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We want to make sure that all of our international students are aware of the benefits for them at MMU. Did you know that if you are already an international student at MMU, and decide to stay with us for your postgraduate studies, you could be eligible for a discount on your fees?

International students who successfully complete a full-time Bachelor’s degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and continue full-time taught postgraduate studies with us can be eligible for a tuition fee discount of £1,000.

If you have paid full overseas tuition fees for your full-time undergraduate studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and enroll at MMU for further full time Postgraduate Taught study – whether a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master’s Degree – you could be eligible for £1,000 off the fees of your postgraduate studies.

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The International Society

Manchester is an incredibly cosmopolitan and multicultural city and all of its universities welcome international students warmly. The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester. The Society provides cultural and social support to international students, to ensure that their stay in the city is a wonderful experience.

The International Society is committed to promoting international friendship, and celebrating cultural diversity. From its small beginnings in the 1960s the International Society now has around 7,000 members from over 130 countries.

The International Society is a great way to meet people from your home country and connect with people from all over the world. It is jointly owned by MMU, The University of Manchester and The University of Salford, allowing you to meet students from different universities who have also chosen to study in Manchester.

One of the great things the International Society organises are its trips around the UK. The Society organises at least one trip every weekend during term time and most weekends during the holidays. Trips coming up in January and February include York, Liverpool, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Old Trafford and Oxford. They also organise some overnight trips, for example, to Edinburgh and Bath and Stonehenge.

The Society also holds a number of different language classes including English conversation classes. Some of the other languages on offer in the Spring Term include Arabic, French and Portuguese. As well as classes, the International Society holds regular global evenings, for example, a Singaporean Evening to celebrate Chinese New Year.

One of the main purposes of the International Society is to support international students and their families. For that reason partners and children are welcome to attend all of the trips and events. In addition, there is a dedicated families group which meets every week.

If you want to experience everyday British life the Hospitality Scheme arranges for students to visit a British home on a number of occasions during their time in Manchester. Once linked with a family students are invited to their home to share a meal, perhaps Sunday lunch or afternoon tea, or even on a day trip out with the family.

In short, make sure you sign up to the International Society when you arrive in Manchester, to make the most out of your experience!

Welcome, international students!

Welcome2013

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.

Pre-enrolment

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!