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students - FAQs

Going abroad is always connected with planning and many questions. We know that you have a lot on your mind, so please look through our frequently asked questions below. These are all 'real life' queries that have been asked by previous exchange/study abroad students. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact the Inbound Team in the International Partnerships Office (IPO) who will be happy to assist you in planning your stay at Regent's.

For information on preparing for your trip, you can download our Study Abroad Pre-Arrival Guide or view online.

Questions

Pre-application

  1. Is my home institution a Partner or Affiliate of Regent’s University London?
  2. If not, can I still apply?
  3. Which courses can I chose as study abroad/exchange student?
  4. What kind of credits does Regent's award?
  5. How do I apply?
  6. What's the application deadline?
  7. What are the term dates?
  8. What are the fees?
  9. What is the average cost of living in London?
  10. Is there an application fee?
  11. Is there any English language support available for me?
  12. How can I find the detailed module descriptions/syllabi?
  13. I am quite worried about going abroad. Does Regent's have some sort of support team that I can speak to before I make my mind up to apply?
  14. Is there any accommodation available in London?

Pre-arrival

  1. When will I get my timetable?
  2. Is it possible to change my timetable?
  3. When will I receive my acceptance letter?
  4. Do I need a visa to study abroad?
  5. Do I need travel or health insurance?
  6. How do I find accommodation?
  7. How can I travel around London? What is an Oyster Card?
  8. Should I open a bank account? How?
  9. Is there a Facebook group for incoming exchange and study abroad students?
  10. What should I bring?
  11. Do I need to complete online enrolment?
  12. Does the university organise any trips or exursions?

 

Induction/ orientation

  1. Is Induction/Orientation compulsory? What does it involve?
  2. How do I get my Arrival Certificate signed?
  3. How can I get a letter to confirm I am a student? I need it for council tax purposes/to open a bank account.
  4. What is a "learning agreement"?

During the term

  1. What is the attendance policy at Regent’s University London?
  2. Where will my classes take place?
  3. How are the classes assessed?
  4. What is ECTS?

After your term

  1. When will I receive my results from my term abroad? What kind of credits have I earned?
  2. Where can I get my Departure Certificate signed?

 
Answers

Pre-application

1. Is my home institution a Partner or Affiliate of Regent’s University London?

Have a look at our list of partner institutions. Alternatively, check with the international office at your home institution.

2. If not, can I still apply?

Yes, you can. If you currently study at a higher education institution outside of Regent's partnership network you can come to us as an independent study abroad student or so-called "freemover". Contact the Inbound Team for more information.

3. Which courses can I chose as study abroad/ exchange student?

Regent’s University London offers excellent and well-rounded degree programmes, and the vast majority of the courses taught are open to visiting students. You can chose from the following subject areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Fashion & Design
  • Film, Media & Performance
  • Liberal Arts & Humanities
  • Psychotherapy & Psychology

All modules run subject to demand.

4. What kind of credits does Regent's award?

Credits are given in CATS- this is the British credit system. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System- see above) credits show additionally on the module outlines and the transcripts, due to Regent's Erasmus Charter. Regent's University London validates its own taught-degree programmes.

5. How do I apply?

Initially, contact your home institution. Your academic advisor or the international office will be able to tell you if you have to go through an internal application process before you can apply to Regent's. Once you are ready, please read through the application information that is specific to the subject area/ school you are applying to. Any questions, please ask us.

6. What's the application deadline?

Wednesday 1 March for the summer term, Thursday 30 March for the autumn term, and Monday 30 October for the spring term. Details can be found in the application information which you can download.

7. What are the term dates?

Term dates vary according to your level of study (undergraduate or postgraduate) and the chosen subject area. Academic calendars are available online.

8. What are the fees?

If you come from one of our US Affiliate institutions or one of our partners on a fee-paying basis, please check the fees with your international office. Exchange students do not pay any tuition fee to Regent's. Independent study abroad students and 'freemovers' can check the fee in the downloadable application guides.

9. What is the average cost of living in London?

Every student has got a different budget and their expenses depend on personal circumstances and lifestyle. London is cheaper than many think. While spending opportunities are endless, it is also possible to get by on a limited budget if you plan ahead and compare prices. The following table should give you an approximate idea – please note this is rough guide only.

 

Approximate cost (per week)

 

On campus (including meal plan)

£278 - £365

Privately rented

£100 - £300

Bills

£10 (off campus only)

Food

£50

Local travel

£10-33

Laundry

£5-£15

Clothing (if applicable)

£10-£100

Social activities

£10-£50

Mobile phone

£5-£25

Miscellaneous (toiletries, books etc)

£10-£30

 For information please see Accommodation.

10. Is there an application fee?

Independent study abroad students/ 'freemovers' must pay an application fee. See our Application Guide for further information.

11. Is there any English language support available for me?

We offer pre-term English language courses. These are ideal if you would like to improve your English in preparation for your time at Regent’s. During the term, you can make use of support classes available to all students. The class in Business English is available for 5 ECTS.

12. How can I find the detailed module syllabi?

Details of classes are available to download and view online

13. I am quite worried about going abroad. Does Regent's have some sort of support team that I can speak to before I make my mind up to apply?

Yes, our Student Services team can help you with anything that you're worried about. Staff at the International Partnerships Office, including the Inbound Team, have all studied abroad themselves and can talk to you about your concerns, too.

14. Is there any accommodation available in London?

The Accommodation Office at Regent's will assist you in finding a place to stay. See below for further details.

Pre-arrival

1. When will I get my timetable?


We endeavour to send you a draft timetable around a month prior to the start of the term. The final version will be available on your arrival at Regent's.

2. Is it possible to change my timetable?

No. Once you have given us your module choices no further changes can be made. We ask for approved and confirmed module choices as well as alternatives, so we assume that these have been carefully chosen by the time of application.

3. When will I receive my acceptance letter? 

You will receive your official acceptance letter around four to six weeks after the application deadline. If you apply through one of our Affiliates or Partners, please check with your international office as they may have had confirmation of your acceptance from us earlier than that.

4. Do I need a visa to study abroad? 

EU/EEA nationals do not require a visa to study in the UK.

Non-EU/EEA students may need different types of visa, depending on how long they will stay.

Rules and regulations set by the UK Government change regularly and it is important that you check these. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these regulations before entering the UK. You must also inform yourself about rules if you wish to travel further afield than the UK.

You can check what type of visa you need at the UK government website: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Students on a Short Term Study Visa please note:

You must ensure you get the correct Short Term Study Visa stamp in your passport upon arrival in to the UK. You must always carry your proof-of-study letter and present it to the relevant Immigration Official to ensure they use the correct stamp and that it is clearly visible in your passport. Regent's cannot enrol students under a Short Term General Visitor visa.

There have been instances in the past where students who have travelled to the UK via Ireland have been stamped as a Short Term General Visitor. If you enter the UK via another country, e.g. Ireland, you must ensure you clearly state you require a Short Term Study Visa stamp for 6 months to cover the course you intend to study at Regent’s University London.

5. Do I need travel or health insurance?

Yes. This is very important. Anytime you travel or study abroad you must be properly insured. Enquire in your home country about options for healthcare before travelling to the UK. Please ensure that you take out private health insurance and that this provides more than just emergency cover. Note: even for a simple doctor's appointment you must have sufficient cover.

6. How do I find accommodation?

Visit our Accommodation page for information on your options. We offer assistance in finding rooms in on-campus accommodation, off-campus university managed housing, with private landlords and home stays. All queries and applications should go to the Accommodation office.

For students from our US Affiliates: If you wish to stay in Regent’s managed housing, please indicate this on your application form and speak to your international office if you need further information.

7. How can I travel around London? What is an Oyster Card?

The best way to get around the capital is by using an Oyster Card. The Oyster Card is a travel card for London and Greater London and the easiest and cheapest way to get around. Paying in cash is expensive, so ensure you get an oyster card before your first trip. You can purchase an Oyster Card at any station, and when you return home after your term in London you can give it back to reclaim your deposit. Oyster Cards work on a “pay as you go” basis, but you may also purchase a daily, weekly or monthly travel plan.

If you travel more frequently and across different zones it may be worth getting a Student Oyster Card which gives you discounts on your travel. Before applying for your 18+ Oyster photo card ensure that this will be the cheapest option for you. Also please check the eligibility criteria carefully. For example, you must be enrolled on a full-time course made up of at least 15 tuition-led and/or structured learning hours a week (with attendance at scheduled classes being Monday to Friday only and not including evening classes) over a minimum of 14 weeks on the same course.

When applying online, please note that the university name is Regent’s University London

You should apply for this card before you arrive so that you can start using it from the first day of the term. Please allow up to two weeks for your application to be processed, perhaps longer during peak times, e.g. the start of each academic year. You will need to take your Regent's student ID to the Tube/bus station to purchase your discounted travel pass. You can't apply between 1 and 31 August. It is not possible to take the application to a Tube station and get your discount photocard issued while you wait.

8. Should I open a bank account? How?

Please consider carefully if you really need a bank account for your study abroad term. Pre-paid visa cards, for example, are a great option for accessing money while you are abroad.

Many banks are reluctant to accept new customers who are only going to be in the country for a set period of time. You may have to visit a few banks and find out if you can actually open an account. Try and find out;

  • What type of accounts they offer international students
  • What documents you will need to open the account and how long it will take to open (Even when you have filled in all the paperwork, it can take several weeks to access your account)
  • If they will give you a cash machine (ATM) card
  • If you will have to pay for any services and if you will get charged for going overdrawn
  • If you can deposit money immediately and what overseas cash/cheques they accept

When you have chosen a bank, get the address of the branch you would like to use and upon arrival at Regent’s during Induction/Orientation, ask the Student Hub to provide a bank reference letter addressed to that particular branch. This will act as proof of student status when you open the account. You will only get a bank reference letter once you have completed your enrolment during induction/orientation and you must allow 24 hours for this request to be actioned.

9. Is there a Facebook group for incoming exchange and study abroad students?

Yes, there is. Join the group now and meet other exchange and study abroad students - past, present and future!

10. What should I bring?

For more information on what you need to bring, have a look at our Pre-Arrival Guide  

11. Do I need to complete online enrolment?

Yes, you do. You will receive an email asking you to complete the first step of your enrolment online prior to arrival.

12. Does the university organise any trips or excursions?

There are various activities to chose from throughout the term. You will be sent information on this.

Induction/orientation

1. Is Induction/Orientation compulsory? What does it involve?

Yes, it is compulsory to attend. This period is vital as it makes you aware of important information you will need while studying here. We give you relevant information about living in London. The Orientation period aims to make your time here as enjoyable as possible and typically includes:

  • Welcome by the International Partnerships Office
  • Academic Life at Regent's University London
  • Careers & Business Relations
  • Library Services and IT
  • Student Services including clubs, societies and trips
  • Living in London and British culture
  • The Great London Treasure Hunt

2. How do I get my Arrival Certificate signed?

You may need to have this signed for your home institution. If so, please bring it with you on the first day of Orientation and the IPO will sign it for you.

3. How can I get a letter to confirm I am a student at Regent’s University London? I need it for council tax purposes/to open a bank account.

You can use your official acceptance letter as a student status letter. You can also request a Student Status Letter from the Student Hub on Acland Ground floor once you have registered/ started your term. You may have to wait 24 hours for this to be issued.

4. What is a 'learning agreement'?

Most incoming exchange and many study abroad students will need to have a learning agreement signed by their home institution and their host institution. The IPO will sign this for you once you have received your finalised timetable for the term.

During the term

1. What is the attendance policy at Regent’s University London?

Attendance is expected at all classes at Regent’s University London. A minimum attendance of 75% is required in each module. Attendance will be monitored by lecturers.

2. Where will my classes take place?

Regent's University London's main campus is in Regent's Park, with specialist theatre and fashion facilities just off Marylebone High Street. Teaching takes place at both locations, which are within a 10-minute walk of each other.

For more detailed information on how to get here see How to find us

3. How are classes assessed?

Students are assessed through group work, class participation, presentation and/or final exams, depending on each individual module. You will be given more information on assessment during the Orientation period.

4. What is ECTS?

The ECTS grading scale is a grading system defined in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) framework by the European Commission. The ECTS credit is indicated alongside the mark awarded by the host institution on the student's transcript of records. ECTS is widely used throughout higher education institutions as it facilitates student mobility within Europe and the comparison of study programmes and courses.

After your term

1. When will I receive my results from my term abroad? What kind of credits have I earned?

We will send two copies of your results to your home institution approximately four to seven weeks after your exams. One copy is for your institution, one copy is for you. Independent study abroad students and freemovers will receive the copies to their home address.

Transcripts show CATS and ECTS.

2. Where can I get my Departure Certificate signed?
You may need to have this signed for your home institution. If so, bring it to the IPO and we will sign it for you.

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