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International Students

Around 70% of LSE's students are from outside the UK. As a result Welcome Week and other orientation activities aim to cater for students from the UK, EU and the rest of the world. 

However, we recognise that students from outside the UK may have some specific questions and this page aims to answer some of those. 

The Welcome Guide 2017 is now available online!

The International Student Visa Advice Team have a page (33) which is particularly useful for international students.


Download a PDF.

Hard copies will be available from Help Points accross campus throughout Welcome.

Entering the UK

This page gives top tips from the UK Border Force for students arriving in the UK for the first time. It provides details on the documents that you will need, what to expect at the border and customs checks.

New to the UK

There are many different things to consider when planning a move to the UK, here are a few important things to consider: clothing and weather, electricity supply, English law,  driving in the UK and mobile phones.

Culture shock

Arriving in a different country with a new culture can at times be overwhelming. This page seeks to give you some advice on how to deal with culture shock and where to receive support. 

Talks for International Students

Before and during Welcome Week the International Student Visa Advice Team will host talks for International Students. The first part of the talk will look at adjusting to life in the UK. The second part will cover your visa. 

Registering with the police

Some nationalities must register with the police when they arrive in the UK. You only have to register if your  Biometric Residence Permit or decision letter says you must. You can check the list of nationalities who need to register at:

Pre-sessional teaching and early arrivals

Some MSc students are expected to arrive before Welcome Week to undertake pre-sessional teaching or develop their language skills. Others choose to come to London to give themselves extra time to settle in, or to find accommodation.

Welcome Week

There are lots of events and support during available to students from outside the UK during Welcome Week. All of our events are designed with both international and UK students in mind. 

Arriving Late

If you think you are going to arrive in the UK late then check this page for details of what you need to do to seek permission, register late and catch up on orientation.