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International Students

Information for international undergraduates

Page updated: 02 September 2022

Welcome International Students

We hope these notes may be of help to you in planning your first term at Girton.

The University also has a dedicated International Student Office. They also offer a free visa advice service.

The International Student Office have a guide on their webpage called 'Finding Your Way to Cambridge' and this guide provides an overview of how to get to Cambridge from the main London airports usually used by students when travelling to the UK. The guide can be found using the following link under 'Guides for International Students': https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/arriving/pre-arrival-information

Please do check the guide on the website regularly for any updates.

We advise that you check the route you are planning to take prior to leaving due to unexpected disruptions to public transport.

From the railway or bus station in Cambridge, the simplest way to College is by taxi: this may cost approximately £15.00.

We advise all students to have access to a UK bank account. You may need a letter confirming your student status and current address to open a bank account, this is something Student Services (email tutorial@girton.cam.ac.uk) can provide for you. This is especially important for international students as your current bank may not operate in the UK.

The International Student Office have a guide on their webpage called 'Opening a Bank Account' - the guide can be found using the following link under 'Guides for International Students': https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/arriving/pre-arrival-information

The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of health care services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care. College also requires you to register with a local Cambridge GP (our College Nurses can help you with this). 

International Freshers Week

The College invites all non-UK Freshers to arrive in College earlier than other students to give them extra time to settle in and to take part in the International Freshers Week programme. International Freshers week will start from Wednesday 28 September. You will not have to pay for participation in the programme, but College will charge you for accommodation outside term-time and will be based on the room you are allocated; this will be approximately £27.50 (for a standard room) and £28.70 (for an en-suite) per night.

More information from the International Student Rep will be available soon.

Events

The Chinese Undergraduate Society (CCS) is hosting this year’s Orientation Camp for freshers in early September. It is a traditional event of CCS where freshers get the opportunity to meet each other before departure, it is also the only official event for Chinese undergraduate students. Click the link above for more details.