Written by

Sandra Achim (Romania)

I am Sandra Achim from Romania studying a Master’s in Events Management here at BU since September 2017. We all know that preparing to go abroad as a student can be challenging but I promise you that this will be an unforgettable adventure. I would like to share with you what happened during my arrival week and give you some advice about what to expect.

Be ready for week one!

The arrival week at BU is week one, when your course induction and enrolment will take place, so you need to make sure that you are ready and living in Bournemouth. This year, week one starts on Monday 17th September 2018 and you can find all the necessary information for the year ahead on the university website.

My advice for you as a future student is to leave any stress behind you and enjoy your first week abroad. The arrival week gives you the chance to meet your lecturers and classmates and you will gain a lot of useful information during the induction lectures, so please make sure you attend all the meetings during that week.

Documents in hands

During your first week at BU, you will take part in an enrolment day which is when you will officially become a BU student and you can collect your student ID card. The staff will take a photo of you so be prepared to look your best. Your ID card is important because it acts as your library and print card and has your BU student number on it which you will need to use in exams. Make sure you keep it safe and don’t loose it.

Another priority for you during that week should be your identity documents. You’ll need proof of your identity, education qualifications and IELTS results. Always make a copy and keep your documents safe. When coming to study abroad, I recommend you save money before you come and bring enough money with you to cover your expenses until you find a job.

When on campus, make sure you visit SUBU because you’ll find there are plenty of events to keep you entertained over the week and help you settle in. BU is absolutely amazing and it provides you with many opportunities to help you socialise and meet new friends. All you need to do is take the chance and welcome all opportunities with open arms. You will never get bored here!

By Sandra Achim, Romania, MSc Events Management, 2017/18