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China Pre-departure Briefing 2013

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The Edinburgh

Essential information for New Students available online
Admission and joining
UCAS / University sends confirmation letter

Visa requirements / applying for your visa
Supply passport information when requested
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by the University

University issues joining instructions
Available online / hard copy
Formal letter of admission
Information about the School you have applied to and the University’s services to help you prepare for life at Edinburgh
Introductory meetings with your School
The Edinburgh Experience
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UCAS Firm acceptance / Insurance acceptance
Remember to reply by the deadline

As soon as you meet your conditions, update your application in MyEd
Provide documents ASAP and accept offer online
Pre-departure Briefing
China June 2013

Congratulations on receiving
your offer!

Essential information for New Students and Welcome Guides available online

The Edinburgh Experience

Applying for your visa

Payment of tuition fees

Cost of Living and Banking

Health and Insurance

Arriving in Edinburgh

Induction week

Key Dates
Pre-departure planning
Moving into your Accommodation
Arriving in

Final Checklist
Applying for
your Visa

Replying and accepting your offer
Apply Now
Whether accepting as UF, CF, UI or CI

Application guarantees and deadlines:

must apply by 16 August
must be UF on UCAS by 30 August
must apply by 31 July
must be UF by 31 July

Provide an email address that we can reach you at throughout the summer from June to September
Apply for Accommodation online
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Accommodation is only allocated once your place has been confirmed (UF), from late June / early July onwards


Late July if you are UF
4 September if you are CF, UI, CI

Visiting and exchange students
Between 30 June and 31 August for those covered by our guarantee

From beginning of June onwards for those covered by our guarantee

Limited time to accept offer – 7 days
Offers of Accommodation
Guaranteed housing for first year

Over 6,000 residential places for students

Centrally located, easy access to teaching facilities and city centre

95% single rooms
En-suite or shared facilities

Flats / apartments
Catered / self-catered residences

24-hour residential wardens
ResLife team

Private alternatives available
University Accommodation
Based at Pollock Halls, which accommodates just over 2,000 first year students within 9 Houses

Mixture of single (either ensuite or shared facilities) and twin rooms available, depending on the House selected

All Houses have common rooms and shared pantries

Pollock Halls facilities also include 2
squash courts, shop, computing micro lab, bar and cafes

Resident Assistants (RAs) organise social
and sporting events for residents; help new students to mingle with others
Catered Accommodation
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Over 2,200 self-catered rooms in University flats specifically reserved for freshers, first year students and visiting undergraduates

All centrally located
Mix of purpose built & recently renovated

On average 150 students per block of flats with 3-6 people per flat

Single rooms / some twin rooms available
Shared bathroom & kitchen / living area

Flat Managers in charge of maintenance and welfare of students, helped by RAs (Resident Assistants)
Self-Catered Accommodation
Cost per week depends on the accommodation you choose

Standard tenancy contracts:
Undergraduate: beg-Sep to end-May
Postgraduate: beg-Sep to end-Aug
include Christmas and Easter holidays (no catering during holidays)

Rent includes heating, electricity, cleaner, phone, data facilities, personal contents insurance, 14 meals/week (catered only)

Rooms have 24 hour access to the internet

Majority choose to live in private accommodation after first year

Accommodation Office can offer guidance and advice on finding a place to live
Costs of accommodation
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= Teaching sites
= Catered halls
= Self catered houses
= Self catered flats
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UKBA, Points Based System, Tier 4 General
The University of Edinburgh is a ‘Highly Trusted’ sponsor

When to apply: No more than 3 months before course start date
Students cannot enter the UK more than 1 month before the start of their course

How do I apply: To begin the process of applying for your visa, visit the UKBA website

Scoring the points: 40 out of 40 points
30 points for admission, 10 points for finance
Step 1: Complete the online/paper application
Step 2: Attend biometric data collection appointment
Step 3: Submit your application

All supporting documents must be originals, including passport

*Nationality determines immigration requirement; if your passport is a full EU passport and has European Union stated on the front cover, there are no immigration requirements

Applying for your visa
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Students will receive an e-mail if they do need to sit a credibility interview
Check your Junk E-mail
*If asked to attend a credibility interview and you don’t turn up then your visa application will be refused
Interview takes place at the same time as submitting biometrics via video-conferencing
Interview will focus on your reasons for coming to the UK
A report of the interview will be sent to the visa officer who will consider it alongside your visa application and supporting documents
You may be called for a further interview if the visa officer needs more information
Immigration requirements
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At present your Tier 4 visa allows you to...
International students are eligible to work

Part time (max. 20 hours per week)

Full time during the vacation

International students are entitled to free NHS Health care and subsidised dental care

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Completing the Registration Form

Students starting programmes in September will receive the form in mid-August (only sent to you once you have accepted an unconditional offer or have met the conditions of your conditional offer)

Academic Registry will email the Registration Form as a PDF attachment to your student email account

Complete and return by email enclosing requested documentation to

If you do not receive your Registration Form email Academic Registry to request a replacement copy
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Matriculation / Registration
How to Pay Your Fees
Payment options

Paid in advance in full* or part, balance settled at registration (*take advantage of exchange rates)

Paid in full at registration

3 instalments by Direct Debit
- first instalment must be paid by any method other than Direct Debit in advance or when matriculating;
- second and third instalments collected by Direct Debit from a nominated bank account (normally December & February)

If you pay by instalment you must pay one half (50%) of your tuition fees before or at registration
Payment of Tuition Fees
Paying Tuition
How to pay
your Fees
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Living expenses
Plan your Budget
Cost of Living and expenses
Estimated living costs for the academic year (includes accommodation): £8,000

Estimated weekly budget (includes rent, food, utility bills): £122 - £270 per week

Initial and annual costs:
Deposit for room (private accommodation only; normally one month’s rent)
Data installation charges
Textbooks (minimum £315 each year for textbooks, stationery, photocopying)
Contents insurance (private accommodation only)
TV Licence
Social costs
Gym membership
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Plan your
Health and Insurance
International students are entitled to free NHS Health care

Bring supplies of existing prescribed medicines with you (there may be charges for dental and eye care)

You may want to arrange personal insurance to cover laptop, baggage, books (if you are in University accommodation, insurance is included in the rent)

Ensure that you are covered for the period until registration (matriculation) at the University
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Clothing to bring

Daily flights from all London airports to Edinburgh airport

Options to fly to Edinburgh via Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or other European cities

Option to fly to Glasgow and take a bus to Edinburgh
Arriving in Edinburgh
Arrival Weekend
We ask all students commencing their studies on 16 September 2013 to arrive during
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September 2013

Edinburgh Airport Welcome Service

Friday 6 - Sunday 8 September 2013
International and Domestic Arrivals Halls

Onward travel to your accommodation
Edinburgh City Private Hire Taxi company
Special rate £20
Book online from July

Airlink Bus from Edinburgh airport to the city
£3.50 single
Taxi to housing £5-£10
Moving into your
Earliest date you can access accommodation -
Saturday 7 September at 9am

Collect keys between 9am-10pm
at your site office of your allocated accommodation during arrival weekend

Arrivals after 10pm or after 9 September
- report to Pollock Halls Reception Centre

You will need to arrange temporary accommodation if you come before your contract start date
Where possible students will be placed in the same University accommodation for both EAP and term time

EAP students will be able to move into term time accommodation from Thursday 5 September
Accommodation for
Pre-sessional students
Collect keys between 10am-10pm
at your site office of your allocated accommodation (Sundays 30 June, 21 July & 11 August)

Arrivals after 10pm

– contact ELTC in advance
Unexpected delays – report to Pollock Halls Reception Centre

Arriving after the Sunday start date of your course
– go directly to class at Moray House; access accommodation between 5.30pm-6.30pm
Induction week
Register your attendance

Meet with your Personal Tutor or Supervisor to agree your courses

College/School in which you will be studying will tell you who you need to meet and when

Fulfil any admission criteria if prescribed by your College

Pay your tuition fees

Apply for your student card
Induction Week
Register with a Doctor
International students on a full-time course are eligible for NHS treatment

Includes any dependants with you in the UK

You may have to pay for dentistry and some more specialised services

Register with University Health Centre or any general practice near where you live

Semester only study abroad students will not be able to register with University Health Service but will be seen as temporary patients

Consider private health insurance
Register with the Police
Within 7 days of arrival in the UK

Registration requirement will be written in your passport

Pre-sessional students will be taken to Police HQ to register

New students can book an appointment to register on campus in September (booking system opens August)

£34 registration fee
Bank letter available from MyEd (after you have fully checked in to your University accommodation)

Request a bank letter online; letter will be posted within 1 working week (if you are in private accommodation)
Open a bank account
Usually eligible for a bank account

May take up to 2 weeks for your account application to be processed

Bring enough money to cover your expenses during this time

Check if your Bank at home has a relationship with a UK bank to open an account prior to arrival

Pre-sessional students will be able to open a bank account for less than 6 months
Welcome Events
for International Students
International Day
Sunday 8 September 2013
Practical advice sessions
Special reception for parents, family & friends

Study Orientation Day for Taught Masters Students
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Find out about teaching and learning environment, support available, expectations of Masters students

The International Students’ Centre (ISC)
Monday 9 to Friday 13 September, 12-5pm
ISC Lounge – drop in for friendly chat and meet new people; join historical tours, day trips, movie & quiz nights
Welcome events for International Students
Key Dates
7-8 September
Arrival Weekend

7 September
Access to accommodation from 9am

Freshers Week

8 September
International Day

10 September
Study Orientation Day for International PGT students

11-12 September
Societies Fair

16 September
Term Begins
University Resources
17 libraries

Main library undergoing a £60 million refurbishment

Europe’s 3rd largest academic library

Special collections

UK’s largest campus computer network

Located close to key learning resources, including the National Library and National Gallery of Scotland

Well established links with professions and industry

State of the art facilities and the opportunity to work with top academics
Learning Facilities
Careers Service
Provides an online database of employers offering temporary, part-time, summer internships and volunteering opportunities for students, in addition to graduate vacancies

Helps students develop career plans, provides advice and guidance on interview techniques, CVs and application forms

Hosts a wide range of employer presentations on campus, careers seminars, workshops and careers fairs

Provides information for international students who want to work in the UK or to return to their home country after their studies
Personal Tutor / Supervisor
First point of contact if you have any concerns or problems

Institute for Academic Development (IAD)
Workshops, resources, one-to-one support for studying effectively, planning for exams, writing essays

Self-Study Support
Online resources to aid self-study (writing assignments, good grammar, recommended English learning websites)

Peer Proofreading
Trained, reliable volunteers proofread assignments, spot basic grammar and spelling errors
Support for your studies
The University of Edinburgh: rated as the best place
to be in the UK
by international

ISB Survey
Only 6% of our graduates are seeking employment six months after graduation, compared to 9% nationally

Over two thirds already have graduate level employment compared to 50% nationally

3rd in the Russell Group for employability in the HESA Employability Performance Indicator table for 2009/10

Employers value our students: over 2,400 employers sought to recruit our undergraduates over the last 12 months through the Career Services online jobs board

International graduates with a graduate level job offer can apply to remain in the UK under Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers Visa

PhD students will be able to apply to remain in the UK for a year to look for a job
Student Experience
The University of Edinburgh: voted the best UK university for clubs and societies by international students (ISB Survey)
Over 260 student societies

65 sports clubs, 5* rated sports facilities

Student radio station, weekly newspaper and the UK’s oldest student-run theatre company

The University has finished in the top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport rankings every year for the last 5 years

5 student union buildings
Student Experience
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International Student Support
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Pre arrival advice and guidance
Visa and immigration advice
Airport welcome

Personal Tutor / Supervisor
Study support
Careers Service

Social events programme: Global Horizons
Hospitality schemes
International Student Centre
Chaplaincy centre
On campus health centre

The Edinburgh Experience
Esther Sum
International Officer - East Asia
+44 (0)131 650 4301
The International Office
The University of Edinburgh
33 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh EH8 9JS
Scotland, UK
We’re Here to Help

Read joining instructions from your College carefully

Check that your passport is valid and not about to expire

Refer to the
Immigration Guidance Documents for New Students

to ensure you have all the correct entry requirements in place

Make a photocopy of your passport (pages with your personal details and your visa)

Make your travel arrangements and remember your travel tickets

Arrange appropriate insurance: Travel, Personal, Health

If you take regular medication, bring enough for your first few months in Edinburgh

Arrange to bring some UK currency (GBP); you should bring enough to cover about 4 weeks

Pack warm and waterproof clothing, clothes that can be worn in layers and a good pair of walking shoes

Pack a change of clothing just in case your main baggage is delayed
Documents to Bring in your
hand luggage
Your passport

Original offer letter from the University

Proof that you can pay your fees and support yourself financially

Letter of accommodation offer and/or information about where you are spending your first night

Tuberculosis screening certificate

Health certificates and vaccination records

Marriage and birth certificates, if you are travelling with family

Original certificates of prior study
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Influencing the world since 1583

Consistently ranked as one of the top 50 in the world

One of the largest universities in the UK

Over 31,000 students, 20,000+ undergraduates, 10,000+ postgraduates

Over 11,000 international students from more than 130 countries

One of the world’s leading research universities (RAE 2008)

Associated with 15 Nobel Prize winners

Located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city
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The University Historic & Prestigious
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International Student Support
Pre-Departure Checklist
Apply Now
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Applicants from certain countries/regions require a certificate to show that they are free from infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB)
Please check the UKBA website for updates
*Carry your certificate in your hand luggage should you need to present it to an immigration officer on arrival in the UK
Download Immigration guidance documents here:
Tier 4 Credibility Interviews – China
Tuberculosis screening
Complete Matriculation on arrival
Bank Introduction Letter
= City landmarks
= Park spaces

= University buildings
The University in the City
Scale = 0.5 mile
5 minute walk
15 minute walk
Social Networking
Follow the Edinburgh University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (EUCSSA) 爱丁堡大学学联
Sina Weibo:
Ren Ren Wang:

Follow the Edinburgh University Chinese Student Association (EUCSA) 爱丁堡大学华人社
Sina Weibo:
Ren Ren Wang:


Student Life
Edinburgh University Chinese Student Association (EUCSA)

Edinburgh University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (EUCSSA)

Social gatherings

Pre-departure events

Guest Speakers
There are currently around 1,600 students from China studying at the University of Edinburgh
Numbers of Chinese Students
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