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Your Step By Step Guide

The information below is a simple guide to your preparation and arrival to the UK and the University of Lincoln. Please ensure that you read each step carefully and complete all the checklists that have been provided.

Further information and guidance can be found on our International Advice Team pages.

Step 1 – Accept and confirm your offer

Accepting and confirming your offer is a very important stage of your application to the University of Lincoln, so it is important that you read this information very carefully and follow the guidelines below. There are three important points:

  1. Accepting your offer
  2. Paying your deposit
  3. Receiving your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)

 Accepting your offer

  • Once you have received your unconditional offer you must confirm that you want to accept this offer as soon as possible
  • If you still have a conditional offer and are waiting for documentation e.g. results or transcripts, then you should contact us and send any outstanding documentation as soon as possible.

Paying your Deposit

If you are an international student then you may be required to pay a deposit of £2,000. Your offer letter will inform you if a deposit payment is required.

You can make this payment using a number of different methods which are outlined on our international fees and funding pages.

Receiving your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

The University of Lincoln is a Tier 4 Sponsor. If you are from a visa national country then you can apply online for a Tier 4 (General) Visa on the www.gov.uk website unless you are living in North Korea. If you are living in North Korea you must apply in-person at your nearest British Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or local visa application centre.

In order to apply for your Tier 4 (General) Visa you will require a CAS.

CAS stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. We will only issue a CAS to successful applicants once they have met all conditions of their offer (if applicable) as follows:

  • Undergraduate students - your CAS is issued when you have accepted your unconditional offer with us and paid the required international deposit.
  • Postgraduate Taught Masters students - your CAS is issued when you have accepted your unconditional offer and paid the required international deposit.
  • Postgraduate Research students - your CAS is normally issued when you have formally accepted your unconditional offer and paid the required international deposit.

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a 'virtual document' similar to a database record. You will receive your CAS number in a statement, which we will send to you as a PDF attachment in an email, not by post.

The letter will contain your specific CAS number which you will be asked to provide to the Home Office as part of your visa application. The Home Office will have received all the information we have about you (name, address, course, fees of your course, start date, what fees you have paid to the University already, etc.) and will access this information about you through your CAS number.

The student visa you receive is specific to the institution and course stated on the CAS. Note that it is not possible, once you gain your visa, to change the institution you actually attend in the UK.

Please remember that we can only issue a CAS to you three months before the start of your course.

 

Click here for the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies Request Form



Step 2 – Before you leave

Before you leave you home country there are many things which you will need to do to prepare for your journey. This section includes information on how to:

Appling for your visa

This information is based on the Immigration Rules, and on the policy guidance and application forms issued by the Home Office for Tier 4 (General) applications. We update it as soon as possible after any changes. However, you must check the most up-to-date information on the Home Office website before you make any immigration application.

If you are an EEA or Swiss national then you do not need permission to enter the UK or to study here. EEA and Swiss nationals can enter the UK by showing their passport or national identity card. Immigration officials should not usually ask you about your stay in the UK, but if they think there is something wrong with your documents they may ask you questions.

If you are a national of a non-EEA country and you want to come to the UK to study there are two types of visa for studying in the UK: Short-Term Study and Tier 4 student visas. If you want to come to the UK to study for 6 months or more you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa. This can also be called ‘Entry Clearance’. You apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa before you travel to the UK in the country where you are living.

If you are unsure if you require a visa you can contact the International Advice Team at the University of Lincoln for advice (Internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk). You can also view the information the International Advice Team has online. We would also advise you to view the information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Home Office.

How to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa outside the UK

You can apply online for a Tier 4 (General) Visa on the Visa4UK website unless you are living in North Korea. If you are living in North Korea must apply in-person at your nearest British Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or local visa application centre.

When you apply online you need to:

  • Register for an account
  • Fill in the application form in English
  • Pay for the visa fee online (in most cases)
  • Print out your form
  • Book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre

You can view detailed information about applying for a Tier 4 (General) Visa outside the UK on the International Advice Team website and on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website (UKCISA) and on the Home Office website.

When to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa outside the UK

You must apply for your visa before you travel to the UK. You should aim to apply as early as possible for your visa to make sure that you arrive before your course begins. You cannot apply more than three months before the start date of your course and no later than six months after your CAS was issued.

Check the visa processing times in your home country for an indication of how long it will take for your application to be processed. (Note: select 'Points Based System Visas' in answer to visa category.)

What to prepare for a Tier 4 (General) Visa application made outside the UK

There are documents you must prepare for a Tier 4 Visa application and these documents must look a certain way. If you do not submit these documents your application is likely to be refused. We have listed the required documents below but you must check the Home Office website and Tier 4 Policy Guidance for the up-to-date list of required documents.
All the documents you submit must be original, you cannot submit copies.

  • Passport / Travel document - you must submit a valid passport or travel document.
  • Photographs - you must read the Home Office’s official photo guidance before submitting your photographs.
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) - a CAS is a unique reference number that is generated for you by The University of Lincoln. You must write this reference number on your visa application form. If you have not received your CAS statement then please go back to step 1 in this guide and makes sure that you have completed all of the stages prior to obtaining a CAS. Alternatively, please contact us for advice. We will email you a CAS statement, which will include your CAS number, the University of Lincoln, UK sponsor licence number and other information you will need.
  • Proof of Qualifications - You must submit the original certificate or original results transcript for all qualifications that the University has used to give you your CAS. These should be listed on your CAS. If you are unsure contact the International Admissions Team.
  • Assessment of your English language ability - On your CAS the University should also write how they have assessed your English language ability. If the University has listed any documents which they have used to assess your English language ability you will need to include those documents with your application.
  • Evidence of Finances (bank statement) - you need to show that you have enough money to pay for all your course fees and your living costs while you are in the UK. The Home Office refers to money for living costs as maintenance. You must prepare a specific amount of money and you must have this money in the bank for a minimum of 28 consecutive days. To view more information about the money you need and how you should prepare it visit the International Advice Team website. The money you need to prepare must be shown on a bank statement. You are only allowed to use money held in your name or in your parent's / legal guardian's name. If you use your parent’s bank statement you must also provide a birth certificate and a letter of permission from your parents. This is a common reason for visa refusals; therefore it is very important that you read all the Home Office rules and prepare your money correctly.
  • ATAS Certificate (if required) - If your course leads to a qualification at Master's or doctorate level you may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. If you are unsure if you need an ATAS certificate check with the University or visit www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme.
  • TB Screening Certificate (if required) - students from some countries are required to provide a medical certificate confirming that they are clear of Tuberculosis (TB) , if they are coming to the UK for more than six months.
  • Evidence of Official Financial Sponsorship (if required) - If you are financially sponsored by your government, an international company or another scholarship agency, you must provide a letter from your sponsor confirming the details of your sponsorship.
  • Translations - If your application includes any documents which are not in English (or Welsh), you must also include an original translation of each document.

Immigration Health Surcharge

Temporary, non-EEA persons coming to the UK for more than six months have to pay money towards the National Health Service (healthcare in the UK).
Students (and each dependant) pay £150 per year for the duration of a visa. Where part of a year is 6 months or less £75 is charged.

You pay the Immigration Health Surcharge during the Tier 4 visa application process. If you do not pay the Immigration Health Surcharge you will not be able to finish your visa application. Since 5th July 2015 the Tier 4 application form calculates the amount that you need to pay and asks you to pay it before you can complete your Tier 4 application. Once you have paid the surcharge you should receive an email containing your IHS reference number. This number should automatically be included on your Tier 4 application form cover sheet.

The University of Lincoln will not issue your CAS until you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge.

For more detailed information about the Immigration Health Charge visit the International Advice Team website.

Pre-sessional students

If you are planning to study on one of the University of Lincoln Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) courses, then we recommend that you apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa prior to arrival in the UK. When you have successfully completed your PEASS course and have an unconditional offer for your main programme of study our Visa Advice service can help you apply for an extension of your Tier 4 visa.
Please note that if you study for your PEASS course with a Short-Term Study Visa you will not be able to apply for a visa for your main programme of study from within the UK. You will have to return to your home country to make an application. If there are delays with your visa it may mean that you are unable to start your main programme of study on time, or you may miss the induction.

If you have any queries regarding your immigration status please contact us as soon as possible.

Students coming to Lincoln from another UK University

If you already have a Tier 4 Visa to study with another University and you have decided that you would like to study at Lincoln you must apply for a new Tier 4 Visa first. To apply in the UK your new course must start no more than 28 days after the end of your current visa, if the gap is more than 28 days you must leave the UK and apply from home.

The International Advice Team organise Tier 4 Visa Workshops which you are welcome to attend, they can help you understand if you can apply for a new visa in the UK. At the workshop the International Advice Team provide detailed information about the application form and the required supporting documentation. These workshops happen every Tuesday at 5:30pm in the University Library. During July, August and September the workshops may happen more frequently. Please email the International Advice Team for more information. You can also find useful information online on the International Advice Team website and on the UK Council for International Student Affair’s website.

If you applied for your current visa before 5th October 2009 the rules are different for your situation, contact the International Advice Team for more information.

How your visa is issued

IMPORTANT - New Biometric Residence Permits [BRP]

From March 2015 the UK Home Office changed how a Tier 4 (General) Visa is issued to students who apply outside the UK. To find out how this change affects you visit UKCISA.

  1. Your visa will be issued as a vignette (visa sticker) in your passport. The vignette in your passport will only be valid for 30 days. The 30 days will start 30 days before the course start date on your CAS (or from the date that your visa is issued, if this is less than 30 days before the course start date on your CAS). Note: the Home Office guidance says that it will start 30 days before the date that you specified on your application as your intended date of travel to the UK, but this is not correct. If you do not travel to the UK during this 30 day period then your vignette will expire and you will need to apply for another 30-day vignette if you still wish to travel to the UK. You will have to pay a fee for this new application and provide your biometric information again, but you will not have to submit a new Tier 4 application.
  2. Your 30-day vignette will be accompanied by a letter. When you enter the UK you should show the border force officer your 30-day vignette and this letter.
  3. Once you arrive in the UK you must collect a biometric residence permit (BRP) from a post office within 10 days. If you do not collect your BRP within ten days of arriving in the UK you may have to pay a fine and/or your visa may be cancelled. When you complete your visa application the form will give you a choice of post offices from which to collect your BRP. The Post Office in Lincoln where you can collect a BRP is the City Square Post Office, Lincoln, Sincil Street, LN5 7EJ. If it is not convenient for to collect your BRP in Lincoln you can select a different Post Office. The letter that accompanies your 30-day vignette will contain the details of the post office that you select. If you change your mind and would like to collect your BRP from a different post office then you will have to pay a fee. You do not have to make an appointment at the post office but you must take your 30-day vignette and your letter with you.

You cannot enrol at the University of Lincoln until you have collected your biometric residence permit. You will need to show this document at enrolment.


Paying your fees

At the University of Lincoln, we understand that financing your studies is often the first thing students consider when they think about studying overseas.

This section covers how to pay your tuition fees, and also offers information about the range of scholarships available for international students intending to study in Lincoln.

University of Lincoln International Fees

International students enrolling onto a course at the University of Lincoln, UK will be required to pay full tuition fees for each year of their course. Tuition fees will vary, depending on the course you wish to study.

The cost of your tuition fees will be outlined in your offer letter. If you are not sure of your fees, or if you think the tuition fees are incorrect, then you should contact us as soon as possible to check your tuition fee status.

For information on international student fees, please see the individual course pages. You will need to search for the course you are planning to study on and the fees will be listed within the course information.

Lincoln International Student Scholarships

At the University of Lincoln, UK we understand the importance of investing in your future and we want to ensure that we are able to provide as much financial assistance as possible. That is why we have lots of different International scholarships available to help you study in our historic city.

More information on our International scholarships is available on our Scholarships and Funding pages.

When to Pay

You will be asked to pay your fees in three stages:

Stage 1 - £2,000 deposit to be paid on receipt of a conditional offer (applies to postgraduate international students only).

Stage 2 - 50% of the fees to be paid ON or BEFORE enrolment. Sponsorship letters* will be accepted providing that the correct letter structure is adhered to.

Stage 3 - the remaining balance to be paid via a maximum of 9 monthly instalments.

* The sponsor letter should be on letter headed paper and signed by your line manager/director and addressed to the University of Lincoln. The sponsor letter should include your name, the academic year you are being sponsored for e.g. 2015/16, the programme title, and the amount.

If your sponsor requires a purchase order or other reference number quoting on their invoice, this should be indicated on the letter.

Your sponsor must be a commercial body (not a private individual such as a friend or relative). Sponsors cannot pay by instalments.

Please remember to reduce your fees by the correct amount if you have been awarded a scholarship by the University.

How to pay

It is important that you include your name and university ID in all correspondence when you make any payment towards your fees. This will help us to track your payments for you.

Please note that all payments to the University need to be made in pounds sterling (£).

You can pay using various methods such as:

  • Online payment
  • Bank transfer
  • By cheque

For full details of how to pay can be found on our payment pages.


Calculate your living Costs

As part of your financial planning you will also need to consider your living costs. This is the money that you will need to pay for things such as your accommodation, food, travel, social activities etc.

Please do not arrange for your living expenses (other than University’s halls of residence fees) to be paid into the University’s bank account as we do not provide a ‘paying-on’ service.

For general living costs you can find useful information on how to budget on the International student calculator website.


 

Arrange your Accommodation

It is important to decide which type of accommodation you want before you arrive in Lincoln. This section will help you to decide what type of accommodation you like and how to arrange it.

Where you live is a very important factor in your success as a student in the UK. When you live in comfortable accommodation which meets your needs, you will be able to study and relax more easily, allowing you to make the most of your time here. We recommend that you organise your accommodation as soon as you have accepted a place on a course.

You can choose from a fantastic range of accommodation in Lincoln, most of which is situated around the attractive waterside of the Brayford Pool Marina. There are also options in the City Centre and in the Cathedral Quarter. Because the main University campus is centrally located, all accommodation, whether on-campus or off-campus, is within short walking distance.

The University’s Accommodation Service has a number of landlords who have developed residential Partnership Halls for students. These sites have been developed in association with the Accommodation Service in respect of their location, statutory health and safety issues, facilities and provision of service to students.

This means that students can find a safe, well-managed place to live within a five-minute walk of the main campus. The University is also part of the City of Lincoln Student Accreditation Scheme which provides a set of standards for landlords to provide safe, secure, well-managed housing.

Applying for your accommodation

Applying for accommodation at the University of Lincoln is simple. As long as you have accepted an offer of a course, you can apply for accommodation using ourOn-Line Accommodation Application System.

Every effort will be made to ensure that you have the accommodation of your choice. We aim to find all international students a place in their preferred accommodation or accommodation of a similar style and price, depending on demand.

Wherever you choose to live during your time here, you can contact our Residential Services for support and advice on any issue: +44 (0)1522 886231 or 886195 or email accommodation@lincoln.ac.uk.

Allocation Process

Please note all offers of accommodation are sent by email to the address which you provide in your accommodation application. You should monitor that email address regularly to avoid missing any time sensitive instructions. You can change your preferred email address by logging into the system.

Temporary Accommodation

If you are unable to arrange your accommodation in advance, we can send you a list of local hotels and guest houses for you to book in advance of your arrival. As long as you inform us of your plans we can then arrange viewings for you of available accommodation.


 

Organise your travel

Arriving in the UK is easy, but you may need our help to organise your travel from the airport. We offer FREE airport coach pick-ups on certain dates from London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport. We will be there to meet you and bring you safely back to Lincoln.

When to arrive

It is important to ensure that you arrive with enough time to settle in to your accommodation and become familiar with your surroundings before beginning your studies.

If you think that you are going to be late for the start of your course then you should inform us as soon as possible.

Where to arrive

If you are travelling by air, the UK has many different airports and you should think about which one you want to arrive at before you book your ticket. The University of Lincoln, UK has arranged aFree Airport Pick–up Service for students arriving in to London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport and you should check our website for more details of dates and how to book.

If you would prefer to fly into a regional airport which is closer to Lincoln then you can choose Humberside Airport or East Midlands Airport. These airports have international connections through European airports such as Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt.

To check information about airports, visit the British Airport Authority website.

Airport coach pick-up service

The University will run a FREE airport pick-up service for students arriving into either London Heathrow Airport or Manchester Airport. This is a free service for students, but you will need to book in advance. We offer this service for PEASS [Pre-sessional English Students] students as well as for our main intake in September.

If you would like to book onto our free airport pick-up service then please fill in the the arrivals form. You will need the following information to book this service:

  • UCAS or Student reference number
  • CAS number
  • Flight details - arrival date and time, flight number and arrival terminal number

Please note you must book onto our FREE airport coach pick-up service at least a week in advance of the dates which are available.

Alternative travel arrangements

If you are unable to take advantage of our FREE airport coach pick-up service then you will need to make your own arrangements to travel to the University:

Taxi
We have negotiated excellent discounted rates on your behalf with a local taxi company, so you will receive a warm welcome at a reasonable price. Your taxi driver will meet you as you come through the arrivals gate at the airport and transport you to Lincoln.

Contact details:
Flight Links Lincoln (our approved taxi provider)
Email: flight.links@ntlworld.com
Telephone: 0044 (0)7983 358408

Coach
You can book coach transfers from all of the major UK airports, including London Heathrow and Manchester via National Express Coaches. This can be a cost-effective way to travel.

Contact details:
National Express Coaches
Email: www.nationalexpress.com
Telephone: 0044 (0)8717 81 81 81

Rail
There are good train links from London Heathrow and Manchester airports to Lincoln Central with trains leaving on a regular basis.

Contact details:
National Rail
Email: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Telephone: 0044 (0)8457 48 49 50

Remember: If you wish to use the FREE airport coach pick-up service then you must book in advance via filling out our arrivals form.

International Student Arrivals form

As part of the registration process at the University, it is compulsory to provide us with some information about your travel arrangements. This information will help us to ensure that your arrival and enrolment at the University is made as easy as possible for you.

Please ensure that you complete and return your arrivals form so that the University knows when to expect you.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Have you...

  • Accepted your offer?
  • Paid your deposit (if applicable)?
  • Paid the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Received your CAS?
  • On the visa application form entered the correct date you intend to travel to the UK
  • On the visa application form - selected the most convenient Post Office in the UK to collect your Biometric Residence Permit [BRP]
  • Organised your accommodation?
  • Booked your flight?
  • Booked a FREE airport pick-up or made your own arrangements to travel to Lincoln?
  • Completed your University of Lincoln International Student Arrival form?

 

Prepare for your journey

Being well prepared for your journey is very important. You should make sure you’ve got everything organised before you leave home. In addition to the information below we recommend that you also read and print out a copy of the British Council ‘First Steps’ guide to bring with you. This is a pre-departure guide for international students coming to the UK.

In this section you will be able to think about what you will need to bring with you and how you can prepare for life in the UK and studying at Lincoln. There are several things outlined below which you should consider first so that your journey is trouble free.

Find out what you are and are NOT allowed to bring into the UK, for example, food items by contacting the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country.

Documents required for your journey

Before you travel to the UK, it is important that you keep your passport, travel documents and tickets in a safe place. We advise that you take a photocopy of all the pages of your passport and keep it in a separate place in case of emergencies.

You will also need some important documents immediately when you arrive at the UK airport or point of entry to the UK you are travelling to because you will be interviewed by immigration and health officials. A full list of these documents can be found in the Packing checklist below.

Money

The currency used in the UK is ‘Pound Sterling’. However, this is shortened to just ‘Pounds’ and the symbol ‘£’ is used to denote this.

Before you leave you will need to order British currency and travellers’ cheques and bring enough money to cover your immediate needs on your arrival in the UK; including customs charges, rail fares and any emergency expenses. About £250-300 should be enough, but if you have any family with you, you will need more than this. If you are coming to the UK from a country outside the EU and carrying more than 10,000 Euros (approximately £8,500) you will need to declare this to Customs at the border.

When you are ordering money, ask for a variety of bank notes. £50 notes are rarely seen in shops, etc in the UK and you may have difficulty changing them, so try to also order some £20 and £10 notes.

If you are planning to transfer extra money to the UK you should arrange this before you leave your home country.

Also before you leave home, check whether you need permission to transfer money to the UK and whether your government has restrictions on the amount of money you can take out of the country. Opening a bank account in the UK can take a few weeks.

For further information and contact details, visit the HMRC website. You should also check if there are limits imposed on foreign currency transactions by your home country.

Insurance

Before you leave you should also think about insurance for your journey and for when you arrive. We have outlined the different types of insurance for you to consider:

  • Travel insurance
    This covers you and your luggage during your journey. Ask about this when you book your ticket to travel to the UK. Some banks also offer travel insurance policies so ask at your home bank when you arrange your currency transfer or exchange.
  • Personal belongings insurance
    This covers valuable items such as jewellery, camera, etc. which you may wish to bring with you to the UK.
  • UK Health insurance
    This will cover you against the cost of sickness or injury while you are in the UK. Find out whether you will be covered by the UK’s National Health Service and if not, take out a medical insurance policy before you leave home.

Packing

Packing can be a difficult task, especially if you are leaving home for a long period of time. The important thing to remember is to pack the essentials and try not to bring too much. Remember that you can buy items such as bedding and toiletries when you arrive. The UK has a large range of budget shops which offer good value.

Make sure that you check your baggage allowance with the airline you are travelling with. If you go over your allowance then you may be charged a lot of money at the airport.

You will be arriving in the UK at a time of year when the weather is changing from summer to autumn and it may take you some time to adjust to the climate. The weather in the UK is very unpredictable and it may be very cold one day and warm the next, so make sure that you pack a variety of clothes.

If you have arranged accommodation in advance you should check whether bedding will be available when you arrive, particularly for your first night.

Pre-Departure Packing Checklist

Items to carry in your hand luggage:

  • Your valid passport with 30 days vignette [visa sticker] if relevant
  • Your letter which came with your 30 day vignette [visa sticker] you must show this letter at the border
  • Your travel tickets or E-ticket details
  • Money - cash, travellers’ cheques, credit card
  • Vaccination certificates and x-ray reports if required, any prescribed drugs or medicines you are taking, plus a letter from your doctor explaining what they are
  • The original letter of acceptance and CAS from The University of Lincoln
  • The original documentary proof that you have money to pay your fees and meet your living costs (e.g. recent bank statements, proof of scholarship, sponsor’s letter, reference letter from your bank in your own country)
  • Original documents of any degree certificates, transcripts or technical qualifications which have been used as part of your application
  • Confirmation of any accommodation you have booked, including the full address and telephone number
  • Details of your arrangements for onward travel within the UK e.g. maps, contact numbers
  • Insurance documents
  • Warm clothes/a coat for when you arrive
  • Your phone charger and a UK adapter plug.

Items to pack in your main luggage:

  • A photocopy of each page of your passport, including its number and the date and place of issue and any entry clearances
  • Photocopy of the letter which came with your 30 day vignette [visa sticker]
  • A note of the serial numbers of any travellers’ cheques
  • Back-up photocopies of all essential documents
  • Approximately ten passport-sized photos of yourself - you will need them for student identification cards, bus/rail passes and various other purposes
  • Clothing, toiletries, and any other main items which you will need during your stay.

Preparing for your studies

The teaching, learning and assessment style in the UK may be different to that which you have been used to in your own country. Before you arrive in the UK you can begin to develop new study skills to prepare you for your academic life with the Prepare for Success website.

The University of Lincoln, UK English Language Centre (ELC) will be an important service for you during your time in the UK. Our services are designed to help students to improve in all areas of their English language and develop their academic study skills. We are also here to help you to settle in and enjoy your life in the UK.

The qualified and friendly ELC staff will guide you during your learning, ensuring you have every opportunity to reach your potential and to help you succeed on your course.
We offer a comfortable and relaxed environment for you to learn in, with up to date facilities and have an ‘open door’ policy all year round so whatever your problem, we can help.
The ELC offers English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language support throughout the academic year in the form of workshops and one-to-one sessions. We also organise a range of social activities throughout the year, such as trips to see different cities around the UK.


Step 3 – Final checklist prior to departure

Have you received your 30 day vignette (visa sticker) in your passport?

  • Do you have your original documents with you?
    • Passport
    • 30 day vignette which should be stuck inside your passport
    • Letter which came with your 30 day vignette (visa sticker)
  • Have you made appropriate arrangements for any family members to come to the UK?
  • Do you have enough money to cover both tuition fees and living costs?
  • Do you have a copy of your unconditional offer letter and CAS statement?
  • Have you checked whether there are any restrictions on the amount of money you can take out of the country?
  • Have you checked whether you need permission to transfer money to the UK and how to do it?
  • Do you have UK currency and/or travellers cheques for your immediate expenses on arrival in the UK?
  • Have you organised both travel to the UK and onward travel to the University?
  • Have you booked your travel tickets and travel insurance and checked your baggage allowance?
  • Have you packed adequate clothing suitable for the British climate?
  • Have you arranged your accommodation?
  • Have you planned how you are going to get to the University of Lincoln?
  • Have you got a map of the UK and the location of the University?
  • Do you know how long it takes to travel to Lincoln from your arrival airport?
  • Do you know how to use public transport, e.g. the London Underground, buses and trains?
  • Have you booked onto the University FREE airport coach pick-up service?
  • Do you know where you are collecting your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) from once you arrive in the UK? This should be written on the letter which came with your 30 day vignette (visa sticker). Check the address of the Post Office, check the opening hours and get directions. Remember you will only have 10 days to collect your BRP once you arrive in the UK.
  • Have you completed and returned your arrival form?

Important Visa Reminder

Once you arrive in the UK you will only have 10 days to collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) from the Post Office you have selected on your visa application form. This is your visa and if you do not collect it within 10 days you may have to pay a fine and/or your visa may be cancelled. You cannot enrol at the University of Lincoln until you have collected your biometric residence permit. You will need to show this document at enrolment.


Step 4 – When you arrive in the UK

Arriving in a new country for the first time can be a challenging experience. You may have travelled a long distance and be very tired, so it is important that you prepare for your arrival in advance.

Immigration

You will have to pass through immigration when you arrive so it is important for you to know what to expect.

If you arrive at an airport, you pass through immigration control first (before collecting your luggage). There are usually two main queues: one for European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, and one for everyone else. Make sure you join the correct queue. A Border Force Officer will look at your passport and check your Visa/Entry Clearance.

If you are a student with a Tier 4 Visa the Border Force Officer will look at your passport and the 30 day vignette (visa sticker) which is inside your passport. They will also look at the letter you received with your 30 day vignette (visa sticker).

We recommend that you view the following information from UKCISA which gives full details of what to expect when you arrive at your point of entry to the UK and also what to carry in your hand luggage. Visit the Immigration and Customs page on the UKCISA website.

If you are a student with a Tier 4 Visa once you arrive in the UK you have 10 days to collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit). If you do not collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK you may have to pay a fine and/or your visa may be cancelled. The letter you received with your 30 day vignette (visa sticker) contains details of the Post Office you choose to collect your BRP from. You cannot enrol at the University of Lincoln until you have collected your biometric residence permit. You will need to show this document at enrolment.

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Travelling to Lincoln

Depending on where you arrive to in the UK, it is likely that you will have to take a further journey to get to Lincoln. There are a number of travel options available for you and we have listed some of them below:

University of Lincoln FREE airport coach pick-up service

The University of Lincoln offers a free airport coach pick-up service for international students arriving in to Manchester and London Heathrow Airports. This is a free service for our students, but you will need to book in advance. We offer this service for PEASS [Pre-sessional English Students] students as well as for our main intake in September.

Please note you must book onto our FREE airport coach pick-up service at least a week in advance of the dates which are available.

Using the underground

If you choose to make your own way to Lincoln and have arrived into one of the London airports, you will have to use the London Underground at some point. This can be quite disconcerting, especially if you have a lot of luggage with you.

It is a good idea to plan this stage of your journey in advance and you can find information on how to do this on the Transport for London (TFL) website

Travelling by Train

Travelling by train in the UK is easy but can be expensive if you don’t book tickets in advance. Most trains from London will have a connection at Newark Northgate station, but there are direct trains from London Kings Cross to Lincoln Central station which will make your journey easier. If you are travelling to Lincoln from a different city in the UK you may have to make connections or there may be direct trains.

You can check the times of trains by visiting the National Rail website.

Taxis

At most airports in the UK there will be a taxi service which you can use when you arrive without booking in advance. However, these may be more expensive than pre-booked taxis.

We recommend that you book with our university approved taxi company, so you will receive a warm welcome at a reasonable price. Your taxi driver will meet you as you come through the arrivals gate at the airport and transport you to Lincoln. For further details and to make a booking please use the contact details below:

Flight Links Lincoln (our approved taxi provider)
Website: www.flightlinks.net/
Telephone: 0044 (0)7983 358408
Booking form: http://www.flightlinks.net/university-form.php


Registration and Enrolment

It is very important that you bring the correct documents with you for enrolment. If you do not bring the correct documents then this will delay your enrolment.

Documents required for enrolment

  • Biometric Residence Permit - You cannot enrol at the University of Lincoln until you have collected your biometric residence permit (see step 2). You will need to show this document at enrolment.
  • Passport
    This must include all the passport pages showing all personal identity details (including biometric details), leave stamps, or immigration status document including your period of leave to remain (permissions to stay) in the UK. This must show your entitlement to study with a licensed sponsor in the United Kingdom.

  • A Copy of your United Kingdom Biometric Card

  • Original documentation
    Listed in the documents used to obtain the offer section of your CAS Statement (e.g. references, exam certificates and transcripts, etc). Please note that photocopies will not be accepted.

  • ATAS certificate (if required)

  • Evidence of any tuition payments you have made

  • Evidence of any University scholarships which you have been awarded

When you have enrolled you will receive a Student ID card which will allow you access to University of Lincoln facilities such as the library and the Sports Centre. You will also be able to use your card to gain discounts in some shops and restaurants. You should keep your Student ID card with you at all times.

Police Registration

Your passport or identity card will state whether or not you have to register with the police. If you are required to register with the police, you must do so within seven days of your arrival in the UK. Your entry clearance stamp will probably tell you to register with the police. If your entry clearance tells you to register, your husband/wife and/or child are likely to be given an entry clearance or stamp that tells them to register too.

When registering you will be charged a registration fee (currently £34) and must bring your passport and two photographs of yourself.

Further details of how to register with the police will be provided to you when you enrol.

International Advice Team

The Advice Service is based in the Student Support Centre at the University of Lincoln. We deliver specialist advice, guidance and information on key issues that affect all students at the University of Lincoln.

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International Advice Team
The International Advice Team is part of the Advice Service. The International Advice Team are the only people in the University who can legally give immigration advice.

The International Advice Team provides specialist advice on all immigration issues including:

  • Tier 4 Visa applications
  • Protecting your immigration status
  • Working in the UK
  • Finishing your course early
  • Lost and/or stolen visas
  • Brining your family to the UK
  • Returning to the UK for graduation
  • Schengen visas
  • General Visitor Visas
  • Correcting visa errors
  • And much more!

Tier 4 Visa Workshops
We also run Tier 4 Visa Workshops for any student who needs to extend their Tier 4 Visa in the UK. We recommend that you attend a Tier 4 Visa Workshop 4 months before your visa expires.

Drop-in: Monday-Friday 12pm-2pm in the Student Support Centre
Email: Internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk
Website: http://adviceservice.lincoln.ac.uk

Specialist Advice Team

The Specialist Advice Teamis part of the Advice Service. The Specialist Advice Team is made up of experienced professional advisors offering a confidential, impartial service to all students at the University of Lincoln. They advise clients of their legal rights and responsibilities within many areas including housing, debt, University issues, employment and much more.

Drop-in: Monday-Friday 12pm-2pm in the Student Support Centre.
Website: http://adviceservice.lincoln.ac.uk


Step 5 - Welcome to Lincoln

Your first few weeks in the UK will be both exciting and challenging. In addition to your course induction, the University also arranges a variety of welcome events to help you to settle in to life in the UK and your studies. It is important that you try to attend these events.

College and Course Inductions

Whether you are studying as an Undergraduate or a Postgraduate student, there will be a welcome and induction programme in place to introduce you to your course and your fellow students.

You should ask for your timetable for your course on enrolment or visit the Faculty or Department for further details.


English Language Centre Workshops

We know that studying in a foreign language can be very difficult. We also know that during your time in Lincoln, you will want to improve your language skills, understand British culture better, and take the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world.

At the English Language Centre, we offer a range of courses and workshops, as well as a regular drop-in service if you need individual support. All of our courses and services are completely free and run throughout the academic year.

Main courses

  • Academic English
  • Culture and Conversation
  • Grammar for Academic English

Short courses

  • Active Listening
  • Advanced Academic Writing
  • Better Pronunciation
  • Critical Thinking
  • English for Dissertation Writing
  • Effective Presentation Skills

Drop-in and One-to-one Writing Support

If you need individual help with any English language problem, the ELC’s drop-in is the perfect place to go. Our experienced, well qualified team of teachers can advise you on any language issue.

For full details of the workshops and to book a place please email Englishlanguage@lincoln.ac.uk 

Access to Student Support services

Throughout your time at the University of Lincoln, our support staff will be available if you need any help or advice. We provide integrated support to students through three teams of dedicated, professional staff who are here to help you make the most of your studies. You can take advantage of a wealth of support and information services that the University provides, including:

Student Support Centre
The Student Support Centre, located on the ground floor of the University’s Main Administration Building and is home to the University’s main reception. It is a one stop shop for students to gain access to all of our services and locate other academic and professional support across the University. The following teams are based in the Student Support Centre:

Student Wellbeing Centre
The Student Wellbeing Centre is home to dedicated professional staff who can support you before and during your studies. The range of support services they provide includes:


Social Activities

Students’ Union

The University of Lincoln, UK Students’ Union is accessible to all students and they offer a variety of events and activities throughout the year. During Welcome Week the SU will be holding a ‘Freshers’ Fayre’ and you will have the opportunity to join some of the clubs and societies and collect useful information on events taking place throughout the year.

Sports and Recreation

If you are interested in keeping fit and active, the University of Lincoln Sports and Recreation Centre boasts some excellent facilities. It is primarily used to accommodate the needs of both staff and students of the University of Lincoln. It provides you with the opportunity to participate in fitness classes and many sports-based activities.

Religion (University of Lincoln Chaplaincy)

We’re here for everybody, of all faiths or none, offering personal and confidential guidance, volunteering opportunities, on-site prayer/worship, social justice campaigning, faith and spiritual guidance. Sometimes people seek our services because of issues to do with faith – but whether or not you believe in God, we’d love to help you if we can.

University can be a time when you can start to question who you are, to think about what you believe, what is important to you, and what you stand for - and against. Sometimes you will come with already fixed ideas, which your time here may change or confirm. Sometimes you won’t have really thought about what you believe in before, but find yourself prompted to do so by your studies, those you meet, or events that occur. These questions are at the heart of wellbeing. They are also at the heart of religious faith and spiritual values and health.

Here at University of Lincoln we recognise the importance of spiritual support and nurture as much as social and academic support. Our Chaplain and faith advisers from a variety of faiths are therefore available to all students at University of Lincoln, whether you have faith or not.

They are here to help you think about your spirituality. We offer you personal and confidential support about any issue - it need not be faith-related.
To find out more about the range of activities offered by the Chaplain email: chaplaincy@lincoln.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1522 886079