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Arriving in the UK

When you arrive in the UK you will have to go through immigration control. There are usually two main queues - one for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, and one for all other travellers.

Make sure you join the correct queue and have your passport ready to be checked. You should also have the following documents in your hand luggage in case you need them:

  • Your offer letter from BU
  • A copy of your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement
  • Information about your finances to prove you have sufficient funds for your time in the UK
  • Documents showing where you are going to stay while in the UK
  • Any other documents that your own country or embassy says you need.

These should be paper copies and not in an electronic format on your mobile phone or tablet. We also recommend that you obtain travel/possessions insurance.

When you enter the UK, the immigration officer must be satisfied that you speak English to the required level. They are not expected to give you a test, however, they will pay attention to your English proficiency as they speak to you.

You can find comprehensive guidance on the immigration and customs arrival process on the UKCISA website.

International enrolment checks

As part of your enrolment at BU, we will check your qualifications, visa, ID and fees, so it is important that you attend.

When you attend the relevant enrolment session, you need to bring:

Educational qualifications and evidence you meet the entry requirements for your course

We need to see original certificates of the qualifications we asked you to achieve for entry to your course e.g BTEC, A-level, degree and/or IELTS results, including official translations if your qualifications are not written in English.

If you were awarded A-levels in 2017 we will have received your results electronically so we may not ask to see them but it’s a good idea to bring them with you.

Proof of your identity

We need to see your passport.

Tier 4 student visa

This only applies if you are a non-EEA student.

Academic transcripts/certificates

This does not apply if you are an exchange/study abroad student.

Make sure that your official documents are consistent with each other. For example, if you’ve told us you prefer to be known by a western/alternative name when you’re in the UK, you may find that BU documents use your western/alternative name which won’t match with your passport or visa. This can cause delays at immigration while immigration officers establish that both names refer to the same person. If you need your BU documents to be updated to match your passport and visa please contact us.

We will email you at the beginning of January notifying you of the time, date and location of your pre-enrolment session.