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As an international student, we know that you’ll have extra questions about life in the UK, the healthcare system, public transport, academic expectations and lots more.

We’ll answer these questions in special international orientation sessions that complement our University-wide induction programme. There are different programmes for study abroad and Erasmus students, who will be at St Mary’s just for this semester, and for postgraduate students doing their whole degree at St Mary’s.

We’re planning a mixture of online and face-to-face events. This may change to adapt to the coronavirus guidance in place at the time, so we’ll post updates on this page.

Study abroad and Erasmus welcome

Pick-up service

If you’re studying at St Mary’s just for this semester, we can pick you up from Heathrow and bring you to St Mary’s on the 1st February.

  • Date: Tuesday, 1st February, morning arrivals only.
  • Bookings: This service is free, but please book your place online by the 19th January.
  • Who this session is for: This day is to move study abroad and Erasmus students living on campus into their St Mary’s accommodation. If you’re not living on campus, you don’t need to come to St Mary’s until in-person orientation activities begin.


We’ll be writing to you with further information about your orientation programme before you arrive.

Postgraduate welcome

Arriving to campus

As a postgraduate student, you won’t need to come to campus until in-person sessions for your course begin. Please check your teaching start date and the dates for your mandatory academic induction programme on our website. Please let us know if you need any help getting to your accommodation or to campus.


Postgraduate students have an online international orientation programme to welcome you to St Mary’s and help you adjust to life in London. This takes place over two sessions in early February.

  • Dates: Wednesday 2nd February, 12-3pm and Friday 4th February, 10am-1pm
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 915 8213 1967
  • Who this session is for: Postgraduate students starting their St Mary’s course in February 2022.

Further information

Details of campus tours and tours of the local area will be posted here soon.

We’re really excited to meet you at a session and see you on campus when you arrive. In the meantime, you can also prepare for your St Mary’s experience by:

  • Looking at our Stay Safe at St Mary’s page for up-to-date coronavirus guidance.
  • Watch our pre-departure webinar for postgraduate students if you couldn't attend it live
  • Reading our ‘Preparing to study in London’ pages
  • Engaging with the free resources at Prepare for Success, a free interactive learning tool designed to help international students in the UK prepare for their studies
  • Having a look at the UKCISA website. UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs, is a comprehensive source of information and support on everything from visas to tuition fees to health.

Coronavirus guidance for international students

We know that you may have questions about travelling to London to start your course. Please check our Stay Safe at St Mary’s guidance for international students for full details about COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.

It’s important that you’re able to come to campus when your course starts. If you’re experiencing visa delays or other travel problems and you don’t think you’ll be able to arrive on time, please keep our International Admissions ( and International ( teams informed so that we can give you the best advice. If you’re a study abroad or Erasmus student, please write to instead.