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    INTO Queen's University Belfast Pre-Departure Guide 2011-2012 INTO Queen's University Belfast Pre-Departure Guide 2011-2012 Document Transcript

    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012 gINTO QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFASTYOUR BEST ROUTE TO UNIVERSITY SUCCESS
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Welcome We are delighted that you have chosen to study at INTO Queen’s University Belfast and hope you have started preparing for your new journey. Staff at INTO Queen’s are awaiting your arrival and looking forward to welcoming you and your fellow students to Belfast! You are about to embark on an exciting adventure as a student where you will meet new people, living in new surroundings and experiencing new cultures. Whilst this is a very exciting time in your life it can be a little intimidating at first. The pre-departure guide is intended to help prepare you for your arrival to the UK and Belfast. It is very important that you read this guide and keep it as it includes all the details that you need to know. The warmth of the welcome in Belfast is known throughout the world and we pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming centre. Our INTO Queen’s staff are experienced in dealing with international students and will always be there to help or guide you throughout your time with us. We hope you will enjoy your stay in Belfast and that the course meets your needs and expectations. So, a very warm welcome, a safe flight, and we look forward to meeting with you soon. Dr. Pat Corr Centre Director, INTO Queen’s University Belfast Start dates All students should plan to arrive two days prior to your programme start date – please ensure you arrive on time! Contents Welcome 2 Money 10 Meet the INTO Queen’s University Orientation programme 11 Belfast team 3 Registering for your course 12 Before you leave 4 Making the most of your first week 14 Before you arrive in the UK 5 Social programme 15 Arrival at the airport 6 Health and safety 16 Arriving at INTO Queen’s University Key contacts, useful numbers Belfast 7 and websites 17 Airport collection form 8 Maps 18
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572Meet the INTO Queen’sUniversity Belfast teamPatrick Corr Rita Magee Robin Nesbitt Michelle EvansCentre Director Academic Director Head of Student Services English Language Programme ManagerLiam O’Hagan Áine McComb Judith Pollock Nuala CorrAcademic Programme Academic Support Manager Academic Support Officer Progression OfficerManagerElaine Bell Michelle McAleer Kathryn Stewart Lindsay McAlindenAccommodation and Admissions Officer Finance Officer Information AssistantWelfare OfficerChristina GuineyMarketing andCommunications
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Before you leaveChecklist – before you leave homePlease make sure you have completed everything on this checklist before you leave home. As soon as possible:1. Have you paid full fees for your tuition, accommodation and insurance (if applicable)?2. Have you returned your Arrival Details Form to admissions.finance@into.uk.com?3. Do you require an INTO airport taxi transfer? If so, please complete Section 3 of the Arrival Details Form and the Credit Card form.4. Have you booked your accommodation?5. Have you checked your passport is valid for at least six months?6. Have you applied for and received your visa?One or two weeks before you leave for the UK:7. Have you organised cash and pound sterling traveller’s cheques to bring with you?8. Do you know your airline’s luggage allowance and have you packed accordingly?What to bring with you:9. Have you packed all relevant original documentation or certified copies including your: • INTO Offer Letter • INTO CAS statement – if required • IELTS certificate or original English Language test result • ny other original documents/transcripts listed in your Offer Letter/CAS Statement, for A example your high school certificate or home university certificates including translations (if originals are not in English). You will need these to register and enrol on your course and to extend your visa in the UK when you need to • Passport and Visa/Identity card • ank statement (no more than 1 month old showing the required funds for 28 days) as evidence to B show the Immigration Officer on arrival at the airport in the UK10. Have you got your documents for medical registration? • Immunisation History Book • UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Visa Tuberculosis Screening Certificate (if you have one)11. Have you put the emergency telephone numbers into your mobile phone (to be put into your hand luggage)?12. Do you have: • Photographs from home? • Waterproof coat and shoes? • Addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of friends and family?4
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572Before you arrive in the UKApplying for a UK student visa • The start date is published on your CAS Statement. If youMost international students from outside the European Union plan to arrive on a different date you must let us know.who wish to take a full-time course in the UK must apply for a This is very important as we must inform the UK Bordervisa prior to leaving their home country. Agency (UKBA) if you do not arrive on time. You can check your status on the following website: • If you change your mind and want to study at anotherwww.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/ institution, you have to tell us before you come to the UKimmigrationlaw/immigrationrules/appendix1/ so we can cancel your CAS with UKBA, and you canIf you are a visa national you can apply for a re-apply for your visa with a CAS from a different sponsor.• Student Visitor Visa for courses of six months or less; Changes to your student registration status• an Extended Student Visitor Visa for English language We must tell the UK Border Agency about any students who courses only for courses of between 6–11 months; have an entry clearance visa issued under PBS rules who fail• a Tier 4 (General) Student visa for English language to arrive for the start of a course, withdraw from a course, courses at or above B1 on the Common European defer or suspend their studies, or fail to attend for significant Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the periods of time. UK Border agency have assessed this as equivalent Meeting immigration staff at the airport to an IELTS score of 4.0 – with no less than 4.0 in When you arrive at a UK airport, you should be prepared to each sub-skill; answer some questions about yourself, including where you• or a Tier 4 (General) Student visa for courses at Level 3 or will be staying and what you intend to do during your time in above on the National Qualifications framework (NQF) at the UK. You may be asked to undergo a brief, routine health an institution which is a Highly Trusted Sponsor. check by the airport doctor, which might include an X-ray.How will the Points Based System (PBS) affect The health check will take place in a separate room.my entry clearance/student visa application? Afterwards, you will need to return to Immigration Control.If you are a visa national and you apply for a Tier 4 (General) Please note that if you have already studied in the UK and areStudent visa you will need a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for changing your education provider, you will need to apply for aStudies’(CAS), which is an electronic number we will provide visa for your new course with us. This could take up to 40for you. days. It is a criminal offence to start a course with a differentApplying for your Tier 4 (General) Student visa educational provider before you have applied for your new visa from the Home Office. We will not be able to register youto come to the UK on the course unless you have a valid visa.When you apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visayou must include a Confirmation of Acceptance for To find out more:Studies (CAS) number. We advise that you check these websites regularly for up to• We will send your CAS details when you confirm your date and accurate information. unconditional offer of a place to study and pay your UK Border Agency: deposit/full fees. http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/• Your CAS will not be sent more than six months before British Embassy/High Commission – advice on where you the start of your course. can apply for a visa:• The CAS number will be included in a letter called a ‘CAS http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/ Statement’. This will also include important information wheretoapply needed for your visa application. UKCISA (Council for International Student Affairs) – Advice for• You can only apply for your visa three months or less international students: before the start of your course. http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/immigration.php 5
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Arrival at the airportGetting to Belfast Arrival in BelfastPlease make sure that you book a flight that arrives on By the time you arrive in Belfast you may have beenthe weekend before your course starts. There are two travelling for many hours so having a welcoming faceairports in Belfast with a range of airlines that have to greet you might be just what you need. We wouldconnecting flights to the USA, Europe and other UK be happy to arrange an airport transfer for you, whereairports. We recommend that you travel by air to we will meet you upon arrival at the airport and takeBelfast City Airport, via London Heathrow Airport. you directly to your accommodation.Please do NOT fly to Dublin, as it is not in the UK and If you want us to arrange an airport pick up youyou will not have a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. must complete the Arrivals Form in this guide. YouYou need to enter the UK through a UK airport, as you should send the form to us at least seven days beforemust have your passport stamped by the UK Border your course start date. Please make sure you give usAgency on entry. an up to date email address. Upon receipt of your Your luggage allowance is usually 20–30 kg for completed airport transfer request we will arrange achecked baggage and 10kg for hand luggage. Please transfer on your behalf and confirm this bookingcheck with your airline before you travel. If possible, we by email.recommend you check your baggage all the way As Belfast has two airports, please follow thesethrough your connecting flights to you final destination instructions on arrival for the airport you are arriving at:of Belfast. This will make flight transfers easier and • Belfast (George Best) City Airport – Meet ourquicker, and you won’t have to worry about different fonacab driver by the ‘information desk’, justweight allowances on airlines. outside the baggage area • Belfast International Airport – Meet our fonacabInforming us of your arrival driver in the exit hall at the bottom of the long ramp, just before you leave the terminal buildingWe need to know what your arrival details are. If you are not using our transfer service the followingPlease complete the arrival details form in this information should be helpful and we recommendguide and return it at least one week before you go straight to your accommodation.your start date. Even if you are arranging your owntransport from the airport, please complete sections Belfast City Airport1 and 2. We need this information in order to ensureeverything is in place for you to commence your Belfast City Airport is the closest airport to Queen’sstudies. University. BMI fly directly to Belfast City airport from Heathrow, with the flight taking about one hour. The flight from London to Belfast takes around one hour. This airport is small, so finding your way around it will be easy. The easiest way to reach Queen’s University from Belfast City Airport is by local taxi or bus. By taxi the trip takes about 20 minutes and should cost between £10 and £15. By bus the translink service 600 will bring you to the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast City Centre.6
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572Arriving at INTO Queen’s UniversityBelfastBelfast International Airport Finding the CentreThis airport is around 16 miles from Queen’s Queen’s University is situated in Belfast,University. By taxi the trip takes about 40 minutes approximately one mile from the city centre. Theand should cost between £25 and £30. By bus INTO Queen’s Centre is located within the UniversityAirport Express 300 operates a 24 hour service campus at 2–8 Lennoxvale, Belfast, BT9 5BY. Youbetween the airport and Belfast with buses departing will find a map of where we are in the map section ofevery 15 minutes for the majority of the day on this guide. Alternatively visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/weekdays, with reduced frequency at off peak times home/TheUniversity/Location/Maps/Belfast/and weekends. The bus leaves from the bus stoplocated opposite the terminal exit and will bring you Your first dayto the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast City centre. The • Please check your welcome information uponfare for this bus is £7. arrival which gives details of where you have to go If you have requested airport transfer and cannot in the centre on the first day of your course. Youfind our staff at the airport, DO NOT leave the airport. should report to the INTO Centre at 9am.You should: • All students will take an English Language• Step 1 – Go to the Airport Information Desk and Test during induction week and need to ask them to make an announcement asking for achieve the required grade to progress to the fonacab driver meetin you on behalf of INTO their chosen course. Queen’s to come to the information desk.• Step 2 – Contact our INTO Queen’s Arrivals It is important that you attend all induction Emergency Number on +44 (0) 7971 609 572 activities which commence at 9am on the and we will contact the staff member first day of the course. Failure to do so may meeting you. result in you being unable to register on timeApplies to BOTH airports for your course. 7
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012 ✁Arrival details formAll students mUST complete must complete sections 1 and 2 of this form and returnone week before your course start date by email to admissions.finance@into.uk.comor fax to +44 (0) 1273 328 595 / +44 (0) 1273 329 746Section 1 (compulsory)Personal detailsFamily name (surname)Other/given names (first name)Email addressMobile phone numberINTO number (please refer to offer letter)Section 2 (compulsory)Arrival details into the UK and confirmation of accommodationCountry flight departs fromDate of arrival in Belfast Time of arrival in Belfast (am/pm)Arrival Airport TerminalFlight number Name of airlineIf you are organising your own transfer from the airport:Arrival date at INTO Queen’s University Belfast: Accommodation/CentreArrival time at INTO Queen’s University Belfast (am/pm): Accommodation/CentreAny special requirementsPlease make sure that you book a flight which arrives on the weekend before your course start date. If onarrival you require a taxi to meet you and will be staying in a hotel or other accommodation not arranged byINTO then please provide the addressSection 3 (optional)Airport transfer bookingIf you would like a taxi to meet you at your UK arrival airport and take you to your accommodation please tick oneof the following boxes and complete the credit card section below £30.00 Belfast City Airport £45.00 Belfast International Airport I do not require an airport transfer8
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572✁ Section 4 If you will be under 18 on arrival and do not require INTO to meet you at the airport and arrange a transfer then the following section must be completed Name of person meeting the student: Address of person meeting the student: Mobile telephone number: Name of parent: Signature of parent: Date: Credit card form Payments over £50 by credit card are subject to a 2% surcharge and debit cards to a £1 surcharge. This will be taken from the card in addition to the amount stated in section 3 of this form. CREDIT CARD DETAILS To enable fees to be debited from your credit card, please complete the details below. VISA CREDIT MASTERCARD DEBIT If DEBIT, please specify type: Please note, the University will only accept transactions using the following cards: Mastercard, Visa, Solo, Maestro, Electron or Visa debit. Credit/debit card number / Card start date —— —— (mm/yy) / Card expiry date —— —— (mm/yy) Issue number Security code This is the last three digits of the code found on the back of your card. Cardholder name Billing address Please return this form by email to admissions.finance@into.uk.com or fax to +44 (0) 1273 328 595 / +44 (0) 1273 329 746 9
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012MoneyCurrency Bank accountsCurrency across the UK is the pound sterling (£GBP). If you are going to be here for longer than six months,One pound is divided into one hundred pence (100p). we strongly recommended you open a UK bankNotes are issued to the value of £50, £20, £10, and £5 account, as soon as possible, after arriving in the UK.and coins to the value of £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, UK banks are open 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays2p and 1p. Please note that £100 and £50 notes are and some are open on Saturday mornings. If you bringvery uncommon and should be avoided as they can a banker’s draft in sterling with you (payable to yourself)often be the target of counterfeiters. In addition to or arrange for it to be sent, then you can open anBank of England Sterling notes, the major banks in account at a bank after you have registered on yourNorthern Ireland and Scotland are entitled to issue their course. It may also be useful to bring a letter from yourown sterling notes, so it may take some time to get bank at home (or some other documentation) toused to all these different types of paper money! We confirm your credit status. We will provide you withdo not advise carrying large sums of cash with you further information and support on opening accountson arrival. during your induction week. In order to open a bank We recommend that you bring enough money account you will need the following:with you to cover the first couple of weeks after your • your passportarrival – no more than £250 in cash for your immediate • proof you are a student – we will issue you with anneeds should suffice. It is safer to bring large sums of official bank letter after registrationmoney in travellers’ cheques, which can be cashed in • proof of address.banks, post offices and airports but often there is a For further advice on opening bank accounts in theminimum commission charge. Please avoid carrying UK, you can visit:large sums of cash or keeping large amounts in your www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/bank_account.phproom for safety reasons. Credit and debit cards arewidely accepted in the UK, MasterCard (Access) and Living costsVisa credit cards being the most common. Diner’s Cluband American Express are less so. You can withdraw It is estimated that a single student will needcash from a cashpoint machine (also known as an approximately £650–£750 a month to meet their‘ATM’) if you have a Personal Identification Number basic living expenses. This is just an indication and(PIN) for that card. You may want to inform your current will alter depending on your lifestyle and spendingbank that you are going to the UK and to ask if you habits. The British Council has recognised Northerncan use your card here. Ireland as having the lowest cost of living in the UK. It is important to plan and budget your finances for living in the UK; it’s not just your course fees you need to think about. If you want help with planning and budgeting your finances, the following international student website may be useful: www.studentcalculator.org.uk/international/ index.asp10
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572Orientation programmeInduction programmeAt the start of your course you will receive a fullinduction (providing you arrive the weekend beforethe start date of the course). This will vary in lengthaccording to which course you will be studying andit is a great opportunity to meet staff and students ‘I think the social assistants at the Centre areand find out more about the University and the local wonderful, I love the social programme, they arearea. You should attend all sessions. The induction always coming up with new ideas and fun things forprogramme will usually include: students to do and places to see. The social activities• welcome talks are always different and really interesting.’• information sessions with INTO Student Services, the Students’ Union, security staff ruslan Batukaev• an English language placement test Russia• social activities• a city orientation tour of Belfast• a campus tour.The following is an example timetable for the September and January orientation programme.TimE mOndAY TUESdAY WEdnESdAY THUrSdAY FridAY09.00 ArrIVE AT INTO VISIT FrOm QUEEN’S rESIdENCE POLICE rEgISTrATION COUrSE INdUCTION QUEEN’S FOr UNIVErSITy INDUCTION (AS APPrOPrIATE)09.30 WELCOmE mEETINg. INTErNATIONAL COLLECT INdUCTION dIrECTOr PACKS. TEA, COFFEE 10.00 AND CHAT WITH STAFF BrEAK10.30 rEgISTrATION ANd TALK ON CULTUrE TALK ON UNIVErSITy ENrOLmENT SHOCK ANd VISAS COUNSELLINg ANd WELFArE SErVICES11.00 TALK ON PErSONAL mOdULE SELECTION SAFETy11.30 ENgLISH LANgUAgE PLACEmENT TEST12.00 TOUr OF QUEEN’S LUNCH LUNCH UNIVErSITy SPOrTS 12.30 CENTrE LUNCH13.00 LUNCH WITH INTO INFORMATION FAIR COUrSE INdUCTION QUEEN’S STAFF13.30 LUNCH ‘gET CONNECTEd’ – BrINg yOUr LAPTOP 14.00 COmPLETE TO CONNECT TO rEgISTrATION ANd THE UNIVErSITy’S 14.30 CAmPUS TOUr TOUr OF QUEEN’S WIrELESS NETWOrK UNIVErSITy LIBrAry15.00 UNIVErSITy HEALTH CENTrE 15.30 TOUR OF AND rEgISTrATION ANd WELCOmE TO THE ‘QUESTION TImE’16.00 STUdENTS’ UNION. 16.30 TALK ON CLUBS ANd SOCIETIES IN THE 17.00 UNIVErSITy ICE SKATINg AT PIzzA ANd dVd dUNdONALd ICE EVENINg17.30 BOWLStudents starting programmes at other times in the year will enjoy a shorter orientation programme
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Registering for your courseRegistration English language testingDuring our induction and orientation week we will As part of your enrolment on the course we will askregister you at Queen’s University and enrol you on you to take an English language placement test toyour course. You will receive your Student ID card ensure you join the correct class for your level ofwhich will give you access to a range of state-of-the English. The test will last around an hour and will beart facilities including: part of the orientation programme during your first• sports facilities including a swimming pool, fitness week at the Centre. suite, climbing wall and provisions for many other sports ranging from athletics to volleyball Very important• the McClay University Library Any change to personal details (phone number,• the Students’ Union with restaurants, bars and address etc) must be reported to INTO reception. shops, and over 150 student clubs and societies• computing facilities including Wi-Fi• a wide range of student support services.You will be required to bring the followingdocumentation on the first day to allow youto register:• Passport and Visa/Identity card• Visa (Tier 4, sponsor licence number: 25N2W99V3)• All payment receipts or fees if not already paid• Academic Transcripts (original)• Academic Certificates (original)• IELTS or other relevant evidence of English proficiency (original)• Course confirmation letter• Up to date address for home country and next of kin details• Contact details for your residence in the UK, including mobile telephone numberIt is very useful to have some passport sizedphotographs to bring with you to the UK especiallyfor students who need to register with the Police.(A minimum of two passport sized photographs isrequired for this, along with £34 cash.)12
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572“Since I came to Northern Ireland I have been on trips to lots of different placessuch as Bangor, Giant’s Causeway, Londonderry and Newcastle and so on. I alsocelebrated Halloween while I’ve been here which was a very fun experience. I get asense of fulfilment here. In my eyes people in Northern Ireland take a tremendouspride in their country. I think Northern Ireland is known for its unique charm andhumour. I can honestly say that I feel it is the safest, friendliest and mostpicturesque place to study in the UK.”Xiao Chi ZhuangChina 13
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Making the most of your first weekOn arrival we will provide you with a free SIM card to Other things to remember:use in the UK which also has one free international • attend ALL your classes and tutorialscall on it, so you can call home and let your family • always be on timeknow you have arrived safely. It will give you • be prepared for your classeseconomic rates to call internationally and will be • care for others’ feelings and culturesmuch cheaper than your current SIM card or any • feel free to ask questions whenever you need toother UK network providers. • join social events and sports clubs. There are lots Alternatively, you can always download Skype, a to choose from so ask the INTO stafffree computer programme that allows you to use • keep your accommodation clean and tidyyour computer like a phone and place international • overcome problems by sharing them with yourcalls for free to other Skype users. Depending on friends, teachers and INTO staffyour computer, web cameras are also supported. • practise English as much as you can and in as Please remember that when you arrive in the UK many places as you canyou will have travelled a long way from home, and • your academic progress and your behaviour willalthough this will be an exciting time please do always be monitored.remember your family and friends may worry aboutyou. Remember to contact them and let them knowyou are safe!14
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572Social programmeIt is important to get a good balance between your ‘The social activities organised for students here areacademic studies and your social life while you are at wonderful. I play football every Sunday at Queen’suniversity. Having a good social life will help you settle sports centre with some students from Queen’s andin well, provide you with a network of friends and students in my class at INTO Queen’s. When I firstenable you to try new activities you might never have arrived, we went bowling and Ice-skating, I didn’tthought of before! If English is your second language know anyone in Belfast so it was a great way tothen it will be a good way of improving your English. make friends.’ At INTO Queen’s we know how important is toget to know the other students at the Centre and to Valentine mgbebulearn more about Northern Irish culture, while having Nigeriafun too. Our Social Assistants, who you will meet atinduction, run an excellent programme of socialevents just for you. 15
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Health and safetyDeciding to study overseas can be an exciting yet Health Centre at Queen’s will be given to you duringdaunting opportunity. To ensure that you can make your induction programme.the most of this experience, once your arrive in the Private Health InsuranceUK our dedicated student support teams will help Full travel, medical and health insurance is mandatoryyou settle in to student life. During your induction for all INTO Queen’s University Belfast students.programme they will deliver safety talks, as well as Unless proof of suitable alternative cover is providedprovide you with information about services available during the application process, Uniplan Insurance willto support international students. In the case of an automatically be added to your course fees.emergency you can always contact a member of theteam by calling +44 (0) 7971 609 572. Personal Safety The UK is a safe place to study and live in. You canBefore you travel to the UK make your time here as an international student evenIt is always advisable to have a health check before safer by using common sense. For practical tips onyou leave your home country. In some cases, when how keep safe during your studies please visityou arrive in the UK you may be asked to produce www.britishcouncil.org/eumd-immigration.htm,health certificates detailing your vaccinations. For where you can download a copy of ‘First Steps’example, if you are coming from a tuberculosis (TB) pre-departure publication.high-risk area, a chest x-ray report may be required.It’s a good idea to carry these documents in your Safety in your accommodationhand luggage in case you need to show them UK To ensure a safe living environment, students living inimmigration. For more information visit INTO University residences must keep to all of thewww.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/tbscreening rules and regulations. Within the accommodation we If you are undergoing any medical treatment, we have also appointed a number of Students Wardensadvise you to bring your current prescriptions and a to ensure your well-being and provide you with andoctor’s report (translated into English). Similarly if alternative source of support.you wear glasses consider bringing a spare pair with Safety in Centreyou, or if you wear contact lenses bring a sufficient Safety in the INTO Centre is everyone’s responsibility.supply to use while you are in the UK or a If you see anything that is a cause of concern, pleaseprescription (translated into English) to ensure you report it to the reception desk and we will ensure thatcan secure a ready supply. it is dealt with immediately. Please note that smokingHealth services in the UK is not permitted in any public place in the UK and soIf you are coming to the UK as a full-time student on you cannot smoke in the INTO Centre.a course lasting six months or more, you will be Useful websiteseligible for free or subsidised treatment in the UK British Council – www.educationuk.orgunder the National Health Service (NHS). This means UKCISA – www.ukcisa.org.ukthat you can see a doctor or go to hospital for free. NHS Direct – www.nhsdirect.nhs.ukYou only have to pay for prescription medicines, Queen’s University Belfast – http://www.qub.ac.uk/which is currently £7.40 per item. All you have to do directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/when you arrive in the UK is register with a local internationalStudentSupport/Safety/doctor. Full details of how to register at the University
    • In case of emergency call INTO Queen’s University Belfast on +44 (0) 7971 609 572Key contacts, useful numbersand websitesIMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERSPlease make sure that you put these numbers in your phone:INTO Queen’s University Local contacts+44 (0) 2890 976 850 Belfast City Airport:Website: +44 (0) 2890 939 093www.intohigher.com/qub http://www.belfastcityairport.comFacebook: Belfast International Airport:www.facebook.com/ +44 (0) 2894 484 848inTOQueensUniversityBelfast www.belfastairport.comTwitter: Belfast Welcome Centre Tourist Information:twitter.com/inTO_Queen’s +44 (0) 2890 246 609INTO TV: Translink:www.youtube.com/user/inTOTV +44 (0) 2890 666 633 Local Bus and Rail Service: Time tables and adviceINTO Arrivals Emergency number+44 (0) 7971 609 572 Belfast taxi firmsOut of office hours for emergency use only Value Cabs +44 (0) 2890 809 080Emergencies Fon a Cab999 +44 (0) 2890 333 333If you need the Police, Fire Brigade or AmbulanceService in an emergency, the telephone number to call Useful websitesis 999. If you are unfortunate enough to experience Visa information:crime, have been involved in an attack or threatened, www.ukvisas.gov.ukyou should report it to the police and INTO. UKBA: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk Studying in the UK and excellent advice on budgeting:Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) www.educationuk.org+44 (0) 207 967 1200 UKCISA advice for International Students:www.iasuk.org www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/If you have any problems at Immigration Control, UK living and culture:please call this number for free advice. www.britishcouncil.org UK weather:INTO Queen’s contacts www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ukweatherQueen’s Elms Village Reception: International Student Calculator:+44 (0) 2890 974 525 www.studentcalculator.org.uk/international National Health Service:Students’ Union: www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx+44 (0) 2890 973 106University Health Centre:+44 (0) 2890 975 551 17
    • Pre-departure guide 2011–2012MapsQueen’s University Belfast CACampus Map MD EN S TR E ET 26 ROA D 1 FIT U ZW ILL IA M ST RE ET U N IV ERSI TY BELFAST CITY HOSPITAL (BCH) EL M WO ODThe Lanyon Building AV . HEALTH SCIENCES 24 25 BUILDING 33 32 28 ME D WS OO EL M F 23 W 29 CO LLE GE GD NS 9The Students’ Union KEY School Offices 17 University Buildings A Biological Sciences Landmark Buildings B Chemistry and Chemical The Lanyon Building Engineering Roads C Education Footpath D Electronics, Electrical 36 Cafe Engineering and Computer Science Grass E EnglishThe INTO Centre F Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology ULSTER 0 100 200 G History and metres MUSEUM To Anthropology Riddel Hall H Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts 39 STR To J Law Elms Village . K Queen’s University AN 500 metres ST Management School D E ER OA DS L Mathematics and Physics MIL N LA . M Mechanical and ST E R LIS E Aerospace Engineering IN A EL N Medicine and Dentistry LO N RO . 35 P Music and Sonic Arts ST Q Nursing and Midwifery AD A C LO RI TO MA REE N PR E R Pharmacy PA R K S Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering CH JUB LO ILEE T Politics, International RI RD N HEALTH Studies and Philosophy E G SCIENCES V Psychology A RD BUILDING W Sociology, Social Policy EN LE S and Social Work N N O AD X V To University Faculties RO A LE Riddel Hall X1 Arts, Humanities and RN DUN Social Sciences LU C BU EA X2 Engineering and Physical VEN 30 Sciences LIS UE X3 Medicine, Health and Life Sciences18
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