You are now starting a new academic phase which is the culmination of your hard work thus far. It is a completely different phase to the earlier ones, nonetheless should be complementary to them.
It is a new life experience that will shape your personality in terms of skills acquired and the challenges to be faced and through which you would learn and explore yourself and potential.
Freedom and independence are the first things that come to one’s mind when travelling alone and away from home, however, with these also a sense of responsibility is expected.Your country expects your valuable contribution to its progress and prosperity. We hope that the coming years will be of great benefit and value at academic and personal levels alike.
What you need to do before travelling
It is very important to register on the Cultural office website via Login & Registration. You should upload your personal and academic details on kcouk.org before you set off to the UK, and as soon as your scholarship is approved. Make sure you know the location of the college/university you have been enrolled at, so that your academic advisor can assist you and follow up on your case before you arrive in the city/town where you will study. This would also facilitate contact with us should you need to enquire about how to get to your place of study, and will help in saving time to open a file for you.
We strongly advise you to have a sufficient amount of money to cover your accommodation and personal expenses for the first two weeks, until procedures of opening a bank account and money transferred from the Cultural Office into your account are completed.
Recommendations on airport procedures
Please prepare the following documents upon arrival before meeting the immigration officer:
1. Landing card which is normally given to passengers on the airplane, after filling in the required information.
2. Passport with the visa page
3. A copy of the University/College offer letter
4. Your address at your place of study.
Recommendations on your accommodation:
Remember that you will be responsible of knowing your rights and responsibilities, when renting privately or during your stay with your host family. This includes:
o The value of the weekly/monthly rent and its due date
o Timing of the meals and the value of the food (if provided)
o The possibility of the presence of pets
o Taking care of the furniture and accessories in the house, as well as personal responsibilities (laundering, ironing, changing bed sheets, etc…)
o Times of friends’ visits and duration allowed
o Use of Internet/TV
o Advance notice given to the family when vacating the room to avoid incurring charges.
Keep in touch with your academic advisor:
o The best way to communicate with your academic advisor at the Cultural Office is by sending a message via ‘’Student Gateway’’, or an email stating: your full name/CID number/Sponsor and your query.
o Some inquires take up to 24 hours to be answered, but some may take longer. Please do not hesitate to ask your academic advisor about the time frame expected for them to get back to you.
o The academic advisor aims to help you follow up with the regulations and announcements circulated by the cultural office, and advise you further.
o You will be able to communicate with your academic advisor, in Arabic or English. Do not hesitate to contact them whenever needed.
o It is advisable to check the website of the Cultural Office frequently, to keep up-to-date with the latest news and announcements related to your academic pathway in the United Kingdom.
Recommendations about your first day in college:
‘’Make sure you have your Offer Approval or Financial Guarantee to hand’’
The registration starts when you in the morning to the College/institute. You will also have to sit an entry level test (if you have not previously done so) before the commencement of your course.
It is advisable to request the following information:
1. Schedule and times of classes / breaks.
2. Names of administrators in charge of accommodation/attendance/student care.
3. Location of the Prayer room/pharmacy/lockers.
4. The procedure for applying for holidays and emergency absence.
You must also receive the followings from college:
1. Student ID Card
2. A letter addressed to the bank to facilitate opening a bank account
3. The address of the nearest police station if ‘’Police Registration’’ is state as a requirement on the granted visa.
4. The address of the nearest General Practitioner ‘’GP’’ to your residence address, to register with him.
Teachers at British colleges and institutes , encourage students to ask questions and make inquiries related to lessons, but they also expect students to search for answers independently after offering them assistance and appropriate learning materials.