Moving to a university in another country can be both exciting and daunting. The University of Westminster organises a free Welcome Programme for students who are new to the UK.

The International Student Welcome Programme is a three-day event. It will help you meet new people and introduce you to living and studying in the UK. The programme is an excellent opportunity to meet staff and students at the University before your lectures start.

On Monday 9 September, international students can enrol early. On the other two days there will be workshops and presentations with lots of useful information such as a talk from the police about keeping safe in London, information sessions on immigration and visas, information about the National Health Service and banking in the UK.

Watch the Welcome Programme video which gives you an overview of the programme

You can also watch the Welcome programme video with Mandarin subtitles.

Who is the International Student Welcome Programme for?

The International Student Welcome Programme is for international students, including students from the European Union, who are new to the UK and are due to start a degree course at the University in September 2019.

The programme is not for Study Abroad students or Exchange students that are here for one semester/one year, as you will have your own orientation programme.

When and where will the programme be held?

The Welcome Programme is on Monday 9, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 September 2019.

The programme will be held at our Marylebone Campus.

You will need to book to attend the Welcome Programme.

A social activity is normally planned for the evening on Wednesday 11 September. We will organise a trip to Brighton on Sunday 15 September for those who attend the whole programme. We will send you instructions about how to join the social activities once you have booked the Welcome Programme.

How do I book my place on the International Student Welcome Programme?

You will need to book a place by completing and submitting the online booking form.

What is the deadline to book a place on the Programme?

The deadline for booking a place on the International Student Welcome Programme is midnight on Sunday 1 September.

Accommodation for the International Student Welcome Programme

If you would like to book accommodation for the Welcome Programme or early arrival to Harrow Hall, Marylebone Hall or Alexander Fleming Hall of Residence, whose housing contracts start on Saturday 14 September, then you will need to contact the Summer Accommodation team. Email [email protected] and add 'International Student Welcome Programme Accommodation' in the subject line. The Summer Accommodation Office can also be contacted on +44 (0)20 7911 5181.

If you have not been offered accommodation for the rest of the year the Summer Accommodation Office will try to place you in Marylebone Halls however, there are times when students will be offered a room in Alexander Fleming Hall of Residence for the Welcome Programme.

If you will be living at Raffles House then your contract starts before the Welcome Programme Begins.


If you have an enquiry about the International Student Welcome Programme either ring +44 (0)20 7911 5000 or email [email protected].