information for new students
We look forward to welcoming new participants here at the International Study Centre.
Students joining us at the International Study Centre may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. To answer these, there is a useful guide with information on the process, what to pack and much more.
Download our pre-arrival guide for practical tips on how to settle in the UK smoothly.
There are some essential tasks to complete before arriving at the International Student Centre:
- Apply for a visa.
- Book your accommodation.
- Book flights and other transport.
- Complete our pre-arrival form.
- Get insurance. This can be either our own StudyCare Insurance Plus or another provider.
The induction week starts on Monday 7 January, and the first day of term is on Monday 14 January. Arrive on time for the induction programme at the International Study Centre, which is a helpful introduction to living and studying in the UK:
- Attend social activities and make new friends.
- Go on a trip around the School.
- Learn about opening a UK bank account.
Find out more about Welcome Week activities - download our induction pack.
questions and answers about life in the UK
Life in the UK may be different from what you are used to. We’ve listed some frequently asked questions, together with answers that we hope you’ll find useful. If you have any other questions then contact us or your local agent who will be happy to help you plan for your arrival in the UK.
what’s it like to live in the UK?
United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. People from all around the world, of all cultures, beliefs and religions live here. The UK has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that will make you feel welcome. See educationuk.org to find out more about life in the UK.
what’s the weather like?
The weather in the UK changes often, but it is not extremely hot or cold. It could rain and be sunny all in one single afternoon. It is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer, in some parts of the country temperatures may reach 20 degrees and in the winter they do not often drop below 0 degrees Celsius.
how will I meet people and make friends?
To help you settle in, we will organise fun events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at the Istituto Marangoni, or go along to fun student events taking place on campus.
what if I can't speak well in English?
Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if you don't know how to speak and write well in English at first. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating yourself when necessary. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said. Over time you will become confident and comfortable with speaking, writing and reading in English. You may also start to understand different accents, slang words and phrases.
will I be able to find food from my home country?
London has shops and supermarkets that sell international food, so you will be able to buy what you’re looking for. There are also many restaurants that serve food from around the world, so you’ll be able to find something to remind you of home.
what if I get homesick?
Moving to a different country to study is exciting, but sometimes students also feel a little nervous as they prepare to leave their home. It is normal to feel this way, and we will do everything we can to help you settle in to living in London and the UK. The teachers and staff at the International Study Centre are always here for you if you need to speak to someone.