Settling in at university
Welcome Week takes place from 21 – 27 January where there will be orientation and social events for international students.
If you are coming to the UK or to Salford for the first time, we recommend you arrive in time to join in with the welcome programme.
During Welcome Week, there will be social activities, talks and lectures about university life. You can go on guided tours of the campus and trips out to explore the local area, the city of Manchester, and the north west of England.
You can find out more about the welcome programme here.
During the week starting Friday 21st December before teaching begins, your programme leader will organise a number of induction events to introduce you to your responsibilities regarding your visa, the course, your lecturers, and to the other students you will be studying with. It is important that you attend all these events, so that you will be fully prepared when teaching begins.
View your academic induction timetable now.
We are required by law to inform the Home Office if any international student is not attending classes regularly. Most courses will require you to submit an attendance form to your school office each week or month depending on your mode of study.
This form can be collected from your school office or downloaded from our website here, this must be signed each week or month (dependent upon your mode of study) by a lecturer or supervisor before you submit online.
If you do not submit an Attendance Monitoring form regularly, the University must report this to the Home Office, and your visa could be revoked.
For full details, visit the Visa and Immigration webpages.
You must provide a UK address and telephone number as part of the University registration process.
It is a requirement of your visa that you inform the University if either should change.
If you don’t have a permanent address when you register with the University, you can provide a temporary address.
When this changes you must update your details.
We offer a wealth of support for students who are studying in the UK for the first time, and those who are returning to continue their studies. For more information scroll through the information below.
- LEAP: If English is not your first language, you may want to join our Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) scheme. LEAP is a free programme for international students who want to improve their English language skills, and focuses on helping you write better assignments and theses.
- The International Society: As an international student at Salford, you will get free membership of The International Society. The International Society offers social activities and additional classes to international students from the University of Salford, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
- The Students’ Union activity groups: The University of Salford Students’ Union runs over 80 sporting and activity groups open to all students to join. Whatever you’re interested in, you are likely to find a group of students with similar interests. During your programme welcome week, the Students’ Union runs an activities fair where you can meet representatives of the various groups and sign up to become a member.
- Faith Centre: On Peel Park campus, we have a Faith Centre based on University Road, which is open to students of all faiths. We have a Catholic chaplain, a Church of England chaplain and a Muslim chaplain on the multi-faith team.