Live Webinar: Pre-departure Briefing for UK-bound students 

The Pre-departure Briefing is an annual event organised by the British Council in order to provide essential information to all students who have received an offer from a UK institution for further studies.  

At the event this year, representatives from the British Council, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the United Kingdom - Singapore Students' Council (UKSSC), Singapore Global Network (SGN), Marsh, HSBC and Vita Student shared useful information on:  

  • preparation for travel, including finances, banking, insurance and accommodation matters 
  • the visa application process  
  • what to expect when you arrive in the UK 
  • life as a student in the UK 
  • connecting with fellow Singaporeans in the UK, on and off campus
Find the presentation decks from the webinar herePart 1 and Part 2
Updates on UK student visas:  
Find the latest updates on visa decision waiting times on this GOV.UK page.
Also find additional content on the Get a faster decision on your visa or settlement application page. 
Visa processing times could change on a weekly basis, so please keep checking these pages. 
A warm welcome is waiting for you in the UK
We want you to feel welcome and at ease when you arrive in the UK, and would like to reassure all international students that UK universities are looking forward to welcoming you. 
  1. The NHS 
    The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is one of the world’s most advanced healthcare systems offering safe and modern treatment, and is available to all international students. As part of your student visa application, you will be paying for the Immigration Health Surcharge, which will give you access to NHS services without further charges (subject to a few exceptions). Find out more about this here
  2. UK Border Control
    Ensure that you are aware of the latest border regulations that have been put in place by the UK government when you make your departure plans. Find out more about arrival procedures here.
  3. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
    For more information on the visa application process and the Graduate route for post-study work, visit GOV.UK.
  4. The United Kingdom - Singapore Students' Council (UKSSC)
    The United Kingdom - Singapore Students' Council (UKSSC) is a non-profit, student-led organisation which represents the interests of Singaporean students studying in UK universities. To keep yourself up-to-date with upcoming news and events, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages (@TheUKSSC) or visit their website here.
  5. The Singapore Global Network (SGN)
    The Singapore Global Network is passionate about building connections with and creating opportunities for Singaporeans all over the world. As a community, SGN aims to grow Singapore’s overseas networks by building meaningful and lasting relationships with family and friends across the globe. For more information, visit their website.

Marsh StudySecure: Protection for your journey to excellence
Protect yourself when you leave home to study in the UK with Marsh StudySecure, a customised insurance solution developed to protect you over and above the UK's NHS benefits. Marsh StudySecure features 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance, medical expenses, travel inconvenience cover and optional Covid-19 cover. For more information, download the Marsh StudySecure information here or visit their website

Vita Student - more than just a room
Vita Student is a high-end student accommodation provider, located in 16 cities across the UK. With modern design, luxury hardware and attentive services, Vita offers international students the perfect British living experience while studying in the UK. The hotel-style service includes free weekday breakfast, round-the-clock coffee and tea, monthly cleaning, cultural experiences, skills development and other daily activities to create a sense of belonging in the community of residents. Vita is also the only accommodation provider in the UK to offer a Career Hub development platform to help residents achieve their future ambitions. For information on accommodation options, download their flyer or visit their website.

Moving to the UK for your studies? Bank like a local wherever life takes you
Starting a new chapter of your life in the UK doesn’t have to be daunting. With HSBC partnering you on your new journey, you can rest assured that you will experience an ease of access to your funds between your Singapore and UK accounts. Pick up some tips from HSBC's comic series specially created for you, and find out how they can help you set up your bank accounts and bank seamlessly cross-borders! Contact HSBC to set up your UK bank account today.

Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK 
Join this free online course which will give you all the information you will need to study and thrive in the UK. The course began on 18 July 2022, but you can continue to register.

You’ll become familiar with how higher education courses are structured and gain a clear understanding of what to expect while in the UK. Start straight away and learn at your own pace.

Sign up for the MOOC here!

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