Before you arrive

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. We have created a useful guide and compiled a list below of the top three most frequently asked questions.

Your first week

If you are starting in September, term starts on Monday 24th September 2018. Please arrive at 09:00 to start your induction at the International Study Centre.

During your first week at the International Study Centre we organise events and activities to help you settle in. This is called ‘induction’. Your Induction Programme is a complete introduction to the UK, the University and the International Study Centre.

Find out about visas

After you confirm your offer at the University of Surrey International Study Centre, the next step is to apply for a visa if you require one.

Depending on the course you are applying for, and your country of residence, there are difference visas you can apply for. Take the UK visas questionnaire to find out which type of visa you need.

Britain is home to residents from around the world, giving it a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. You’ll soon be able to adapt to a whole variety of situations, from understanding British etiquette and slang to cooking your own food and going out with your new friends.

It won’t take you long to make friends, but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your classmates and build new friendships. There are also many societies you can join to meet people with similar interests to you.

The UK is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find just what you want.

Tips for studying in the UK

View our guide

Read our arrival guide to find help for planning your journey, what to pack and what it’s like to live and study in the UK.

Campus map

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Download our campus map to help you find your way around when you arrive.


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Find out tuition fees for all International Study Centre programmes, plus accommodation costs and additional fees.

How to pay

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Viewing and paying your fees is fast, simple and secure. Pay online now.


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Fill out our online application form to apply to study at the the University of Surrey International Study Centre.