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Welcome International students!

Here's everything you need to know about arrival, International Orientation Day and Welcome Week as a new international student at Bath Spa.

Before you arrive

Step 1: confirm your offer of study

If your application is successful, you'll receive a conditional or an unconditional offer of study from us. You'll then need to confirm your offer.

Email internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk letting them know that you accept your offer of study.

Once you've confirmed your offer, we can provide you with all the information you need before you can begin your studies with us. Find out more.

Step 2: join our Facebook group for applicants

Meet other students before you arrive  - join our Facebook group for new students where you can also ask us questions and find out more about studying at Bath Spa.

Step 3: check your visa information

If you require a visa to study in the UK, please make sure that you read this page thoroughly. It contains all the information you need to know about arranging your visa and obtaining a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Step 4: pay any outstanding fees

Please check if you are required to pay your tuition fee or a deposit before you can begin your studies with us. If you're making an international transfer, you can use Flywire. Find out how to pay, or email our Finance team via myfinance@bathspa.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Step 5: apply for accommodation

You need to confirm your offer of study before you can apply for student accommodation. If you haven't applied for accommodation yet, please contact our team as soon as possible at accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk. More information on how to apply is available on our accommodation pages.

Please note: when you receive your accommodation contract it will start on 22 September, but you'll be able to move in when you arrive.

How to choose accommodation?

The University has several campuses in different areas of Bath, Corsham and Bristol. We advise that you select accommodation that's close to the campus where your lessons will take place. Please note:

  • If you have a disability, please make sure that you declare this on your application form, so that we can fully support you.
  • If you're a postgraduate or a mature student, we'll do our best to place you in accommodation with like-minded students, but we can't guarantee that we'll be able to do this.
  • You also have the option to choose private accommodation. You can get more information via the accommodation team: accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk.

Learn more about University accommodation prices and options.

Step 6: book your flights and complete our Arrivals Form

Your arrival date is Thursday 20 September. Please complete the Arrivals Form as soon as possible, so that we know when you'll be arriving. The deadline for sending this information is 1 September.

Step 7: read the welcome brochure

Wondering what to expect from your first week? Need to know where to shop and what to get? Find all you need in our Welcome Guide for international students.

Step 8: register online

We advise that you complete online registration before you arrive (if you're not able to complete all the sections, don't worry - you can also finish this process during International Orientation Day or Registration Weekend, and we'll be happy to help you).

Step 9: what to bring

A range of shops are available in Bath and the nearby city of Bristol. For advice on what to bring and what not to bring, see our checklist. For tips on managing your money, see our budgeting guide.

Important dates

20 September

Arrive at the airport

On 20 September 2018, we'll provide a meet-and-greet service between 9.00am and 6.00pm at London Heathrow and Bristol Airport.

Please complete the Arrivals Form as soon as possible, so that we know when you'll be arriving.

We'll meet you and direct you to a National Express bus that will take you to Bath. Please check the details of your accommodation before booking. 

Once you've booked your flight, please make sure that you book your bus transfer as soon as possible (at least three days before the arrival date). We'll send you further instructions by email at the beginning of September.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, please make sure you also read this guide to know what documents to bring in your hand luggage.

21 September

International Orientation Day

You're invited to join our International Orientation Day on Friday 21 September.

Starting at 10am on Newton Park campus, the day will give you important information on living and working in the UK, things to do in Bath, and how to make the most of your student experience. You can find a detailed timetable of activities in our Welcome Guide.

22 and 23 September

Registration Weekend

All new undergraduate students must visit the Commons Building at Newton Park Campus over Registration Weekend (22-23 September) - see our undergraduate arrivals page for full details. Here you can complete your online registration if you haven't already done so, and you'll also be required to enrol in person.

If you're a non-EU international student, you'll be required to see our Visa Compliance team to have your documents checked and enrolment confirmed. For more information, see visa information for new students.

"I'll be waiting for you in Heathrow's Terminal 3. If you're having difficulty finding me please look out for our Ambassadors in blue or speak to any of the airport help staff. See you soon!"

Paola Bassindale, International Recruitment Officer

"Look for me at Heathrow on 20 September!"

Emma D'Arcy, International Advisor

When you get here

Step 1: complete additional steps for your visa

If you're an overseas student outside the EU with a visa, you'll need to complete some additional steps:

  1. Collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card
  2. Enrol in-person
  3. Register with the police.

More information is available on our Arriving page.

Step 2: open a bank account

You should open a UK bank account as soon as possible after arrival. Find more on our Finance pages.

Step 3: plan your journeys around Bath

Find out more about travel in Bath, including how to buy a bus pass (if you need one), and how to move between the city centre, your main campus, and any other teaching sites. You may also want to explore Bath, Bristol and the surrounding areas, too.

Step 4: enjoy Welcome Week

During your first week as a new international student at Bath Spa, you'll be able to join a range of activities as part of Welcome Week and Freshers' Week.

This is a great opportunity to meet other students, find out more about the Students' Union and have fun (find out more on the Students' Union website).

Step 5: learn more about education in the UK

You may find it difficult to adjust to the education system at a UK university, especially if English is not your first language.

Don't worry - we're here to support you. Our English Language Unit provides personalised language support to help you meet any challenges with confidence.

We also have plenty of resources and additional support available through our Library.

The International Office is always here to support you whatever issues you may be having. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Still have questions?

Contact us today if you have any questions about life at Bath Spa as an international student and we'll be happy to help.

Email: international@bathspa.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1225 875777

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