International students

Welcome to all our new International Students. We hope the following notes may be of help to you in preparing for your arrival in Churchill College.

Getting here

If you arrive by air, the simplest and cheapest way to travel to Cambridge is by bus directly from the airport. If you prefer to come from the airport by train, the following guidance relates to airport to which you are travelling:

London Gatwick

Take either the overland rail or the Tube (Underground) into the centre of London, to King's Cross Station. It is not worth paying to use the Gatwick express as the travel time is not significantly quicker and it is more expensive than the ordinary train fare. From there, until around midnight, there are approximately two trains every hour to Cambridge.

London Heathrow

Take either the Tube (Underground) or the Heathrow Express (which is much quicker) into London to King's Cross Station . From there, until around midnight, there are approximately two trains every hour to Cambridge.

London City Airport

Take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), followed by the Tube (Underground) into London to King's Cross Station . From there, until around midnight, there are approximately two trains every hour to Cambridge.

London Stansted

If you are arriving at Stansted, there is NO need to go into London as there is a direct train to Cambridge.

Once you arrive at Cambridge railway or bus station, the simplest way to College is by taxi.


Clothing

The climate in the UK is very unpredictable. It can range from quite warm to very cold with significant windchill. So, you will need warm clothing, but it may also be rather wet, so be prepared with warm and waterproof clothing and footwear.


International Freshers' Week

The College invites all non-UK Freshers to arrive in College earlier than other students to give you time to settle in and to take part in the International Freshers' Week programme. If this link takes you to information about last year's International Freshers' Week, this is just because it hasn't been updated yet by CUSU. Please keep checking back until it shows information for this year.

Orientation sessions

These will take place on the morning of Friday 4 October. There are separate ‘Feeling at Home in Cambridge’ sessions  for undergraduates and graduates as well as a session on ‘Developing Academic English Language Skills’. Students should register online if you wish to attend: www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/orientation-sessions If this link is unavailable this is just because it hasn't been updated yet by CUSU. Please keep checking back until it shows information for this year.

Pre-arrival information

Practical guidance on coming to study in the UK and at Cambridge, including the International Student Guide: www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/arriving


Message from JCR representative

Please read the message below from our JCR International Representative, which gives further information about International Freshers' week and lots of other hints and tips!

Dear future international Churchillians,

I am beyond excited to provisionally welcome you to Churchill College! Churchill is not only an outstanding academic environment but is also one of the friendliest, most active and diverse colleges across Cambridge. Churchill has become a home to me, my year here has been one of the best academic and life experiences and I hope that yours will be just as good.

I am delighted to invite those of you who meet your offer to attend the college’s International Fresher’s week, which is held from Tuesday 1 October to Friday 4 October 2019, before the arrival of most of the UK students on Saturday 5 October.

International Fresher’s week is a great opportunity to settle in before all the UK nationals arrive. It’s the perfect time to deal with UK bank accounts and sim cards, as well as to make friends and get to know other internationals in your year. There will be events organised within Churchill and with the neighbouring colleges. It’s a unique opportunity that not every college offers and from my experience a great way to start university before the hectic Fresher’s Week after.

I suggest that you arrive on Monday 30 September, as the activities will start at noon on Tuesday 1 October. After having booked your flights/other means of travel, please complete the online arrivals form for college, book accommodation, and let me (mjmg3@cam.ac.uk) know when you ill be arriving in Cambridge.

If you have any questions or doubts please don’t hesitate to contact the college Tutorial Office (senior.tutor@chu.cam.ac.uk) or myself (mjmg3@cam.ac.uk or via Facebook). I will try and answer any of your questions or I can direct your query to someone who is in a better position to answer.

Best of luck with your exams, enjoy your summer holidays, and I look forward to meeting you all during the International Fresher’s week!

Mila Giovacchini

JCR International Welfare Officer


Visas

Some of you will require visas and you have confirmed this by now. Please refer to the University website for further guidance.

If the following links takes you to information about last year's Visa process, this is just because it hasn't been updated yet by the International Student Office (ISO). Please keep checking until it shows information for this year.

Applying for UK immigration

Healthcare for international student visa applicants

 

BRP collection and police registration

Information to follow from the International Student Office - please regularly check relevant content at www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/tier-4-entry-clearance and www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/tier-4-responsibilities/police-registration

Responsibilities under Tier 4 guide

The ‘Responsibilities under Tier 4’ guide is available at www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/tier-4-responsibilities

Contact

The University's visa advice service can assist with this and other aspects of the Tier 4 application process. 

Email the International Student Office

Follow @cam_intlstudent

 

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