University of Surrey International Study Centre
As 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, and what you should do before you arrive.
To help you plan your journey and make sure you enjoy your time with us, we have prepared some checklists and practical information to support you.
Please contact us if you still have any questions. If you applied directly through our online application form, your Student Enrolment Advisor is available to answer any questions you have about what to expect when you arrive in Surrey. You can ask for advice on anything from what you should pack in your bag, to how to organise airport transfers. We can also provide you with pre-arrival reading and preparation materials so you are fully prepared for your study abroad adventure (available on selected courses and at International Study Centres only).
Download our 2019 Induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information about being a student at Surrey.
If you are starting in September, term starts on Monday 30th September 2019. Please arrive at 9am to start your induction at the International Study Centre.
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.
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Your first week at the International Study Centre will be busy so it's important that you arrive in the UK in time to take part. The centre staff arrange events and activities as part of your induction programme to help you settle in, meet your new classmates and learn more about your programme.
Your induction programme will introduce you to living and studying in the UK, the University and the International Study Centre. You will get the chance to explore the campus, get to know Guildford and make new friends.
Other activities during induction week include:
Discover more about what you'll be doing in your first week.
All students staying in University residences will be required to attend the accommodation welcome talk.
Studying abroad at the International Study Centre is a new and exciting chapter of your life. Find out how to the most of your time as a student with us.
Our friendly staff want to make you feel at home at the International Study Centre. Read our advice on how you can cope when experiencing homesickness.
The United Kingdom is home to people from different countries and cultures around the world. People are friendly and welcoming, and the towns and cities across the country are multicultural and each have their own unique character. It may take you a while to get used to British etiquette and slang, but the staff at the centre will help you get settled.
The ISC runs events throughout the year to help you meet other students and make new friends. 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 and specialist food shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also a wide range of restaurants available in Guildford that serve different foods from around the world.
We asked some of our International Study Centre students to share some of their best tips and tricks to get the best experience while studying abroad.
Download our campus map to help you find your way around when you arrive.
"I always wanted to study abroad – it was one of the things I wanted to achieve in my life. Studying abroad is not just about getting a certificate or a degree – you also understand other cultures."
from United Arab Emirates
Studied International Foundation Year - Engineering, Mathematics and Science
Find out about tuition fees for all International Study Centre programmes, plus accommodation and additional costs.
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Fill out our online application form to apply to study at the the University of Surrey International Study Centre.