Joining us on campus

We're looking forward to welcoming you

Whether you are getting ready to join us on campus for the start of your programme or arriving on campus after starting your course from home, we are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. Here you can look forward to a safe, fun and inclusive learning experience as you build cultural experiences and create networks for your future. Enhanced health and safety measures, blended learning, and a supportive community of international students and expert staff ensure you will have the best start to your university experience.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with:

  • What to pack
  • Planning for your arrival
  • Visa
  • Accommodation
  • How to make the most of your time with us

Studying in Centre

The International Study Centre is open for you to begin your studies and start your journey to achieving your university and career ambitions. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from blended learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. Whilst it is possible to access and interact with most course content using a tablet or smartphone, these devices will not work for assessments. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.

Computer

While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.

PC

  • Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Mac

  • Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Internet Connection

Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.

Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed

Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed

Zoom Restricted Countries

Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full restricted list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity.

You will learn through a mixture of as many live teacher-led classes as possible, as well as interactive activities and resources delivered in a virtual learning environment. Your health and safety is important and we will observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

A VLE is a virtual learning environment, the online hub for your programme. Here, you will find recorded lessons, collaboration tools, helpful materials, and more.

Keeping you safe on campus

Essential pre-arrival tasks

Before you arrive at Royal Holloway International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. Contact us with any questions.

If you applied directly through us, your Student Enrolment Advisor can answer any questions you have about arriving at Royal Holloway. They can offer advice on living in the UK and support you with organising airport transfers on arrival to the UK. We will also provide you with pre-arrival reading and preparation materials so you are fully prepared for your study abroad adventure.

Pre-arrival checklist

View Undergraduate or Postgraduate fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

You can apply for your UK study visa once we have issued you with your CAS. Contact us if you have any questions.

Please confirm your accommodation with our Accommodation Team as soon as possible.

London Gatwick airport is only about an hour and a half away by public transport. Make sure you are on time for induction.

You should aim to arrive at your accommodation up to two days before the start of term.

It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. Find out more about StudyCare insurance.

What to pack

  • Your passport and visa
  • UKVI decision letter
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Study letter (CAS)
  • Your offer letter
  • IELTS certificate or other original Secure English Language Test result
  • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
  • Accommodation documents, including your signed tenancy agreement
  • Four passport-sized photographs
  • Insurance documents
  • Medical certificates (including vaccination records)
  • If you are under the age of 18, a copy of your UK guardian's details
  • Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English.
  • Essential toiletries for your first few days, such as toothpaste, shampoo and shower gel. There are shops on campus and in Guildford where you can buy more.

Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Guildford has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need.

  • Computers: The International Study Centre has a fully-equipped IT room, so you do not need to bring your own computer. However, if you bring your own computer you will have the freedom to study in your bedroom and to access the Wi-Fi on Queen’s Campus. You can also buy a laptop from several shops in Guildford
  • Travel adapters: It is a good idea to bring a travel adapter with you, so that you can charge your phone and computer as soon as you arrive.
  • Personal items: You may also want to bring a few personal items, such as photos and books, to make you feel at home.
  • Cash: It's useful to have some money in cash when you are travelling. We recommend about £50.
  • Guardianship letter (if you're under 18).

What will your first week be like? 

Whether you start online or on campus, you’ll benefit from an Induction Week to help you settle in and make friends. 

Frequently asked questions on joining us on campus

Question Answer

Is the Centre open?

Due to government guidance put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, we closed the Royal Holloway International Study Centre and moved to teaching online in March 2020. While the campuses are closed, we are continuing to provide teaching and support services via our online learning environment (StudySmart), and other communication methods.

In accordance with current UK government guidelines and following consultation with our staff we have determined that the International Study Centre can safely open for all students to return to learning on campus with appropriate safety measures in place on 28th September 2020*^.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of a rigorous health and safety risk assessment.
^Information is subject to change. Government guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is regularly changing and therefore we will continue to review and adapt the measures that we’re putting in place to safeguard our staff and students as we plan to reopen the International Study Centre.

What facilities are available on campus?

While the campus is closed, all teaching and learning has moved online. Only staff carrying out essential activities and students living on site should be on campus.

When the campus reopens and whilst social distancing measures are in place, at Royal Holloway International Study Centre you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

The Royal Holloway, University of London campus will be open for students with extra measures put in place to ensure your health and safety. For more information, visit the university website.

What should I do if I need support when I arrive in the UK?

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with tailored information to prepare you for your journey; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the International Study Centre.

If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the International Study Centre’s Emergency Contact number for support:

+44 (0) 7799 405773

What should I do if I am in the UK and I need health advice or welfare support?

Staff at the International Study Centre are available to talk to you when you need support. If you need to talk to someone outside of the school, we can put you in contact with external support groups.

If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the Centre for further information.

View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

Work after study

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Start in January and you can benefit from the new Graduate Immigration Route.

Apply for a student visa

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You will need a visa to study in the UK. Read more about what you have to do to get one, when you should apply, and how to prepare for a possible credibility interview.

Student life

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Life as a student at the International Study Centre is exciting. Living on a beautiful, close-knit campus near London means you have the option to explore nature, go sightseeing, access all universities facilities and find new interests.

Admissions

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Applying to Royal Holloway International Study Centre is easy. Check entry requirements, tuitions fees, and see what you have to do before you arrive, for example getting a student visa.

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