Supporting International Students
At St Mary's you will find a range of on-campus student support services, who can assist and advise you during your studies with us.
The International Team is here to help students by offering guidance on visas and UK immigration policy whilst supporting you to get the most out of what St Mary's can offer. We run orientation and Global Peer Mentor programmes to help international students settle in to university life and the St Mary's Social Programme to help them get the most out of their time in the UK. We also oversee outgoing study abroad programmes for students looking to add an additional period of overseas study into their degrees. The International Department is keen to ensure students have the best experience possible and welcomes suggestions for improvement.
The Accommodation Service in on-hand to help you apply for halls of residence accommodation, as well as give support in finding off-campus accommodation.
The Careers Service provides advice to students with Tier 4 visas on finding and applying for work and volunteering opportunities. They also run a range of workshops, presentations and fairs, including events aimed at incorporating international experience into CVs and career plans.
Centre for Workplace Learning
The Centre for Workplace Learning helps undergraduate students (including Study Abroad and full-degree international students) gain practical work experience and boost their CVs.
English Language Support
English language support is offered through in two ways:
- Weekly in-sessional English courses, available free of charge, to help enrolled students improve their academic English
- Pre-sessional courses for students looking to raise their IELTS score by up to .5 before starting their degree programme
The Chaplaincy is at the heart of St Mary's, and provides pastoral care and support for all students. As well as offering Mass and Morning prayers every day, they also organise a range of social events. The Chaplaincy has an inclusive mission and welcomes students from all faith traditions, and there is a multi-faith prayer room situated below the main university chapel.
The Counselling Service is available to all staff and students and offers professional counselling on a wide range of issues. You can either book a session with a counsellor or use the drop-in hours.
The on-campus Health Centre offers the usual medical services provided by a GP practice as well as personal advice on all aspects of student health.
Student Services can answer questions about financial matters, such as scholarships, bursaries, loans and tuition fees, and give advice on how to manage your money while you are at university.
Registry deal with any enquiries regarding adding/dropping modules, transcripts and academic records.
Disability and Dyslexia
The Disability and Dyslexia Service offer extra assistance for students with disabilities, assessed on a case-by-case basis, to help you be proactive in your studies as an independent learner.
Learning Advisors offer individual or group support with writing and study skills and our Royal Literary Fellow provides one-to-one support on written projects.
The SU organise events, clubs and activities. They also have a dedicated International Student Officer whose job it is to help international students feel settled and signpost them towards the resources they need.