International Orientation Programme

Students taking a selfie by the lake

The International Orientation Programme will help you settle in during your first few days at University. 

Who is it for?

The International Orientation Programme is open to all newly arriving international students.

Note: if you are an Erasmus or exchange student, you will be invited to a different orientation.

When is it?

The next Orientation will take place on 4 and 5 February 2021. Events will take place both in person and online.

About bookings

Bookings can be made via our Eventbrite page

We utilise third-party services for large-scale events that require advance booking. 

We use Eventbrite for the following events and services:

  • Meet and Greet
  • International Orientation Programme
  • Document Checking Sessions
  • Visa Extension Sessions.

Eventbrite is a third-party service that is not owned or managed by the University of Surrey. Eventbrite operates in the United States of America. When you book one of our events using Eventbrite, your data is transferred and processed by the relevant third party service, which means in this case that your data is transferred outside the EEA. Eventbrite are committed to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework which requires adherence to European standards of data privacy. Further information can be found below:

If you wish to attend one of our events but do not wish to register using Eventbrite, please contact where you will be required to fill out a manual booking form.

Activities and talks

The February 2021 orientation will consist of live online events that will help answer some of the most common questions that new international students have about life in the UK as well as allowing you to become familiar with the campus and the support services that the University has to offer. Recording of all the online talks below will be made available after the live events.

We know that studying in a different country can be exciting, but also challenging at the same time. The workshop will address these challenges and identify the academic support available to you.

Get advice on how to open a UK bank account, working while you study and paying tax as well as practical tips on how to make the most of your money and take advantage of the many discounts available in the UK.

Cultural awareness is the foundation of communication in an increasingly globalised world. How you perceive yourself, your surroundings and the importance of certain actions will be discussed alongside some advice on how to interact with students and staff from a range of different backgrounds.