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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.


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 2018 induction timetable

17 - 28 September
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.
19 - 20 SeptemberHeathrow, Cardiff and Bristol airportsCoach 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 SeptemberMain BuildingArrivals 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.
21 September
09:00 - 14:00
The Study,
Students' Union
Information Fair
A variety of stalls with information on the support services available to students.
21 September
10:00 - 12:30 
Council Chamber, Glamorgan BuildingParents' Talk
For students bringing family with them, this talk will welcome and inform everyone.
21 September
14:00 - 16:00 
Outside the Students' UnionCity Tours
One hour tours at 14:00 and 15:00 that will take students to see some of the sights of the city.
22 September
15:00 - 17:00 
Outside the Students' UnionPark Walk
A guided walk around Cardiff’s beautiful Bute Park (if the sun is shining!).
22 September
17:00 - 19:00 
The Study,
Students' Union 
Afternoon Tea
Traditional food and drink, with a chance to meet fellow students.
23 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.
23 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
19:30 - 22:00 
The Study,
Students' Union 
Film Night
Relax and watch a classic film with other new students.
24 September
18:00 - 20:00 
National Museum Wales
CF10 3NP 
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.
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25 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!
26 September
17:00 - 20:00 
Kongs Bar, St Mary Street
CF10 1DY 
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.