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International students

First few weeks


Coming to study in the UK for the first time will be very different to what you are used to at home.  City will organise two days of orientation for you on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 January, to introduce you to City, to ensure you know what to expect while studying, and to introduce you to each other and find out about the local area.  Attendance at orientation is compulsory and students will need to ensure they are available on both days.  A detailed orientation schedule will be available here nearer the time.

Orientation schedule

There will be different start times on Wednesday 16 January depending on the institution students are from:

Independent students, ISM, Georgetown, Marquette, Maryland, Rutgers, SUNY from 10am - schedule here

IES students from 10.30am- schedule here

Arcadia students from 11.30am- schedule here

IFSA and Villanova from 12pm- schedule here

If you are unsure what schedule to follow please contact the Study Abroad Office.


We will send you information in November about your timetables.  Classes begin on Monday 21 January 2019, and teaching lasts until 5 April.

For students following the short semester your assessments will be completed by 12 April.  For students following the long semester your assessment will be completed by 31 May.

Add/drop period

Although we will work with you in the months before you start to finalise your course schedule we have a one week add/drop, period this is particularly useful if you want to discuss your programme in person once you arrive.  Add/drop will last until the end of the first week of teaching on Friday 25 January.

Finding your way around

If this is your first time in London you will need to start exploring your new home.  Visit London has ideas of traditional (and some more unusual) things to do in London, and Transport for London will provide information on getting around.