UWE Bristol students on a field trip to Keyna

Whilst abroad

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience abroad that makes the most of the social and cultural opportunities available to you.

Upon arrival

  • Register with your host organisation and attend all possible induction or orientation sessions arranged by your host
  • If needed, purchase additional Health Insurance for the duration of your stay
  • If studying abroad, visit the international office at your host institution to get your Certificate of Arrival signed and to find out where to get additional student support
  • Check your UWE Bristol email regularly and respond accordingly
  • Contact home/friends/the University regularly 
  • Register with a local doctor. Unsure how? Speak to your host work/university contact
  • Keep a journal or blog to record your memories – especially milestones
  • Act responsibly – remember you are an ambassador for UWE Bristol
  • Provide us with feedback about your experience
  • Remember to use #UWEGoGlobal in your social media posts

Dealing with different cultures

The first few weeks in a new country can be a wonderful and exciting time. However, it can also be a stressful experience. Even for the most properly prepared student, it is normal to feel levels of disorientation, homesickness, helplessness and frustration as you settle into a new community and host culture.

There are a number of things you can do to help yourself cope with these feelings:

  • get to know fellow international students and share your experiences
  • if studying abroad, speak with staff in the appropriate student services at the host institution
  • get involved with your local community (student societies/activities at your host institution or workplace; volunteering; your faith community in the area etc.)
  • keep in touch with family, friends, and university staff back home
  • seek support from UWE Bristol contacts
  • read more about dealing with culture shock.

Getting settled

Upon arrival, take some time to get to know your local neighbourhood. As is the case in Bristol, there are areas that you would avoid and would not feel comfortable going into. We recommend that you check with local university/company staff for expert knowledge about your community.

Make sure you know where the closest hospital, police station and food markets are located. It is also good to note their opening hours as most countries have different schedules.

Useful contacts

If you have any questions during your time abroad, please contact one of the team.

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