International Orientation

Welcome to your global community of students and staff. This international orientation will guide you through information you’ll need as you begin your journey as an international student at Leeds.  

Please note, this information was last updated on 13 November 2020 and is correct for students arriving now and for programmes starting in January 2021. Please check back regularly for updates.

International Student Welcome session – Tuesdays 1 and 15 December 6pm 

Join the International Student Office team for an interactive online session to welcome you to your global community at Leeds. You can meet other new students and hear about opportunities to make the most of your international experience. 
The next sessions will take place on Tuesdays 1 and 15 December at 6pm GMT and will last one hour. This session is repeated regularly and this page will be updated when new sessions become available.
Sign up here so we can send you a link to the session. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you are preparing to arrive in Leeds: 

What to do if you have questions: 

  • If you have any questions about arriving in Leeds or need immediate help when you first arrive, contact the International Arrivals helpdesk (East Entrance, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building)

  • International Arrivals helpdesk service hours (open 7 days a week)
    • Until 23 December 2020: helpdesk and email 9am - 5pm. Phone 9am – 8pm 
    • 24 - 27 December 2020: email and phone for urgent support 9am – 8pm 
    • From 28th December 2020:   helpdesk, email and phone 8am – 8pm  
  • For other questions about getting started, contact the Student Information Helpline (available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
    • Email studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk 
    • Call +44 (0)113 343 7000 (from outside of the UK)
    • Call 0800 915 0402 (from inside the UK – this is free phone number, and you won’t be charged for calling this from your mobile or landline).
  • You can also talk directly to current student ambassadors to find out about their experiences 

Support from our current student ambassadors:

Our friendly team of Link to Leeds ambassadors can tell you more about student life, help answer any questions you have, and help you meet other new students.

Coronavirus information and support

When you start, all new students need to:  

  • Read the key information for new students, including information about online registration, online IT induction, and module enrolment  

  • Read your International Welcome Guide 

  • For all taught students, explore your Getting Started at Leeds or Transition to Leeds guides. Access these resources through the ‘Learn’ tab in Minerva or by following the links given in this key information for new students

  • Attend your school induction or research induction (you will receive information from your school about this) 

Key things you'll need to do when you arrive in Leeds: 

We know there’s lots to organise when you first arrive and it can feel a bit overwhelming. Take some time to read about the processes you’ll need to complete. You can start and complete many of them online.

For those processes that require you to attend in person, it is understood by the University and external organisations, that anyone self-isolating will complete face-to-face processes when they have finished self-isolation. You can find more information about the different start-up processes, including what you can do while you are self-isolating, on these pages.

We know that you’ll want to find out about:  

You may also be looking for information about:  

We’ve also got advice on these important areas: 

We also want to help you to meet new people and make the most of your experience as an international student (whether you are online or in Leeds)  

Being part of the Global Community at Leeds gives an amazing and perhaps unique opportunity to try new things and get to know people from many different backgrounds, bringing you a world of ideas and experiences. There’s also lots to explore and join in with online if you are self-isolating when you arrive.