International students

Facilities and support for international students

International student support   

Moving to a new country to study is a big decision, so we do all we can to help you settle in. Our Student Support Services team can advise you on everything from getting a UK bank account or a mobile phone, to finding accommodation.  

There are also a range of clubs and societies at our University of Law campus which will help you make friends, settle in and feel at home. 

The University of Law has a dedicated international visa office, which can provide professional support and advice on matters relating to international student visas. For more information, please contact the International Visa Office team on +44 (0) 1483 216588 or e-mail visaoffice@law.ac.uk

The following tabs provide some useful information on student life in the UK, our facilities and the support available for international students.

 
Student life in the UK


At each of our campuses throughout the UK you’ll find there’s an excellent social scene, combining the best the host city has to offer and a huge choice of activities within the campus itself. Wherever you’re studying, you'll find entertainment from cinemas, galleries and theatres, live music, shopping and restaurants.

Of course, the most important bit is getting your career in law off to a flying start and with excellent pro bono opportunities you’ll be well placed to start gaining practical legal experience. 

You’ll also be surrounded by people who, like you, want to pursue a legal career.

For information on support for international students studying in the UK please see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

For further information on living in the UK and to help you plan ahead download our pre-departure guide.

For information on support for international students studying in the UK please see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. 

Social life at The University of Law

 
The University of Law encourages a community feel at each of its campuses, and so students will find a lively social scene at whichever one they attend. Each campus has its own social committee made up of students who organise nights out, balls and other hobby based events such as day-tours or local walks.

Each campus also has lots of clubs and societies – these are all run by students and so the exact clubs and societies on offer vary depending on what students want – at present there is everything from rugby, football and netball to rock climbing, cooking, and book clubs, right through to yoga and wine tasting.

Campuses often have links with local charities and support these through a range of fundraising activities throughout the year involving both staff and students.

They also offer other activities for students to participate in which will help develop their CV, for example the Share Challenge (where students choose a ‘fantasy portfolio’ of shareholdings and monitor them over a period of months, the Business game (where students act as a board of directors to a fictional company and must try to increase the shareholder value), interviewing competitions, negotiation competitions, mooting competitions and mock trials. 

These activities vary from campus to campus – visit the page of the campus you are interested in to find out more about what’s on offer there.

Student welfare and support 

Accessing support is a normal part of university life here in the UK and every year many of our international students’ access support with a range of issues. As an international student you might find moving to a new country difficult, especially if you have not lived away from home before. Some issues that you might experience and want to talk with someone about could be:

  • Homesickness 
  • Culture Shock / Difficulty Settling In
  • Loneliness/Sadness
  • Difficulty Making Friends 
  • Exam Stress/Pressure 
  • Accommodation/Finance worries

Whatever your problem or query might be, there will be someone here who will want to listen, help you manage the issue and make your time in the UK as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

 

Big White Wall

The University of Law has a free online support service called Big White Wall, which is available for students who maybe experiencing difficulties. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or not coping, Big White Wall helps our students get support, take control and feel better 24/7. More than three quarters of members feel better as a result of using the service and nearly 90% use Big White Wall outside of 9-5pm. 

To join Big White Wall’s supportive online community, simply go to bigwhitewall.com and sign up with your university email address.

 

Academic Support

If you are having difficulty with a particular subject on the course, you can discuss your issues with your subject tutor.

 

Disability Support

If you have any special requirements or needs during your time at The University of Law, there is a lot of support available to you. All information about Disability Support for students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties can be found on the Disability Support Service section of our website. 

Student Services

Each of our campuses has a Student Services Team who will provide you with a one-stop shop covering all course administration, finance, accommodation and general student information. Our friendly staff will be on hand to help you with any aspect of the course.

Areas they can help with include:

  • Accommodation advice 
  • Attendance/arranging alternative sessions
  • Change of address
  • Lockers
  • Practice Related Activities 
  • Proof of student status letters
  • Timetabling information
  • Travel discounts
  • References
  • Marketing/communication of student activities
  • All general course related queries
  • Electives/Options
  • Materials
  • Timetabling
  • Classing

 

Tutor Support

There is plenty of personal support available at each campus – all students are assigned a personal tutor when they start, who will have regular meetings with them to monitor their progress, and professional counselling is available.

Facilities


Each campus has its own library, fully stocked with textbooks, journals, encyclopaedias, law reports and statute books. Opening times vary across campuses. Students can renew loans online.

IT

All of our campuses have state of the art IT suites, with high ratios of networked PCs to students. Wi-Fi internet access is widely available. 

Online learning system

On accepting a place at The University of Law, students are given an e-mail account and access to our ELITE blackboard system. ELITE gives access to all major subscription databases for legal research, houses online versions of the course materials distributed to students, and displays all of the up-to-date news for students on their course at their campus.

International resources

Some international sources for legal research are available on the legal databases which The University of Law subscribes to. For example, LexisLibrary includes international cases, legislation and journals for countries such as Canada and Hong Kong. The Practical Law (PL) databases include access to a wide range of cross border handbooks including countries such as Italy, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Refreshments/meals

Refreshments are available at all campuses, either in the form of a cafeteria offering hot and cold meals and drinks, or in the form of vending machines located throughout the building.

The one-to-one appointments, arranged by my tutor at certain points in the term, were a perfect way for us to discuss my learning and to make sure I was getting the most out of my LLB course.

Kauvsegan Ehamparam , LLB student from Canada
For further assistance please call our Admissions team on +44 (0)1483 216000 or e-mail admissions@law.ac.uk