When to arrive in the UK?
We recommend that you arrive about a week before your course is scheduled to start. This gives you sufficient time to recover from your journey, to get to know your way around, and settle into life in London. If you have a choice of date, try to come on a weekday, so if you encounter any problems we are available to help.
If you anticipate a late arrival please tell us by fax or email when we can expect you. However, College regulations state that we are only able to accept students up to one week after the start of lectures, which means that you should be in a position to commence your studies by the second Monday after the date of registration.
If you know that you will not be here in time, you may wish to delay your journey until close to the next start date.
When booking a flight to the UK, you may be able to get a discounted student airfare. Show your travel agent proof of student status such as your Visa Application Document or the visa itself. Once you have booked your flight you can go ahead and reserve your accommodation.
Transfer from the airport to your accommodation
There are various ways to find your way from the airport into London. If you are arriving late at night or early in the morning or you would like the easiest option, you can order a taxi in advance. If you would like us to arrange this service (which will cost approximately £65) please use the booking form in the Arrival Pack (which will be sent to you upon registration).
What to bring with you
Making sure you bring all you need will help you settle in quicker. Ultimately you decide what you will need to bring and what you can find here once you arrive, but we have made the following suggestions.
♦ British weather is generally quite mild (not too hot or cold) but can be very unpredictable and changeable; it can be sunny when you wake up and pouring with rain by mid-morning. Bring adequate rain protection and cold weather clothing if you can.
♦ For various reasons, you will need passport-sized photos which may be more expensive in the UK than at home.
♦ In order to open a bank account once you arrive, you may need to show proof of your overseas address and a letter of recommendation from your bank in your home country.
♦ Copies of your qualifications, in order to register with the examination bodies.
♦ A calculator and an English dictionary
♦ Your CV and a reference letter from a former employer or teacher can help in applying for part time work.
♦ A medical letter, if you have any pre-existing conditions (such as epilepsy, diabetes etc.)
Your arrival in the UK
Latest UKBA Information for Student Arrival ( 22 August 2013)
First Time Student Arrivals 10 Top Tips
As part of your preparations for your studying in the UK this year, Border Force want to make sure you have everything you need to get through the UK border as efficiently as possible. Follow these top tips for a smooth journey through the UK border:
1. Have your passport ready.
2. Ensure you complete a landing card (if a non EEA National).
3. Have your university Certificate of Acceptance Studies (CAS) number ready. If you don`t have a CAS number please brings details of your course of study.
4. Keep any medical documentation, recent bank statement and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage, we may ask to see this information.
5. Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from outside the EU.
6. There are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).
7. There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring in the UK. If you exceed your duty-free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you.
8. Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, offensive weapons or indecent or obscene material. Some items are restricted and will require a licence or permit.
9. You must declare any sums of cash of ?10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.
10. Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents).
Make sure these documents are presentable and easily accessible.
If you are a national of any of the following countries you may be asked to register with the Police within 7 days of arrival. Ask at the College for details of how to do this.
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
Reporting to Global London College
You should report to the college reception for registration at 10am on the day stated in your letter of enrolment. It is important that you bring the following with you:
♦ Your letter of enrolment or Visa Application Document
♦ Any tuition fees that are due
♦ Your passport (if you are a non-EU national)
♦ Your address (with postcode) and telephone number in the UK
♦ Your overseas address.
♦ Your original certificates and transcripts from your previous education
On this day you will meet the College Welfare Officer to whom you will pay any fees which are due and who can give advice on how to manage your finances. You may open an expenses account with the college to deposit any living expenses or pocket money you are carrying before you open a bank account. This money is accessible during class break times, Monday to Friday.
You will also have your photograph taken for our records and for the Global London College (GLC) Identity Card. You will then see the Examinations Officer who will explain academic matters, as well as issue you with a Global London College (GLC) Induction Pack. Please take the time to read it carefully as it contains a large amount of useful information for your course, and life in London.
On the Friday following Registration day you must attend the Induction given by the Principal or Head of Department. At the Induction you will be given:
♦ Your timetable
♦ Letter to help you open a bank account
♦ London Underground Travel card application form.
Classes will commence the following Monday. Have a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!