Information for new Leeds International Study Centre students
Moving away from home is a big step, and at first everything will be very new. New food, new culture, new people – and that’s all before you’ve even started studying. As you’re preparing to study abroad, find out some answers to our most commonly asked questions and what you’ll need to bring along with you from home.
Although most things you need will be readily available in the UK, here are some things you might want to have when you arrive.
Leeds is a great place for shopping, so you can buy anything else you need when you’re here. You’ll be able to find clothes, home furnishings, electrical items and groceries.
You can download our pre-arrival guide from the link below, for support and information about how to prepare yourself for starting your study aboard adventure.
Arriving in September? Please check back here a few weeks before you arrive to download your induction materials.
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.
Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, located in Yorkshire. It is surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales and three other national parks. The city has excellent transport links to York, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
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.
You can buy food from around the world in one of many shops and supermarkets located in Leeds. Cafes and restaurants around the city serve Chinese, Italian, Indian and Mexican food, so you will be able to try something new or eat food that reminds you of home.
The Leeds International Study Centre organises fun events for students, so that you can meet your new teachers and make new friends with your classmates. As a student at the Leeds International Study Centre you can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at Leeds Beckett University.
Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly. You can also repeat what you have said. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said.
Most students feel homesick sometimes – this is a natural way to feel when you are living away from home. There are many things you can that will help you feel less homesick, such as keeping in regular touch with family and friends over Skype and talking to other students at the Leeds International Study Centre who will be feeling the same way as you.
You can always talk to tutors and staff at the Leeds International Study Centre. They are friendly, understanding and the best people to speak to if you have any issues or concerns, whether it is about your studies or something more personal. They will also be able to advise you where you can get further help and advice.