Information for new students

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK.

To help you plan your journey, we’ve put together a useful guide, which you can download below, with useful information about what you need to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.

For students starting in September, term starts on Monday 18th September 2017. Please arrive on time to start your induction at the International Study Centre.

Tips and advice from our Study Buddies

Thinking about studying in the UK? Whether you are wondering how to get a visa, if you'll be able to buy your favourite food, or you just want to know what British people are like, Study Buddies have the answers.

Answers to your questions about studying in the UK

Q: What's it like to live in the UK?

A: United Kingdom consists of England, Wales and Scotland. People from all around the world, of all cultures, beliefs and religions live here. The UK has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that will make you feel welcome.

Q: What's it like to live in Lincoln?

A: Lincoln is located in the East Midlands of England, close to Nottingham and Sheffield. It is a historic city that dates back to the first century BCE when it was called Lindon (which means a pool at the foot of the hill). The city has beautiful historic architecture, shops, restaurants and museums, making it the perfect place to live and study. 

Q: What's the weather like?

A: The weather in the UK changes often, but it is not extremely hot or cold. It could rain and be sunny all in one single afternoon. It is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer, in some parts of the country temperatures may reach 20 degrees and in the winter they do not often drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

Q: How will I meet people and make friends?

A: To help you settle in we will organise events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at the University of Lincoln, or go along to fun student events taking place on campus.

Q: What if I can't speak well in English?

A: Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if you don't know how to speak and write well in English at first. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating yourself when necessary. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said. Over time you will become confident and comfortable with speaking, writing and reading in English. You may also start to understand different accents, slang words and phrases.

Q: Will I be able to find food from my home country?

A: Lincoln has shops and supermarkets that sell international food, so you will be able to buy what you’re looking for. There are also many restaurants that serve food from around the world, so you’ll be able to find something to remind you of home.

Q: What if I get homesick?

A: Moving to a different country to study is exciting, but sometimes students also feel a little nervous as they prepare to leave their home. It is normal to feel this way, and we will do everything we can to help you settle in to living in Lincoln and the UK. The teachers and staff at the ISC are always here for you if you need to speak to someone.