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Preparing to study at St Mary's

1: Check the term dates

Term dates for 2017/18 are listed below. Some courses - such as our PGCE programmes - have different calendars. Further term date information is available.

Semester 1 International Orientation 5th September 2017 9th September 2017
Semester 1 Welcome Week 11th September 2017 17th September 2017
Semester 1 Teaching 18th September 2017 15th December 2017
Christmas Break
Semester 1 Examination Period 8th January 2018 19th January 2018
Semester 2 International Orientation (study abroad only) 23rd January 2018 27th January 2018
Semester 2 Teaching Begins 29th January 2018 23rd March 2018
Easter Break
Semester 2 Teaching Continues 9th April 2018 25th May 2018
Semester 2 Examination Period 14th May 2018 25th May 2018

View all term dates

2: Apply for your visa

Ensure you apply for your visa (if necessary) well in advance of your course starting. Check our visa guidance for more information. You'll also need to pay your tuition fee deposit (if required) before we can issue the CAS you'll need to apply for your visa.

3: Find accommodation

Our students choose a variety of living options, from University accommodation to private housing in the green and leafy local area. Our Accommodation Office is a great source of information and we've also put together a guide of your accommodation options.

If you'll be living in private accommodation you may need to provide the name of a guarantor based in the UK. Our housing partner, Housing Hand, is available to provide this service.

4: Arrange insurance

If you live on campus, you will receive basic contents insurance to cover your possessions. This is provided to you automatically. We recommend that you also purchase travel insurance, which will cover you while you're travelling.

If you study at St Mary's for longer than six months you will pay the NHS surcharge. If you have paid this - or have a European Health Insurance Card - then you will be eligible to use NHS services for your medical care without additional charges.

If you don't qualify for free NHS care, then you will pay at the point of use for these medical services. It's very important that you purchase private health insurance before coming to the UK. When receiving medical treatment, you should ask for a receipt. You can submit this to your insurance provider, who will reimburse you in line with your insurance policy.

5: Enrol online

Before you arrive at St Mary's you'll need to enrol online. Instructions on how to do this will be sent to you nearer to when you begin your studies.

6: Pay your tuition fees onlines

The easiest way to pay your deposit and fees is through our online payment system.