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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

Please download a copy of the International Welcome Week Timetable here: International Welcome Week Timetable September 2022 (PDF, 0.8MB)

This includes compulsory and optional sessions. You will also find a printed copy in your welcome pack.

If you have not received a welcome pack, please contact globalcampus@yorksj.ac.uk

International Pre Arrival Booklet 2023

View and download the International Pre Arrival Booklet below:

Download our International Pre Arrival booklet 2023 (PDF 5.5 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. We can’t wait to meet you, so come to our Welcome Desk and collect a welcome pack, which includes a gift and guide with everything you need to know for your first few weeks and beyond. If you miss our welcome desk sessions you can visit us in our office in Gateway House room 101. This pack is essential – it has the timings for orientation, social events and much more.

Collect your BRP card. It is essential that you collect this as soon as possible. Our friendly Visa and Compliance Team will be on hand throughout Welcome Week from 19th September until 23rd September, between 10am and 2pm. You do not need to make an appointment to collect your card during these times. We will send you an email to let you know where you can find them. If you arrive in the UK after these dates please email visa@yorksj.ac.uk to arrange a time to collect your card.

Contact the police. It may be a requirement of your visa that you register online with the North Yorkshire Police, within 7 days of entry into the UK. You can do that here. You will find out more information in your welcome pack. You can be fined if you do not register within 7 days.

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 two weeks after the start of your programme. Find out more here.

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.

Get financially ready. If you still have tuition fees to pay, you should pay these immediately. Details can be found here 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 fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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. We will also be running a workshop, during Welcome Week, where you will be able to talk directly to a local bank and they will guide you through the process. 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. Visit their website to find out more, here.

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 from September the 19th with our YSJ Student Health Centre.

Explore your new home. 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 weekly themed socials every Tuesday, so pop the dates in your diary and come join in the fun and make new friends, enjoy free drinks and food and get involved in the Global Campus community. We also have three trips running this semester, to the Lake District, Durham and Manchester for the Christmas Markets. We have special YSJActive events we put on throughout the year, relaxation sessions during exam period and many more celebrations. Visit our Global Campus webpage to find out more.

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. Your Academic Welcome Week schedule will be available a couple of weeks before you start university.

Study Abroad and Exchange students

You have 1 welcome week schedule.

This will also be emailed to you in the week before you arrive 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 globalcampus@yorksj.ac.uk

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