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Induction Programmes for International Students

Posted 06 September 2013
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The induction programmes for Bellerbys international students are 2-3 days of events designed to ensure that newly-arrived and progressing students are given all the information necessary for a successful school year. International students who first arrive in the UK will find themselves in an unfamiliar environment in which everything they encounter is different from what they are used to. Progressing students, who have finished one course at Bellerbys and are moving on to the next, will be more familiar with their surroundings.

The induction programmes for Bellerbys international students are 2-3 days of events designed to ensure that newly-arrived and progressing students are given all the information necessary for a successful school year. International students who first arrive in the UK will find themselves in an unfamiliar environment in which everything they encounter is different from what they are used to. Progressing students, who have finished one course at Bellerbys and are moving on to the next, will be more familiar with their surroundings.

However, the transition to a new level of study can be rather challenging and a lack of information may confuse them greatly. Bellerbys induction programmes are intended to dispel students’ anxiety by providing all the essential information that every new and returning student needs, as well as answering all their queries.

 

WHEN ARE THE 2013 INDUCTION PROGRAMMES?

Bellerbys 2013 induction programmes commence on Wednesday, 11th September 2013 at all four Bellerbys centres. Only the Brighton centre has arrangements for students, and their accompanying parents, arriving early. These arrangements include a tea party with Student Council representatives on Monday and Tuesday, followed by a reception for the parents on Tuesday evening.

The length of the induction programme varies from centre to centre. In Oxford and Brighton, students will receive their timetables and begin classes on Friday, 13th September. In London, classes begin on Monday, 16th September – the London Induction Programme has one extra day.

It is advisable for students to arrive prior to the commencement of the induction programmes, as these programmes are crucial for your stay in the UK.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE 2013 INDUCTION PROGRAMMES?

All induction programmes start early on Wednesday so make sure you get enough rest the night before. On your first day, remember to bring the following documents:

●    Your Bellerbys enrolment documents: this includes your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) and letter of acceptance.
●    Your passport: as proof of identification.
●    Proof of your English level: this can be your IETLS certificate, which may exempt you from taking the English assessment test.

The first event on Wednesday is Welcome and Registration where you will be officially registered with Bellerbys. Your passport will be collected so that a photocopy can be made and stored in your official record. Your ID photograph will also be taken and your ID will be ready by the end of the induction programme.

An official welcome by the Principal, Academic Director and the Programme Managers will then follow. You will be introduced to the important figures in the centre, especially the Programme Managers, who are responsible for your course. A full administration induction will begin at about 10:00. This includes an introduction to the centre, school facilities, and administration staff. General information about Welfare and Accommodation, Visa and Attendance will be provided. A brief tour of the centre will be given to familiarise you with the layout of the centre and the location of important rooms such as the Study Centre, Student Services etc.

 

A 2-hour lunch break starts at noon. In Oxford and Brighton, lunch is complimentary for new students. This is the time for you to meet your new course mates, so don’t forget to smile, introduce yourself and form bonds for life.
In the afternoon, there will be a form-filling session, where you will be asked to complete registration forms, welfare forms, health declarations, and police registration forms if necessary. The first day of induction will end at about 16:00.
The second day of induction will consist of a tour around your city, and an English placement test (which you may be exempted from if you have your English certification) and a full academic induction. The Programme Managers will guide you through the essential information you are required to know to be fully prepared for the academic year. In Brighton, many courses start in the afternoon. In Oxford, classes start on Friday, while London students spend their Friday at an out-of-school venue, to get to know your classmates and teachers.

A detailed timetable for your induction programme is included in your Welcome Pack, which will be ready for you when you arrive. It is highly recommended that you read through your pack before starting classes.

 

BELLERBYS 2013 INDUCTION PROGRAMMES

Induction programmes may sound tedious and tiring and it is a completely new experience for international students wishing to study in colleges in the UK. You are bombarded with information, swamped by forms that need filling in and introduced to so many people whose name you may forget the next day. To avoid ‘information overload’, you can do some research before coming to the UK. The Internet is your friend; there are many websites providing information along with tips and advice. That of course doesn’t mean that you can skip the induction programmes.  Bellerbys induction programmes are designed to help you settle in quickly and start your academic year on the right footing.

Autumn Hoang 

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