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.
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:
- welcome talks
- practical advice and information sessions
- sports and societies fairs
- 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 2018 induction timetable
|17 - 28 September|
|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.
|19 - 20 September||Heathrow, Cardiff and Bristol airports||Coach Collection Service|
Our free Coach Collection Service available for new international and EU students runs on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2018 from Heathrow and Cardiff airports. A meet and greet service is offered at Bristol airport.
|19 - 20 September||Main Building||Arrivals Lounge|
For students arriving on our Coach Collection Service, you will be dropped off at our Arrivals Lounge in Main Building where staff will help you to get to your accommodation and assist with any other queries you may have. If you have any questions about accommodation, our Residences team will be on hand to help.
09:00 - 14:00
A variety of stalls with information on the support services available to students.
10:00 - 12:30
|Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building||Parents' Talk|
For students bringing family with them, this talk will welcome and inform everyone.
14:00 - 16:00
|Outside the 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.
15:00 - 17:00
|Outside the Students' Union||Park Walk|
A guided walk around Cardiff’s beautiful Bute Park (if the sun is shining!).
17:00 - 19:00
Traditional food and drink, with a chance to meet fellow students.
09:45 - 14:30
Talks on a range of topics, from university staff, the Students’ Union, police and banks.
18:00 - 19:30
|Under 18s Welcome Party|
An opportunity for younger students to meet and enjoy some refreshments.
19:30 - 22:00
Relax and watch a classic film with other new students.
18:00 - 20:00
|National Museum Wales|
|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.
19:00 - late
|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!
17:00 - 20:00
|Kongs Bar, St Mary Street|
|Erasmus+ and International Exchange Student Welcome Event|
A fun evening of ping-pong and retro arcade games where you will have the chance to meet the committee members and get to know fellow Erasmus+ and International Exchange students newly arrived in Cardiff.