Studying in a foreign country can be challenging and the University aims to help you settle in as much as possible with departments designed to help and support you at every stage of your studies.
Full details of the support services available to you are given during our Overseas Students Orientation programme. However, to give you an idea of what help we offer, please find below an overview of our main support services.
International Student Support Team
Our dedicated International Student Support Team is made up of experienced welfare advisers who can help and advise you on a variety of subjects, including immigration, work permits, and financial and personal matters. They also organise a social programme for international students, which includes trips to other parts of the UK and Europe.
This service gives you information and impartial advice to help you choose your career and get the job you want. Experienced careers advisers run events throughout the year that are specifically aimed at overseas students. Find out more about our careers service.
Community Partnership Office
We work to strengthen our positive links with the local community, ensuring that students live and study in harmony with their neighbours. See more about community partnerships.
Disability Support and Equal Opportunities
We are committed to the policy that disabled students should be able to study successfully and fully enjoy life at the University. Each School has a Disabled Students Co-ordinator to provide support and help make any special arrangements that students need, while our Disability Officer caters for the needs of disabled students across the University. Discover more about the disability services available.
English Language support
International students can benefit from English language teaching with a range of classes that are mostly integrated into degree programmes, meaning that they are relevant to particular subjects. As well as improving your spoken English, you can learn to write more accurately, and deal with presentations and seminars. We also provide a Pre-sessional English programme, for students who have a place on a degree programme but require additional help to reach the required English language level for entry. Find out more about our English Language Support for International Students.
At the University we provide you with outstanding learning resources, including Learning Resource Centres which are open 24/7, with over 1,500 computer workstations. studynet, our learning environment, gives you access to course materials online, and you can also benefit from our extensive libraries, wireless networks and expert help. Explore our learning facilities.
Our Medical Centre, located in the heart of the College Lane campus, enables you to see a doctor or nurse quickly if you need to. Learn more about our medical centre and the medical support available on campus.
Our multi-faith and multi-cultural The Key is a focus for spiritual life in the University, providing a space for prayer, reflection and worship. It is also home to the University Chaplain's office.
Student Support and Counselling
Whatever concerns you have, our independent, professional and confidential counselling service is available to you free of charge. Find out more about the counselling service.
Advice and Support Centre
Our Students' Union Advice and Support Centre provides a free and confidential service which is available to all students. The Centre can give you information on a variety of subjects including academic issues, accommodation, welfare, health, money and legal matters.