J‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌anuary orientation for international students 2018

A half day orientation event will be held on Tuesday 9 January. This is for all new international students, including visiting, Masters and PhD students. Current students are also welcome to attend for a refresher, or if they missed October orientation.

The event starts at 11:00 in the Berrick Saul Building on the Campus West; a light lunch will be provided. 

Please refer to the January Timetable (PDF  , 458kb) for more detailed information. 

Welcome Week and orientation to University life and study

Key information about the university for international students is provided in the leaflet below:

Key Information for International Students (PDF  , 542kb)

Details about local supermarkets including opening hours and directions can be found in the leaflet below:

Supermarkets Leaflet (PDF  , 974kb) 

September Welcome Week 2017

Please keep checking the Welcome Week Programmes as they will be updated throughout the summer   

Welcome Week is a free programme of talks and activities aimed at helping new students acquire an understanding of University life and UK study skills. It is also a good opportunity to meet existing international and UK students and to make friends with other new students. Welcome Week will include presentations, social activities and tours of the campus and city. 

‌Postgraduate and Undergraduate timetables will be available throughout the summer, and will continue to be updated, so please check this site regularly. 

If you are from any of the countries shown on the document linked to below (which have high rates of TB) then we advise you to attend the screening sessions for TB even if you feel well and have had a chest x-ray as part of screening before entering the UK.  The screenings are routine and straightforward and you will not be expected to remove your clothes. The times and locations of the screenings can be found on the Welcome Week Programmes.  

Countries with High TB rates (PDF  , 245kb)

If you’re unsure of any event locations in the Welcome Week Programmes follow the link below to the campus map and enter the room code (e.g. B/B/103) into the search box to generate directions

Campus Map

On selected days, when the majority of international students are expected to arrive, there will be university helpers to assist you to campus from Manchester airport. Coaches will be provided but you must book a place in advance of your arrival if coming from the airport.

Please see the information below to determine on which date you should arrive.


Postgraduate airport collection for new students will take place on Monday 18 September from Manchester airport from 10:00 – 15:30. Seats must be booked in advance using your e:Vision account.

Events, workshops and social activities will take place throughout postgraduate Welcome Week. The Postgraduate Welcome Week programme (PDF  , 415kb) will contain further information and is available as a draft in the summer, along with the GSA (Graduate Students' Association) Welcome web pages (which includes instructions on booking events which require a free ticket to attend). The final timetable will be distributed at the GSA (Graduate Students' Association) Information Desks in Vanburgh College and at the Ron Cooke Hub, as well as at the Student Hub in Market Square and all College receptions. You will also find the YUSU (University of York Students' Union) welcome web pages useful.

Events and activities in the postgraduate Welcome Week are aimed at all students, both home and international, except for the international postgraduate induction presentations in Central Hall on Wednesday 20 September at 10:00am. All international postgraduates are expected to attend the induction presentations (British students are welcome to attend if they wish).    


Undergraduate airport collection for new students will take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September from Manchester airport from 10:00 – 15:30. Seats must be booked in advance using your e:Vision account.

Events will take place throughout undergraduate Welcome Week. The Undergraduate Welcome Week programme (PDF  , 247kb) will contain details of events and activities in Week 1 of term, and will be available as a draft in the summer, however you will also receive College timetables and a Departmental timetable which are more specific to you. You should also check the YUSU (University of York Students' Union) welcome web pages for details of YUSU Freshers' activities. 

On Tuesday 26 September there will be two sessions of the Induction for Visiting and International Students (PDF  , 98kb). The talks will be held in the Spring Lane Building lecture theatre (SLB/118) at 12:15 - 1:00pm and repeated at 2:00 - 2:45pm. All international undergraduates are expected to attend one of the sessions. A ticketed buffet lunch will be provided between 1:00 and 2:00pm. If you would like to attend please register for a ticket. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any problems registering for a ticket, please contact the International Support team at international-support@york.ac.uk.

As well as a buffet lunch, there will also be an Information Fair in the foyer of the Spring Lane Building during this time, where you get information on a variety of groups and services available at the University.

Who to contact

  • International Student Support
    Student Hub, Market Square
    Tel: +44 (0)1904 324140
  • Office hours
    Term time: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday
    Out of term time: 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday 
  • To make an appointment: Either ring the number above or call in to the Student Hub. Please note that appointments cannot be made by email.