Arrival guide for international students

Study Group has enjoyed a successful partnership with the University of Leicester over the last 10 years, during which time many of the international students that attended the International Study Centre have progressed to the University. Our last intake was September 2018.

The current contract between Study Group and the University expires on 31 August 2019 and Study Group is going to cease its operation of the International Study Centre on that date. Study Group will continue to maintain the excellent teaching standards which have enabled previous students to progress directly to degree programmes, until course completion. 

If you are a new student you may have some questions about what it is like to live and study in the UK.

Frequently asked questions

Our pre-arrival guide explains what to do once you have confirmed your place. It also contains tips on what to pack and more, and helps you plan your journey.

Download your pre-arrival guide.

Your questions answered

Life in the UK may be different to where you are from. We have listed some questions that students often ask us – and their answers. We hope you will find them useful.

If you have any other questions, contact us. Your local agent can also help you plan for your arrival in the UK.

United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. People from all around the world, of all cultures, beliefs and religions live here. The UK has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that will make you feel welcome. See to find out more about life in the UK.

The weather in the UK changes often, but it is not extremely hot or cold. It could rain and be sunny all in one single afternoon. It is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer, in some parts of the country, temperatures may reach 20 degrees Celsius. In the winter they do not often drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

To help you settle in, we will organise fun events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at the University of Leicester, or go along to fun student events taking place on campus.

Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if you don't know how to speak and write well in English at first. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating yourself when necessary. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said. Over time you will become confident and comfortable with speaking, writing and reading in English. You may also start to understand different accents, slang words and phrases.

Leicester has shops and supermarkets that sell international food, so you will be able to buy what you are looking for. There are also many restaurants that serve food from around the world, so you will be able to find something to remind you of home.

Moving to a different country to study is exciting, but sometimes students also feel a little nervous as they prepare to leave their home. It is normal to feel this way, and we will do everything we can to help you settle in to living in Leicester and the UK. The teachers and staff at the International Study Centre are always here for you if you need to speak to someone.


Our close working relationship with all departments at the University ensures a smooth transition to undergraduate study for all successful students.

James Kingscote,

Head of Centre

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Contact details

Head of Centre:
James Kingscote

International Study Centre
St Georges Tower
1B St Georges Way
Leicester, LE1 1SW, England

Office number: +44 (0)116 366 9400
Emergency contact: +44 (0)7827 850936

Where to find us