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International Students

Erasmus Students

Induction and Orientation for International Students

Arriving in a new place can be a challenging and exciting experience!

At Cardiff, we take great care to help you settle into your new way of life in the University by organising a range of induction activities. At these events you will find all the information, fun and friends you need to settle easily into UK life.

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: http://www.cardiffstudents.com/

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.

When is the induction programme?

The induction programme starts immediately after the free airport pick up service on Friday 18 September – Sunday 27 September 2015.

The majority of undergraduate and taught postgraduates courses on the Cardiff University Cathays campus start on Monday 28 September, but you will need to arrive on Wednesday 16 or Thursday 17 September in order to attend all the induction and fresher events and to complete the essential enrolment and admin before your course starts.

There are different events organised for you if you are an Erasmus Student or Study Abroad / International Exchange Student.

What are the induction programme events?

Here are the key events organised for International and European students, coming from outside the UK.

To find the locations you'll need to use the Campus Map

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Collection

Date: Wednesday 2 September - Thursday 1 October, including Saturday 19 September and Sunday 20 September
Time: 09:30-16:00
Venue: Students' Union (campus map.38)

For all students (Cathays and Heath Campus) who have requested to collect their BRP from Cardiff University. Please wait until you have received an email confirming your BRP is ready for collection. You must bring your passport and original BRP letter. You should collect your BRP before collecting your ID card.

International Student Help Desk

Date: Monday 14 September - Friday 25 September
Time: Everyday 09:30-17:00
Venue: In the Food Court on the 2nd floor of the Students' Union

Need help? Want to know where you should be next? How you do something? Where you can buy something for your room? The friendly team on the help desk can answer all these queries and will save you having to go to too many different places to get help.

Online Enrolment Support

Date: Monday 14 September - Thursday 1 October
Time: Weekdays 09:30-16:30, Sat 19 & Sun 20 September 10:00-16:00
Venue: Students' Union

If you are studying at the Heath Hospital- staff and computers are available:

Date: Monday 21 September - Wednesday 23 September
Time: 09:00-16:30
Venue: Heath Sports and Social Club

Student ID Card Collection

Date: Monday 14 September - Thursday 1 October
Time: Weekdays 09:30-16:30, Sat 19 & Sun 20 September 10:00-16:00
Venue: Students' Union

After you have enrolled online, you need to collect your ID card from the Students’ Union– bring your passport (essential). If you are studying at the Heath Hospital you can collect your ID cards:

Date: Monday 21 September - Wednesday 23 September
Time: 09:30-16:30
Venue: Heath Sports and Social Club

Bank Letter Service

Date: Monday 14 September - Thursday 1 October
Time: Weekdays 09:30-16:30, Sat 19 & Sun 20 September 10:00-16:00
Venue: Students' Union

A letter is essential for opening a UK bank account (together with your passport). Staff can also advise on which banks and types of accounts are available and how to open an account.

Coach Collection Service

Date: Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 September
Time: TBC
Venue: Heathrow and Cardiff Airports

Cardiff University offers a free coach collection service from Heathrow and Cardiff airports on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17th September. Find out more here: Coach Collection 2015.

International Student Information Fair

Date: Friday 18 September
Time: 09:30-14:00
Venue: Great Hall, Students' Union
Price: Free

Need help on connecting to the internet or phoning home, registering with the police or doctor in Cardiff. Want to open a bank account or find out how to get a part-time job? Then come to the fair! You'll also be able to buy tickets for the (International Students) Welcome Party. There will be a bric-a-brac stall as well for you to buy items for your room or flat.

Parents' Welcome Talk

Date: Friday 18 September
Time: 11:00-12:30
Venue: Council Chamber, Main Building
Price: Free

Your parents will receive a warm welcome to the University from the Deputy Director of the International Office.

Walking Tour Discover Cardiff

Date: Friday 18 September
Time: Meet at 14.00
Meet: Main Building, Museum Avenue
Price: Free tour on foot!

Explore the City of Cardiff on a fact-finding walking tour with fellow student guides!

International Students' Welcome Party

Date: Friday 18 September
Time: 19:30-23:00
Venue:Great Hall, Students' Union
Price: £5

Experience a warm Welsh welcome, meet fellow international students and have a fantastic evening learning the Twmpath - Welsh folk dancing! There are only 250 tickets available, so book early! Tickets can be bought from the International Student Help Desk and the box office in Students Union, at the Information fair or online at: www.cardiffstudents.com

Welcome and Information Talks

Date: Saturday 19 September and repeated Sunday 20 September
Time: 12:00-14:00
Venue:Great Hall, Students' Union
Price: Free

Important that you attend these talks! You'll find out what you should be doing now you've arrived. You'll get advice on how to adapt to life in Cardiff, including how to get online and help with your computer, where to register with the police or a doctor and all about Induction & Freshers' events, and much more!

Open Air Double-decker Bus Tour of the City and Cardiff Bay

Date: Saturday 19 September and Sunday 20 September
Pick up: Main Entrance to Cardiff Castle
Price: Discounted £5 ticket with password "international"

Enjoy a 1-hour guided bus tour of the beautiful city. Bus tours start at 10.00 and leave every 30 minutes until 16.00.

Police Registration Service

Date: Monday 21 September - Friday 25 September
Time: 09:30-16:45 and Monday 28, Wednesday 30 and Friday 2 October 09:30 - 16.45
Venue: International Office, 2-4 Park Grove
Price: Police registration fee is £34

Avoid having to queue for hours to register by making your appointment in advance at International Student help desk or at Information Fair on Friday 18 September or at the International Office from Monday 21 September.

Walking Campus Tours

Cathays Campus Tour

Date: Monday 21 September
Time: 1st tour starts at 10.00 and is repeated at 11.30, 13.00 and 15.00
Meet: Front of the Main Building, Museum Avenue
Price: Free

Heath Campus Tour

Date: Monday 21 September
Time: 11:00
Meet: Ground floor outside of Cochrane Library
Price: Free

Welcome to Cardiff Central Library

Date: Tuesday 22 September
Time: 19:00
Venue: Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes
Price: Free

Find out what books, CDs and DVD'syou can borrow for free at Cardiff library.Have a tour of the library, experience some entertainment and enjoy some delicious Welsh food

Complete Enrolment, Obtain your Student ID card and Bank letters

Date: Monday 7 September
Time: 13.00 – 16.00
Venue: Students’ Union, 4th Floor, Room J (Aveurin Bevan) (campus map. 38)

To arrange private accommodation you’ll need to enrol, have a student ID card and bank account. So bring your EU ID card or passport (essential) to complete enrolment and collect your student ID card and bank letters.

Housing Advice and Welcome Talks

Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 09.30 – 11.30
Venue: Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms 1&2 (campus map. 49)
Price: Free

Need help to find private accommodation? Come along to useful talks to receive valuable advice on looking for private accommodation in Cardiff. Staff will available to answer any questions.

Housing Advice and Help

Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 14.00-–15.00
Date: Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 September
Time: 11.00 – 12.00
Venue: Global Opportunity Centre, 37 Park Place (campus map.41)

Staff will be available to help you if you have queries about finding your private accommodation.

Erasmus+ Welcome Evening

Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 19.00 till late
Venue: The Woodville Pub (http://www.screampubs.co.uk/thewoodvillecardiff/)
Price: Free

Have a drink and a chat with your fellow students and students from the ESN Society. Perhaps meet your new house mate?!

Discover Cardiff Tour

Date: Thursday 10 September
Time: 13.00 – 16.00
Venue: Front of the Main Building, Museum Avenue (campus map. 39)
Price: Free tour and refreshments!

Explore Cardiff with your fellow student tour guides. After the tour, come back to the University for free refreshments!

International Student Help Desk

Date: Monday 14 September – Friday 25 September
Time: Everyday: 09.30 – 17.00
Venue: Food Court, 2nd floor, Students’ Union (campus map. 38)

Need help? Want to know where you should be next? How you do something? Where you can buy something for your room? The friendly team on the help desk can answer all these queries and will save you having to go to too many different places to get help.

Other Activities

In the 3rd and 4th week of September there are lots of new activities taking place in the Students’ Union for all new students. These activities are organised just for you and are intended to give you an idea of what life at Cardiff is like. They also give you the opportunity to meet new friends and settle in before the busy first week of term.

Postgraduate Welcome Events

There are a wide range of activities organised for all postgraduate students from Monday 21 September.

For more information about all these events see: Postgrad Welcome Events website.

You will receive a welcome pack when you arrive in Cardiff University. In this pack will be a timetable of events. You can also pick up a pack from the International Student Help Desk on the 2nd floor the students' union.

For more information on what's happening you can also see:
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/new/faqs/index.html

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