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Induction and Orientation programmes

We take great care to help you settle into your new way of life in Cardiff by organising a range of induction and orientation activities.

Induction

Upon arrival, you will be given a welcome pack of information which includes details of your induction programme. This consists of a range of social events as well as practical advice, such as important enrolment and financial tasks that you need to do when you first arrive and before your studies begin.

Depending on what time of year you arrive in Cardiff, the programme of events can include:

  • parties
  • welcome talks
  • practical advice and information sessions
  • sports and societies fairs
  • quizzes
  • tours of the University campus and the city.

All these events are designed to offer you a chance to meet other international, Erasmus+ and Study Abroad/ exchange students and to give you the best possible start to help you settle as easily as possible into your new life in Cardiff.

Something for everyone

There are different events organised for international students, Erasmus+ and Study Abroad / exchange students to help you when you arrive in Cardiff, so it is important to check that you have the correct timetable when you are given your induction pack.

September 2019 induction timetable

Date / Time
LocationEvent
16 - 27 September
09:00 - 16:30
The Study,
Students' Union

International Arrivals Lounge

The International Arrivals Lounge is an exclusive space in the Students’ Union building for international students. You will have access to information and guidance, banks, the Police and staff from the International Student Support team to help you during your first days at Cardiff University.

16 September -
3 October
Students' Union
4th Floor
Park Place
Cardiff
CF10 3AT

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Collection

You'll be notified by email when your BRP is ready for collection. Please don't attempt to collect it before you receive this email. You will need to collect your BRP within 10 days of your arrival in the UK, or within 10 days of the BRP becoming available from the University, whichever is latest.

Once you've done that, you can collect your Cardiff University student card.

6 September -
3 October 
Students' Union
4th Floor
Park Place
Cardiff
CF10 3AT

Student ID Card Collection

Your student ID card offers proof of identity, library and e-learning access and the ability to gain entry to University buildings. Once you have completed your online enrolment and collected your BRP (if applicable), you must collect your Student ID card. You'll need to pick up your card in person within two weeks of your course start date.

18 - 19 SeptemberHeathrow, Cardiff and Bristol Airports

Coach Collection Service

Our free Coach Collection Service available for new international and EU students runs on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September 2019 from Heathrow and Cardiff airports. A meet and greet service is offered at Bristol airport.

20 September
10:00 - 12:30
Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building

Parents' Talk

For students bringing family with them, this talk will welcome and inform everyone.

20 September
14:00 - 16:00
Outside Students' Union

City Tours

One hour tours at 14:00 and 15:00 that will take students to see some of the sights of the city.

21 September
15:00 - 17:00

Main Building Car Park Park Place

Park Walk

A guided walk around Cardiff’s beautiful Bute Park (if the sun is shining!).

21 September
17:00 - 19:00
The Study, Students' Union

Afternoon Tea

Traditional food and drink, with a chance to meet fellow students.

22 September
09:45 - 14:30
The Study, Students' Union

Welcome Talks

Talks on a range of topics, from University staff, the Students’ Union, police and banks.

22 September
18:00 - 19:30
The Study, Students' Union

Under 18s Welcome Party

An opportunity for younger students to meet and enjoy some refreshments.

23 September
18:00 - 20:00
Temple of Peace King Edward VII Ave Cardiff CF10 3AP

Vice-Chancellor's Welcome Reception

Meet other new students, and learn about life at Cardiff and the dedicated services available from our Student Support Team. Refreshments, including canapes and traditional Welsh food, will be provided. Book your place

24 September
19:00 - late
The Study,
Students' Union

The Great British Quiz Night

Want to test your knowledge of all things British? Come along to our Great British Quiz night for your chance to win some great prizes. Working in groups of  4-5, you will have plenty of opportunity to meet fellow students and have fun!

Please check this page regularly as rooms and start times may change.

If you have any questions relating to this page please email internationalarrivals@cardiff.ac.uk, with the subject line of International Events 2019.