We suggest that you arrive two days before the start of your course. This will allow you to recover from your journey and settle into your accommodation.
You should have your passport, visa (if required), air tickets and enrolment and accommodation documents from North Bridge House with you as you go through immigration. You must be clear and know where you are going in the UK, which course you are studying and how long you will be at North Bridge House. You should also be clear as to where you are staying in the UK. This will ensure your entry to the UK is as smooth as possible. If on entering the UK your visa is stamped with the words “Register with UK police on arrival”, this must be done shortly after arrival and staff at North Bridge House will be able to help you. They will direct you to the appropriate police station and advise you on which documents you should take with you.
Taxi transfer/airport pick-up
If you have booked a taxi transfer from the airport to your host family home, you will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation. A member of your host family, if pre-arranged, or our guardianship team will be waiting for you in the airport arrivals hall holding a North Bridge House School sign. If you cannot find the representative, go to the airport information desk and ask the staff there to make an announcement, giving your name and the name of the school – North Bridge House.
During your first few days and weeks, we will help you to settle in as quickly as possible. You will have a full induction programme so that you can meet your tutors and other members of the School’s support staff. You can also get to know your fellow students and start to make the friendships that will last a lifetime. The induction programme can be from one to three days depending on your start date and the number of students starting their course with you.
The topics that are usually covered at induction are:
- Medical, dental and other support services
- Police registration
- Advice on opening a bank account
- Sports and social activities
- Library facilities
- Computer facilities
- Introduction to college staff
- English language testing
- Meetings with your course programme managers
- Getting to know your fellow students