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Coming to Cardiff

What is the induction programme?

The 2 week Induction and Freshers’ Programme consists of a range of social events as well as other important enrolment and financial tasks that you need to do when you first arrive and before your studies begin. All these events are designed to give you the best possible start and aimed at helping you settle as easily as possible into your new life in Cardiff. The programme of events include parties, welcome talks, an information, sports and societies fairs, quizzes, tours of the University campus and the city as well as all the administrative tasks of enrolment, opening a bank account and police registration.

Are the events free?

All international student events are free, except the international student party, (tickets £5), taking place on Friday 18 September. To attend any of the Freshers’ social events in the Students Union, you will need to buy a Freshers’ wrist band. For more information on where to buy the freshers’ wrist band, how much it costs and what it includes see:

We recommended that you plan to attend as many events as possible. Studies show that international students that participate in induction events settle better into their new lifestyle in the UK.

Need help?

International Student Help Desk
Date: Monday 14 September - Friday 25 September 2015
Time: Everyday, 09.30 – 17.00
Venue: 2nd floor entrance to Students’ Union (Campus Map 38)

When you arrive in Cardiff, if you aren't sure if you need to attend any of the induction events or are feeling lost? Can’t find what you are looking for? Want to know where you should be next? How you do something? Where you can buy something for your accommodation? The Staff on the International Student Help Desk will be happy to answer all your questions and save you having to go to too many different places to get help.

For a full timetable of events relevant to you see: