New International Students
Welcome to Falmouth
On this page you'll find important information on what to do as a new international student before you travel to the UK, when you arrive at Falmouth University, and how to get settled once you're here.
If you have any questions you can contact our friendly team below.
If you're a UK on-campus undergraduate student, head the our New Students page to find important information for you:
Are you wondering what like is like as an international student at Falmouth University?
Second-year student Winston shares some useful tips on how to prepare for life as a Falmouth student.
Before you arrive
Accept your offer to confirm your place with us and pay your acceptance fee.
Enrol online (you’ll receive an email a couple of weeks before term starts) and pay for the first instalment of your tuition fees before the start of your course.
Prepare your important documents, including your valid passport or recognised travel document, entry visa certificate, Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), TB test certificate (if necessary) and enough cash or a pre-paid card to support yourself until you can open a bank account in the UK.
Make sure you have photocopies of your important documents as well.
Register with a General Practitioner (usually called a GP or doctor) to access healthcare on the NHS if you are studying in the UK for more than six months.
Get ready for Falmouth
Studying in a different culture and language is an amazing and rewarding experience but can be challenging at times. Get Ready for Falmouth is a series of interactive online sessions for international students starting their on-campus studies in September 2023.
These friendly sessions are entirely free of charge and aim to prepare you for moving away from home and studying and living in Falmouth. You will also get the chance to meet some of our current international students, our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) team, as well as other international new starters, just like you!
Our current international students will talk to you about their first few weeks at Falmouth, making friends, travelling to and around Falmouth, things to bring, things to do once you’re here, student life, and much more. Our EAP team will tell you more about the local history and culture and give you an overview of the student support available to you at Falmouth University.
All sessions are a perfect opportunity to have an open conversation, ask any questions and practice your language skills if English isn’t your first language. Please note the sessions are not limited to non-natives!
You will be informed of the sessions by email.
Join in with our Get Ready for Falmouth series:
As a new student, you will receive a Welcome Letter in the post from your course leader before the start of term. This will include any reading and equipment lists you might need before you start your course. You’ll also be able to view an online version of your Welcome Letter here.
It’s important to get any support in place before you arrive at University. If you have a long-term health condition, disability, or specific learning difference, we encourage you to apply for an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This is a document that recommends simple adjustments to your academic experience to make sure you get the most from your time at Falmouth.
Don’t have a diagnosis? If you are an on-campus undergraduate student, you can use our free online screening tool, the Do-It-Profiler. This provides you with a personalised report, useful advice and resources and helps you decide whether to get a formal diagnosis.
To find out more about how we can support you, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
During your time at Falmouth you will be able to access a wide range of support for your studies, to help you excel academically and creatively.
Head to the StudyHub website to see what’s on offer.
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We also provide students with the opportunity to purchase an annual Adobe Creative Cloud license. This will become available at a reduced price once you have completed online enrolment.
Find out all the key dates and study blocks for undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees.
Arriving at Falmouth
Airport Collection Service
Want us to meet you at the airport? We offer an airport collection service from Heathrow Airport in London and Newquay Airport in Cornwall. Book onto our airport collection service here.
Arriving on your own?
If you are making your own way to Penryn Campus before Welcome Weekend, to collect your keys you will either need to check in at Glasney Lodge (if you’re an undergraduate student) or The Quarry (if you’re a postgraduate student).
Schedule an appointment with the Applicant Services team to present your passport and your BRP, or digital immigration status document, as well as to verify your travel documents. You must do this within 10 days of your arrival in the UK.
Check the letter or email you got from the Home Office when your visa application was approved. It will tell you if you must register.
During Welcome Weekend (15-16 September), you will be able to visit the Sports Centre on Penryn Campus to:
- Collect your Student ID card
- Meet some of our Student Mentors
- Explore our range of student services
- Ask any questions to the Compass – your go-to place throughout your studies for information or advice
- Discover more about student funding and finance
- Learn about local transport links
- Visit the IT helpdesk at the nearby Daphne Du Maurier Building (follow signs)
I'm an undergraduate student moving into Glasney Lodge
- Check-in at the Sports Centre on Penryn Campus, where you’ll collect your keys, parking pass (if you're driven your car) and Student ID card.
- Display your parking pass clearly on the front of your car and drive to Glasney Lodge, where a member of the team will direct you to your accommodation block.
- You’ll have 20 minutes to unload, before your car will need to be moved to one of our other car parks.
- Once you’ve unloaded, fill in the accommodation inventory and report any issues to Glasney Lodge.
- If you arrive outside your check-in time, don’t panic. You’ll still be able to pick up your keys from Glasney Lodge.
I'm a postgraduate student moving into The Quarry
- You’ll be issued instructions in your confirmation email about where to collect your keys.
Once you have enrolled, you will be able to access your Falmouth University IT account. This allows you to log into your university email, connect to the campus Wi-Fi, as well as download Microsoft Office 365 apps for free and other key digital tools you’ll need during your studies.
Accessing your timetable is a vital part of getting started at Falmouth. It will tell you when and where your sessions are and help you to plan your time around your studies.
Your timetable will also contain all your important course induction sessions (beginning Monday 18 September) which you should attend.
If you’re going to study in the UK for more than a few months, opening a bank account is a good idea. You can use it to pay your rent, take care of your tuition fees or manage other daily expenses without incurring any extra charges.
Come along to the Intercultural Café to meet other students, share your culture, and enjoy a free tea/coffee and cake.
Come along to a Language Skills Workshop and start improving your academic English and literacy skills and learn more about life in the UK.
We've got an app for that...
The Student App & Portal is here to make your life easier. It's a gateway to all your important university systems like your email, timetable, and the Learning Space, and allows you to access everything from one place.
The Student App & Portal is also home to all the latest news and events, so if you're ever looking for some information around living or studying at Falmouth, this is the best place to start. You'll be able to access the Student App & Portal once you've enrolled and set up your IT account.
Well done, you're here! Now's the time to take a deep breath, relax and start getting to know Falmouth.
Your course induction takes place from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September, and will help you hit the ground running. Get to know your team of academics and the other people on your course, enjoy guided tours of campus, become familiar with your facilities, and learn about our range of support services.
As part of your induction, you will be invited to attend a ‘Study in the UK’ session, which will provide you with important information, the chance to meet others and the ability to ask any questions.
You’ll be able to find details of your induction within MyTimetable after you’ve enrolled online. You should attend all your timetabled sessions during induction week, as they’ll cover important information you’ll need throughout your studies.
You can expect a packed programme of events this September, helping you to feel part of the Falmouth community, make friends, experience something new and have fun.
Our full line up of events will be published on the Events Calendar soon!
Welcome to Falmouth
Once you start at Falmouth, we’ll be sharing lots of tips, tricks, and information to guide you through your first few weeks as a student and help you kick-start your creative journey with us. Keep an eye on our weekly student newsletter in September.
Our focus on green travel makes getting around easy and we encourage all students, staff and visitors to use sustainable transport whenever possible. If you want to head out, take a look at public transport options
Explore student life
We want to make sure you enjoy your life as a student. That's why we provide lots of help so you can not only hit the ground running but be supported throughout your time at University.
Check out all the different support you can access below.