I'd first like to congratulate you on your place on our Pre-Sessional English programme - I hope you are excited to get started.
We have created this section to help answer your questions about the course and induction, travelling to the UK and what to bring, and starting your first day on campus. Please have a look through and do get in touch with our team if you have any further concerns.
I wish you a pleasant journey and look forward to seeing you at Induction and Enrolment
Director of International Preparatory Programmes and Short Courses
Getting the right accommodation can really make you feel at home when you arrive in London. We have a variety of rooms available to suit your preferences and budget.
Our single-site campus is in Hendon, north London. It's a green and peaceful part of the city that's well connected to the rest of London, the UK and beyond. We're a short walk from transport links so you can always get where you need to be.
You're going to love studying at Middlesex in London!
Before you begin your studies, you'll be invited to attend a two day welcome programme. It's essential you take part as they will cover important information about your course and future life at Middlesex.
Make sure to bring the following when you come to the Induction and Enrolment days:
Your induction is your official welcome to Middlesex and will start at 9.00am. We recommend arriving in London a few days before your induction so you have a chance to get settled in your new accommodation. You will have been sent your offer letter before you arrive which will have lots of helpful information about the start date of your course, what to bring and what to expect.
On the day, you'll meet your tutors and fellow students, have a tour of the campus and the library, and get introduced to life and study at university.
If you are afraid that you might not be able to attend the induction day, please contact us, your Regional Office or your agent. If you have extenuating circumstances and cannot arrive on the day specified, you will require permission from the Director of International Preparatory and Short Courses to arrive late.
After your induction, you will then be able to enrol. Here you will receive your Middlesex Student ID and access card, pay any outstanding fees, and be able to speak to the accommodation team.
Make sure to bring your passport as it will need to be checked and scanned.
You'll be assessed throughout the course and assessments will include a spoken presentation, an assessed seminar, a listening exam and essays done both in your own time and under exam conditions. You can find more information about assessment in your course handbook.
If you do not successfully complete the course, don't worry. We will give you support and advice, and talk through your options to improving your English.
If you decide to leave the course early, please talk with your tutor as soon as possible.
Being away from home for the first time can sometimes be difficult especially if you also have to get used to a different culture and language. We're here to help!
You can access our counselling service, talk to your tutors or our student ambassadors about any of your concerns. The Students' Union also hosts a range of events and evenings to help you meet new people and make friends.
The welfare talk during your induction will give you plenty of information on the different types of support available for you as well as the various places of worship around the campus and Hendon.
For general enquiries and advice, please contact our Counselling and Mental Health Team.
Once you've enrolled, you will receive your timetable! As part of your course, you are expected to attend all classroom sessions, study an additional 20 hours per week, and complete all study tasks on time.
Each class builds on your learning from the previous lessons so if you're late, don't attend or fail to finish your study tasks, you may struggle to keep up. Regular attendance will help to develop your communication skills and the study tasks help ensure your progression as well as giving you the experience of working to a deadline.
If you regularly fail to attend class, you may be reported as breaking your Tier 4 visa conditions.
If you are struggling, please let your tutor know so they can help you. Marks can be deducted for late submission.
If you are unwell and can't attend a class, please let us know as soon as possible. You can request a special absence by emailing an Academic Manager.
There may be times when you are worried about studying in English or feel you aren't progressing as fast as you'd like. Don't panic! Speak to your tutor as they will be able to help you adjust and work through any issues you might be having. You can also speak to an Academic Manager or welfare staff about any other aspect of your course.
The programme has dedicated International and Pre-sessional Advisors who will help you settle into your new life in London. They can offer advice and support, and help with any personal concerns. Based in the Sheppard Library, you can see them face-to-face via appointment or a drop-in session, or you can contact them by email.
We also have a Chinese Student Liaison Officer (CSLO) who is available to support the Chinese-speaking students’ community. They are based in the Sheppard Library and you can see them face-to-face or you can email, call 020 8411 4685 or chat on WeChat @ellismdx (please include your name and student number when you add as a friend).
The British Council Learn English website has a range of how to videos and podcasts to help with conversational speaking. They also have sections for Chinese students and Arabic students. Have a look at the Prepare for Success website for more tips and advice.
Progressing to your chosen degree is the next step on your higher education journey in the UK.
Once you've chosen your ideal course, you then need to make sure you have the correct permits to remain in the country. We hold Home Office Registration workshops to help you through this process from checking you have the correct documents and original certificates to completing the online application form.
We can also answer your questions and arrange to see you individually if you're having problems.
We strongly advise you to apply for your visa through the University Check and Send Scheme which guides you through the whole process. It is vital that you submit your visa extension application at least three weeks before it is due to expire. You also need to be able to show that you have enough money available for living costs and tuition fees.
Working while studying can be a great option to support your education and living costs. However, as an international student, you will need the correct permits. The regulations surrounding working in the UK while you are studying differ depending on the conditions on your visa so please check with Gov.uk to find out what options are available to you.
Before you can start work, you will need to apply for a National Insurance Number which is used as a reference number for the UK benefits and tax credits system.