If you're an international student who has applied to the University of Salford and received an offer, you may be wondering what you need to do next. Follow our 12-step joining checklist for full details. If you have applied to study the International Foundation Year or pre-sessional English programmes, you will receive separate instructions from your School.
STEP 1: Respond to your offer
If you have applied for undergraduate study, you must let UCAS know that the University of Salford is your first choice. If you have applied for postgraduate study, you must let the University know that you want to accept your offer, you can do this by returning your reply slip or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 2: Meet the conditions of your offer
If your offer is conditional upon academic results or proof of English language, get these to us as soon as you can. Email them to email@example.com (for undergraduate students) or firstname.lastname@example.org (for postgraduate students) stating your full name and date of birth and your student ID number @00XXXXXX
STEP 3: Pay study deposit
To help you secure the Visa that you'll need to study at Salford, all international students must pay a study deposit. The payment of a study deposit to an institution shows the seriousness of your intent to study there. The amount of deposit and how you need to pay will be detailed in your offer letter.
STEP 4: Receive Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS)
Once you have met all of the conditions of your offer (including the deposit payment) and provided the information we required from you, a CAS Reference is generated by the UKBA. This will be emailed to you directly with details of what has been confirmed during this process.
STEP 5: Apply for your Visa
Once you have received your CAS number you can apply for your Visa. You can do this up to three months before your programme starts. If you wish to start at Salford in September 2012, the earliest date you can apply for your Visa is 11 June 2012. If you are applying for a pre-sessional English course, you can apply for your Visa from March.
STEP 6: Apply for accommodation
You can apply for student accommodation from May 2012. We will contact you to let you know we have started taking applications. You must apply online by 1 September 2012. You will then receive a letter from Accommodation Services with details of the accommodation that has been allocated to you and how to collect your keys when you arrive.
STEP 7: Book your travel
We offer a welcome service and free transfer to the University campus for international students arriving by air at Manchester International Airport. If you want to book an Airport Welcome, visit www.getready.salford.ac.uk/welcome
STEP 8: Receive your Get Ready Guide
Your Get Ready guide to joining the University will be sent by post or email from the end of July through to September. If you have not received your copy by the time you are due to travel please go to the mystudentinfo website.
STEP 9: Sort out fees
You can pay your fees upfront or in instalments. You must pay 50% or the total course fee at or before registration with the balance paid by the start of the second semester. If you pay your fees in full at or before registration you will be eligible for an early payment discount of £500.
STEP 10: Register and check-in
All new students have to attend a short check-in session, during which we check your documents and formally record your arrival at the University. International students should also register at check-in. Full details of where and how to check-in will be included in your Get Ready guide and will be available on our Get Ready website.
STEP 11: International student welcome
To help you settle in to your student life at Salford, we offer a special welcome service for international students to help answer your questions and make new friends. These events will probably begin on 10 September 2012.
STEP 12: School inductions and teaching starts
Before classes begin, you'll have a series of events and presentations where you'll meet your tutors and other students on your course. You'll also get information about the library, IT services and much more. Most of these events will take place during the middle of September 2012. Further details will be available prior to you joining at www.getready.salford.ac.uk/inductions. Your first classes will start during the week of 24 September 2012. Good luck with your studies!