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					Pre-Arrival Guide
For International
Students 2010/11
Checklist:                                                                                                                            Welcome to the
before you leave home                                                                                                              University of Bristol
                                                                                                   We are delighted that you have decided
   Immigration                                                                                                                                  Contents
         Obtain any necessary student visa/entry clearance for study in the UK.
                                                                                                   to study at the University of Bristol and
                                                                                                                                                    Checklist                         2
         Photocopy the personal details pages of your passport and visa stamp and keep             are looking forward to welcoming you.
                                                                                                                                                    Welcome                           3
         them in a safe place.                                                                     There are currently students from well
                                                                                                                                                    Why Bristol?                      4
   University of Bristol
                                                                                                   over 100 countries studying here, making
                                                                                                                                                    Studying at the
         Complete the online Accommodation Form: www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodation
                                                                                                   for a diverse cultural community.
                                                                                                                                                    University of Bristol             8
         Read your registration pack carefully (sent August/September for October
                                                                                                                                                    Before you depart
         entries) and complete and return forms as necessary (Student Card/Sport & Activity        This guide offers you useful and practical       for the UK                        12
         Pass application, Health forms). The pack and forms are available at
         www.bristol.ac.uk/newstudents from mid-August and tell you when to enrol.
                                                                                                   information to help you plan for your            Arrival in the UK                 17
                                                                                                   arrival in Bristol for the academic year         Finance and funding               20
   Financial                                                                                       2010/11.                                         Health, insurance and
         Check information and fees for your course and cost of living in Bristol.                                                                  further information   22
         Check with your bank about regulations concerning transferring money to the UK.
         Check your government’s restrictions on taking money out of the country.                  You should also look at our web pages            Families                          26
         Obtain travellers’ cheques and British currency for use during first few days or weeks.   for any updates or other additional              Working in the UK                 30
                                                                                                   information: www.bristol.ac.uk/                  Useful websites
   Travelling to the UK
                                                                                                   international/studentsupport                     and contact details               32
         Buy travel tickets and travel insurance.
         Check regulations on bringing belongings to the UK (see page XX).
         Check your luggage weight against your airline’s allowances.                              We are here to help you with information     International Advice and Support
         Obtain a letter of explanation from your doctor for any prescribed drugs you                                                           International Office
                                                                                                   and advice on any non-academic issues
         may need to bring with you.                                                                                                            University of Bristol
         If you are arriving into London in the late afternoon, we recommend that you              you may have during your stay.               University Union
         pre-book a London hotel for your first night.                                                                                          Queen’s Road
                                                                                                   We look forward to meeting you               Bristol BS8 1LN
   Medical                                                                                                                                      Tel: +44 117 954 5849
         Visit the dentist/optician as care can be expensive in the UK.
                                                                                                   in Bristol.                                  Email: os-as@bristol.ac.uk
         Buy medical insurance (see page 12).

   Disability
         If you have a disability, contact Access Unit for Deaf & Disabled Students email:
         access-unit@bristol.ac.uk.




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                                                                                                                                                                                         Bristol Harbourside




Why Bristol?
                                                  If you become a student at
                                                  Bristol, you get the best of both
                                                  worlds – an excellent education
                                                  and a beautiful city as a home.


                                                  The University of Bristol
                                                                                                  There are lots of cultural experiences to be
                                                  The University was founded in 1872 and          found in Bristol, from art galleries and          Calendar for 2010/11
                                                  received its Royal Charter in 1909, and ever    theatres to museums and the beautifully
                                                  since, has been building and maintaining its    preserved Georgian House and Tudor Red            The Academic Year runs for
                                                  strong reputation as a teaching and             Lodge, both of which are very close to the        three terms from October to the
                                                  research institution. The University has an     University. There is also the newly refurbised    following June:
                                                  international reputation for excellence in      historic harbourside where you could go
                                                  research in many different academic areas.      aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the world’s     Autumn Term
                                                                                                  first great ocean liner or simply enjoy a         First Day:
                                                  Bristol City                                    leisurely boat trip enjoying the river views of   Monday 4th October 2010
                                                  Bristol is a historic city and the University   Bristol and the Avon Gorge. When you’re           Start of first teaching block:
                                                  and many of its halls of residence are          ready for a rest, the harbourside offers a        Monday 11th October 2010
                                                  located in the historic part of Bristol.        wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars         Last Day:
                                                                                                  where you can relax over a drink or a meal        Friday 17th December 2010
View of Bristol and the Wills Memorial Building   Bristol is also a very green city with many     and watch the water. If you enjoy food, the       Spring Term
                                                  parks, gardens and woodland. Close to the       harbourside is also the venue for Soil            First Day:
                                                  University there is Clifton Down, a large       Association Organic Festival each year in         Friday 14th January 2011
   You may have been already seen                 green area of open public space where you       Autumn and the Bristol Wine and Food Fair         Start of first teaching block:
   Bristol without realising it! The              can walk, cycle, play ball games or perhaps     in July.                                          Monday 31st January 2011
   BBC (British Broadcasting                      enjoy a picnic with panoramic views of the                                                        Last Day: Friday 1st April 2011
   Corporation) does a lot of filming             spectacular Avon Gorge and Clifton              There is great shopping, restaurants and
                                                  Suspension Bridge. Clifton Suspension           nightlife all over Bristol with Cabot Circus,     Summer Term
   in Bristol for television
                                                  Bridge is probably Bristol’s most famous        Bristol’s brand new central shopping centre       First Day: Monday 3 May 2011
   programmes. Bristol has provided
                                                  landmark designed by the great Victorian        combining all three. There are over 100 new       Last Day: Friday 24th June 2011
   the backdrop for programmes
   such as ‘Only Fools and Horses’                engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This          shops, restaurants and the UK’s first 13          Examinations begin:
   with the much loved Del Boy and                landmark looks even more stunning during        screen Cinema de Lux. Don’t miss the more         May
   Rodney and the hospital drama                  the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta when   individual places to visit in Bristol though,
                                                  in August each year over 100 hot air balloons                                                     Degree Ceremonies:
   ‘Casualty’.                                                                                    like Gloucester Road or St Nicholas Market
                                                  can be seen floating up over the bridge.                                                          FebruaryJulyNovember
                                                                                                  on Corn Street.




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                                                                                                                                                     Did you know?


Why Bristol?                                                                                                                                         The approximate population
                                                                                                                                                     in 2008 was 421,300.

                                                                                                                                                     The approximate number of full
Famous local names                                                                                 John Cleese – this famous British comic           time students living in Bristol
Two prominent local names you are will hear                                                        was once a pupil at Clifton College. He           during term time in the 2001
when you are in Bristol:                                                                           helped create comedy classics such as             census; 25,600.
                                                                                                   ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ and
                                                                                                   ‘Fawlty Towers’.                                  The Theatre Royal Bristol is the
John Cabot – a maritime discoverer who
                                                                                                   Hugo Weaving – aka Elrond in ‘The Lord            oldest continuosly working
set sail from Bristol in 1497 in a ship called
                                                                                                   of the Rings’ films.                              theatre in Britain and has been
‘The Matthew’ who discovered North
                                                 Cabot Tower                                       Nick Park – the man behind Aardman                staging productions since 1766?
America. A replica of The Matthew is
moored alongside the ss Great Britain. Both                                                        Animations who created ‘Wallace and
                                                                                                   Gromit’ and ‘Chicken Run’ and their newest        In 2008, 6.2 million passengers
Cabot Tower and Cabot Circus are named           And you may well have heard of some of
                                                                                                   venture, the popular children’s programme         used Bristol international airport.
after him.                                       Bristol’s other famous residents. We’ve had
                                                 them all; Hollywood legends, sporting heros,      ‘Timmy Time’.
                                                                                                   Nipper, the HMV dog! – Nipper was born in         Bristol is England’s sixth, and
Henry Overton Wills III – was a local            comic genuises, creators of Harry Potter and                                                        the United Kingdom’s ninth, most
businessman whose company imported               Wallace and Gromit and even a famous dog!         Bristol in 1884 and was immortalised in an
                                                                                                   oil painting listening to an old phonograph.      populous city, (in 2006 Bristol was
tabacco and manufactured cigarettes. He          Cary Grant – born in 1904, Archibald Alec                                                           voted the happiest place to live in
promised £100,000 (around £6 million in          Leach became Hollywood’s leading man.             This was later chosen as the advertising
                                                                                                   trademark for His Master’s Voice (HMV).           England by a government poll)!
today’s money) to fund the charter of a          He remained a proud Bristolian returning
university for Bristol. The charter was          home to Bristol to visit his mum!                 Steve Merchant – the award winning
                                                                                                                                                     Angelina Jolie character, Lara
obtained and the University of Bristol was       Bob Hope – another legendary Hollywood            comedy writer who worked with Ricky
                                                                                                                                                     Croft, was created by Bristol
founded in 1909 with Henry as its first          entertainer who spent his childhood in Bristol.   Gervais to create ‘The Office’.
                                                                                                                                                     based Toby Gard. If local lore is
Chancellor. Wills Memorial Building is           JK Rowling – author of the famous                 WG Grace – Cricket’s superstar played
                                                                                                                                                     correct, Gard based his action
named after him.                                 ‘Harry Potter’ books.                             22 times for England scoring 1,038 runs
                                                                                                                                                     heroine on his sister Frances.
                                                                                                   whilst also running a surgery as a GP in
                                                                                                   Easton, Bristol!
                                                                                                                                                     Bristol grew up in Saxon times
                                                                                                   Robin Cousins MBE – the ice-skating
                                                                                                                                                     where the Rivers Avon and
   Events and festivals                          Attractions in and                                champion won gold at the 1980 Winter
                                                                                                                                                     Frome meet. A bridge was built
   in Bristol:                                   around Bristol:                                   Olympics.
                                                                                                                                                     there and the settlement became
                                                                                                                                                     known as Brigstow. Due to the
   • Bristol International Balloon               •   Brunel’s ss Great Britain                     And just in case you have any spare time
                                                                                                                                                     local dialect an ‘L’ was added to
     Fiesta                                      •   Cheddar Caves & Gorge                         after enjoying all the sights of Bristol why
                                                                                                                                                     the end, and Bristol was born!
   • Taste Food Festival                         •   Berkeley Castle                               not take a trip just outside Bristol to places
   • Bristol Half Marathon                       •   Clifton Suspension Bridge                     like the World Heritiage Site of Bath, Cardiff,   The world’s first test-tube baby
   • Bristol Harbour Festival                    •   Wookey Hole Caves & Papermill                 Wells, Glastonbury or the Mendip Hills in         was Bristolian. Sir Ranulph
   • Bristol International Festival of           •   City Museum & Art Gallery                     Somerset where you can visit some of the          Fiennes, the explorer, not only
     Kites and Air Creations                     •   Explore-At-Bristol                            UK’s most famous caves like those at              had bypass op at the BRI after
   • The Bristol Festival                        •   Bristol Zoo Gardens                           Cheddar Gorge. Further afield there is also       heart attack at Bristol airport;
                                                 •   Avon Valley Adventure &                       the Cotswolds, Wales, Devon, Cornwall, the        but prior to climbing Everest
                                                     Wildlife Park                                 South Coast and London which is only just         practised on Avon Gorge!
                                                                                                   over two hours away.

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Studying at the
University of Bristol
Studying in the UK can be very different                                                       This contains a statement of good practice
                                                                                               for research students, setting out what is
from studying in your home country.                                                            expected of both the student and the
                                                                                               adviser. A PhD supervisor can only offer
Just as there can be quite a difference         For further information on how undergraduate
                                                                                               advice – you should be prepared to
between secondary and higher education in       and taught Masters courses are structured,
                                                                                               question and challenge that advice. In most
your home country, things may be just as        have a look at:
                                                                                               departments there will be other members of
different between the higher education          Undergraduate courses:
                                                                                               academic staff, such as a Postgraduate
system in your country and in the UK.           www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/
                                                                                               Tutor, who can offer more general advice.
                                                undergraduate/2010/intro/9
                                                                                               It is important for you to take advantage of
You are expected to be much more                Taught Masters courses:
                                                                                               the training opportunities offered to research
independent in your study and the teaching      www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/
                                                                                               students to enhance your research and
and assessment methods may be very              postgraduate/2009/intro/39
                                                                                               transferable skills. Some of these are
different to what you are used to. To explore
                                                                                               organised by your department or Faculty
what these differences may be, have a           Research Students
                                                                                               and others are organised by the University
look at the following websites:                 You will be appointed an adviser to assist     centrally. A list of courses arranged centrally
www.educationuk.org/                            you in your research. You should consult       can be found via: www.bristol.ac.uk/
downloads/study_live_uk.pdf                     the Regulations and Code of Practice for       staffdevelopment/courses.
www.ukcosa.org.uk/student/                      Research Degree Programmes given to
info_sheets/study_methods.php                   new students at registration.                  Libraries
                                                                                               As a student at Bristol you’ll want high
                                                                                               quality study resources and facilities. Here in
                                                                                               our Library the aim is to help you learn by
                                                                                                                                                   Students in the law library
                                                                                               providing access to the information, working
                                                                                               spaces, IT equipment and guidance you’ll
                                                                                               need. Whether you’re doing your own                 department. If you prefer to research online,
                                                                                               research, using resources recommended by            the libararies offer web access to more than
                                                                                               academic staff, or writing up and presenting        12,000 academic journals and collections of
                                                                                               your work, the Library staff are here to help.      ebooks, so you have flexibility to work
                                                                                               There are 12 branch libraries, many of them         where and when you want.
                                                                                               located in their own faculty or academic
                                                                                               department. As a student at Bristol you can         Because we want you to get the most out
                                                                                               use the facilities available in all of them. With   of the Library, the staff will be happy to help
                                                                                               around 1.4 million books and printed                you. There are service points in the
                                                                                               journals we have the biggest academic               branches for general enquiries, and you can
                                                                                               collection in the South West of England.            contact the team of subject librarians for
                                                                                               There are also rich collections of rare books       more specific guidance in finding what you
Wills Memorial Building                         Victoria Rooms                                 and archives in the Special Collections             need. When you’re getting down to work,


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Studying at the
                                                                                                Helpful courses
University of Bristol
                                                                                                English Language English Language Proficiency
                                                                                                If your first language is not English you will have been asked by your
the branches offer more than 2,500 study         Library Services’ webpage:
                                                                                                department to provide evidence of proficiency in English. The general
spaces, with areas specially designed for        www.bristol.ac.uk/is/library/
                                                                                                requirement of the University is that you achieve a minimum score of 6.5 in all
quiet individual study or group work in social   findinginformation/plagiarism/advice.html.
                                                                                                bands of the IELTS test, although some departments ask for a higher score. The
spaces. And when you’re ready for a break
                                                                                                IELTS test is preferred to any other test as it is a more accurate guide to a
or want to meet or work with friends, the        Further information on study
                                                                                                student’s skill in the sort of English required for academic study.
café areas are a good place to relax.            in the UK
If you want to find out more about the           The British Council has information on study   Courses in English Language
Library visit the Information Services           in the UK, available from the following        The University’s Language Centre provides a range of English language courses
website at www.bristol.ac.uk/is.                 website: www.britcoun.org/eis/livebrit.htm     for international students intending to study at the University of Bristol. These
                                                 www.educationuk.org/pls/hot_bc/                courses are specifically designed to help students cope with the language
Plagiarism                                       page_pls_user _article?d=33                    demands experienced while living and studying in a British university
Plagiarism is taking someone                     UKCISA Information Sheets:                     environment.
else’s ideas or words (or rewriting              Arriving in the UK. Available from the
them in your own words) without                  UKCISA website:                                Pre-sessional Programmes
acknowledgement or reference to the              www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/                     Pre-sessional courses are available in July and August. These are full-time
original work. Information and advice for        information_sheets.php                         intensive courses that train students in the language and study skills required
students about plagiarism is available from      UK Student Life website:                       for their future academic studies. Students who have not met the minimum
your department and on the University’s          www.ukstudentlife.com                          IELTS scores may be able to meet the English language entry requirements
                                                                                                through successful completion of a pre-sessional course. Students who will be
                                                                                                studying at the Langford site will be based in Bristol for their pre-sessional
                                                                                                English.

                                                                                                In-sessional Programme
                                                                                                During the academic year the Language Centre runs part-time courses in
                                                                                                academic English and study skills for international students on full-time
                                                                                                academic courses at the University. These courses are designed to support
                                                                                                students who find difficulty in areas like participating in seminars and writing
                                                                                                assignments in English. There is a 30-hour in-sessional language course based
                                                                                                at Langford for students studying there who would like to improve their
                                                                                                language skills. In-sessional students can also make use of the Language
                                                                                                Centre’s multimedia self-access facilities for independent language learning.

                                                                                                The staff of the Language Centre welcome all enquiries about the English
                                                                                                language courses it provides international students. For more detailed
                                                                                                information please contact:
                                                                                                The Language Centre, 30-32 Tyndalls Park Road Bristol, BS8 1PY
                                                                                                Tel: +44 117 331 0909 Fax: +44 117 331 0870
                                                                                                Email: language-centre@bristol.ac.uk www.bristol.ac.uk/languagecentre

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Before you depart
for the UK
Immigration requirements                                                                         British National (Overseas), Britishoverseas     to do so (e.g. you wish to study part-time).
                                                    You will find up to date                     territories citizen, British Overseas citizen,   You will not be able to extend the length of
Please note that it is your responsibility to
                                                    information at:                              British protectedperson, British subject         your visa in the UK, nor will you be
apply for the correct entry clearance (visa) to
                                                    www.ukvisas.gov.uk                           living in Hong Kong – it is not compulsory       permitted to work whilst holding a ‘student
study in the UK before leaving home and in
                                                    You should also view:                        to apply for entry clearance before coming       visitor’ visa.
good time to begin your course of study.
                                                    www.bristol.ac.uk/international/             to the UK. However, it is strongly advised
                                                    studentsupport/immigration/                  that you do so for the same reasons              If you are unsure which visa you have been
All nationals of non-EEA countries travelling
                                                    #leaving                                     indicated above for those from non-visa          granted and have applied for a student visa
to the UK to study for more than six months
to join a full-time course of study will need                                                    national countries.                              – not a student visitor visa, ask someone at
to apply for entry clearance (visa) from a                                                                                                        the visa application centre or Embassy/High
British Embassy or High Commission before         Entry clearance as a ‘General’ or              The University of Bristol                        Commission when collecting your visa to
travelling to the UK (some Embassies now          ‘Adult’ Student (Student visas)                Tier 4 Licence Holder                            confirm which visa you have been granted.
use visa application centres to handles visa      If you are a student from a visa national      The University of Bristol has been granted       Ask to speak to the Entry Clearance
applications). All passengers, including          country, you will be expected to apply for a   a licence by the United Kingdom Border           Manager if you have been granted a student
students, arriving without the proper entry       visa regardless of the length of time you      Agency (UKBA) to sponsor students and is         visitor visa in error, as you cannot change or
clearance (visa) will be refused entry to the     expect to be in the UK. For a list of visa     required to comply with its general and          extend this visa once in the UK.
UK and will have to return home to apply for      national countries, see:                       specific sponsor duties. Sponsor duties
the correct visa.                                 www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/                         include duties such as informing the UKBA        For more details about the student visitor
                                                  doineedvisa/visadatvnationals.                 if a student has any unauthorised absences,      visa, see:
All information provided below regarding                                                         fails to enrol on their course or stops their    www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
immigration is correct as of July 2009.           If you are not from a visa national country    studies.                                         studyingintheuk/student-visitors/
However, the UK system of student                 and are coming to the UK for less than six                                                      www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/
immigration is undergoing immense                 months, it is not compulsory that you apply    Further details of these duties can be found     immigration.php#visa
changes with the introduction of the Points       for a student visa to come to the UK.          on the UKBA website at;
Based System from spring 2009. While the          (See Student visitor visas on next page).      www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/                      Biometric information
information provided below regarding                                                             employers/points/whatisthepoints                 All UK visa applicants are required
documentary evidence required when                                                               basedsystem/sponsoringstudents.                  to provide biometric data (10-digit
applying for a student visa is not expected         For more information on student                                                               fingerscans and a digital photograph) as
to change dramatically, information such as         entry clearance:                             Student visitor visas                            part of the application process. You will
the required application form, fees, etc. will      www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/features/              A student visitor visa is entry clearance for    have to go to your nearest visa application
change. The UK Border Agency’s (formerly,           applyingtostudy                              students coming to the UK to study for less      centre or Embassy/High Commission in
the Immigration and Nationality Directorate)        www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/                   than six months and who do not wish to           person to provide your biometrics.
website, and our web pages, should be               immigration.php                              work. Students can study full-time or part-
checked before applying for your student            www.bristol.ac.uk/international/             time on a student visitor visa. It is strongly   For further details, see:
visa for information on changes to                  studentsupport/immigration/                  recommended that you do not apply for a          www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/
immigration regulations.                            #leaving                                     student visitor visa unless you are required     biometricvisa/




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Before you depart
for the UK
Academic Technology Approval                      apply for an ATAS certificate on the             How do I apply for student                         your papers are in order and you have an
Scheme (ATAS)                                     basis of a conditional offer.                    entry clearance?                                   unconditional offer of a place:
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme                                                            You will need to fill in a visa application form   • Four months after the end of the course,
(ATAS) was introduced in November 2007.           Immigration requirements:                        (‘VAF9 – PBS migrant’). You can download              if your course lasts 12 months or more.
In common with other Governments around           EEA and Swiss Nationals                          the form and guidance notes from                   • Two months after the end of the course,
the world, the British Government is working      If you are an EEA or Swiss national,             www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply.                     if your course lasts six months or more,
hard to stop the spread of knowledge and          (see www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howto                 You must apply for entry clearance in the             but less than 12 months.
skills that could be used in the proliferation    apply/infs/ inf18eeaswissnationals#Q1) you       country of which you are a national or             • One month after the end of your course,
of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and          can enter the UK freely by showing your          where you legally live. The Embassy or High           if your course is a pre-sessional course
their means of delivery. The ATAS is designed     passport or National Identity Card, and do       Commission will tell you about the ways in            of less than six months.
to ensure that people who are applying to         not need to gain entry clearance (visa)          which you can apply, as it may be possible         • Seven days after the end of your course,
study certain sensitive subjects in the UK        before travelling to the UK. However, it is      by post, by courier, in person, or on-line.           if your course is less than six months
do not have links to WMD programmes.              advisable to carry your passport and             Again, see www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/                     long, and is not a pre-sessional course.
                                                  confirmation of your accepted place at the       howtoapply.
If you intend to undertake postgraduate           University. Spouses and any children under                                                          If you are given a visa for a shorter period,
studies and/or research which lead to a           the age of 21 may also enter with you if         For information about what documents you           ask to speak to the Entry Clearance
Doctorate or Masters degree in certain            they are EEA nationals. If they are non–EEA      will need to apply for your student entry          Manager to find out if it can be changed.
designated subjects, such as science,             nationals, you must apply at your local          clearance, see:                                    Please note that if you are coming for a
mathematics, engineering, technology or           British Embassy for an EEA Family Permit         www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/                  course of English and have a conditional
medicine, you will have to get an ATAS            before travelling to the UK.                     infs/inf29pbsstudent                               offer for another course, you are only likely
certificate before you apply for your visa.                                                        www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/immigration.php          be granted leave to enter to cover the
Full details about this scheme and the            When do I apply for a                            www.bristol.ac.uk/international/student            length of the first course. You will then need
subjects that require an ATAS certificate can     student visa?                                    support/immigration/entryclearance.html            to extend your visa in the UK once you have
be found on the Foreign and                                                                                                                           met any conditions.
                                                  If you have accepted an unconditional offer
Commonwealth Office website:                      to study at the University of Bristol, you can   Providing your name on
www.fco.gov.uk/en/fco-in-action/                                                                                                                      If you have financial sponsorship from a
                                                  start the process a maximum of 3 months in       official documents
counter-terrorism/weapons/atas.                                                                                                                       government, the British Council, an
                                                  advance. It is advisable to check with your      You should use the spelling and name order         international organisation, a company or a
                                                  local British Embassy or British High            as given in your passport. Please be
You can also contact your Faculty Office to                                                                                                           university, this may also affect the length of
                                                  Commission’s web pages to find out the           consistent when writing your name on any
ask whether an ATAS certificate is required for                                                                                                       entry clearance granted to you.
                                                  current visa processing times and local          official forms to avoid confusion. The name
your course of study (for Faculty Office          procedures. www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/               you give the University is the one that will       If your application for entry
contact details, see page 17). Currently          howtoapply/processingtimes/                      appear on all official records and databases.      clearance is refused
applications for an ATAS certificate are free
of charge and can be made online. They                                                                                                                Contact International Advice and Support
                                                    PLEASE NOTE that it is your                    What period of time will my student
can take up to three weeks to process. It is                                                                                                          straightaway by fax, email or telephone.
                                                    responsibility to apply for entry              visa cover?
your responsibility to apply for an ATAS                                                                                                              Remember to keep photocopies of your
certificate where necessary in good time to         clearance in good time to join the             The length of visa given will depend on the        application form and all documents used to
make your visa application and you can              start of your course.                          supporting documents that you submit and           apply for your entry clearance, in addition to
                                                                                                   the type of course that you are studying. If       your Notice of Refusal.

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Before you depart
for the UK                                                                                                                                      Arrival in the UK
                                        If you applied for a Student visa on or after     When to arrive
                                        31 March 2009 and now wish your                                                                       Students are advised not to arrive
                                                                                          Students in pre-arranged
                                        dependants to join you in the UK, go to:                                                              early unless it is absolutely
                                                                                          accommodation
                                        www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/                                                                     necessary to do so. If you will be
                                                                                          If you have received an offer of accommodation      arriving early, you should contact
                                        infs/inf29pbsstudent.
                                                                                          and met all the requirements, you will be           your accommodation to ask if you
                                        www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/
                                                                                          sent arrival information indicating the date        can move in early. If this is not
                                        your_family.php
                                                                                          you can move in. If you plan to arrive after        possible, you will need to book
                                        www.bristol.ac.uk/international/student
                                                                                          the start of the tenancy you will need to           temporary accommodation
                                        support/immigration/entryclearance.html#
                                                                                          contact the Accommodation Office;                   in Bristol. The Accommodation
                                        dependantform
                                                                                          accom-office@bristol.ac.uk.                         Office produces a list of hotels
                                        Entering the UK via Ireland                                                                           and guest houses in Bristol:
                                                                                          Students who have not                               www.bristol.ac.uk/
                                        Many students choose to travel before             pre-arranged accommodation                          accommodation/usefuldocs.
                                        coming to the UK to begin their studies,
                                                                                          You should plan to arrive in Bristol several
                                        sometimes entering the UK via Ireland.
                                                                                          days before you need to register (unless
                                        This is generally not recommended. For
                                                                                          otherwise informed) in order to sort out
                                        further details, consult the following website:
                                                                                          accommodation. It is important to reserve
                                        www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/
                                                                                          temporary accommodation before travelling
                                        immigration.php#visa
                                                                                          to Bristol – for a list of hotels, hostels and
Bringing dependants with                                                                  guesthouses in Bristol – www.bristol.ac.uk/
you to the UK                           Transit Visas
                                                                                          accommodation/usefuldocs.
                                        If your flight to the UK requires a transfer in
                                        a European country, it is advisable to obtain     You may wish to take advantage of one of
   For information on bringing
                                        a transit visa in case of delays.                 the “house search events” organised by
   dependants (e.g. spouse, children,
   civil partner) with you to the UK                                                      the Accommodation Office for students
                                        British Council Pre-departure                     planning to look for accommodation in
   for the period of your studies,
                                        Briefings                                         the private sector. For details see
   consult the following websites.
   Please also read the ‘Families’      The British Council offers pre-departure          www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodation/
   section of this guide.               briefings in many countries for students          prs/finding/propsearch.html.
                                        who are about to travel to the UK. The
                                        meetings give you an opportunity to meet          Arriving in Bristol
If you applied for a Student visa on    and talk to other students who have studied       Immigration Control
or before 30 March 2009 and now         in the UK and ask any questions you may
                                                                                          Your passport and documents will be
wish your dependants to join you in     have. Details of these briefings are available
                                                                                          checked when you arrive in the UK –
the UK, go to: www.ukvisas.gov.uk/      from your local British Council Office or their
                                                                                          there will be separate control points for
en/howtoapply/infs/inf5students         website: www.britishcouncil.org.
                                                                                          EEA (European Economic Area) nationals
                                                                                          and all other passport holders.                  Houses in Bristol



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Arrival in the UK                                                                            For all arrival details, please see the following website from early summer
                                                                                             2010: www.bristol.ac.uk/international/studentsupport/arrival


                                        Chest X-ray                                        Travel to the                                       Travel to Langford
   You will be asked to tell the                                                           University of Bristol                               (Clinical Veterinary School)
                                        You may be asked to have a chest
   Immigration Officer the purpose
                                        x-ray at the airport before going                  Meet and Greet                                      Langford is approximately 15 miles south
   of your stay in the UK, and will
                                        on to Customs Control.                             The University of Bristol offers a Meet &           west of Bristol. If you are travelling from
   need to show:
                                                                                           Greet service at Heathrow Airport, Bristol          Bristol International Airport, take a taxi to
   • Your passport or travel document
                                        Customs Control                                    International Airport, and the train and            Langford (approximately 5 miles). If you are
   • A letter from the University of
                                        There are strict rules governing the import of     bus stations in Bristol during certain dates        travelling from Heathrow or Gatwick Airport,
      Bristol confirming your
                                        food and plant products into the EU from           and times in September. You will be met             take the train to Bristol Temple Meads and
      acceptance of a place on your
                                        non-EU countries. Import of meat, milk and         by University of Bristol students and               then the train to Weston-super-Mare and
      course
                                        their products is banned. Information is           offered assistance with transport to your           get off at Yatton, then take a taxi to Langford
   • Evidence of financial support
                                        available on: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/            accommodation. Further details will be              (approximately 5 miles). Welcome Lounge.
   Once your documents have been
   checked, your passport will be       illegali/default.htm                               available on our web pages from summer
                                                                                           2010.                                               Arriving at the
   stamped with the current date.
                                        As a student you are permitted to bring into                                                           University of Bristol
                                        the UK, free of duty or tax, articles for use in   If you arrive in the UK or Bristol outside of       Welcome Lounge
                                        your studies (including computers), clothing       the Meet & Greet service times, you will            A Welcome Lounge for new international
                                        and household linen, and household effects         need to make your way to your                       students is open from mid-September and
                                        for furnishing your rooms. If you are bringing     accommodation. If you arrive in London,             can be found in the International Office in
                                        an item of high value (over 4000 euros),           you can make your way to Bristol via train          the Students’ Union Building. This is a
                                        you are advised to declare it, even though         or bus. Alternatively fly directly to Bristol       central information point where you can
                                        you should not be required to pay duty or          International Airport. Once in Bristol, you         collect your Welcome Pack, if you have not
                                        tax on it.                                         can take a bus to your accommodation or             received it in your University accommodation,
                                                                                           take a taxi. A taxi from Bristol International      ask questions, have refreshments, and meet
                                        You may have to open your luggage for              Airport to your accommodation will cost             other new international students. There are
                                        inspection - Customs Officers do random            approximately £20, with journeys from the           also daily guided walking tours of the
                                        checks. If you plan to send belongings in          train and bus stations costing less. In case        University precinct, in addition to other
                                        advance, you will need to complete an              of emergency, the University of Bristol’s 24-       introductory activities. Full details of the
                                        International Customs Declaration Form             hour security number is 0117 928 7848. If           Welcome Lounge can be found on our web
                                        (Form C3) stating that the articles are for        you are travelling to Bristol by train, the train   pages from summer 2010.
                                        personal use during your studies. If you do        station at which you should arrive is Bristol
                                        not complete a form, you will be liable for        Temple Meads. If travelling by bus, you will        Orientation for new students
                                        import duty in the UK. The form is available       arrive at Bristol Bus Station. Detailed time-
                                                                                                                                               There will be an introductory event for new
                                        from shipping agents or can be downloaded          tables and information about discounted
                                                                                                                                               international postgraduate and undergraduate
                                        from: www.hmrc.gov.uk.                             fares can be found at the following websites:
                                                                                                                                               students. Check our webpages from
View of Bristol                                                                            www.nationalexpress.com
                                                                                                                                               summer 2010 for details of all welcome
                                                                                           www.nationalrail.co.uk
                                                                                                                                               activities for new international students.
                                                                                           www.railair.com



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Finance
and funding
UK Banks                                        sector accommodation you may need more
Current UK legislation does not allow the       than this to cover any deposit and rent in
opening of bank accounts in the UK prior to     advance. Cheques must be in sterling (UK
your arrival, so you will need to open a bank   pounds) which you can cash at a bank.
account once you are in Bristol. When you       Travellers’ cheques can be cashed at
have opened your account, it will take a        airports or any bureau de change. For
week or so before you can take out your         security reasons, you should keep a note of
money. Information on local banks and their     the cheque numbers separate from your
services are included in the Guide ‘Getting     traveller’s cheques as they can only be
Started in Bristol’ which you can collect       cancelled if you have the numbers. We also
from International Advice and Support           advise, for personal security reasons, that
after you have arrived or download from         you do not put all your personal documents
our website; www.bristol.ac.uk/                 (passport, money, travellers’ cheques,
international/studentsupport/                   documents, acceptance letter from the              Living Expenses                                  Scholarships
publications/gettingstarted.html.               University and personal addresses and              Information on budgeting and a                   Details of scholarships and other sources of
If you are coming on a course of 3 months       telephone numbers) in one bag, wallet or           funding calculator can be found at               funding at the University of Bristol can be
or less, it may not be worth opening a bank     pocket. Keep them with you and in your             www.bristol.ac.uk/studentfunding.                found on the University’s Student Funding
account. You could check with your bank at      hand luggage but keep them separate.               Students living at Langford may incur extra      Office web pages: www.bristol.ac.uk/
home whether it would be possible to                                                               costs for travel to and from Bristol (e.g. for   studentfunding. Details of scholarships may
withdraw cash with your ATM/cash point          Currency controls on                               entertainment, shopping, police registration,    also be obtained from your faculty office.
card whilst you are in the UK.                  entering or leaving the UK                         to arrange to open bank accounts). The           You should not commence a course unless
                                                Any person entering or leaving the                 single bus fare is £4.25, or £6.10 return if     you have adequate funding for the full
Bringing money safely into the UK               UK has to declare the cash (which includes         travelling outside peak hours.                   duration of your course.
Please do not bring large amounts of cash       bankers’ drafts, cheques and travellers
with you to the UK for both security reasons    cheques as well as cash) that they are             Payment of tuition fees                          US Nationals
and currency control limits, see below. Your    carrying if it amounts to more than 10,000         Fees can be paid in one or two instalments       If you have applied or will be applying for a
bank in your own country will be able to        euros, this is approximately £8,580 at the         by banker’s draft (made payable to               Federal (Stafford of Grad PLUS) loan you
offer you advice on transferring money to       current rate of exchange. You should also          ‘University of Bristol’) drawn on a UK bank      need to be aware of the policies for making
|the UK.                                        check if your home country imposes any             or London branch of your bank in your            satisfactory academic progress and for the
                                                foreign currency transaction limits. If you fail   home country, in £ Sterling, or by major         return of funds to the US Department of
When traveling to Bristol you will only need    to declare your cash or if you provide             credit cards (but not American Express or        Education upon early withdrawal from the
enough sterling cash for a few days             incomplete information, you could face a           Diners Club). You will be sent details of the    University of Bristol. These policies can be
(approximately £200) and a further sum          fine of up to £5,000. If the customs officials     fees payable for your course or see;             found at: www.bristol.ac.uk/
(about £500) in cheques or travellers’          have reason to doubt the legitimacy of             www.bristol.ac.uk/academicregistry/              finance/studentinfo/us-studentloans.
cheques when you first arrive for immediate     properly declared cash, then they will have        fees. Tuition fees go up approximately in
expenses. If you are moving into private        the power to seize it.                             line with inflation each year.




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Health, insurance
and further information
Health                                    EEA and Swiss nationals                         discuss immunisation with them. It is also      with the UK. Check the following web
                                          The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)       recommended that you are immunised              pages to see if your country is listed:
                                          entitles the holder to healthcare during        against mumps before arriving in Bristol.       www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/
   National Health Service (NHS)
                                          temporary travel in member states. You                                                          info_sheets/keeping_healthy.php.
   Once you have arrived in the UK        should apply for your EHIC before you leave     Dentists and opticians
   all students (and their families)      home. It entitles you to full NHS treatment     Most local dental practices only take private   Personal possessions insurance
   whose courses last for six months      on the same basis as students who are           (paying) patients. You should be prepared to    You are advised to insure your luggage
   or longer are entitled to free         studying for six months or more. You are        pay the full cost of dental treatment; we       before your journey and label it clearly with
   treatment under the NHS. This is       advised to take out comprehensive private       strongly recommend that you have your           your full name and your UK address. Please
   the state health service for UK        insurance for visits to all countries,          teeth checked before coming to the UK.          note that there is a compulsory personal
   residents. NHS treatment covers        regardless of whether you are covered by        Eye tests are available at opticians and you    possessions insurance scheme which
   consultation with general              your EHIC. For more information about your      can pay up to £25 for a test. Separate          provides basic cover for students living in
   practitioners (GPs or family           entitlements in the UK, contact your local      charges are made for lenses and frames of       University accommodation. If you own
   doctors), and hospital treatment       Health Authority before you leave home.         spectacles which, depending on choice,          valuable items (such as a laptop computer),
   for conditions that arise while you                                                    can range from £50 to £500.                     or you will be living in privately-rented
   are in the UK. It does not cover       Immunisations                                                                                   accommodation, you are strongly advised
   treatment for all pre-existing                                                         Insurance                                       to take out your own personal possessions
                                          There are no compulsory immunisations for
   medical conditions.                                                                                                                    insurance once you arrive in the UK.
                                          students coming to the UK. However,             Health insurance
                                          applicants for UK visas valid for longer than                                                   Personal possessions insurance policies do
   It is essential that you register                                                      You should consider taking out private
                                          six months in certain countries now require a                                                   not usually cover cash; large sums of
   with a local general medical                                                           medical insurance in the following
                                          certificate to show that they are free from                                                     money should not be kept in your
   practice when you arrive in                                                            circumstances:
                                          infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).                                                         accommodation. See:
   Bristol. Most students (and their                                                                                                      www.endsleigh.co.uk
                                          Please check www.ukvisas.gov.uk/                1. To cover your journey to the UK, and to
   families), providing they live in                                                                                                      www.cover4students.com
                                          en/howtoapply/tbscreening to see                cover emergency repatriation to your home
   the practice area, register with the
                                          if you are affected.                            country in the event of a serious accident
   Students’ Health Service which is                                                                                                      Sport, Exercise and Health
   based within the University and is                                                     or illness.
                                          The University Students’ Health Service                                                         The University has a strong tradition of sport
   part of the NHS.
                                          recommends that you arrange immunisation        2. To cover pre-existing conditions which       for fun, competition, health and well-being.
                                          against meningitis C in your home country       require ongoing treatment which may not be      Many students find that joining an exercise
   More information on medical care
                                          before you arrive in Bristol. If this is not    covered by the National Health Service          class, visiting the gym, or playing in a sports
   is given in the ‘Getting Started in
                                          possible please attend one of the               (read above for information regarding the       team, are great ways of keeping fit, making
   Bristol’ Guide which you can
                                          immunisation sessions for newly registered      National Health Service).                       new friends, and getting more involved in
   collect from International Advice
                                          patients at the Students’ Health Service                                                        University life. The University’s Sport &
   and Support after arrival in
                                          during Introductory Week. Please contact        3. To cover you if you are staying in Bristol   Activity Pass gives you free access to a
   Bristol or download;
                                          the Students’ Health Service for more           for less than six months unless you are an      range of sport, exercise and health facilities.
   www.bristol.ac.uk/international/
                                          details; www.bristol.ac.uk/students-health/.    EEA national, from Switzerland or from a        Visit www.bristol.ac.uk/sport or call +44 117
   studentsupport/publications/
                                          If you register with another practice, please   country that has a reciprocal agreement         928 8810 for more information.
   gettingstarted.html.


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Health, insurance
and further information
                                                                                                 The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at the University        Mobile phones can be brought from your
                                                                                                 welcomes students of all faiths or none.            home country and used in the UK. Check
                                                                                                 Their website contains a list of the named          with your local mobile phone company
                                                                                                 contacts for all faiths:                            about phone specifications and costs of
                                                                                                 www.bristol.ac.uk/chaplaincy.                       calls. Another option is to bring your mobile
                                                                                                 The University Multifaith Chaplaincy has a          phone from your home country and
                                                                                                 booklet called ‘Faith in the Community’             purchase a SIM card in the UK. This would
                                                                                                 which gives details of places of worship in         enable you to use a UK mobile phone
                                                                                                 Bristol from all different faith communities.       network while keeping your mobile phone.
                                                                                                 Copies are available from the Multifaith            However, not all mobile phones are
                                                                                                 Chaplaincy and International Support and            compatible with UK SIM cards. It is
                                                                                                 Advice after your arrival. It is available online   advisable to check with your mobile phone
                                                                                                 at: www.uwe.ac.uk/advice/faithand                   company prior to leaving your home country
                                                                                                 spirituality/faith-communities.                     to decide the best option for you once you
The University Sports Centre                    Sports at the University of Bristol                                                                  are in the UK.
                                                                                                 The Chaplaincy also produces a leaflet on
                                                                                                 places of worship for students in Langford.         ResNet provides access to the University
Disabled students                               attached to these services. You will be
                                                expected to make every effort to secure          Please note that for many faiths (Hindu,            network and the internet to students living
The University of Bristol is committed to
                                                funding from your country prior to entry and     Jewish, Muslim and Sikh) there is no                in University accommodation. For details of
promoting equal opportunities and access
                                                to provide us with evidence of your              community closer to Langford than those in          how to join see Information Services
and welcomes applications from disabled
                                                applications for funding. For more               the city of Bristol.                                webpages: www.bristol.ac.uk/is/
students. If you have a disability you should
                                                information and to discuss your support                                                              computing/advice/homeusers/
contact the University’s Access Unit before
                                                requirements, please contact the Access          Communications                                      resnet/connect/newstudents.html.
accepting the offer of a place to study to
discuss any support services that you may       Unit: Tel: +44 117 954 5727 (voice),             (Telephones & Internet)
require. As an international student you        +44 117 954 5728 (minicom)                       All rooms in University halls and students
should be aware that, unlike students from      Email: access-unit-students@bristol.ac.uk        houses have access to a phone. Internal
the UK, you are not entitled to funds from      www.bristol.ac.uk/accessunit/                    calls within the University system are free;
the UK government to cover any support          prospective/international.html.                  external calls can be made after purchasing
services or equipment you require to access                                                      a pre-paid telephone card. Should you wish
your course. Although the University makes      Religion                                         to use a mobile phone whilst in the UK,
various types of support available to all       Britain is a multicultural society and freedom   there are plenty of options and good deals
disabled students (such as an extended          to practice your own religion is an important    can be found by shopping around once you
library loan service), other types of support   principle of British society. You should be      are in Bristol.
may prove more difficult to arrange (for        able to find places of worship in Bristol
example, sign language interpreters or          of all the major religions.
personal care workers) and there are costs




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         Families
         If you have a spouse and family, it is          Please be aware that changing your               accommodation is very scarce, and you are       arrival in the UK, family members will need to
         understandable that you may wish to bring       accommodation can also mean changing             likely to have to live in Weston-super-Mare     apply for a residence permit. For further
         them with you to the UK. Before you do,         schools, doctors and other local services.       (10 miles from Langford) or Bristol (13 miles   information, please contact International
         however, you will need to research into         You can see more information at:                 from Langford). Bus journey times are in        Advice and Support or visit
         accommodation and facilities for your family,   www.bristol.ac.uk/Depts/StudentHouses.           excess of 1 hour.                               www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk.
         and make careful preparations. Please see                                                                                                        If your spouse and family will not be
         our website: www.bristol.ac.uk/                 Accommodation in the private sector can          Applying for entry visas                        travelling at the same time as you, they will
         international/studentsupport/                   be difficult to find and expensive. Landlords    It is compulsory for all spouses and/or         need to supply the following documents
         publications/families.html for further          may be reluctant to take young children.         children (dependants) of non-EU students        when making an entry clearance
         information regarding families and              You should consult the Accommodation             to apply for an entry visa before travelling    application:
         accommodation, childcare, immigration,          Office website www.bristol.ac.uk/accom/prs       to the UK. Application forms can be
         leisure and schools.                            for information on renting in the private        downloaded from: www.ukvisas.gov.uk. If         • A letter from the University confirming
                                                         sector and for a list of Bristol                 you have a visa that was issued prior to the      your student status (evidence that you
         Family Accommodation                            accommodation agencies. You are advised          introduction of Tier 4 Student Visas on 31st      are a registered student at the University,
         The University has a small number of flats      to travel to Bristol in advance of your family   March 2009 your dependant(s) will need to         or evidence of acceptance of a place
         suitable for couples or families with one or    in order to make accommodation                   complete the VAF3B application form, but if       to study)
         two small children under the age of 10.         arrangements.                                    you have a Tier 4 Student Visa your             • Evidence of accommodation
         Demand for these is extremely high and far                                                       dependant(s) will need to complete the          • A copy of your passport – title page,
         exceeds the number of flats available.          There is no University family accommodation      VAF10 – PBS Dependant application form.           and entry visa
         Tenancies are offered for one year only.        at the Langford site. Local private family                                                       • Financial evidence in the form of recent
                                                                                                          The spouse of a student will normally be          bank statements and/or scholarship
                                                                                                          admitted to the UK for the period of the          award letter (if applicable)
                                                                                                          student’s authorised stay. Financial            • Marriage and birth certificates.
Bristol Harbourside
                                                                                                          information will be required in order to
                                                                                                          demonstrate there is sufficient money to        Employment
                                                                                                          support a spouse and family, as well as         If you have been granted a minimum of 12
                                                                                                          evidence of accommodation.                      months’ stay in the UK, there should be no
                                                                                                                                                          restrictions on your spouse working during
                                                                                                          It is also compulsory for all non-EEA           your period of residence in the UK. There
                                                                                                          spouses and dependants of EU students           are no working restrictions for non-EEA
                                                                                                          to apply for an EEA family permit, a form       spouses with an ‘EEA Family Permit’.
                                                                                                          of entry clearance, before travelling to the
                                                                                                          UK. To do this complete the form VAF5,          Childcare, nurseries and schools
                                                                                                          EEA Family Permit. Children can be              Information regarding types of childcare and
                                                                                                          included on the same form as the spouse.        schooling available in the UK can be found
                                                                                                          Form VAF5 can be downloaded at                  on the Directgov website:
                                                                                                          www.ukvisas.gov.uk. The EEA family permit       www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/index.htm.
                                                                                                          will be valid for only six months and upon      You can search this website to find schools


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Families
and nurseries in the area in which you will       Langford Nursery is situated on the              Admissions, Bristol City Council, PO Box     admitting your child. You should tell the
live: www.schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk. You        Langford site. For details and current           57, College House, College Green, Bristol,   school if your child needs any special
can also find local childcare listings from the   charges, contact the Supervisor at:              BS99 7EB, Tel: 0117 903 7694, email:         language support. Schools in the area of
Government’s ChildcareLink website:               Langford Nursery, Langford House,                school.admissions@bristol.gov.uk or see      the University are often oversubscribed and
www.childcarelink.gov.uk.                         Bristol, BS40 5DU. Tel: +44 193                  their website: www.bristol-cyps.org.uk/      you may not be able to obtain a place for
                                                  485 3237.                                        schools/schools.html. Alternatively,         your child in your preferred school. If the
Care for Pre-School Children                                                                       see the Directgov website:                   school is full you will be offered a place in
This is expensive in the UK, costs for full-      Childminders usually look after children         www.schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk              an alternative school.
time care in a private nursery are from £200      under 12 in the childminder’s own home           where you can find schools in the area
and upwards per week. If you wish your            and often collect school-aged children from      in which you will live.                      Information on independent schools
young children to be cared for there are          a nearby school. They must be registered                                                      is available from the internet;
several options:                                  by the City of Bristol Social Services           You should telephone the local school and    www.bristol-online.com/listings/
                                                  Department. Childminder’s charge around          arrange to visit it and speak to the head    Independent%20Schools/all.
Day nurseries provide care for children           £5.00 on average per child per hour. An up-      teacher to discuss the possibility of
from birth to four or five and beyond.            to-date list of childminders can be obtained
Nurseries are registered by the City of           from the government’s childcarelink website;
Bristol Social Services Deparment according       www.childcarelink.gov.uk.
to set standards for staffing ratios and
facilities. Always make sure you check that       Schools
the nursery is registered. The Children’s         Education is compulsory for all children
and Young People’s Information Service            between the ages of 5 and 16. Children
(Tel: 0845 129 7217 or e-mail                     between these ages who are in the UK as
enquiries@cisbristol.co.uk) has a full list of    dependants of overseas students may
nurseries. There are a number of privately        attend state school free of charge. In Bristol
run day nurseries within a two-mile radius of     children can normally start school in the
the University, some of which take young          September tem following their fourth
babies.                                           birthday. Children between the ages of four
                                                  and eleven attend a primary school. They
University Nursery the University has a           transfer to secondary school at the age
nursery at 34 St Michael’s Park, Bristol,         of eleven.
BS2 8BW Tel: 0117 927 6077 email:
university-nursery@bristol.ac.uk,                 You can apply for a school place one you
www.bristol.ac.uk/nursery.                        have a residential address in Bristol. For
Space is limited, and the children of             names and addresses of schools, contact
undergraduate students have priority.             International Advice and Support or Schools




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Working in the UK
Employment during your studies                  status, are bound by the University               Post-Study Work
and in vacation periods                         regulations for students regarding working        From 29 June 2008, under the Points
While many students may wish to work            during their course of study and you are          Based System, Tier 1 – Post-Study Work
during their period of study in the UK, it is   expected to comply with the rules indicated       replaced the International Graduates
important to leave sufficient time for your     above. Please note that you will need to          Scheme. This scheme enables non-EEA
academic obligations. Undergraduate             provide evidence when applying for student        nationals who have successfully completed
students are advised to work no more than       entry clearance that you can support              a degree in any subject from a recognized
15 hours per week during term-time.             yourself while in the UK without working.         UK institution to apply to remain in the UK
Postgraduate students are advised to seek       Under the conditions of your student entry        for up to two years after completion of
approval from their Department should they      clearance, you are prohibited from pursuing       studies to gain work experience. Please
wish to work more than 15 hours per week        a career by filling a permanent vacancy, or       note that it is very difficult for non-EEA
during term-time. University guidelines         engaging in business or self-employment.          nationals to remain in the UK at the end of
regarding working while studying can be         European Economic Area students Again,            the two years for work permit employment
found in the Student Handbook:                  all students, regardless of nationality or visa   (Tier 2 Skilled Work). Full details of Post-
                                                status, are bound by the University                                                              Clifton Suspension Bridge
www.bristol.ac.uk/                                                                                Study Work can be found at: www.ukba.
academicregistry/studentdoc.                    regulations for students regarding working        homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/
You are permitted to work full-time during      during their course of study and you are          tier1/poststudy and on the University’s
vacation periods. Please note that              expected to comply with the rules indicated       website: www.bristol.ac.uk/
postgraduate students do not have               above. Nationals of the following countries       international/studentsupport/
vacations in the same way as                    must register under the Worker Registration       immigration/poststudy.html.
undergraduates. Postgraduate students are       Scheme if intending to work: Czech
restricted to working                           Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
part-time throughout the year.                  Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
                                                Further details can be found at:
Non-EEA students                                www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
                                                workingintheuk/eea/wrs. Nationals of
If you were admitted to the UK as a student
                                                Bulgaria and Romania are also required to
with a student visa, for more than six
                                                register under the Worker Registration
months, you are permitted to work part-time
                                                Scheme. Working restrictions are in line with
during term-time and full-time during
                                                those of non-EEA students (i.e. part-time
vacation periods. (Check the wording on                                                                                                          Bristol Planetarium
                                                during term-time and full-time during
your entry visa to make sure that you are
                                                vacation periods). Further details can be
not prohibited from working.) However, all
                                                found at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
students, regardless of nationality or visa
                                                workingintheuk/eea/bulgariaromania.




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Useful websites
and contact details
www.bristol.gov.uk                             www.embassyworld.com                          Student Funding Office                 For enquiries relating to the application
City of Bristol information.                   Information on embassies around the world.    Information on scholarships and        process oryour application status please
                                                                                             sources of funding.                    contact the relevant Faculty Office.
www.visitbristol.co.uk                         www.rail.co.uk                                www.bristol.ac.uk/studentfunding
Bristol Tourism and Conference Bureau          Information on UK railway travel.             Email: student-funding@bristol.ac.uk   Faculty of Arts email:
website. Information on places to stay,                                                      Tel: +44 117 331 7972                  arts-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
things to see and do, shopping, eating,        www.nationalexpress.com
etc. in Bristol.                               Information on UK national coach travel.      Accommodation Office                   Faculty of Engineering email:
                                                                                             www.bristol.ac.uk/accom                eng-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
www.venue.co.uk                                www.kls2.com/airlines                         Email: accom-office@bristol.ac.uk
The website for Bristol and Bath’s weekly      Information on airlines of the world.         Tel: +44 117 954 5740                  Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences
magazine and entertainment guide.                                                                                                   email:
                                               www.statravel.co.uk                           Access Unit for                        medscivet-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/weather                          Student travel agency                         Deaf & Disabled Students
The British Broadcasting                       (International Student Identity               www.bristol.ac.uk/Depts/AccessUnit     Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry email:
Company’s website for checking                 cards are purchased from STA Travel).         For information & advice, contact      medicine-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
UK and world weather.                                                                        Lin Reynolds Email:
                                               www.goflying.org/met/riseset                  access-unit-students@bristol.ac.uk     Faculty of Science email:
www.wtg-online.com                             Sunset and sunrise times for UK and           Tel: +44 117 954 5727 (voice),         science-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
World Travel Guide. Information on travel,     Bristol 43 For your notes Key to University   +44 117 954 5728 (minicom)
visas, etc. for most countries of the world.   Precinct 44For your notes                                                            Faculty of Social Sciences
                                                                                             Language Centre                        and Law email:
www.xe.com/ucc                                                                               www.bristol.ac.uk/languagecentre       socialsciences-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
Information on currency                        Useful university telephone                   Email: language-centre@bristol.ac.uk
conversion rates.                              numbers and websites                          Tel: +44 117 331 0909                  Graduate School of Education email:
                                               Home page of University of Bristol                                                   med-office@bristol.ac.uk (Med) or
www.britishcouncil.org                         www.bristol.ac.uk                             Admissions contact details             msc-etc@bristol.ac.uk (MSc)
British Council home page.                                                                   Undergraduate Admissions’              ed-phd@bristol.ac.uk or
                                               Langford                                      contact email:                         ed-edd@bristol.ac.uk (taught doctorates)
www.ukcisa.org.uk                              www.vetschool.bristol.ac.uk                   ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
Home page of UKCISA (Council
for International Education).                  International Advice and Support              Postgraduate Admissions’
                                               www.bristol.ac.uk/international/              general contact email:
www.hmrc.gov.uk                                studentsupport                                pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
Revenue and Customs (information               Email: os-as@bristol.ac.uk
on bringing goods to the UK).                  Tel: +44 117 954 5849




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Notes




                             International Advice and Support offers
                             guidance only. The International Student &
                             Staff Advisers should not be viewed as legal
                             representation, and the guidance offered is
                             to be viewed strictly as guidance and not as
                             legal advice.


                             Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made
                             to ensure the accuracy of the information in
                             this handbook at the time of publication some
                             details are liable to change.




                             Cover photogaphy by Dave Pratt.
                             Other photographs suppled by members
                             of University staff and students and by
                             Martin Chainey, Dave Pratt and Nick Smith.

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