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Record number of international students attend Westminster International Student Welcome Programme

29 September 2015

This year, students from over 90 countries attended the University of Westminster’s annual International Student Welcome Programme, designed to offer help and advice to students who are new to the UK.

Held at the University’s Marylebone Campus from 14 to 16 September, the programme offered students a wide range of sessions covering the many aspects of being an international student. This included sessions on health care in the UK, safety in London, tips on making the most of opportunities and activities in London, as well as sessions on banking, budgeting and visas. Other “pick n mix” sessions included playing sports, academic writing skills and academic English.

In the ‘Mind the Gap’ sessions, smaller groups of students had the opportunity to share their hopes, expectations and concerns about coming to study in London.

Evidence shows that students who arrive early and have more time to adjust before starting their chosen course will be happier in general and more successful in their studies. The International Student Welcome Programme aims to help students meet new people and make the process of adjusting to London life a good experience for all students.


The three-day event, led and organised by the University’s Student Advice Team, also included exciting social events such as a cruise down the River Thames, a coach trip to Brighton, a guided London tour, and a quiz night featuring a live DJ at International Students House.

The University of Westminster's Student Advisers give specialist advice and support on a range of issues including student finance for undergraduate UK and EU students, funding for postgraduate students, as well as support for care leavers.

For details on study options and support for international students, visit the University’s International page.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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