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INTO Manchester Pre-Departure Guide 2011-2012

  1. 1. Pre-departure guide 2011–2012
  2. 2. Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Welcome A very warm welcome to INTO Manchester! Our INTO centre offers you a wonderful environment in which to learn and prepare for your future and we welcome you to your studies with us. In your first week you will settle into your accommodation, be enrolled on your course and meet the directors of your courses along with our Student Services team. We’ll be doing everything we can to make you feel at home as quickly as possible. Manchester is a fantastic place to study and live as you’ll find out as you find your way around our lovely city and get to know our staff and other students on your course. I wish you an enjoyable first week and look forward to meeting you. Best Wishes Dawn Abbott Centre Director, INTO Manchester 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 Orientation programme 11 Meet the INTO Manchester 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 Manchester 7 Key contacts, useful numbers Airport collection form 8 and websites 17 Money 10 Maps 18
  3. 3. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Meet the INTO Manchester teamDawn Abbott Sarah Appleton Charlotte Mole-Morgan Chris HallCentre Director Academic Support Receptionist LRC Manager ManagerDiarmuid Fogarty Sandra Fraser Jerry Warner Emma WilliamsDirector of Studies – Full Director of Studies EAP Director of Studies Head of StudentTime English Language – Foundation ServicesNicola Francis Sophie Andrews Chris Walmsley Diana HallAdmissions Team Leader Finance Officer Marketing and Accommodation and Communications Coordinator Welfare OfficerNeil FlindersSocial and Welfare Assistant 3
  4. 4. 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 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
  5. 5. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Before 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 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 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.• 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 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. 5
  6. 6. Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Arrival at the airport, how toreach the CentreINTO Manchester can organise your transport Getting from Manchesterfrom Manchester International Airport to International Airport:your accommodation. When you receive your By Taxiaccommodation details we will instruct you to go to If you have not booked your taxi through INTOthe Arrow Cars Taxi Private Hire desk to meet your Manchester then you should only use the airportdriver. If you have not requested accommodation approved black taxi service signposted at the airport,from INTO Manchester we can still arrange your or go to the Desk “Arrow Cars Taxi Private Hire.transfer. Please complete the attached AirportTransfer Booking form and return it to INTO. By Bus The bus transport link through Manchester isAirport Transfer £35 excellent. The trip from the Airport to the city centre orThe fee is payable to INTO Manchester and will be Piccadilly Bus Station takes about 40 minutes and youadded to your invoice. If you do not wish to book an can take buses 43 or 105 from outside the airport.INTO Manchester Airport Taxi transfer, the following By Traininformation will help you make your own way to There is a train station attached to ManchesterManchester. Airport and after leaving the arrivals hall you can just follow the sign for the train station, purchase your ticket from a machine or the ticket office and then board your train. There is a train to the city centre approximately every 20 minutes and the journey takes around 20 minutes to Manchester Piccadilly. 6
  7. 7. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Arriving at INTO ManchesterArriving in London You should come to the centre on the first working day after your arrival at 9am to commence your enrolment.If your flight takes you to London we advise that youget a transfer to Manchester International Airport. If you arrive on Come to INTO CentreThis means that your luggage will go all the way to Monday Tuesday 9amManchester without you having to worry about it and Tuesday Wednesday 9amoften the transfer costs little more than the train or Wednesday Thursday 9amcoach fare from London to Manchester. It is also Thursday Friday 9ampossible to travel from London to Manchester by Friday Monday 9amtrain. This takes around 2 hours. Saturday Monday 9amPlease note: INTO Manchester does not organise Sunday Monday 9amtransfers from London to Manchester. INTOManchester is situated in the City Centre (see map) You must inform us of your arrival details by completing the arrival details form, which can1st Floor Bridgewater House be found on page 8 and 9 of this guide, so that58/60 Whitworth St we can make arrangements for someone toManchester meet you.M1 6LTTel: +44 (0) 161 279 7272 The INTO Centre is a 5-minute walk from our main residential accommodation New Medlock House andPlease note: the office is closed on Saturdays, you will find a map and directions in your room. If youSundays and Bank Holidays. are in homestay accommodation then your host family will be able to direct you and, if possible, accompany you on your first day. 7
  8. 8. Pre-departure guide 2011–2012 ✁Arrival details formAll students MUST complete this arrival details form and return one week beforeyour course start date by email to 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 the UK Time of arrival in the UK (am/pm)Arrival Airport TerminalFlight number Name of airlineIf you are organising your own transfer from the airport:Arrival date at INTO Manchester: Accommodation/CentreArrival time at INTO Manchester (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 bookingPlease tick one of the following boxes to show whether you would like a taxi to meet you at your UK arrival airportand take you to your accommodation £35.00 Manchester Airport I do not require an airport transfer 8
  9. 9. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469✁ 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 or fax to +44 (0) 1273 328595 / +44 (0) 1273 329746 9
  10. 10. 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 account, as soon as possible, after arriving in the UK.£5 and coins to the value of £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, UK banks are open 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays5p, 2p and 1p. Please note that £50 notes are very and some are open on Saturday mornings. If you bringuncommon and should be avoided as they can often a banker’s draft in sterling with you (payable to yourself)be the target of counterfeiters. We do not advise or arrange for it to be sent, then you can open ancarrying large sums of cash with you on arrival. account at a bank after you have registered on your We recommend that you bring enough money course. It may also be useful to bring a letter from yourwith you to cover the first couple of weeks after your bank at home (or some other documentation) toarrival – no more than £250 in cash for your confirm your credit status. We will provide you withimmediate needs should suffice. It is safer to bring further information and support on opening accountslarge sums of money in travellers’ cheques, which can during your induction week. In order to open a bankbe cashed in banks, post offices and airports but be account you will need the following:aware that there is often a minimum commission • Your passportcharge. Please avoid carrying large sums of cash or • Proof you are a student – we will issue you with ankeeping large amounts in your room for safety official bank letter after registrationreasons. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted • Proof of the UK, MasterCard (Access) and Visa credit cards For further advice on opening bank accounts in thebeing the most common. Diners Club and American UK, you can visit:Express are less so. You can withdraw cash from a machine (also known as an ‘ATM’) if youhave a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for that Living costscard. You may want to inform your current bank thatyou are going to the UK and to ask if you can use It is estimated that a single student will needyour card here. approximately £650–£750 a month to meet their basic living expenses. This is just an indication and will alter depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. 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: index.asp 10
  11. 11. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Orientation 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 studentsand find out more about INTO Manchester and thelocal area. You should attend all sessions. Theinduction programme will usually include:• welcome talks• information sessions with INTO Student Services• an English language placement test• social activities• a city orientation tour of Manchester.The following is an example time table for the September and January orientation programme MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THUrSDAY FrIDAYMORNINg 9.00 9.00–11.30 9.00 9.00–11.00 9.00–12.30 NEW ArrIVAL ENgLISH LEVEL TEST NEW ArrIVAL ENgLISH LEVEL TEST NEW ArrIVAL rEgISTrATION rEgISTrATION rEgISTrATION 10.00–12.30 10.00–12.30 10.00–12.30 9.30–11.30 WELCOME AND MEET WELCOME AND MEET POLICE rEgISTrATION COUrSE THE DIrECTOrS THE DIrECTOrS INTRODUCTIONLUNCHAFTErNOON 14.00–16.00 12.00–12.30 14.00–16.00 12.00–12.30 13.00 CITy CENTrE TOUr UNDEr 18’s TALK CITy CENTrE TOUr UNDEr 18’s TALK NEW ArrIVAL ENgLISH LEVEL TEST 14.00–16.00 14.00–16.00 15.00 QUESTIONS AND QUESTIONS AND NEW ArrIVAL ANSWEr SESSION ANSWEr SESSION PLACEMENTS 15.00–17.00 POLICE *TIMETABLES TO 15.00–17.00 13.00–15.00 rEgISTrATION BE ISSUED THE POLICE rEgISTrATION COUrSE FOLLOWINg WEEK 16.00–18.00 15.00–16.00 INTRODUCTION POLICE rEgISTrATION THE UNIVErSITy OF MANCHESTEr WELCOME TALK EVENINg 17.30–20.30 16.30–19.30 WELCOME MEAL BOWLINg INTErNATIONAL SOCIETy (35 MAx – SIgN UP ESSENTIAL)Students starting programmes not in September and January will enjoy a shorter orientation programme 11
  12. 12. Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Registering for your courseYou must come to the INTO Manchester centre to Once you have registered then you will have aregister for your course at 9am on the first working welcome talk by Student Services in which we willday after your arrival. explain everything you need to know about life in the You will be met at the reception desk by either a UK and how best to get along in your first few weeksstudent ambassador, or a member or the Student with us. The timetable for the rest of the week willServices team at Bridgewater House who will direct also be the registration area where you will meet The next stage of your registration is your Englishmembers of the INTO team. verification test. You will have already provided On your first day you will meet with the team, have evidence of your English language qualifications andan induction to INTO Manchester and in the afternoon we will give you an online test so that we can verifythere will be a tour around the City of Manchester. the qualifications which you have already provided. Things you need to bring with you on your first You will go on to meet your course tutors and receiveday which may also be needed during the rest of your timetables.your first week: Once you are fully registered on your course, you• CAS Statement. will be able to collect your student ID card at a• Passport and Visa and Identity card. specified time, which you must wear at all times• Fees (if not already paid). whilst in the centre. This will also give you access to• IELTS Certificate and Original Qualification the computers and internet in the computer suites. Transcripts. You will then be able to take part in the• Your address in Manchester. information talks and social activities provided during• An emergency contact name and number. your orientation week.• Patience, an umbrella and a smile (all invaluable in Manchester). 12
  13. 13. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469The teachers were great. They make you work hard but it’s good because itprepares you for studying at University. In my second week at the Centre, one ofthe staff helped us to get tickets to see Manchester United play and they won! Itwas a great experience and something that I will always remember.Nicholas MooMalaysia 13
  14. 14. 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. This will give you cheap • be prepared for your classesrates to phone internationally and will be much • care for others’ feelings and culturescheaper than your current SIM card or any other UK • feel free to ask questions whenever you need tonetwork 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 monitoredremember that your family and friends may worryabout you. Please contact them and let them knowthat you are safe! 14
  15. 15. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Social programme INTO Manchester Social programme had an We are keen to help you develop your social networkexcellent year in 2010–2011, we need you to make and have included a range of social activities in thethis year even better! Orientation programme – please do sign up for these We have sports, local trips, further afield trips to as this will be essential to your introduction to INTOplaces of historical interest, music clubs, treasure Manchester and the people that will be studying withhunts and parties, but we need you to get involved to you throughout your time here. You can also formmake them a success! close links and receive vital information through Please keep yourself up to date by looking at the signing up to the INTO Manchester facebook group.notice-boards in the first floor reception area. 15
  16. 16. Pre-departure guide 2011–2012Health and safetyDeciding to study overseas can be an exciting yet when you arrive in the UK is register with a localdaunting opportunity. To ensure that you can make doctor. Full details of how to register at the nearestthe most of this experience, once your arrive in the medical centre will be given to you during yourUK our dedicated student support teams will help induction settle in to student life. During your inductionprogramme they will deliver safety talks, as well as Private Health Insuranceprovide you with information about services available Full travel, medical and health insurance is mandatoryto support international students. In the case of an for all INTO Manchester students. Unless proof ofemergency you can always contact a member of the suitable alternative cover is provided during theteam by calling +44 (0) 7907 721 469. application process, Uniplan Insurance will automatically be added to your course fees.Before you travel to the UKIt is always advisable to have a health check before Personal Safetyyou leave your home country. In some cases, when The UK is a safe place to study and live in. You canyou arrive in the UK you may be asked to produce make your time here as an international student evenhealth certificates detailing your vaccinations. For safer by using common sense. For practical tips onexample, if you are coming from a tuberculosis (TB) how keep safe during your studies please visithigh-risk area, a chest x-ray report may be required.,It’s a good idea to carry these documents in your where you can download a copy of ‘First Steps’hand luggage in case you need to show them UK pre-departure publication.immigration. For more information Safety in Centre If you are undergoing any medical treatment, we Safety in the INTO Centre is everyone’s responsibility.advise you to bring your current prescriptions and a If you see anything that is a cause of concern, pleasedoctor’s report (translated into English). Similarly if report it to the reception desk and we will ensure thatyou wear glasses consider bringing a spare pair with it is dealt with immediately. Please note that smokingyou, or if you wear contact lenses bring a sufficient is not permitted in any public place in the UK and sosupply to use while you are in the UK or a you cannot smoke in the INTO Centre.prescription (translated into English) to ensure youcan secure a ready supply. Useful websites British Council – www.educationuk.orgHealth services in the UK UKCISA – you are coming to the UK as a full-time student on NHS Direct – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uka course lasting six months or more, you will beeligible for free or subsidised treatment in the UKunder the National Health Service (NHS). This meansthat you can see a doctor or go to hospital for free.You only have to pay for prescription medicines,which is currently £7.40 per item. All you have to do 16
  17. 17. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Key contacts, useful numbersand websitesIMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERSPlease make sure that you put these numbers in your phone:INTO Manchester Short term budget accommodation+44 (0) 161 279 7272 Hatters HostelWebsite: +44 (0) 161 236 City centre hotelsTwitter: Ibis Hotel, Portland www.ibishotel.comINTO TV: Princess on Portland, Portland The Palace Hotel, Oxford RoadINTO Emergency number (0) 7907 721 469Out of office hours for emergency use only Useful websites To book accommodation:Emergencies Letter requests:If you need the Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance in an emergency, the telephone number to call UKBA website:is 999. If you are unfortunate enough to experience, have been involved in an attack or threatened, adult-studentsyou should report it to the police and INTO. All information regarding studying in the UK and excellent advice on Budgeting:Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) (0) 207 967 1200 Manchester Airport:If you have any problems at Immigration Control, +44 (0) 8712 710 711please call this number for free advice. Greater Manchester Police:Manchester taxi firms +44 (0) 161 856 3320Arrow Cars Taxi Private Hire National Health Service:+44 (0) 161 489 8899 www.nhs.ukRadio Cars UKCISA advice for all International Students:+44 (0) 161 236 8033 17
  19. 19. In case of emergency call INTO Manchester on +44 (0) 7907 721 469Sometimes in Manchester it’s cold and rains a lot, so being from Brazil it should havebeen my last choice to stay here, but it’s such a lovely city! It’s small enough to knowyour way around, but big enough to have a lot going on. It’s a young city, and thepeople are nice – I find them more open than in London. The atmosphere is great andthere are lots of international students in Manchester. My favourite memory of my timeat INTO Manchester was the great friends that I have made from so many differentcountries – I enjoyed being able to learn about other people’s lives and cultures andcomparing them with my own.Fernanda SouzaBrazil 19
  20. 20. INTO ManchesterBridgewater House58/60 Whitworth streetManchester M1 6LTT: +44 (0) 161 279 7272F: +44 (0) 161 234 0900E:© INTO Manchester LLP, May 2011. All content published in this document isbelieved accurate at time of publication. INTO reserves the right to alter details ofall aspects of its operation without notice.INTO University Partnerships Limited is a limited company registered in Englandand Wales, registered number 05507863. Registered office: 102 Middlesex Street,London E1 7EZEducation provider sponsor number 6FY6FQBV1