International student support
If English is not your first language, or if you are new to studying in the UK, it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the help and University guidance available to you before you begin your studies.
Studying in a different language or environment presents additional challenges to you as a learner, therefore we have created this page of resources so that you can begin your learning journey as soon as possible, with the confidence of knowing you are able to meet the expectations of the University.
Before you arrive
Skills and knowledge you need to develop
To help you prepare to study at the University of Salford we have selected resources that give you vital information and skills for being successful in your studies. All new students must click on the links in the 'Before you arrive' section and complete all of the eLearning provided.
After you arrive
Learn English for Academic Purposes: Develop your academic English by attending LEAP workshops.
Academic integrity and referencing: Learn how to reference your work and avoid plagiarism when studying in the UK.
Essay success: Learn how to approach writing an essay and how to complete it with confidence.
Develop your IT skills
Learn how to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other computer programmes. These skills will help you improve your academic performance and boost your employability.
Academic Writing Feedback Service
While the University of Salford does not offer a proofreading service, you can submit your written work to an academic writing feedback service, called Smarthinking, free of charge. If English is not your first language, you can also select an ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist to provide more specific feedback on your academic writing style, grammar and vocabulary. Learn more about how to access this service below.
Strengthen your future job applications
It’s never too early to start thinking about your career. For information and advice on writing CVs, job applications and interviews, as well as how to start your own business, the Careers and Enterprise team offer online resources, bookable appointments, employability masterclasses and employer events.
If you decide to work in the UK during and after your studies, we understand guidelines can be complicated and confusing. Gain information and advice from our Careers and Enterprise service to help you find and apply for work, and make the most out of your studies and time at University.
Other support you may need
Wellbeing and Counselling
Your wellbeing is just as important as the academic side of university life. Wellbeing and Counselling are here to help you succeed in your studies and in your life by giving tips for taking care of yourself, and provide you with an opportunity to talk about your problems confidentially.
Disability and Learner Support
If you experience a disability, long-term condition or a specific learning difficulty, then you may be entitled to academic support in your teaching and assessments. This can include extra time for assessments, extended book loans from the Library and support for field trips.
Personal Mitigating Circumstances (PMCs)
If there are serious personal mitigating circumstances beyond your control, which affect your ability to complete assessments, you can use the personal mitigating circumstances (PMC) form to advise the University of your circumstances.