International Study Centre

What to expect in your first week at the International Study Centre

Posted 15 August 2019

Welcome to the International Study Centre

Our staff are looking forward to welcoming you. Once you arrive and settle into your accommodation, we will help you get to know your new home better. Your first week will be spent getting to know the University, meeting the staff and making new friends. If you're wondering what your first week will be like, this blog should give you a basic idea of what to expect.

Your Induction Programme

On your first day on campus, you should arrive on time so you don't miss any important information about your course, the International Study Centre or living in the UK. The Induction Programme covers everything from opening a bank account to learning more about your programme.

Why you should attend induction

Don’t miss out on our events during the first week, they will help you to:

  • learn what grades you have to achieve to progress to university
  • meet your new classmates and neighbours
  • join social events to experience student life
  • go on a campus tour and explore all the facilities you can use.

Always remember to check key start dates for your course, these can be found on our website, to ensure you arrive on time. You should also read our pre-arrival guide which will be emailed to you in due course. This will include practical tips and things to remember.

How to make friends at university

Every student you meet at the International Study Centre is experiencing the same things as you. Everyone is looking to make new friends and settle into life at Sussex. By being friendly and open with the people you meet, you have the opportunity to make lifelong friends to join you on this adventure.

Join clubs and societies

University societies are groups of people who share a common interest. Find something you are interested in and join a group of students who feel the same way. University societies have regular meetings and often continue socialising together at a restaurant or elsewhere on campus outside of scheduled meetings.

Say hello to your neighbours

The first step in making friends is to introduce yourself. You will see the people you live with every day, so you have plenty of opportunities to say hello. Suggest that you have a meal together or ask them about their home country to get things started.

Meet your online friends

If you joined our Facebook group before you arrived, you can arrange to meet the people you met on the group. Invite them to meet up at a cafe or at the Students' Union and you'll soon have a group of friends on campus.

Student life in Brighton is best enjoyed with friends and you're sure to have an amazing time with us. Discover other ways to stay happy while at university or hear from current international students in the UK about how they made friends when they arrived.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.