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Pre-Departure Briefing China June 2012. Congratulations on receiving your Offer! Edinburgh continues to be one of the UKs most popular study destinations.

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1 Pre-Departure Briefing China June 2012

2 Congratulations on receiving your Offer! Edinburgh continues to be one of the UKs most popular study destinations Essential information for New Students and Welcome Pack available online Welcome to Edinburgh

3 The University Historic & Prestigious An ancient university, founded in 1583 Ranked 20th in the World by QS World University Rankings 2011 One of the worlds leading research universities (RAE 2008) One of the largest universities in the UK Over 30,000 students, 20,000+ undergraduates, 10,000+ postgraduates 36% students from outside the UK 140 different nationalities Associated with 15 Nobel Prize winners - in areas such as Physics, Medicine, Economics Numerous networks and global partnerships Located in the heart of Scotlands capital city

4 What Happens Next? Pre- departure Planning Replying and accepting your offer Accommodation Applying for your visa Payment of tuition fees Cost of Living and Banking Health and Insurance Arriving in Edinburgh Induction week Key Dates

5 Undergraduate UCAS Firm acceptance / Insurance acceptance Remember to reply by the deadlines Postgraduate As soon as you meet your conditions, update your application in MyEd Provide documents ASAP and accept offer online (Euclid) What Happens Next? Reply to your offers

6 UCAS / University sends confirmation letter Visa requirements / applying for your visa Supply passport information when requested Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by the University University issues joining instructions: Available online / hard copy Formal letter of admission Information about the School you have applied to and the Universitys services to help you prepare for life at Edinburgh Introductory meetings with your School What Happens Next? Admission and Joining

7 What happens next? Apply for Accommodation online Whether accepting as UF, CF, UI or CI Application deadlines - UG must apply by 16 August - PG must apply by 31 July (£250 deposit payable on application) Accommodation is only allocated once an applicants place has been confirmed (UF), from June onwards Limited time to accept the offer departments/accommodation- services

8 University Accommodation Guaranteed housing for first year Over 6,000 residential places for students in a wide range of accommodation Centrally located, easy access to teaching facilities and city centre 95% single rooms En-suite rooms / shared facilities Flats / apartments Catered / self-catered residences 24-hour residential wardens Private housing alternatives departments/accommodation-services

9 The University in the city Scale = 0.5 mile

10 Catered Accommodation for Undergraduates Based at Pollock Halls, accommodates over 2,000 first year students within 9Houses Mixture of single rooms (with either ensuite or shared facilities), twin rooms depending on house selected All Houses have common rooms and shared pantries Facilities include 2 squash courts, shop, computing microlab, bar and cafes Resident Assistants (RAs) organise social and sporting events for residents; help new students to mingle with others

11 Self Catered Accommodation Over 2,200 self-catered rooms in University flats specifically reserved for freshers, visiting undergraduates and new postgraduates All centrally located Mix of purpose built & recently renovated On average 150 students per block of flats with 3-6 people per flat Single rooms / some twin rooms available Shared bathroom & kitchen/living area Rooms have 24 hour access to the Internet Flat Managers in charge of maintenance and welfare of students, helped by RAs (Resident Assistants)

12 Costs of Accommodation Cost per week depends on the accommodation you choose Self-catered: £57 (twin) - £102 (single) Catered: £110 (single) - £230 (single en-suite) Rent includes central heating, electricity, cleaner, phone and data facilities, personal contents insurance & 14 meals a week (catered only) After first year, majority choose to live in private accommodation Accommodation Office can offer guidance and advice on finding a place to live Virtual Tours: students/accommodation/virtual-tours

13 Please check the UKBA website for updates: Countries requiring TB screening - UKVisas website UKBA, Points Based System, Tier 4 General The University of Edinburgh is a Highly Trusted sponsor When to apply: No more than 3 months before course start date Students cannot enter the UK more than 1 month before the start of their course How do I apply: To begin the process of applying for your visa, visit the UKBA website Scoring the points: 40 out of 40 points 30 points for admission, 10 points for finance Step 1: Complete the online application Step 2: Attend biometric data collection appointment Step 3: Submit your application All supporting documents must be originals, including passport International Office Advice: Immigration and Visa requirements Tuberculosis screening and Applying for your visa

14 International students are eligible to work Part time (max. 20 hours per week) Full time during the vacation International students are entitled to free NHS Health care and subsidised dental care At present your Tier 4 visa allows you to... keeping_healthy.php

15 Matriculation Registration New students will be sent a Registration pack containing a Matriculation form by post or by mid-August Complete and return enclosing relevant documentation If you do not receive your Registration pack in the post before you arrive, requesting a replacement copy (sent by

16 Payment options Paid in advance in full or part, balance settled at registration Paid in full at registration Instalments by direct debit If you pay by instalment you must pay one third (33.33%) before or at registration For more information on how to pay your fees and methods of payment: Payment of Tuition Fees departments/finance/students/fees

17 Tuition Fees Undergraduate Annual fees for academic year Most courses£12,650 (class based) £16,650+ (laboratory) £16,650+ (studio arts) Medicine£20,600 (Year 1 & 2) £34,850 (Year 3, 4 & 5) Veterinary £19,950 to £26,400 Medicine(varying for each year) For up to date information on course fees and any additional programme costs: finance/fees

18 Annual fees for academic year Postgraduate £13,050 (class based) Taught £17,200+ (laboratory) £13,050+ (studio arts) Postgraduate £11,450 (book based) Research£15,000+ (laboratory) £11,450+ (studio arts) For up to date information on course fees and any additional programme costs: Tuition Fees Postgraduates finance/fees

19 Estimated living costs £8,000 for the academic year (includes accommodation) Allow £180 - £260 per week Plan your budget - International Student Calculator Usually eligible for a basic bank account May take several weeks for your account application to be processed Bring enough money to cover your expenses during this time Cost of Living and Banking cost-of-living /banking

20 International students are entitled to free NHS Health care Bring supplies of existing prescribed medicines with you (there may be charges for dental and eye care) You may want to arrange personal insurance to cover laptop, baggage, books (if you are in University accommodation, insurance is included in the rent) Ensure that you are covered for the period until registration (matriculation) at the University Health and Insurance /keeping_healthy.php

21 Arriving in Edinburgh Route Planning Daily flights from all London airports to Edinburgh airport Options to fly to Edinburgh via Paris Amsterdam, Frankfurt or other European cities Option to fly to Glasgow and take a bus to Edinburgh

22 We ask all students commencing their studies on 17 September 2012 to arrive at the University during arrival weekend: Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 September 2012 University Welcome Service at Edinburgh Airport International and Domestic Arrivals Halls 8am – 10pm Moving into your Accommodation Earliest date you can access accommodation is Saturday 8 September at 9am you will need to arrange temporary accommodation if you come before Arriving in Edinburgh Arrival Weekend

23 Complete Matriculation on arrival Register your attendance Pay your tuition fees Meet with your Personal Tutor or Supervisor to agree your courses Induction week Complete Matriculation

24 Register with a GP soon after arrival University Health Service provides comprehensive medical care under the NHS Register with the Police within 7 days of arrival in the UK More advice: The Advice Place Drop-in centre The Student Counselling Service Induction week Health and Welfare

25 8-9 SeptemberArrival Weekend 8 SeptemberAccess to accommodation (from 9am) 9 SeptemberInternational Day SeptemberFreshers Week SeptemberSocieties Fair 16 SeptemberStudy orientation day for international PGT students 17 SeptemberTerm Begins! Key Dates

26 Learning Facilities 17 libraries Main library undergoing a £60 million refurbishment Special collections UKs largest campus computer network Located close to key learning resources, including the National Library and National Gallery of Scotland Well established links with professions and industry State of the art facilities and the opportunity to work with top academics

27 Academic matters Support for your studies Personal Tutor / Supervisor First point of contact if you have any concerns or problems Institute for Academic Development (IAD) Workshops, resources, one-to-one support for studying effectively, planning for exams, writing essays Self-Study Support Online resources to aid self-study (writing assignments, good grammar, recommended English learning websites) Peer Proofreading Trained, reliable volunteers proofread assignments, spot basic grammar and spelling errors english/language-support/overview

28 Careers Service Provides an online database of employers offering temporary, part-time, summer internships and voluntary opportunities for students, in addition to graduate vacancies Helps students develop career plans, provides advice and guidance on interview techniques, CVs and application forms Hosts a wide range of employer presentations on campus, careers seminars, workshops and careers fairs Provides information for international students who want to work in the UK or to return to their home country after their studies

29 Employability University of Edinburgh was ranked number 1 out of all Russell Group universities in the HESA Employability Performance Indicator table for 2009/ % of our graduates enter employment or further study within 6 months of leaving the University Edinburgh ranked 26 (out of 300) in the last QS World University Rankings Employer Reputation Index Information on Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers Visa departments/careers/global/work- uk/visas/types-visa

30 Student Experience Over 260 student societies 65 sports clubs, 5* rated sports facilities Student radio station, weekly newspaper and the UKs oldest student-run theatre company The University has finished in the top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport rankings every year for the last 5 years 5 student union buildings International students centre The University of Edinburgh: voted the best UK university for clubs and societies by international students ISB Summer 2011

31 A-Z of Student Societies Aberdeen FC Supporters Club (EU) African & Arabic Dance Society African & Caribbean Society African Relations Circle AIESEC Air Squadron Amnesty International Anime and Animation Society Archaeology Society Architecture Sans Frontier Society Art Society Baha'i Society Ballroom Dance Society Barnardos Society Bhangra Crew Big 2 BioSoc Bisexual Lesbian or Gay BLOGS Brass Band Bridge Club Bright Futures Edinburgh Buddhist Bulgarian Society BUNAC Capoeira Society Catholic Students' Union Celtic Supporters Club Chamber Choir Chamber Orchestra Changeringers (Guild of) Charity Fashion Society Cheerleading Society 'The Vixens' Chemical Engineering Society Chemical Society Chess Club Chi Soc Childrens Holiday Venture Chill Out Society Chinese Cultural Society Chinese Students' Association Choc Soc Christian Union Classics Society Clinical Psychologists in Training Comedy and That Composers' Orchestra Computer Society Confucianism Study Society Conservative & Unionist Association Create Society Debates Committee Diabetes Society Diagnostic Society Dirty Weekenders (Conservationists) Drumming Society Duke of Edinburgh Award Economics Edinburgh Exchange Support Society Edinburgh Global Partnerships Edinburgh Worshippers of Cthulhu Society Engineering Engineers Without Borders Edinburgh English Language and Linguistics Society English Literature Society Entrepreneurial Society Exmoor Pony Trekking Section Exped Fair Trade Café Film Society First Aiding Society Flamenco Folk Song Society Fonelisco Orphanage Project Society Football Supporters Association Footlights Formal Attire Running Club of Edinburgh Frequently Asked Questions Society Fresh Air (Student Radio) GameSoc GEAS (Roleplaying) Geography Society Geolsoc German Society Goth and Rock Society Hellenic Society Highland Society History Society Hitch Hong Kong International Society Humanist Society Hung Ga Appreciation Society iCUE Indie Ink Magazine International Relations Forum

32 A-Z of Student Societies continued…! Irish Islamic Society Italian Society Japanese Jazz Orchestra Jewish Society Juggling Society Korean Society Labour Club Law Society Liberal Democrats Malaysian Students Marrow Society Mathematics & Statistics Mature & Grad Medics Mature Law Students' Society Meadows Half Marathon Medics Mediterranean Gastronomic MedSIN-UK Mexicanos En Edimburgo Middle Eastern Society Model United Nations Modern Dance Society Movie Production Society Music Society Musical Medics Society New Scotland Country Dance Nightline Nomad Magazine Nursing Society Officers Training Corps Oxvol (Oxfam Volunteers) Palestine Solidarity Society People & Planet Persian Society Philosophy Society Photographic Society Physics Society Pizza Hereos Poker Society Politics Society Pool Society Portuguese & Brazilian Society Postgrad Society Pro Evolution Soccer Society Psychology Society Reeling Club Renaissance Singers Revelation Rock Gospel Choir Romanian Society Russian Society Save the Animals Campaign Savoy Opera Group Scandinavian Society Science Fiction & Fantasy Scottish Ethnology Society Scottish Romanian Language Link (SCROLL) Scottish Socialist Students' Society Self defence Society Shekter Soc Sign Society Singapore Students Singers (EU) Snooker Society South Asian Society Spanish and Latino Society Standing Ovation Stop Aids String Orchestra Student Action for Autism Student Action For Refugees (STAR) Student Cancer Fund Student Christian Movement Student Newspaper Student Scout and Guide Organisation Students Supporting Street Kids (SSSK) Studio Opera Swahili Club Swing Dance Society Tai Chi Chuan Taiwanese Society Tango Tennent's Lager Appreciation Society Theatre Company (Bedlam) Tibet Society Trading & Investment Club Travel Society Twisters Association Untapped Talent Vedic Society Veterinary Zoological Wargames Water of Life Welsh Society Yoga Society

33 Student Sports Clubs Archery Club Association Football Club M Association Football Club F Athletics Club Badminton Club Basketball Club Boat Club Boxing Club Canoe Club Cricket Club Cross Country Curling Club Cycling Club Exmoor Pony Trekking S. Fencing Club Gliding Club Golf Club Hare & Hounds Hillwalking Club Hockey Club (Male) Hockey Club (Female) Hot Air Balloon Club Ice Hockey Club Judo Club Ju Jitsu Club Karate Club (Shotokan) Karate Club (Shukokai) Kendo Club Korfball Club Lacrosse Club F Lacrosse Club M Motor Sport Club Mountaineering Club Netball Club Orienteering Club Rifle Club Roller Hockey Club Rugby Club (Male) Rugby Club (Female) Sailing Club Shinty Club Skydiving Club Snowsports Club Squash Club Sub Aqua Club Swimming & Water Polo Club Table Tennis Club Tennis Club Trampoline Club Triathlon Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Volleyball Club Weightlifting Club Windsurfing & Surfing Club

34 Edinburghs Climate Edinburgh enjoys a moderate year-round climate Warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer… Same annual rainfall as New York and Rome...

35 Student Life Edinburgh University Chinese Student Association (EUCSA) Edinburgh University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (EUCSSA) and Social gatherings Pre-departure events Guest Speakers

36 Social Networking Follow the Edinburgh University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (EUCSSA) on Sina Weibo and Ren Ren Wang: Follow the Edinburgh University Chinese Student Association (EUCSA) on Sina Weibo and Ren Ren Wang:

37 Pre-Departure Checklist Read joining instructions from your College carefully Check that your passport is valid and not about to expire Refer to the New Students Immigration Guide to ensure you have all theNew Students Immigration Guide correct entry requirements in place Make a photocopy of your passport (pages with your personal details and your visa) Make your travel arrangements and remember your travel tickets Arrange appropriate insurance: Travel, Personal, Health If you take regular medication, bring enough for your first few months in Edinburgh Arrange to bring some UK currency (GBP); you should bring enough to cover about 4 weeks Pack warm and waterproof clothing, clothes that can be worn in layers and a good pair of walking shoes Pack a change of clothing just in case your main baggage is delayed

38 Your passport Original offer letter from the University Proof that you can pay your fees and support yourself financially Letter of accommodation offer (if applicable) and/or information about where you are spending your first night Tuberculosis screening certificate Health certificates and vaccination records Marriage and birth certificates, if you are travelling with family Original certificates of prior study Documents to Bring in your hand luggage

39 Were Here to Help Esther Sum International Officer The International Office The University of Edinburgh 57 George Square Edinburgh Scotland, UK Call: +44 (0)

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