources and lots more. Click here for more information and to download. You will be able to log in once you have activated your IT Account and received your username and password.

AccessAbility (and Accessibility services in Penryn) offers advice and assistance to students with disabilities and health conditions, providing you with every opportunity to succeed and progress to graduation. Staff have expertise in, and experience of, supporting students with additional needs, including specific learning difficulties, physical disabilities and unseen disabilities such as epilepsy. To register for Exeter services click here. Penryn campus students should click here.

Most science-based courses require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate which can take several weeks to obtain, before you can apply for any visa. Make sure you have left enough time.

Make sure you have enough cash or travellers cheques with you to buy food and other essential items while you wait to open a UK bank account.

The INTO Centre at the Streatham Campus, Exeter, can help you improve your English language skills to get the best out of your studies. There is a talk during January Orientation to explain this further, click here for more information.

The British educational system may be very different than at your home university. Our Academic Skills team provides resources to help you with your academic work. The session (repeated on Wednesday) in the orientation programme will introduce you to essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures – essential for your study period at the University of Exeter.

We run a number of sessions during January Orientation which we strongly advise you to attend. They will help to introduce you to living in the UK and studying at Exeter.

You should also look at Prepare for Success, an interactive web tool developed for international students preparing for the transition into UK university study.

Deciding what to pack when you have limited luggage space can be hard. We have some helpful suggestions in the International Student's Guide. And remember, Exeter and Penryn have lots of shops where you can buy what you have forgotten

Exeter campuses

If you are living in university accommodation, check what is included in your room/flat. You may want to order a starter pack for household essentials. .

Penryn campus

If you are living in university accommodation, check what is included in your room/flat. You may want to order a starter pack for household essentials.

Once you have received your Exeter University log on and password please complete the online Library Induction