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University of Plymouth International College

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Join us for orientation week

We understand that there is so much to organise before you leave for the UK.

Check out the useful information below to help you prepare!

  1. Book your accommodation

    When you arrive in Plymouth, you will want to settle in quickly to your new home. The best way to do this? Book your accommodation before you arrive in the UK. This means that when you get here, you don't have to worry about finding somewhere in a hurry

  2. Apply for you Visa

    It is imperative that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK and, as this is an important process, we have a lot of tips for you! To find out more on how to make a successful visa application, click here!

  3. Book your flight and Airport Transfers

    Once you have received your visa, the next step is to book your flights to the UK! Make sure you check what day your Orientation programme will be to ensure you don't miss out on any of the great welcome activities organised by UPIC's fantastic student support team. You can also arrange for an airport pick-up to make sure you get from the Airport to Plymouth with ease...simply contact a member of the UPIC staff to find out more!

  4. Pack your things

    Student dress code in the UK is casual. Most students wear jeans and trainers to lectures. Medium weight clothing such as sweatshirts are appropriate throughout the year, but t-shirts are more useful for the summer. Warmer clothing and footwear including rainwear is needed for winter.

    It is recommended that you have a light waterproof jacket for all the year. Summers can be quite warm in coastal regions like Plymouth, but it is advisable to have warmer clothing just in case, as the UK does not have a tropical climate.

    You can pick up most of these things relatively cheaply in Plymouth, or you may wish to travel to London to enjoy all the benefits of one of the fashion capitals of the world. It may be a good idea to bring some personal items (basic toiletries: toothbrush, soap, towel, etc.) so that you do not need to go shopping as soon as you arrive.

    If you need glasses or contact lenses, we also advise that you bring a spare pair and a current optical prescription, as these items are expensive in the UK.

UK Seasons

Summer June to August 11°C to 21°C
Autumn September to November 6°C to 18°C
Winter December to February 2°C to 9°C
Spring March to May 4°C to 16°C

Important documents you'll need to bring with you to the UK

  • A valid passport and student visa
  • At least four passport sized photographs*
  • Your unconditional Offer of Admission
  • Your CAS Statement
  • Your Acceptance of Admission Form (completed)
  • Certified originals of your academic transcripts (including evidence of English proficiency)
  • Personal identification (e.g. driver's licence, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Any medical prescriptions/certificates/history/reports
  • Full details and evidence of your accommodation in the UK
  • Evidence of funds - a letter confirming personal or family resources, or confirmation of your sponsorship
  • Proof of your address in your home country
  • Contact numbers for any family/friends in the UK
  • Contact details of family/friends in the event of an emergency
  • If you are under 18, your guardian details. The guardian must be resident in the UK and appointed by your parent.

*It is useful to bring a number of small (passport-sized) full-face photographs, as these are often required for various cards (such as student railcards) and for police registration (if required); they must be standard UK passport size, with white or pale grey coloured background, and include the whole head and shoulders. Photographs can be obtained in the UK but may be more expensive than in your home country.