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What to do when you arrive as an international student

We've summarised the 10 most important things international students need to do when arriving at the University on this page.

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1. Check your fee payment arrangements

Make sure you've made arrangements to pay the rest of your tuition fees in full, or set up a plan to pay your fees in instalments.

When you arrive and open a UK bank account you can change the payment details on your instalment plan, if necessary.

2. Complete your enrolment

In order to start at the University you must enrol.

Please read the information and follow the instructions on how to enrol carefully.

You'll need to present your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to the enrolment team in order to complete your enrolment.

If you have arranged to have your BRP delivered to NTU, you can collect this at our International Enrolment Event at the City Campus between 8 September – 8 October 2021.

If you have any questions about this process, please email our enrolment team at

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3. Complete any pre-arrival course tasks

Make sure you've completed any pre-arrival tasks for your course.

Your Academic School will email you if these are needed and you can check on our course induction web pages.

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4. Go to your course induction

It's really important that you attend your course induction, right from the first day.

This is where you'll meet your classmates, teachers and other staff on your course.

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5. Join Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a series of events designed to welcome you to NTU, the Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) and Nottingham itself throughout your first few weeks here. It's for anyone starting a new course this autumn and will provide plenty of opportunities to meet new people.

6. Register with the police (if required)

If you're on a course of more than 6 months, you may need to register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK as a condition of your visa.

The police will be at the international enrolment event to conduct police registration and to answer any questions.

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7. Open a UK bank account

Opening a UK bank account is one of the first things most international students do after arriving in the UK, and it's something we recommend for all students who plan to be in the UK for six months or more.

With a UK bank account you'll be able to manage your money more easily. You can use your new account to pay your rent and bills, transfer money from overseas, and if you decide to work part-time during your studies your employer will probably pay your wages into your bank account.

If you have arranged to pay your fees in instalments, you can also update the payment information to your new, UK bank account at our Student Financial Support Services in Newton Building.

You can get advice from our International Student Support team about this when you arrive.

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8. Register with a doctor

We advise you to register online with a medical practice when you arrive.

There's a health centre on our City and Clifton Campuses. If you're studying at Brackenhurst Campus you can access the Southwell Medical Centre.

In your first few weeks here you will be encouraged to have a Meningitis ACWY vaccination. When you register with a doctor please ask about this.

9. Log on to NOW

NOW is the NTU online workspace where you'll find most of your course material, assignments and activities.

It's really useful to get used to this before you start your course so you're well-prepared.

International student support team

10. Meet our international student support team

Please make some time soon after you arrive to meet our International Student Support service team at our international enrolment event.

We're looking forward to welcoming you to the University.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175