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When you arrive in Exeter

When you arrive - Exeter

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 requires 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 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, please email a scan or clear photo of the front and back of the BRP card to the Immigration Compliance team and we will update our records.

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.  You will not be able to collect your UniCard until you have done this.

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.

To receive your vaccination please make sure you have completed the Student Health Centre online registration process before you arrive in Exeter. The Health Centre will be holding vaccination clinics in (time and days to be confirmed). No need to make an appointment, just drop in. Outside these vaccination clinics please make an appointment with the Health Centre. 

If you are registering with the Heavitree Practice (for students on St Luke's campus) please contact them directly to book an appointment.

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.

Arriving during September/October 2021

Devon: The Police will be coming onto Streatham campus on Friday 17th September and Wednesday 13 October (bookings for 13 October to open soon). You must pre-book an appointment here

Arriving after September/October 2021

Exeter Police station at Middlemoor (Devon based students) and Camborne Police Enquiry Office (Cornwall based students) are now open for registrations and updates. You must follow Covid secure arrangements such as wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing. 

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. Detailed below are in person and online sessions for you to attend. Please also watch these presentations: 

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