We're looking forward to welcoming you

Whether you are getting ready to join us on campus for the start of your programme or arriving on campus after starting your course from home, we are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. Here you can look forward to a safe, fun and inclusive learning experience as you build cultural experiences and create networks for your future. Enhanced health and safety measures, blended learning, and a supportive community of international students and expert staff ensure you will have the best start to your university experience.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with:

  • What to pack
  • Planning for your arrival
  • Visa
  • Accommodation
  • How to make the most of your time with us

Studying in Centre

The International Study Centre is open for you to begin your studies and start your journey to achieving your university and career ambitions. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from blended learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. Whilst it is possible to access and interact with most course content using a tablet or smartphone, these devices will not work for assessments. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.

Computer

While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.

PC

Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)

Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)

Webcam

Microphone

Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Mac

Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop

Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)

Webcam

Microphone

Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Internet Connection

Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.

Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed

Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed

Zoom Restricted Countries

Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full restricted list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity.

You will learn through a mixture of as many live teacher-led classes as possible, as well as interactive activities and resources delivered in a virtual learning environment. Your health and safety is important and we will observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

A VLE is a virtual learning environment, the online hub for your programme. Here, you will find recorded lessons, collaboration tools, helpful materials, and more.

Safety principles include:

  • Wearing face coverings is encouraged around all our buildings
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilising measures
  • One-way systems and signage to manage the flow of people around campus
  • Smaller class sizes to enable social distancing
  • Utilising online learning to manage number of students on campus
  • Additional support for vulnerable students or those with special requirements

Keeping you safe on campus

Pre-arrival information for new students

We've listed some important information for you to consider ahead of starting your course. Please be sure to check back here a few weeks before you arrive to download your induction materials. Ahead of travelling to the UK, you will need to download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Q&A: What it's like to live and study in the UK

Here are some answers to questions that could be on your mind when preparing to study at the International Study Centre. When you arrive, you will be in the same position as all our new students, so don't feel afraid to ask questions. Here at Leeds International Study Centre there will always be someone there to support and help you with settling in.

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

A: The United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 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 the weather like?

A: The weather in the UK changes often, so it is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer months in most parts of the country the temperatures reach 20 degrees and in the winter they usually don't drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

Q: Where is Leeds?

A: Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, located in Yorkshire, in England. Leeds is surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales and three other national parks. 

Q: How do I get to Leeds?

A: Leeds has excellent transport links to major cities and airports in the UK. Travelling times by train:

York: 25 minutes Leeds-Bradford Airport: 30 minutes
Manchester: 1 hour Manchester Airport: 1 hour
Liverpool: 1 hour Heathrow Airport: 3 hours and 20 minutes
London: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Edinburgh: 3 hours

Q: Where is the Leeds International Study Centre?

A: The Leeds International Study Centre is located at Carnegie Stand, at the world-famous Emerald Headingley Stadium in the Headingley area of Leeds.

Q: How do I get to the Leeds International Study Centre?

A: You can easily get to the Leeds International Study Centre by bus, taxi or an uber car.

Q: How will I meet people and make friends?

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

Q: What if I can’t speak English very well?

A: Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if your English is not perfect. 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.

Q: Where can I buy food from my home country?

A: Leeds has shops and supermarkets that sell food from around the world, so you will be able to find what you are looking for. There are many restaurants that serve Italian, Indian and Mexican food, and many other cuisines.

Q: What if I get homesick?

A: Everyone feels homesick sometimes. Keeping in regular touch with family and friends back home, over Skype for example, will help you feel less homesick. Talking to other students will also help, as they are likely to be feeling the same way.

Q: What if I need to talk to someone?

A: You can always talk to tutors and staff at the Leeds International Study Centre – they are friendly, understanding and here to help you. Leeds Beckett University also has a range of support services where you can get free and confidential advice.

Study Buddies share their experiences

Find out what current students have to say about being new to the International Study Centre, and how they found making friends and settling in.

Look out for fraud

Scammers may specifically target international students by pretending to be the Police, Visa issuing authorities, education agents or other regulatory bodies. It is important to be able to recognise common signs of fraudulent activity and know what to do if you come across it. The best way to protect yourself from any kind of fraud is to protect your passwords, regularly update your devices with the most up to date security software and never share your bank details or transfer money to an account you don’t recognise.

We're here to help

Make sure you tell a teacher or a member of student services team if you receive a suspicious message or phone call, or if you have any concerns about fraudulent activity. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can help to protect you and other international students in case they are targeted in the same way.

Frequently asked questions on joining us on campus

Question Answer

What facilities are available on campus?

Visit our student life pages to find out more about what to expect on campus.

What should I do if I need support when I arrive in the UK?

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with tailored information to prepare you for your journey; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the International Study Centre.

If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the International Study Centre’s Emergency Contact number for support: +44 (0) 7469 856281

What should I do if I am in the UK and I need health advice or welfare support?

If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the International Study Centre for further information.

View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

What if I need to quarantine on arrival?

Before you travel, you should check to see if you need to quarantine when you arrive into the UK. You will not be able to leave your accommodation during quarantine so it's important that you are prepared.

If you are in Study Group managed accommodation, support will be provided by the International Study Centre, to assist you to remain in your student accommodation during your quarantine period. If you have queries, please contact your Centre for assistance.

If you are staying in privately arranged accommodation, it may not be fully equipped for your two weeks, so before you travel, you should make plans to ensure you have what you need including bedding, kitchen equipment and food. If you are unable to bring any of this with you, there are websites available where you can pre-order the items you need.

For bedding and kitchen equipment:

  • Gailarde
  • Uni Kit Out

You can order healthy food directly from supermarkets. Make sure that you check your accommodation address on their website ensure that they deliver to your area

  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • Morrison's
  • Asda

If you cannot wait for your food delivery, and would like a takeaway, the delivery services below operate in most areas of the UK:

  • Just Eat
  • Deliveroo

Finally, consider some entertainment to keep you busy, active and happy during your 14 days. You can always bring a couple of good books or consider an online streaming service for films and TV but remember to do this before you arrive as some companies do not accept non-UK bank accounts or credit cards for payment.

Staying at home for a long time can be difficult. If you are struggling, the staff at the International Study Centre will be there for you if you need any help.

What if I start or enrol late on my course?

All students should attend their Induction Week, whether already at the Centre, in quarantine, or virtually from another country.

What happens during Induction Week?

Our Induction Week programme will introduce you to your Centre, our staff, and welfare and support services. You will also receive full guidance on maintaining your health and safety whilst studying in the UK.

You will find out about your timetable, as well as important information about how we deliver your course through a mixture of classroom teaching and virtual learning, or virtual, teacher-led learning if you are starting your studies in your home country. There will also be events to help you get to know your fellow students.

If you are not required to quarantine, then some of the Induction Week activity may take place with our staff in the Centre, for example registration sessions for the Biometric Residence Permit.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.