Congratulations on gaining a place at Bangor University! We’re delighted that you’ve chosen to study with us and we look forward to welcoming you to the University.
It’s important to us that you settle into life at the University, and we really want you to enjoy your time here. At Bangor we aim to provide a supportive and welcoming environment in which students can live and study. Our orientation programme starts on the 18th January.
Getting to Bangor
We will be providing a pick-up service from Manchester International Airport to Bangor for students who will be arriving on Monday 18th January 2021. If you would like to book a place on one of our buses, please complete the on-line booking form as soon as possible.
Welcome to Bangor University
Currently, staff at the International Student Support Office are not on campus, but we are available to provide advice and assistance online. We can discuss issues with you via Skype, Zoom, the University's Microsoft Teams platform as well as over the telephone! So, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an online meeting or to ask any questions you may have. You can also telephone us on 01248 388633.
To help you to settle into life at Bangor and the University, we have put in place an online orientation programme. This will enable you to get to know the University, complete your registration, meet new friends and become familiar with your School and other departments. The programme starts on Monday 18th January, details here. This is part of the main University Welcome Programme, details here.
The University’s International Student Support Office provides help and advice on a range of matters, both once you have arrived and before you get to Bangor. Have a look at our webpage for useful pre-arrival information.
Visa/Immigration issues: we provide advice and guidance should have any questions about visas to the UK. Please contact us at: email@example.com.
On arrival, there are a number of things you need to organise: register with a local Doctor, register with the Police (if your visa tells you too), open a UK bank account, collect your student ID/BRP visa card and ensure your registration is complete. The last page of the Orientation programme (above) explains a little more.
Your Registration process
Before you start your studies at Bangor you will need to enrol on-line. You will be notified by a separate email or letter (depending on the course you are taking) before the start of your course, letting you know when the system is open for you. After you’ve received this information you can start the enrolment process.
Once you have registered, and for the remainder of your course, it's very important that you check your Bangor email address regularly as that is how the University will communicate with you.
If you won't be able to travel to Bangor and the UK in January because of Covid-19 and concerns about your health, you can still register and start studying online. You will then have the flexibility to arrive in Bangor during Semester 1 or in May ready for studying your dissertation, classes, or projects over the summer.*
When studying online, you will be fully registered and will have access to all the course materials and online teaching until you are able to join us. If you are studying online initially, you will need to make the request to do this as part of the registration process, by going into your MyBangor webpage after you have completed the first step of online enrolment.
*(Please be aware that if you need a student visa to come to the UK, and want to benefit from the new Post Study Work visa at the end of your studies, you must be in the UK by the beginning of April 2021).
Covid-19 & Travel
You may be worried about the Covid-19 situation, both in your country and the UK. The University has produced a useful advisory web page which hopefully answers your questions.
Some students may need to self-isolate (quarantine) on arrival in the UK, so it's important that you have an address booked prior to travel. We strongly advise that you book a room in University Halls as we will provide support during this 14-day, self-isolation period. Please ensure you have the Halls Office and Campus Security telephone numbers to hand in case you have any questions or problems on arrival. It is very important that you email the Halls Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your arrival date and time (especially if you will be arriving in the evening, at the weekend, or during the University vacation period - 19th December to 3rd January). The Halls Office will then be able to arrange the appropriate support for you.
A list of countries where travellers are exempt from the self-isolation requirement is here. If your country is not on this list, you must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Please read our self-isolation guidance here: www.bangor.ac.uk/international/coronavirus
If you live off-campus, please make sure you have made arrangements with your landlord/housemates for moving in and quarantine.
Your classes will start on Monday 25th January, therefore you should complete your registration before this date in order to join your course from the start. Please be aware that if you cannot travel to Bangor by the start of classes on the 25th January, due to visa delays, flight restrictions or country-specific lock-down issues, you will be able to start your studies online. If for any reason you do not register by the 25th January, it is very important that you enrol/register online before the final registration date as listed on your CAS letter - whether you're travelling to Bangor by the start of the course, or starting your studies online from home.
The teaching model of Bangor University this year is blended learning, with a combination of both on-campus in-person delivery and online study. So we would encourage you to come to Bangor to study as soon as you feel able, to ensure that you get the best experience.
Access to all the teaching materials, learning resources, timetables, and all University systems is via your MyBangor webpage. Have a look at this video for more information.
Bangor is a beautiful, safe environment with a great deal to offer international students. However, we recognise that these are uncertain times and the health and safety of students is our top priority. We hope that this flexible approach will allow you to start your studies with us in January.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you soon, and we hope you enjoy your time here as a Bangor student.