The next International Welcome Programme will run 4th – 10th February 2017. However, if you are due to start in January 2017 please get in touch with us so that we can let you know how you can still be involved.
About the International Welcome Programme
The International Welcome Programme is an important social orientation programme that runs each September and February. It includes events, activities and information sessions to help acclimatise new international students to living and learning in the UK during the main University arrival period.
Registration and most of the activities are free (though there is usually a small £2-£3 charge for some of the optional coach trips and meals). IWP is primarily a social programme that allows students to settle in, make friends and get used to being in the UK and this complements your compulsory academic faculty induction and enrolment activities which also happen during this week.
We cannot emphasise enough how beneficial it will be to you to take part in the International Welcome Programme. Students who take this opportunity to get help in feeling settled and make friends, before they have to concentrate on their studies, have a much better chance of academic and social success. They also feel less homesick and are more likely to have a wide and rich experience during their time in the UK.
If you are looking to book flights you should aim to arrive no earlier than Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd as the IWP will begin for registration on Saturday 4th February.
Please go to the booking form to secure your place. The International Welcome Programme will be emailed directly to participants prior to arrival and will be available to download from here once finalised.
February and September 2016 IWPs were very successful with around 600 students taking part! Feedback from attendees showed that 100% of students recommend that new students will benefit from taking part in IWP as it makes their transition to the UK easier and they feel more supported.