Travelling to the UK

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To help you prepare to travel to the UK, we provide information which will help to:

  • answer any questions you may have as you prepare to come to the University.
  • plan your journey.
  • give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive.

Before you travel

Visa and entry clearance

Most international (non EEA) students need a visa/entry clearance to study in the UK. You can self-assess online at the UK Government's Home Office website to see if this is relevant to you.

European Economic Area (EEA) nationals do not need a visa or entry clearance to study in the UK. If you are an EEA national you can travel into the UK using your passport or national identity card.

Further information is also available through your local British Embassy or High Commission. Find out more about applying for a UK visa.

Overseas Students' Orientation Programme

To help you settle into life at the University, we run a free Overseas Students' Orientation Programme (OSOP).

If joining the University will be your first time in the United Kingdom you may find that UK culture, customs and procedures are different to those that you're used to.

The free programme has been designed to familiarise you with all aspects of living and studying in the UK and provides you with information and advice you need to help you make the most of your time in the UK and with us here at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Overseas Students' Orientation Programme provides information on:

  • orientation around the University and Hatfield
  • healthcare and your wellbeing
  • safety and your welfare
  • immigration rules and regulations
  • opening a bank account
  • police registration
  • travel and experiencing UK culture

The OSOP is an amazing opportunity to meet other students and make new friends, attend evening social events and go on a variety of tours of campus, and the local area.

We will also tell you about our extensive social programme, which includes trips to London, Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford and much more!

Airport collection

Free Heathrow Airport collection is available for undergraduate and postgraduate students joining the University at our start of term.

  • Collection is available from Heathrow airport only.
  • Dates for Heathrow airport collection are published on the arrival form.

Booking for 2018

You can now book onto your Orientation Programme for 2018. In addition, we have now released our booking form for Airport Collection from Heathrow Airport.

For Semester A, we offer two popular pick up dates: Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September. In addition, there are dates which suit pre-sessional english students or those wishing to arrive earlier.

Are you arriving at a different airport or arriving on a day where airport collection is not available?

Please note, we can only pick you up if:

  • you are arriving at Heathrow airport.
  • you are arriving on the dates listed on the arrival form.

If you are not able to arrive during the airport collection weekend, or are arriving at another UK airport and would like to find out about alternative transport options and ways of travelling to the University, please contact orientation@herts.ac.uk

Visa conditions

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