Preparing for university series.

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog today I would like to share the second post from “Preparing for university series” where I will share my advice about how to best prepare for independent life at university. This post will cover topics such as panning your arrival, including CAS, the international orientation programme, accommodation updates and university updates including more information about hybrid education.

Plan Your Arrival

Check your CAS and ensure that your Tier 4 visa application is up to date. If you have any questions or concerns about visa application please email

The International Orientation Programme

The International Orientation Programme is very useful, especially when it comes to settling into the university. This programme is available for all international students (non-EU and EU), you will be able to register with the University, have an in-depth campus tour and Guildford tour. The International Orientation Programme dates will be announced in August 2020. The orientation programme also includes:

  • Registration– both with university and at your local GP (doctor).
  • Academic skills workshop– designed to help you overcome academic challenges and present academic support.
  • Student money talk– you will get advice on how to open an account in the UK bank and practical tips for a student discount.
  • Campus tours and Guildford tours– organised by student mentors who will answer your questions and give advice about student life in Surrey.

Accommodation Update

You can apply for a room as normal if you will be coming to the campus later than expected, late arrival points can be arranged. Before your arrival, you will receive a direct email from the university with clear instructions with arrival process to ensure safe arrival. The Warden Welcome talk will be delivered online, covering all necessary details about GP registration COVID safe arrangements. You can sign up for Late Arrival Points (LAP)via Surrey Learn.

  • LAP 1 – 12 October
    LAP 2 – 2 November
    LAP 3 – 30 November
    LAP 4 – 4 January

University update

Plans for September 2020: In the first semester most of the teaching and learning will be delivered in a hybrid form, meaning that lectures will be recorded and delivered virtually whilst seminars and labs will be in-person and will comply with the Government’s guidelines. Some changes were made to programmes were made, changes to the course.