International orientation programme

We know it's important for you to settle in quickly. The welcome and orientation programme gives you all the information you'll need to get started and make Leeds your new home.

Whenever you arrive, there are many places where you can ask questions and speak to our team. We offer welcome talks throughout the year to introduce you to studying at the University and living in Leeds.

You'll get a copy of the Your Arrival guide in your international welcome pack, which you can collect when you arrive. In the guide there's information about what to do when you arrive and details of events and activities you can attend.

Whenever you arrive, key things you'll need to do are:

Arriving in January

In January we have a number of orientation events and talks for new Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus+ students to make sure you get all the information you need. Our range of social activities can help you find your way around and meet other students who have just arrived.

Full details of the welcome programme of events and activities will be listed here in early January 2020.

Arriving in September

If you arrive from 12 - 27 September 2019, visit the International Student Information Point in the Michael Sadler Building, any day including weekends, between 9am and 5pm, to collect an international welcome pack and sign up for a welcome talk, to help you get started. Our welcome team can also help answer any questions you may have about:

  • University registration
  • opening a bank account
  • finding accommodation
  • registering with a doctor
  • food and shopping
  • local transport
  • student life in Leeds.

If you use the Meet and Greet service when you arrive, you can collect your welcome pack from our Meet and Greet team. We recommend you also visit the International Student Information Point soon after you arrive to get started.

If you arrive in September 2019 before or after the International Student Information Point is available, visit the International Student Office on level 11 of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building (weekdays only) to collect your welcome pack and sign up for a welcome talk. These will provide you with information to help you to get started and enjoy your time in Leeds.

The International Student Orientation sessions provide essential information about immigration and other UK regulations, studying in the UK, cultural adjustment, and the support and opportunities available to help you get the most out of your time in Leeds.

Arriving at other times

If you are a postgraduate researcher, sign up for a welcome talk with the International Student Office. You can also collect your international welcome pack from the International Student Office enquiry desk.

If you're a Language Centre arriving before or after September, check your programme for details of your welcome talk and orientation session. You'll receive emails about this before you arrive.

At any time of the year, you can explore the Feeling at Home in Leeds online guides to hear about students' experiences and advice about settling in, making friends, and making the most of all aspects of University life.

Orientation Sessions, Welcome activities and social events

The International Student Orientation sessions provide essential information about immigration and other UK regulations, studying in the UK, cultural adjustment, and the support and opportunities available to help you get the most out of your time in Leeds.

If you were not able to attend one of the International Student Orientation sessions in September, you can download the Presentation Slides for all sessions (PDF)

If you require the presentation in an alternative format, please contact us at globalcommunity@leeds.ac.uk

When you first arrive, there will be many opportunities to meet new people and take part in activities. You'll be able to explore campus and relax and meet new friends at Global Cafe, as well as enjoy a range of activities in the students' union.

For a full list of social events, activities and evening entertainment, check out Leeds University Union's website and our Global Community webpages. Check the Give it a Go programme and opportunities to get involved, which run all year round.

If you're a Study Abroad, Erasmus+ or Exchange student arriving in January 2019, you'll receive emails before you come to Leeds to find out what events and activities are happening when you arrive.