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International student support

First few days

Making the most of your first few days at York St John.

International Welcome Week timetable

Your copy of the International Welcome Week Timetable will be downloadable shortly. Please return here to check when it is live.

International Pre Arrival Booklet 2023

View and download the International Pre Arrival Booklet below:

Download the booklet: International Pre Arrival booklet 2023 (PDF 2 MB)

There is a lot to do in your first few days at York St John.

Work through the information on this page to make sure you don't miss anything important.

Call home! Your friends and family will want to know you have arrived safely.

Visit our welcome desk. Once you arrive on campus, you will be able to find us in our pop up international hub from 10.00am to 12.00pm every week day, in Holgate. We will be here from Monday 30 January until Friday 3 March. This is where you can collect your welcome pack and gift and ask us any questions. Alternatively you can email us at

Collect your BRP card. You can collect your BRP card  between 10.00am and 12.00pm every week day from Monday 23 January to Friday 17 February. The BRP drop in hub is located at the Student Support Desk in Holgate.  Outside of these dates you will need to make an appointment to collect your card, by emailing, with "BRP Collection" in the subject line.

Complete your online enrolment. Only then can you get full access to the University services and your course. Ideally you should do this before you arrive. The final date for enrolment is 2 weeks after the start of your programme. Find out more on our enrolment page: Enrol at York St John

Find your academic timetable. You should check out your timetable early on, so you know where you need to be and when. You should also sign into and get to understand Moodle, where you can access your course materials and other University information. Your academic induction session will provide you with information on how to access your timetable and Moodle. You must not miss you academic induction session.

Timetable Moodle

Get financially ready. If you still have tuition fees to pay, you should pay these immediately. Details can be found on our Paying your tuition fees page or you can visit our Finance Office, on the first floor of the Ripon Wing, to speak to someone. Take a little time to think about managing your finances in the UK with Blackbullion’s financial education courses and resources. You can create a free account, using access code YSJ-Int. If you have any problems with signing up please contact the Student Funding Advice Team on

Open a bank account. If you are joining us on a degree programme you will probably want to open a UK bank account for your time in England. You will find out more about how to do this in the International Student Guide, that you will be given in your welcome pack.  Before you can open a bank account you will need to have collected your BRP card (if applicable) and log into e:vision to request a bank letter.

Get insurance. You want to keep your possessions safe so you should arrange insurance. If you are living in University accommodation, some insurance is included so you should check what you have covered. The University uses a company called Endsleigh and you can buy further insurance or insurance for your private rental, directly from them. Find out more on the Endsleigh website.

Register with the NHS. You will need to register with the NHS, in case you are ill in the UK. You can find out all about the National Health Service, in our International Student Guidebook, that you will get in your welcome pack, but for now it is important to register, you can do this through our YSJ Student Health Centre.

Explore your new home. York is just about the most gorgeous UK city you could find and it’s consistently being voted number one by UK residents and tourists alike. Take the chance to go and explore. Why not ask one of your new friends to join you? The Global Campus Team will be putting on some local tours as well as campus tours, during your first few days but York is such a friendly city and we are right in the heart of it, so if you find yourself with some spare time, walk into town and look around! If you get lost, just ask someone – the locals are friendly and will point you in the right direction of where you need to go!

Join the Global Campus Community. We have regular socials and cultural events as well as a number of trips around the UK that you can join. The Global Campus Community is designed to bring you together with new friends and to support you throughout your time at YSJ. Visit our Global Campus webpage to find out more.

Sign up to Global Campus Connect.  If you have not yet joined our online community, now is the time to do it. This is a great place to find out what events are going on, information and support as well as to connect to other students from your home country or who have similar interests to you. It’s a space where you can search for housemates or look for a study buddy as well as much more. Once you are fully enrolled you will automatically be moved to the “current student” area (this can take up to 2 weeks).

Sign up to Global Campus Connect

Download the MYYSJ App.  As soon as you have got your University login details, you can access your personalised student app, MyYSJ. On MyYSJ, you’ll be able to check your emails, view your timetable, register your attendance, access Moodle and see important updates from across the University. You can access your MyYSJ dashboard on a desktop computer, laptop or download the app on your Apple or Android smartphone.

Timetable and course information

Undergraduate and postgraduate students

You have two welcome week schedules:

  • The International Orientation schedule
  • Your Academic Welcome Week schedule

Your International Orientation schedule will be emailed to you before you arrive. You will also find it in your welcome pack, upon arrival.  Your Academic Welcome Week schedule will be sent to you buy your school.

Study Abroad and Exchange students

You have 1 welcome week schedule. This will be available to you upon arrival at York St John University.

First Morning

York St John University staff will meet you at your university residence to walk you onto campus as a group.

Please remember to bring your passport and two passport sized photographs of yourself with you for enrolment on your first day.

Welcome programme

If you are starting a General English course with us, your welcome programme will be managed by the International Programmes team. You don't need to access a welcome timetable in advance, just make sure you arrive on time on your first day. 

First morning

Meet at the main reception of Holgate at 9:00am, where a member of staff from International Programmes will meet you. This will be followed by a welcome talk from our International Programmes Manager, where you can ask as many questions as you like.

If you are staying with a Homestay Host, your host will accompany you to the university to help familiarise you with the bus route to and from campus. Please be sure that you bring your passport and two passport sized photographs with you on your first day for enrolment.

First few days

During your first few days you will:

  • Complete a Placement Test to determine your level of English
  • Attend an International Orientation session with the International Student Support team
  • Get your welcome pack with lots of useful information about life at YSJ University
  • Complete your enrolment and get your student ID card
  • Attend a campus tour.

Other things to do

  • Exchange mobile telephone numbers with your Homestay Host, so you can contact them for assistance if you need to
  • Visit the Dining Room at break times to meet other YSJ students.

Contact us

If you have any questions contact

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