We realise that coming to university in a different country has its ups and downs. That's why we've put together this section especially for international students, so that we can offer you the support and guidance you need.
International Student Handbook
This handbook is designed to help you settle into life at LSBU, as well as life in the UK and London.
Tier 4 Student and Sponsor Responsibilities
This booklet contains important information about your obligations as a student with a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
It aims to help you understand these obligations and protect your immigration status in the UK. The booklet also highlights the University's responsibilities as the Sponsor of your Tier 4 (General) student visa. Please read it carefully and contact us if you have any questions.
The following tools will help you prepare for your studies in the UK by familiarising yourself with UK culture and Higher Education.
Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK is an online course offered under the British Council-led Study UK campaign. This course will give you all the help you need to study and thrive in the UK. You’ll become familiar with studying in English and how higher education courses are structured, gaining a clear understanding of what to expect. You’ll also develop self-study skills, whilst getting a taste of life in the UK.
The UK Council Of International Students Affairs (UKCISA) has useful information about British academic culture and the study methods used by UK institutions. We also recommend you to check Prepare for Success an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education.
Keeping in Touch
We understand that staying in touch with friends and family is important, especially if this is your first time away from home. Fortunately, staying in the heart of London, there’s a wide range of communication channels at your fingertips.
In your welcome pack we will include a SIM card with £5 credit which you could use on during the first week.
You can find out all you need to know about accommodation, including who to talk to if you have any questions, by visiting the Accommodation page.
International students with Disabilities or Dyslexia
We have a dedicated service for students with disabilities or dyslexia that can help you while you're studying with us. For more information please visit Disability & Dyslexia Support.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
University life is exciting, stimulating and hard work. We know that life as a student can sometimes bring a set of unique challenges and that life outside of university can sometimes be just as demanding as your studies. For further information about who to get appointments, please check the Mental Health and Wellbeing page
Using the Library
You can find out about using the library, including getting help with research for assignments, by taking a look at the Library pages.
Immigration and International Student Advice
We have a dedicated advice service that can advise you on visa and immigration issues before you arrive in the UK and while you're studying with us. You can also speak to us about general welfare issues, such as settling into life in the UK, as well as any personal problems you may have.
We run one-to-one appointments, workshops and provide advice by email and over the phone. For more information visit the Advice page.
You can find out everything you need to know about graduation, including some information about visa requirements, in our Graduating students section.