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Welcome to Solent University!

Studying abroad is an exciting adventure. It is important you prepare yourself for your arrival, first days, and weeks in the UK. Take a moment to read through some online booklets from the British Council. First Steps lists helpful pre-departure information, while Safety First covers all you need to know for these first days and weeks in the UK. Additional information that may be of interest to you is also available on the British Council website. Information about visas for studying in the UK can be found on our website, as well as on the UK Council for International Student Affairs web site. The UKCISA pages are also a source of valuable information about the life in the UK.

Sorting out finances

Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) deposit

If you require a CAS for your Tier 4 Visa application, you must pay a £3,000 deposit towards your tuition fee before a CAS is issued. Here you will find information about the online services available to make payment.

Paying tuition fees and enrolling on the course

You are obliged to pay 50% of your fees before (or during) enrolment on your course. The remaining 50% then needs to be paid within 15 weeks of starting your course. Solent University does not accept cash, cheques or bankers drafts in payment of tuition fees. If you plan to bring money into the UK and you are arriving from a country outside the European Union, you must declare to customs officers any cash equivalent of €10,000 or more.

We recommend you settle payment before coming to the UK, as it may take a couple of weeks to open a UK bank account. The UKCISA website offers a guide on opening a bank account.

Arrival and enrolment

It is important you arrive in the UK before your taught part of the course begins to allow you time to settle in, meet your course team and complete all relevant parts of your course induction. We recommend you follow your Welcome timetable and make the most of all talks and events and engage with the University as well as with Students' Union.

To help your enrolment go as quickly as possible, please ensure:

  • you have completed online pre-registration before Welcome and uploaded an acceptable photograph to be used on your campus card,
  • you attend your scheduled enrolment session as detailed on your Welcome timetable,
  • you bring photographic ID (passport, driver’s licence. ID card can be used for EU students),
  • you bring your visa and any associated paperwork (if applicable),
  • you bring any student finance or sponsorship forms,
  • you pay at least 50% of your tuition fees,
  • you bring all original qualifications that have not been verified via UCAS.

International support guidance

Once you arrive in Southampton, you will have access to the international support team who offer advice and guidance. We have prepared two talks that may be relevant to you and should be accessed during your Welcome period.

We will provide you with valuable information during the 'Life as an international student in Southampton' talk. This includes information about our city, Solent University, study support available to you, UK banking, the national healthcare system (NHS) in the UK, working rights, and much more.

All students who arrive to study on a Tier 4 general student visa are required to attend the 'Tier 4 visa' talk. We will explain the regulations that you and the University are required to meet in order to be compliant and retain your visa. We will also look at any errors you may have on your visa and offer guidance on registration with the police.

There's lots more advice and information in the main international students section on our website, such as working in the UK, tuition fees and life in the UK.

English language support

Want to improve your English? Or need help with academic writing in English? Book your place on one of our English language support workshops - there are a number of dates throughout July and August to choose from!

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International students welcome and induction

The welcome induction for international and EU students starts on Thursday 17 September 2020. Induction for our international students runs through to the start of Welcome for all students, and you will have the chance to settle in and engage in informative and fun activities with other international students.

Information talks: Life as an international student in Southampton

During international induction, there will be information talks for international students. No booking is required and you only need to attend one of each talk which is relevant to you.

All students with a Tier 4 student visa are required to attend the Tier 4 visa talk.

For advice and support on international induction at Solent, please email the International Office on or call +44 (0)23 8201 3529.


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