Student Support Services

International students are fully supported at the University of Surrey

The International Office

The International Office provides information and support for international students at the university, whether they are UK students going abroad to study, or overseas students who have come to study at the University of Surrey.

The International office currently helps students from 145 different nationalities in all aspects of life at the University of Surrey, including; immigration; work permits; police registration; opening bank accounts; part-time work and liaison with embassies and high commissions overseas.

Settling in

When you start at the University of Surrey, it will probably be your first time living on your own way from home. When you start you can join a programme of activities designed to introduce you to various aspects of the University and your new student life. You will meet staff and other students, take campus tours, join the Library, the Students’ Union, sports clubs and societies.

On Arrivals Day you will be greeted by ‘Freshers Angels’ (the student helpers) who help you find your way around and provide a friendly and welcoming point of contact. This helps settle you in very quickly, as from your first day you are immersed in our friendly campus environment.

Senior Residents are appointed within the student residences, and can give you the benefit of their experience at the University to ensure you have an enjoyable time.

Read pre-arrival information for new ISC students.

Being an international student

Your personal tutor

When you start your degree course, the University will assign you with a personal tutor who will give you both academic and personal guidance. They will oversee your performance and progress and will be available to meet you for regular discussions.

Student Care Services

Student Care Services provides free, confidential and comprehensive support to all students. It comprises three areas:
Student Advice and Information Service: offers all students information and advice on a range of issues, including financial matters and budgeting.
Health Centre: open throughout the year, the Health Centre has medical and nursing staff for students needing care, and promotes healthy living and well-being.
Counselling Centre: professionally qualified counsellors are on hand to deal with a wide range of personal, cultural and emotional concerns.

Religious and spiritual support

The University of Surrey is a vibrant multi-faith, multicultural community. People of every kind of spirituality, along with those who do not consider themselves 'religious' or 'spiritual', are respected. A network of chaplains, drawn from a range of spiritual traditions and religious communities, can help you access the support you need during your time at the University. Facilities are available on campus for quiet contemplation, worship and prayer for individuals and groups.

Students with disabilities

Support services are provided for students with additional needs. Among these are special examination arrangements, dyslexia screening and one-to-one learning support. The Assistive Technology Centre houses workstations with specialist software for dyslexic students, a document-reading scanner and a screen magnification and reading program for visually impaired students. For further information, visit Additional Learning Support.

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