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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Programme

The Welcome to Warwick programme is the perfect way to introduce yourself to life in the UK and Warwick. This is an orientation programme designed to help you adjust to life at the University of Warwick and in the UK. Our programme is designed to make the transition from airport to classroom as smooth as possible. The timetable will include a number of information sessions, events and activities designed to help you settle in to life at Warwick as smoothly as possible.
In previous years, international students had the chance to attend Orientation. This year, there is a new integrated programme for international undergraduates and all postgraduate students. We’ve also listened to your feedback about the cost of the previous Orientation programme, and introduced the option to choose which elements of the programme you would like to pay for, giving you the freedom to build your programme to suit your individual needs.
This is an optional programme open to all new International, EU and Postgraduate students. There is a mixture of events to suit different needs. We strongly recommend that you attend this programme if you are going to be new to studying in the UK.
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      If you decide not to attend this programme, you will still be able to benefit from all the other induction events organized by the University and Warwick Students Union over Arrivals Weekend and the first week of term.
        Please note that some students will be expected to attend departmental induction programmes and should therefore not apply to attend the Welcome to Warwick programme.
        There are several University departments working together to deliver the Welcome to Warwick programme; including the Library, the Graduate School, the Office for Global Engagement, Student Careers and Skills and the Students' Union. Our programme is greatly supported by a large team of student helpers who voluntarily assist in the running of the programme, many of whom have attended the international Orientation in previous years.
        For Postgraduate students the programme will run from Saturday 24th September, with the Internatioanl and EU undergraduates joining the programme on Tuesday 27th September. The integrated timetable of events will run until Friday 30th September. This programme is held the week before the start of the new academic year, to give you the time and space to settle in to life at Warwick.
        In previous years there was an overall charge for the 'orientation' programme, which included the cost of meals, accommodation and airport transfer, as well as attendance on the programme.
          In response to your feedback, we have now introduced the option to choose which elements of the programme you would like to pay for, giving you the freedom to build your programme to suit your individual needs.On the booking form for the programme, you will be able to select paid elements of the programme that you wish to use and see the breakdown of costs before processing an online payment.
            Please note, no refunds are permitted once an online transaction has been made.
              You should also note that while there is no charge for attending the basic programme of events, you should budget for the costs associated with being in the UK for an extra few days, e.g. additional accommodation, meals throughout the day, travel and transport costs as you explore the local area and any shopping or social activities that you may wish to do when you first arrive.

              Do I need to attend?

              Certain academic departments do offer their own induction programmes which clash with the dates of this programme. The relevant departments will inform you separately of their arrangements nearer the time.
                IMPORTANT: You will need to check your course start date before you book a place with us.
                Erasmus and Visiting or Exchange students must attend the module selection briefing which is held on the Friday 30th September. You are welcome to book a place to attend the full programme or you may choose to arrive independently for the briefing. The Study Abroad team will inform you separately of arrangements for the beginning of your programme.
                If you are attending one of the Centre for Applied Linguistics pre-sessional English language courses during the summer, you will receive a full induction including social events, trips and information sessions. This programme is thus not relevant to you and we will not allocate you a place.

                Applications & Bookings

                You can pay for any optional paid packages via the online booking form
                  Please read the terms and conditions before booking through the online payment system.
                  Once you have accepted an offer to study at Warwick (either conditional or unconditional) you can apply to take part in this programme through our online booking form.
                    In the meantime, we suggest you browse over the information regarding airport transfers, accommodation and meals package to help you tailor your programme.
                    When you have submitted your online application and processed an online payment, you will see an automatic message screen confirming we have received your application. We will email you within seven days to confirm your place on the programme. Please print out the email confirmation you receive as evidence of your booking.
                    Please refer to the following immigration service web pages:
                      If you receive a refusal for a Tier 4 visa then please follow the process detailed here:
                        For information regarding which documents to travel with please refer here:
                        Registrations for the Welcome to Warwick programme will close on Thursday 15 September 2016.
                          Due to high demand for places on the programme we strongly suggest you apply as soon as you can, to avoid possible disappointment at a later date.

                          Arrivals & Airport Transfers

                          Please note: if you choose to pay for temporary accommodation on campus for Welcome to Warwick, the contract start date for temporary on-campus accommodation will be Tuesday 27 September 2016.
                            Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you on-campus accommodation before your accommodation contract start date, so that we advise you against arriving early if possible.
                              Please note: if you have been allocated University-managed accommodation off campus during term 1, or if you are a postgraduate student in University-managed accommodation, your contract with Warwick accommodation is likely to cover the Welcome to Warwick period.If you do arrive a few days early, you have the option of booking a hotel near campus here.
                              You can find information about travelling to campus on our Airport Transfers page.
                                There is also information regarding independent travel here
                                Each passenger on the Welcome to Warwick Airport Transfer service is allowed to stow no more than one large suitcase in the hold and take one small item of hand luggage on board a coach, so please remember to pack appropriately.
                                  If you have any additional luggage, we will do our best to accommodate this onto a later coach, however please note that if you bring more luggage than the luggage allowance, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to transport it, and you may need to use the Excess Baggage facility at the airport.*
                                    The British Council have compiled a useful checklist of what you should (and should not) bring when coming to the UK.
                                      Most importantly, remember that there are a number of shops near campus so you can always buy anything you need.
                                        Please note that your luggage is your responsibility and although there are helpers to assist you at the airport and the University, you will be required to carry your own luggage once you reach the UK.
                                          *If you bring substantially more luggage than the luggage allowance, you will need to use the Excess Baggage facility at the airport. The Excess Baggage facility is not a University service, and there will be a charge for this.
                                            If you are using an alternative transport service, please check with the service provider directly.
                                            It is likely that you will benefit most from the programme if you come by yourself as the programme is designed to help you get used to living in the UK and integrate with other new students.
                                              If you choose to bring people with you, we do have limited provision: there is one extra seat available per student for a relative or friend on the coach pick-up service (all places for airport transfers need to be booked in advance); we also hold a short briefing for parents of new students at the start of the programme.
                                                Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodation for family members or friends, although we have a list of local hotels and guest houses where your family or friends can stay.


                                                For more information regarding accommodation during the programme please see the Accommodation page.
                                                Yes. Please indicate on the application form if you require extra support, so that arrangements can be made.

                                                Meals Package

                                                Throughout the week we cater for vegetarians and all the meat we use is Halal. If you have any special requirements, please indicate this on the booking form.


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