International Orientation

Welcome to Leeds! Our international orientation programme will help you make the best possible start in Leeds. Whenever you arrive, you’ll be able to join talks, tours and social events to help you feel at home and meet new people. 

International Orientation

This page was last updated on Monday 3 October with events and activities available this week. 

What is international orientation?

International orientation is the perfect way to find out more about the University of Leeds and about living in the UK, join in social activities and tours and meet new and current Leeds students. Whenever you arrive, we’ll help you: 

  • Find essential information and learn about opportunities to make the most of your international experience in Leeds.

  • Discover our campus and the city.

  • Meet other students, make connections and start settling in.

When is International Orientation?

Our main international orientation week took place from Monday 19 until Friday 23 September 2022 –  with webinars and social spaces initiatives being available from Thursday 15 September.

During this time, we delivered our in-person main orientation talk, live online webinars, campus tours and a wide range of social events in collaboration with Leeds University Union.

From Monday 26 September and throughout the year, there’ll still be sessions and social activities that you can join.

You’ll be able to attend our main international orientation online and join in social activities, campus tours and events delivered throughout the year. 

If you missed our live webinars and would like to catch up in your own time, download our presentation slides or watch a recording of our sessions on our International Orientation resources page.

Check the programme sections below for details on what’s on offer in September and beyond.

International orientation – view programme by theme

Live or on-demand, we have a range of talks, tours and social activities you can join live or watch in your own time.

See details of activities and events, as well as exact locations in the International orientation programme by date section below.

Main international orientation talk 

Attend our main orientation session for essential information about living in the UK, including support and opportunities to help you make the most of living and studying in Leeds. We’ll also explore ways to take care of yourself (and each other) as you adapt to culture and lifestyle changes. 

Join our main international orientation talk online. Sign up for our online international orientation talk on Friday 7 October (10am-12pm).

Live online webinars

Our online webinars cover topics such as money and banking; healthcare and wellbeing; disability; adapting to lifestyle changes and finding out more about support services on campus, which we delivered as part of our main international orientation talk.

Check our International Orientation resources page to download our webinar slides and listen to a recording of our sessions in your own time.

Social spaces and events 

Social Spaces – Meet and chat with new and current students. Find out what it’s like to be a Leeds student and enjoy free refreshments. 

Our social spaces on campus will give you the chance to meet new people or simply meet up with friends you’ve already made, enjoy conversations and free refreshments! During International Orientation, we hosted Welcome Lounge and Global Café every week day from 15 until 30 September.

Our Global Café events are available throughout the year, every Monday from 5.30 until 7.30pm in LUU Common Ground. Global Café is for everyone from everywhere. Whether you’re a home or international student, meet new people or simply meet up with your friends at this event. Everyone’s welcome!

Social events – Live shows and events 

During international orientation week we offered a wide range of events in collaboration with Leeds University Union to welcome new international students on our campus.

Past events included LUU British Tea Party; LUU Karaoke Welcome Party; LUU Speed Meet; LUU Harry Potter Party; LUU Board Games Social and our LUU International Welcome Party.

If you’ve just arrived in Leeds, there’ll be events and activities you can join – check LUU Engange for upcoming events running throughout the year.

Campus Tours and City Chase

Explore campus with us and discover the city of Leeds in a fun and interactive way! Check time availability and book your place on one of our Campus tours and City Chase events.

Book your place on a Campus Tour or City Chase!

Faith-based activities

During international orientation week, our Chaplaincy welcomed all international students by offering a wide range of events on campus.

Some of these included our Chaplaincy welcome event, Culture Celebration Night, afternoon tea parties, lunches and meals to meet other students and society representatives. 

Questions? Ask the Student Information Service 

If you’ve just arrived in Leeds, take some time to read about processes you’ll need to complete when you're on campus

If you’re already in Leeds and have started your course, you can still get in touch with the Student Information Service (SIS) with any questions you have throughout your time in Leeds.

Our friendly SIS team will be able to answer your questions or put you in touch with the right team on campus that can help you. You can call them, email them, or visit them at one of four Student Information Points on campus.

If you don’t know who to ask, ask the Student Information Service.

International Orientation Resources

Missed our live webinars or want to watch a recording of our sessions in your own time?

Download our webinars’ slide, access useful links and listen to a recording of our sessions on our International Orientation resources page

International orientation – view programme by date

Whenever you arrive, there’s a range of in-person and online sessions available to help you settle into life in Leeds.

From Monday 3 October onwards

Watch the recordings of our webinars, sessions and talks on our International Orientation resources page or check our programme below to see what in-person presentations and online webinars are on offer this week. 

Want to know what social events are on offer this month and beyond? Check LUU Engage.

Monday 3 October

Where: Common Ground, Leeds University Union.

Global Café welcomes everyone from everywhere! Come and meet new and current Leeds students and postgraduate researchers, have great conversations and enjoy free refreshments. Global Café will be taking place every day of the week during international orientation. After international orientation, you can join Global Café every Monday, 5:30-7:30pm in Common Ground. 

Wednesday 5 October

2 – 3pm: Living in Leeds with your family (online meet-up) 

Click here to join this live online session 

Meet other students coming with spouses and children and find out more about living in Leeds as an international family.  

5.30pm – Culture Shock Comedy Drama

Where: Emmanuel Centre

Join this fun live performance on adapting to life in the UK presented by the University Chaplaincy team. Don’t miss this much-loved feature of our International Orientation programme!   

What’s on today? 

Check LUU Engage to find out more about social activities on offer.

Friday 7 October

10am – 12pm – Online International Orientation Talk

Sign up for this talk.

Missed our in-person international orientation talk last week? Join the talk online. This session is available to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. 

What’s on today? 

Check LUU Engage to find out more about social activities on offer.