Studying away from home is a big step – and you are bound to have questions before you arrive.Whether you want to know about travelling, living costs in the UK, studying at AUO or what to do when you get to the airport, our Student Support Service will be happy to advise. Give us a ring or send us an email – but do let us know what is on your mind.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from across the world. If you hold a qualification from abroad and are unsure whether it meets our entry requirements, please ask our Admissions Department. They will be happy to provide individual guidance being a member of NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).
In order to gain full benefit from your studies, you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of written and spoken English. AUO understands that undertaking a university course delivered in English can be a challenge for students coming to us from abroad. You may wish to attend our pre-sessional English course run throughout the year by our English Language Department to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
All our programmes have a foundation element embedded into the course structure. This means:
- Students who have not yet achieved sufficient IELTS proficiency in English can choose to add our pre-sessional English course to improve their language skills before moving on to pursue a degree programme at a UK university;
- We give closely monitored academic support to students whose academic qualification is slightly below the requirement for a British degree;
- Our flexible course structure allows students to include a course of foundation study followed by a selection of modules related to their chosen degree programme.
Before you arrive
Our Student Handbook contains advice on the preparation you will need to make prior to your journey to Britain, together with practical information about travel in Britain, the cost of travel, and other services available to international students. A copy will be made available to you once you have been granted a visa to study in UK.
When you arrive
New students will be invited to attend an induction programme during their first week at AUO. This will include a formal welcome followed by a detailed induction programme. We will give a full explanation of the course and its delivery and explain how your academic work will be assessed. The programme will also include sessions on visa and legal requirements, health and safety issues and life in the UK. The induction will be followed by registration with the registrar, a presentation from our IT department on how to access your university email account, and a session with our student welfare officer on opening bank accounts, registering with the police and registering with a doctor on the NHS.