International students

International Students

Before you arrive

Congratulations on your exam success and a warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire. Moving to university is a big change, so we want to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. The information on this page will introduce you to the university and help you start planning for your arrival in the UK.


Immigration & Visa Advice

You will need a visa to enter the UK as a student. The Student Immigration and Compliance Team provide guidance to students from outside the UK and can give immigration advice, in particular for Tier 4 Student visas. Please see our visa advice webpage for help and guidance on obtaining your visa. To give new international students a better idea of what they can expect when crossing the border, the UK Home Office have devised a helpful list of '10 top tips'.



Arrival Information

Our International Arrival Guide contains all the important information that you will need to ensure you are prepared for leaving home and living at university. There is advice on travelling to the UK, visas, paying your tuition fees and the cost of living in Preston, as well as information on the range of support services available to you at the University. Please read this booklet before you leave home and save an electronic copy for reference.

If your flight into the UK arrives at Manchester airport on one of our Airport Pickup dates, we could arrange to meet you there and bring you back to Preston. Request your free airport pick-up in advance so we know when you're arriving. If you are arranging your own travel to Preston, please see our Travel Directions.

Student Accommodation & Travel

Once you've made UCLan your firm choice, you can apply for a room in Halls.You don't need to wait for your exam results.  We have a choice of accommodation available, but it's best to act early to reserve the room you want. If you're already holding an accommodation offer from us, you'll start to receive details from mid-December of where to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the accommodation portal.

Find out what you need to bring when moving into student accommodation. If you'll be living off campus, our sustainable and active travel information explains the best ways to commute into Preston. You can even request a personal travel plan by emailing

Validate your email address

If we have received your personal email address, we will have replied asking you to confirm it is correct. 
Please look out for this email and click the link to confirm your email address. If you don't do this, we will not be able to send you your UCLan username and password. You may not have received this request if you made your application through an agent. If you haven't seen this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail contact

Order Your UCLan Card

Your UCLan card is your University identification and will provide you with access to the university network and a variety of services. You will also need your UCLan card to register your attendance at lectures and classes. Order your UCLan card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Make sure you have your Registration Number with you to log in. Your UCLan card will be ready for collection from the library when you arrive on campus.


Essential Course Information

Some courses have essential information that you should read before you arrive at the university. Depending on what you are studying, you may need to find out about reading lists, specialist equipment or project work that you should complete over the summer. Search for your course using our A-Z list.

Bring important documents

During your first week at UCLan you will need to formally enrol on your programme of study. You can successfully enrol by visiting The <i> Student Information Centre at the Library. Remember, you will need to bring the following original documents (not copies) for us to check during your enrolment:

  • Proof of identity - Passport and visa (including your Biometric Residence Permit, if you have one), birth certificate or driving licence.
  • Proof of qualifications (examination certificates or transcripts )
  • Your University offer letter, also known as a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) letter.

Prepare For Welcome

Welcome starts on Wednesday 17th January 2018. Make sure you're ready. There will be compulsory events where you'll confirm your ID, visa and qualifications, complete your registration and enrolment, meet coursemates and tutors, learn about the University services and prepare for when teaching begins. There'll be also a packed calendar of fun social events you won't want to miss. Check your weekly timetable on the Student Portal and the UCLan SU website to find out what's happening during Welcome Week. Also, the Students Union for other great social events.


Check your online timetable

Once you have your UCLan username and password, log on to your Student Portal and click on the 'Weekly/Yearly Timetable'. On your timetable you'll be able to discover your events and activities during Welcome Week, and your classes and lectures once teaching begins.

Make friends before you arrive

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a number of subject-based course groups which you can join before you arrive. This provides an ideal opportunity to make friends, meet classmates, and ask any questions you may have. Discover your subject group and start chatting with other students today. There's also a range of accommodation groups too, to meet your flatmates before you arrive. 

Recommended Vaccinations

Due to several large outbreaks of measles we strongly advise to ensure both your MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations are up to date before you begin university. Measles is caused by a very infectious virus and can cause rashes, high fevers and can lead to very serious complications in adults. Untreated meningitis can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.  Contact your local GP surgery and arrange an appointment.

Visit the NHS's webpages for information about the vaccines against measles and meningitis

Great news - if you’ve already completed the above steps then you’re almost ready to start #TheUCLanExperience.

We’ve got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit our First Few Days and our Good To Know section to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.