Britain is very cosmopolitan, with residents from many countries and ethnic backgrounds. In Leeds there are many international students who come from all over the world to study at the two large universities and at the specialist colleges.
Our College has a growing community of international students from many different countries, and we’re committed to providing a welcoming and secure environment in which you can study.
How we can help
Our Student Welfare Team will provide you with a 'welcome pack' which contains information about setting up a bank account, what to do if you are ill, working in the UK, and much more. You might also want to access the UKCISA UK Council for International Student Affairs website which provides useful advice for international students.
Tips & Guidance
Getting to know people
Throughout the year we hold events for international students, and of course you will make your own friends through your course. If, at any point during your time with us, you have any problems (whether they are related to your studies, career or personal life) our Student Welfare Team can offer support and guidance.
What might be different?
At Leeds College of Art you may be surprised by the informality. In this relaxed atmosphere, members of staff enjoy being approached by students and participating in conversation, whether or not it is directly related to academic work.
Attitudes towards work may be different from those you are used to. Some international students are accustomed to greater and more specific direction in their working day - perhaps with a greater emphasis on skills and knowledge than on thinking and problem-solving. In the UK, after the tutors have presented the subject or the brief, the students are often left to conduct deeper research and study on their own, using the written brief and reading lists. It may take you a little while to adjust, but you’ll soon get used to it – and the tutors are there to help.
This guide is designed to help international students prepare for their stay in the UK - Creating Confidence
Arriving in the UK
Click here to read the UK Border Force's top ten tips for student arriving in the UK.
Prepare for success
Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study. As well as preparing you for what to expect during your studies, the activities provide scope for English language improvement.