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International Orientation

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International orientation will support you from the moment you arrive and ensure you have a great start to your life as a student. It's free for all international and UK students, all you need to do is register for the activities.

They'll guide you through the important information you need to get going, including finding out about the different support services available to you, getting you familiar with the University, and helping you make friends!

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  • Join us for International Orientation

  • International Advisor Drop Ins | Monday 10 January | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Still unsure about some things. Well, our superb International Advisor Chrisy will be on hand to help answer any questions you may have. Just come along to this informal session and ask about anything you have on your mind.

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  • Welcome to the UK | Monday 10 January | 11 am - 12 pm

    Join this fun and casual session where you can learn a little bit about what it is like living and studying in the UK. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to gain some insight from our current international students and play some games whilst at it.

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  • Ice Breaker Activity | Monday 10 January | 12:30 pm - 13:30 pm

    It's time for you to get to know each other. In this interactive session, we'll have lots of different activities so that you can talk about each other's countries, passions, and motivations. Don't be shy and come along.

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  • Tour of London | Monday 10 January | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    You'll be guided on a quick stop tour led by former student Gabriel who will highlight some of the famous (and some more unique) spots in London. He will give away some hidden secrets so that you can explore them once you arrive in the UK.

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  • Games Night | Monday 10 January | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Get involved in some easy, fun and novel online games led by the Games Society. They will help you learn new games and get you set up for you to have a great evening.

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  • BRP Drop Ins | Tuesday 11 January | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Still have issues or questions around BRP checks? Make sure to come to this session where our advisor Lisa will be able to provide direction on what you need to do.

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  • Studying from home - challenges and opportunities | Tuesday 11 January | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    In this session, our current students will share some of their perspectives on what it is like studying at home. They will give some top tips on how you can create the perfect working environment at home.

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  • Speed meet | Tuesday 11 January | 12:30 pm - 13:30 pm

    In this unique online social activity, we'll be breaking you up into smaller groups so that you can get to know each other. It'll be quick and fun, so make sure to give this a go!

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  • Living in halls | Tuesday 11 January | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    If you are planning on living in halls, our current students can share their experiences so that you know what to expect before arriving. You'll learn what to bring and understand the cultures around the different halls available to students at MDX.

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  • Tour of the campus | Tuesday 11 January | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Are you still yet to have seen the campus? Our current students will take you on a tour of the different buildings so that you can get a glimpse of how impressive the Middlesex campus is. So join us on this short tour.

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Connect with your Community with Fish & Chips | Thursday 27 January | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this completely free event, we'll be serving you a traditional British classic, Fish & Chips. We'll also provide you the space to get to know each other in person. This is not one to miss so make sure you book to reserve your space.

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International societies and clubs

Our students have created a wide number of societies, clubs and liberation groups ranging from cultural to religious, recreational to academic. Search for one, make friends and start to feel at home at Middlesex.

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Your visa

Before you come to the UK, you need to ensure that you have the correct visa for studying. Many of our international students need a visa to study in the UK. You start your visa application when you have received an offer from us.

Remember that we have a team of advisors on hand to deal with any of your questions.

Student Route visa

This visa allows you to study on a course that is longer than six months. Most international students need this visa to study in the UK.

Get visa support and advice

Entering the UK: eGates

Nationals from EU/EEA or Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America will be able to use the eGates for fast automated arrival at 16 UK airports and Eurostar rail terminals.


International students with Student Route visa

You will be able to use eGates if you are an international student from EU/EEA or Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America and are studying for longer than six months and have a Student Route visa (vignette) in your passport or student route biometric residence permit.

However you must prove that you entered the UK within the validity of your visa (vignette).

Here is an example of a vignette you will receive following a successful Student Route visa application. You will find the issue and expiry date of the vignette in the top right corner as shown in the example below:

Important to note

You must ensure that you travel to the UK within the validity of Student Route vignette. If you enter the UK through eGates before the start date the Student Route visa (vignette), you will have a visitor leave and not Student Route visa.

In accordance with the Home Office regulations, you will have to leave the UK and re-enter on or after the start date of your Student Route visa (vignette) in order to continue your studies.

As part of your induction activities at Middlesex you will be required to go through an ID check process which is an important part of the process to get your student ID card. You will be asked to provide your passport, Student Route visa (vignette) and evidence of when you entered the UK.

You will also need to retain evidence that you travelled to or entered the UK within the last six months if you intend to rent an entire property from a letting agent or private landlord or intend to rent a room (as a lodger) from a private landlord or a host family for more than three months.

Acceptable evidence of entry to the UK may include a boarding card, ticket or booking confirmation for travel to the UK.

Short term students

If you are coming to the UK as a Short Term Student (less than 6 months) (as part of the Study Abroad programme; short courses, pre-sessional English; taking viva; resits, part of your research), then you MUST seek entry via Immigration Officer and request the entry stamp as in the example below:

The stamp gives you the permission needed for your studies and confirms the date you entered the UK. You should not be using the e-Gates entrance to the UK.

Important to note

Without the passport stamp you will be unable to study and will be required to leave the UK and re-enter to obtain the entry clearance stamp.

Getting set up in the UK

Coming to the UK to study is an exciting time but arriving during COVID-19 might mean you have to self-isolate/quarantine and this can be worrying.

To help you settle in and ensure you have everything you need, we’ve developed a detailed checklist for you to ensure your arrival and first days and weeks with MDX are as great as they can be.

We encourage you to both check the latest travel advice and read through the advice on getting from your arrival destination to your accommodation before you travel to the UK.

Read our checklist
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