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When you arrive in Cornwall

When you arrive - Cornwall

When you first arrive on campus, there are tasks that as an International student you need complete for the University, some for your College, and some that we think you will find useful.

EU/EEA and Swiss students are not issued BRP cards. Instead you will have a digital immigration status that you can view and prove online.

Everyone else who is coming to the UK for more than 6 months and require a visa to study in the UK, your visa will initially be granted on an Entry Clearance vignette (sticker) in your passport. When you arrive in the UK, you will then have 10 days* to collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card. Your BRP card is your new visa and replaces the vignette in your passport. 

*due to the current pandemic this timeframe is flexible and in some cases will not be possible e.g. self-isolating for 10 days.

We strongly advise you chose to have your BRP card delivered to the University, which you can choose to do on your application form (more details here).

If you have opted to have your BRP delivered to the University, we will contact you when we have received it and let you know where you where you can collect it from. Please do not visit campus hoping to collect this until you received confirmation that your BRP is ready to collect and you have booked a BRP collection appointment.

If you have not selected to collect your BRP from the University, you should check your visa grant letter which will confirm where you need to collect your BRP from. This will likely be from the Post Office. Once you have collected your BRP, you must present this to the University at International Student Clearance.

Check your BRP card carefully to make sure the details are correct. The most common errors are listed here.

Once you have registered and arrived in the UK, you will need to bring your passport and immigration status (or visa) to us so we can take a copy of it. We will send you instructions on how to book an appointment in your Welcome Email.

It is important that international students who are with us for more than three months register with a Health Centre. Students with us for less than three months are not eligible to register with a Health Centre, but are entitled to emergency health care. See our advice pages here, and our 'Accessing Healthcare and the NHS' presentation.

All students under 25 years of age starting at the University of Exeter are advised to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccination. If you haven’t had this already in your home country, and if you have paid the immigration health surcharge, our Student Health Centres will vaccinate you for free.

Once you have registered with the Penryn Surgery (email to request a registration form), you can then book an appointment with the Penryn Surgery. 

Please note, this is free for students ages 19-25 in their first year at University OR who are still under 25 and have been previously invited to have the Meningitis vaccination, but have not yet had it.

If you are over 25 years old, you must contact the Penryn Surgery to book your vaccination at a cost of £45.

Many UK banks do not let you open a bank account until you are in the UK and have registered on a programme of full-time study. It can take up to 2 weeks to open a bank account. Find out how to do this here, and watch our 'Banking and finances in the UK' presentation.

Your visa grant letter will state if you need to register with the police. Full information on how to do this can be found on our website here.

Camborne Police Enquiry Office is our closest police station now open for registrations and updates. You must follow Covid secure arrangements such as wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing. You can see other police stations able to register you here.

If English is your second language you may wish to enrol in some free support classes or look at the possibility of credit bearing module options here. You can find out about our other wide ranging Student Support Services in our presentation 'How to access support services'.

We have designed an programme of online and in person sessions to welcome you to the university and to help you settle into your new life with us. This list of events is constantly being updated, so check back regularily for updates.

January orientation 2022: important 'admin' tasks

  • International Student Clearance: Mondays, 10am -1:30pm. Pre-booked appointments only.
  • Campus tour: Monday 17th January, 2pm, Glasney Lodge. Join a Student Ambassador for a guided tour of campus.

Social activities

  • Intercultural cafe: Whether you are returning to campus or have just arrived for the first time, come and join the Languages EAP Team and other international students in Sustainability café on January 21st 4.00-5.00pm for tea/coffee and cake. A chance to find out more about the upcoming Intercultural Café sessions and to meet other international students. You can also ask the Languages team any questions you have about language, Cornwall life or anything else! Book your slot here.
  • Our ResLife teams run regular social activites open to all living on campus and off, and are a great place to start to find fellow students. Their programme of events is updated on their Instagram, Facebook, and also here.

Online resources & guides

You might also find our presentations on key subjects below useful:

Get involved

Find out about how to make the most of your time in the UK by getting involved with activities on and off campus.

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