January Orientation 2017 for new international students

January Orientation is held on 16 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 three 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)

Exeter based students. This is the 2017 programme of events.

Orientation is free but you must book online and in advance of your arrival.

  Students Surname A-L Students Surname M-Z All Erasmus students

Monday 16

08.30-09.00

January 2017 Orientation Welcome, Alumni Auditorium, Forum (Compulsory)

09.00-09.30 Documentation Checks, Student Services Centre, The Forum

Campus Tour, meet outside Great Hall

Campus Tour, meet outsideGreat Hall
09.30-10.00
10.00-10.30 Campus tour, meet outside Great Hall Documentation Checks, Student Services Centre, The Forum Documentation Checks, Student Services Centre, The Forum
10.30-11.00 Study Skills, Bateman Lecture Theatre, Building One

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. This session will introduce you to some key study issues relating to critical reading, academic writing, referencing and getting the most out of lectures and seminars – essential for your study period at the University of Exeter.

11.00-11.30

Documentation Checks, Student Services Centre, The Forum

11.30-12.00

January 2017 Orientation Study Skills, LT1 Queens Building

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. This session will introduce you to some key study issues relating to critical reading, academic writing, referencing and getting the most out of lectures and seminars – essential for your study period at the University of Exeter.

Study Abroad Coordinator meetings 
12.00-12.30
12.30-15.00

Documentation Checks, Student Services Centre, The Forum (if onot completed earlier in the day)
Study Abroad Coordinator Meetings 

Tuesday 17
10.30-11.30

Campus tour, meet outside Great Hall

Wednesday 18
14.00-15.30

January 2017 Orientation Study Skills, LT 6.2 Queens Building

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. This session will introduce you to some key study issues relating to critical reading, academic writing, referencing and getting the most out of lectures and seminars – essential for your study period at the University of Exeter.

15.30-16.30

English language support (INTO), LT4.2 Queen's Building

Learn about the support available if English is your second language. 

16.30-17.30

English Language Support (INTO). Placement test for credit-rated modules
LT4.2 Queen's Building 

Compulsory test for those wishing to take credit-rated modules at INTO. 

Thursday 19
10.30-11.30

Campus tour, meet outside Great Hall

 

Social Programme

We also run a number of social activities during the week. There are a limited number of tickets for each event and each event is subsidised. Click here to book your place at orientation and to book tickets for the social events. We'd recommend buying your ticket in advance as there are limited places at each event and many sell out in advance of Orientation week.

Monday 16, 19.00-22.00 Evening Quiz and buffet, Pieminster Cafe, 1st floor Devonshire House Come and join us for a fun quiz and buffet. An opportunity to get to know the new students and our Welcome Team. (limited to 100 tickets) £5.00
Wednesday 18, 16.30-18.00 A very British Cream Tea, Reed Hall We’re hosting an afternoon tea in our beautiful Reed Hall, the oldest building on campus. Cream Tea is a British staple and a must have during your first week: 2 scones, lashings of clotted cream, jam and cups of tea. Delicious! Will you have yours the Devon or Cornish way? (limited to 90 tickets) £6.00
Saturday 21, 09.00-18.00 Seaside Day Trip, St Ives The seaside towns of Devon and Cornwall are beautiful, whatever the weather. St Ives, on the southwest tip of Cornwall has been attracting artists and tourists for centuries. This ancient town is home to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, beautiful coastal scenery, beaches, shops, Cornish pasties, cream teas and subtropical gardens. Meet at bus stop Rennes Drive at 8.45, departure 9am. (limited to 92 tickets).  £10

 

Cornwall based students

Orientation is free. You do not need to book in advance of your arrival but please email Jo Thacker to confirm that you will be attending and when you plan to arrive on the Penryn Campus.

Monday 16
09.30-10.00

Welcome Talk, Education Support Services Manager Penryn Campus.
Student Information Desk (SID), Peter Lanyon Building
 
10.00-17.00

Documentation Checks (not Erasmus students), Admissions vis SID, Peter Lanyon Building, Penryn Campus

 
10.00-17.00 Registration and UniCard Collection, SID, Peter Lanyon Building. If you have not sent your UniCard application prior to arrival please bring a passport photo to this session or we can take a picture of you.  
10.00-10.45 Campus Tour. Leaving from SID, Peter Lanyon Building. A Student Ambassador will show you around our campus. You can ask them about student life at Penryn to get the student's perspective.  
11.00-11.30 Meet your Programme Administrator, SID, Peter Lanyon Building. You will be briefed about your timetable and personal tutor allocation.  
Afternoon/Evening Fish and Chips in the lovely maritime town of Falmouth.   

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 an International Welcome Programme (Exeter campuses) during Freshers' Week 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