What is International Orientation?
International Orientation is a mandatory programme designed to provide you with all the information and advice needed to get the best out of your time at Ulster. These sessions include an introduction to living in Northern Ireland and life at Ulster University. You'll have the opportunity to meet with current international students and the staff who will be supporting you during your time here at Ulster.
When should I arrive?
You should arrive no later than the latest date of enrolment stated on your CAS. You should aim to be in the UK in advance of this to ensure you are prepared and have everything completed before teaching starts. It is mandatory that you attend your Course Induction and International Orientation. These will take place the week before classes commence.
When is my Course Induction?
Each programme will have a different Course Induction where you will meet your Course Director and classmates. For details of when yours will take place, please refer to your Joining Instructions email or search for your course on our Welcome to UU Webpage.
How can I get to my campus?
If you are a new student and arriving during our specified arrivals period, you can avail of our meet and greet service at Belfast City and Belfast International airports. You'll find details of how you can book this in our pre-arrival communication to you. If you are not arriving during the specified arrivals period or are planning to make your own travel arrangements to campus accommodation, you can access further information through our alternative transport guides.
Can I bring dependents with me?
Generally speaking, only students on full-time post-graduate taught courses can bring dependents. UKCISA provides a full guide to bringing dependents including who can be a dependent, their work rights, the financial requirements and education for children.
How early can I arrive in the UK?
You can arrive up to 1 month before your course start date, if your course lasts more than 6 months. However, you must not travel to the UK before the start date of your visa, no matter when your course starts or your nationality.
What are my options if I am unable to travel to the UK before the last date on my CAS?
If you are not able to arrive by the last date of arrival shown on your CAS please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and we will a let you know your options.
I think my fees are incorrect, what should I do?
Firstly check your offer letter, where you find details of your fees. If you have any questions regarding your fees or of discounts you can contact the Fees team directly email@example.com
What can I do to get ready for coming to the university?
We will send you a series of emails once you have confirmed your place with us. These emails will provide next steps such as enrolling online, information about accommodation and travelling to the UK. Before every intake we run a series of pre-arrival webinars for students about to start their courses with us. We will invite you to join by email.
You will also have received information about our Ulster University preparation programme, UUni Ready. It is extremely important that you complete this programme before you commence your studies at Ulster. In doing so, you will have a greater understanding of the UK university education system and how assessments are undertaken at Ulster. You will also have an understanding of the many levels of support that are in place for you as an international student.
Where can I find out about the rules for travelling to Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland is a part of the UK. It is your responsibility to carefully check the UK government’s rules for entering the UK, to ensure you comply fully with the regulations.
Should I let you know when I am arriving?
The University requires you to complete our online form with details of your travel arrangements and contact address, so we are aware when you will be joining us. This form will be sent to you as part of our pre-arrival communications.
What else do I need to bring?
In addition to your qualifications, CAS document and passport, you will need to bring your own laptop or similar device to access our online teaching platforms. PCs are also available across our 3 campuses.