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 study in the UK.

Prepare for Success

We want you to feel as prepared as possible, that is why we’ve designed a free virtual preparation course to help you get a competitive edge on studying in the UK. Get the best head start to your programme with us by virtually learning about the academic structures, study skills and cultural aspects of a UK education.

We offer over 100 hours of virtual preparation courses for you to develop your skills before starting in September. We’ll email you an invitation to join the course once you confirm your place at the International Study Centre. You can do this by paying your confirmation fees and the first £6000 of your tuition fees. Once you’re confirmed, you can start to benefit from:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

Before You Arrive

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 January, the first day of term is Monday, 6 January 2020. You should arrive at the International Study Centre at 10.00am, ready to start your Induction Programme.

Arriving in January? Download your induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information about being a student at Lincoln ISC.

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Tips and Advice for Studying Abroad

Hear from our current Study Buddies about what it's like to study abroad. From tips and advice to stories of their first experiences in the UK, these former students give a first-hand introduction to life at University of Lincoln International Study Centre below.

Become a Student Ambassador

We are looking for Student Ambassadors to represent their International Study Centre. This is a sociable and engaging role involving a range of activities from social media takeovers to writing blogs. If you would like more information about being a Student Ambassador or would like to apply for this role, please email us on We look forward to hearing from you.

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 nationalities, beliefs and religions - live here. The UK has a vibrant, cosmopolitan culture 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.

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.