Welcome to all our new international students!
There is a huge amount going on for the next few days. It is all detailed in your Welcome Programme (here’s a PDF copy, you’ll get a hard copy on Wednesday!) but here is a round up of the things not to miss.
Remember, pre-enrolment is mandatory!
You will have received an email outlining the time and location of your pre-enrolment appointment. Please bring the following documents to your pre-enrolment appointment:
- Your passport
- Proof you hold valid immigration permission to be in the UK, e.g. Entry Clearance sticker, Biometric Residence Permit, or proof you submitted an application to extend your permission to be in the UK before your visa expired.
- A printed copy of your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement, or Unconditional Offer letter if you were not issued with a CAS.
- Qualifications used to get your offer. If you have been issued a CAS these will be the documents listed on your CAS statement. If you were not issued a CAS these will be the highest level of qualification you have studied before commencing your course at MMU.
- English Language qualifications showing you meet our entry requirements, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
- Proof you have paid your deposit towards your tuition fees if you were not issued with a CAS, unless you are an exchange student.
- ATAS certificate, if your CAS statement said you required ATAS clearance.
Once you have completed pre-enrolment you will be able to complete online enrolment and join your course. (Please note, the system takes up to 24 hours to update before you can enrol online.)
Visit the information market
The information market, in the atrium of the Geoffrey Manton Building, between 10:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September, is an unmissable opportunity to meet representatives from across the University, to open UK bank accounts, to register with doctors and to join library services.
These services will all be in the same place for two days only, so don’t miss out on the chance to get these important things sorted in one go!
Attend compulsory sessions
There are lots of information sessions which will help you settle in to your new life in the UK as quickly as possible. Some of the talks not to miss are:
Academic skills – Learn how to study successfully at MMU, as the UK system might be different from what you are used to. Each faculty has student support officers who are there to help you, you can find their contact details on page 10 of your Welcome Programme. One of the officers will be able to take questions in this session.
Budgeting for your student life at MMU – We know budgeting is a bit boring, but it’s important to plan your spending for the year ahead so you don’t get any nasty surprises. You might pick up some new money-saving tips too.
Cultural changes – Most people experience culture shock when they arrive in a new country. This session will help you find out what to expect when moving to a new culture, whether you are new to Europe, Manchester, or just MMU. The International Society will also be there to introduce themselves and tell you about their activities.
English language support – Good English is vital to get the most out of your studies. Come to this session to find out how to access our free English support, which will get you reading faster, communicating more effectively and writing better assignments.
Staying safe – Manchester is a safe city, but come and meet officers from Greater Manchester Police and get tips and advice on personal safety.
Join a few recommended sessions
Over Welcome Week there are a huge number of recommended sessions for you to attend, and most are repeated. Find out exactly when these sessions are in your Welcome Programme. The sessions include:
- Moments of meaning – religion and spirituality
- Banking in the UK – an introduction to the UK system
- MMU Students’ Union – your representatives
- Accommodation – the culture of sharing accommodation
- Protecting your Tier 4 (General) visa – understand your responsibilities
- International Student Network – network with other students and hear about paid opportunities
- The National Health Service – registering with a doctor
- Applying for a Tier 4 (General) visa
- Careers and employability, Jobs4Students and placements
- Introduction to MMU’s library
- Supermarket tours
Make new friends
MMU’s International Buddies are current students who are interested in different cultures, languages and making new friends. They will be arranging weekly get togethers, called Buddy Groups, to catch up, explore and try new experiences. Go along to their meeting on Friday 20th September, at 13:00 in Lecture Theatre 3.
On Thursday evening MMU International are hosting a dinner and traditional Irish Ceilidh. This is an informal evening of music and dancing with a dinner at the Students’ Union on Oxford Road. This event has a limited capacity, so make sure to pick up your ticket on Wednesday or Thursday from the Information Market.
Have a free lunch with other international students, and Chaplains from different faiths between 11:00 and 14:00 on Friday 20th September. Meet at the Meeting Point.
We are also hosting walking tours around Manchester to help you explore your new city. Experienced professional guides will tell you more about the shopping, cultural venues and the history and heritage of Manchester. Tours start at 11:15 and 14:30 at the Meeting Point. These tours have limited capacities, so make sure to pick up your ticket on Wednesday or Thursday from the Information Market.
Remember, follow #MMUwelcome2013 on Twitter for any last minutes update through Welcome Week!
So, we hope you have a great Welcome Week; get involved and make lots of new friends. We look forward to meeting you all!