International student ambassadors

Welcome to the UK

Discover the activities and events taking place to help you settle into life in the UK

Stepping into a new course in a new country is an opportunity to embrace new passions, make new friends and make the most of your time as an international student.

As well as university-wide activities for you to experience, you can take part in our international orientation programme. Take part in orientation online or on-demand.

We are really excited to welcome you to Portsmouth, whether you are here with us in person or joining us online from overseas. 

Update on Welcome events

Please note that all Welcome activities have been planned in line with current Government guidance.

Due to the current UK lockdown, we have an exciting and varied programme of virtual events to welcome you to the University and help you get settled in the UK.


International Orientation events are in 2 main themes – use them to help you plan your events diary and spot the events most important to you.

Student life

Discover the opportunities available to you outside study by exploring societies, new hobbies and Portsmouth.

Support and guidance

Attending support and guidance events will help you get set up and prepared for the new year ahead.

Orientation Live Online: 21 – 31 January

We have an exciting programme of webinars and online events to help you get started at Portsmouth – we really encourage you attend these webinars.

There is a series of "Be Culture Smart" webinars for you to attend, to help you build your confidence, get motivated and be brilliant. We also have an exciting series of virtual socials and Netflix parties to help you get to know other students and settle in. There will even be a Virtual Salsa class.

Registration for these events by following the links in the timetable below.

Your virtual event timetable

Virtual International Information Fair

The Information Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to discover student services, banks, student societies and much more. And this year you'll be able to attend the Information Fair online, no matter where you are. 

The virtual fair will take place from 10.00am on Friday 26 February.

Register for the Information Fair

Orientation On Demand Online

We understand  you may miss a session or not be able to attend an event because of the time difference between the UK and your home country.

Do not worry – we have created 'Orientation On Demand', where you can catch up on webinars, presentations and workshops, and access virtual campus tours, fitness classes and fun games and activities to help you get to know Portsmouth. 

Walking Campus Tour – Full University of Portsmouth Tour
Walking Campus Tour

Students, Amy and Joel provide a full tour of the entire University of Portsmouth campus. This tour highlights how close all of our buildings, student halls and student services are located within our city.

Amy is a first year BA (Hons) Photography student and Joel is a 2nd year BSc (Hons) Business and Information System student here at the University of Portsmouth.

Amy Welcome to the University of Portsmouth walking campus tour. My name is Amy and I'm a second-year photography student.

Joel My name is Joel. I'm a third-year student studying Business Information Systems. Now, let's follow me.

Joel Here we have three halls. So the first one is Greetham Street, then Margaret Rule and Chaucer House.

Amy And Greetham Street is the really tall yellow one that you can see has a viewing platform of the whole of Portsmouth. It's really nice.

Amy Here is Portsmouth and Southsea train station. It has great transport links around the city and you can get to London in just an hour and a half.

Joel Here we have Commercial Road, known as 'city centre', where we have the high street shops. On my right, we have another halls of residence known as Catherine House. It's one of our largest and newest halls of residence. They also do social activities, during Halloween they do trick or treating.

Amy We're now heading to Park Building. Follow me.

Joel Welcome to Park Building, the home of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and we have Politics, International Relations and Languages.

Amy You can choose to learn from eight different languages alongside your university degree, such as Mandarin and British sign language, which I take at the moment.

Joel Now, follow me.

Amy Here, we're outside the White Swan Building, which is the home of Drama, Performance and Musical Theatre.

Joel If you study Television and Broadcasting, they provide a green screen studio.

Amy And whilst we're here, this is Rosalind Franklin halls of residence. Anyway, on with the tour.

Amy These two buildings are for the Faculty of Science and Health.

Joel And this is Rosalind Franklin West and if you study health-related degrees, they provide mock operating theatres and radiography suites.

Amy And in St. Michael's, you'll find Biomedical Science degrees and Pharmacy, with state of the art labs.

Joel Continuing from the Faculty of Science and Health, we're at the King Henry Building, where they provide School of Biological Sciences and Psychology.

Amy Part of the Faculty, we also have a Marine Biology degree which is situated in our Eastney campus.

Amy Welcome to Anglesea Building, the home of the Faculty of Technology.

Joel They provide courses such as Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Engineering. We have a School of Law also here.

Amy They have a mock law court situated inside.

Joel Follow us onto the Northern Quarter.

Amy If you continue this way, you'll get to Gunwharf Quays.

Amy Welcome to Northern Quarter.

Joel This is the Dennis Sciama Building. It's the home of the Institution of Cosmology and Gravitation. We also have a hub cafe and they do some amazing hot chocolate.

Amy And just behind us, we have Burnaby Building, which is the home of Earth and Environment Sciences and it also has an Engineering degree.

Joel I'm at Richmond Building at the Faculty of Business and Law. It has the largest lecture theatre and during my first year, I spent most of my time in this lecture theatre.

Amy We also have the Bloomberg Suite, which is the mock stock-exchange facility.

Amy Welcome to Portland Building. It's the home of Civil Engineering and Surveying degrees and it has a large open-access IT suite for all students to use.

Joel Here, we have the Future Technology Centre, one of our newest buildings. At the ground floor, we have the global centre. On the first floor, we have large group presentations where they have large TV screens as well. On the second floor, you have personal computer suites and they have some cosy booths. And on the top floor, they have business networking suites.

Amy Lovely. And onto Lion Gate and Buckingham Building.

Joel We're at Lion Gate, the Department of Mathematics, where they provide Maths Cafe and help you with one-to-one support and group support as well. I've had a previous experience where I've got loads of one-to-one support with my coursework and assignments, and also you can rent out laptops as well.

Amy And here's Buckingham Building, with the Department of Geography and the School of Computing. And they have a forensic computing lab inside.

Joel Follow us to the Milldam Building, the last stop of the Northern Quarter.

Joel We're at the Milldam Building, the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature, and if you study Journalism, there's also a journalism newsroom.

Amy Here, you'll also find the University on-campus nursery, where spaces are primarily reserved for students with children.

Amy Welcome to the University Library. During term time, the library is open 24/7. It is where you'll find the majority of students. There are computer rooms that are bookable for group sessions and there's a large open-access computer suite for all students to use. There are also laptops available for loans for up to 24 hours.

Joel We have the new Ravelin Sports Centre. Once it's finished, you will have a 25-metre swimming lane and climbing walls and ski simulations.

Amy Welcome to Ravelin House, the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.

Joel The University of Portsmouth has a partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, where they provide placements for students and also graduate jobs. St George's Building, it's also a building where they do Criminology, as well.

Amy And just behind us, we have William Beatty Building, which is the Dental Academy where students practise in professional clinics with phantom heads.

Joel Welcome to the Student Union. They provide services such as advice and support for students.

Amy There are also over 200 student-led societies.

Joel I'm part of the Bollywood Society and we have weekly practises and we perform at cultural events.

Amy And it's also the home of Third Space, which is a large study social area. And there's also the University shop, which sells University hoodies that everyone wants.

Joel Now follow us onto Nuffield Centre.

Amy Nuffield Centre is home to Academic Skills, the University Student Finance Centre, Student Wellbeing and the MyPort Hub.

Joel Also, additional support and disability services, Student Housing and faith services as well.

Tati The Nuffield Centre is also home to the Global Team. They provide support to our international and EU students with everything from arrival programmes, visa advice and extensions. They also offer opportunities to engage with exchanges, study abroad and summer schools for all students of the university.

Amy And right next door, we have the University Surgery. Top-tip advice is to register with a doctor when you get to the University.

Joel Behind me is the Spinnaker Building. It's the heart of sports-related degrees.

Amy And right next door is the Spinnaker Sports Centre, which you can have over 50 classes per week. And there's a large sports hall where we can play a variety of sports, such as badminton.

Joel Now follow us onto Eldon Building.

Joel On my left, we have the University House. On my right-hand side, we have the Careers and Employability Service, they help students with placements, part-time jobs, internships and also graduate jobs and finding volunteering services as well.

Amy Welcome to Eldon Building, it's the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, and it's where my degrees take place. Inside, there's an art shop, CCI TV and the radio station.

Joel On my left, we have another hall of residence. It's known as Trafalgar Halls, it's recently been refurbished. Now follow me to Harry Law and Bateson.

Amy These are the last two halls on our tour. On my right, we have Harry Law and on my left we have Bateson.

Joel Now, let's go back to Guildhall where we started.

Amy And now we're back at the Guildhall, which is the centre of the city, and it's where you'll graduate after your time here at university. If you've got any more questions for us, head to the University of Portsmouth website.

Joel Thanks for joining us.

Introduction to In-Sessional English at Portsmouth
In-Sessional English

Our In-Sessional English team are ready to help you develop your English for academic communication whilst studying at the University of Portsmouth.

Further guides:

Hello there and welcome to this brief introduction to ISE or in-sessional English for academic language and communication.

  • So what is ISE?
  • Who and what is it for?
  • How does it work and what should you do if you want to take part?

ISE stands for in-sessional English for academic language and communication. The in-sessional part tells you that these are courses which take place during the academic year or in session. That means all ISE courses run in both teaching block one in the fall and then again in the spring in teaching block 2.

But what is most important for the majority of students is the academic language and communication.

Academic language and communication is quite different from the kind of language and communication you might use on social media, or when you are travelling, or for meeting friends and socializing

At high school students are expected to learn knowledge and then show their teachers how well they have understood it. But at university, as some of you watching this video may already know, you will be expected to create knowledge and then present what you have created to the community other students, your tutors, even other universities.

So to create academic knowledge you will need suitable academic language. To communicate that knowledge you will need to know the conventions and traditions that we use to present ideas in speech and in writing within the British university.

So this, in a nutshell, is what ISE modules aim to do. They take the knowledge of English you have now and show you how you can apply it to your academic studies and assessments.

ISE modules are open to all students at the University of Portsmouth this includes undergraduates, postgraduates, full and part-time students, campus, online and also distance learning and exchange students. Although it is primarily designed for students who speak English as a foreign, second or additional language, students with English as a first language also sometimes take part. 

ISE offers students a suite of 18 different modules. Some of these modules focus on developing language skills, for example, using business vocabulary or developing an academic style phrase and sentence structure. 

Other ISE modules focus on the communication skills required to complete certain kinds of tasks or assessment, for example developing language for presentations, seminar and group work for science and technology students or developing critical reading skills. 

Depending on the module you choose courses last for 5, 6 or 11 weeks. Most ISE modules may be taken by both undergraduate or postgraduate students. However please note that improving your academic English for dissertation and final report writing is intended for undergraduate students only while writing a postgraduate dissertation is available for postgraduate students only.

This course, writing a postgraduate dissertation is the only 11-week ISE module. All others are 5 or 6 weeks. Each week students are expected to review the material on the Moodle page and complete the exercises. The material is designed to last approximately 2 hours, but resources for further independent study are also provided for those who wish to do more.

Students communicate with each other and their tutor via a discussion forum on the Moodle page or, if they are available, during a weekly live online session.

So what do you do if you want to find out more?

The first place to go is the MyPort article hub on MyPort. Search for “ISE” and you will get the pages you need.

Links to these pages are also in the description below on the YouTube page for this video.

Click on What modules does in-sessional English offer to learn more about the range of modules

Click on How do I register for an in-sessional English module to sign up.

And if you have any other questions, you can email the ISE team here at We hope you have a happy and successful year with us and hope to see you soon.

Welcome to Portsmouth from the Vice-Chancellor
We're delighted and proud to welcome you to the University of Portsmouth

In this video, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith welcomes you to the University of Portsmouth.

Discover how we're responding to the pandemic, what your blended and connected learning experience will look like this year, how we're keeping you safe and the support available to you to.

It is a real pleasure to welcome you to the University of Portsmouth as an international student who's about to embark on this new and exciting phase of your life. 

I know from personal experience that this can also be an anxious time for you. However, I want to reassure you that you are at the heart of all we do at Portsmouth. You should be really proud of yourself and your resilience under difficult circumstances. And we are really excited to be welcoming you to university.

You will be pleased to hear that, as a global university, we celebrate our diversity through an inclusive culture and vibrant international community, which you will experience either here in the city of Portsmouth or if you are studying in your home country. Life as a student this year will, of course, be different, with activities both educational and social delivered in a blended and connected format. Despite the challenges of covid, we are determined that they will enjoy the highest quality university education.

Some may question why we are providing any face to face teaching at all, given concerns about the pandemic and the possible risk of infection. I can understand some of the nervousness that parents and students may feel. But as a university, our fundamental role is to provide the very best possible educational experience.

As the pandemic unfolded, universities moved quickly to online teaching and in many cases, online exams and assessments. While this is appropriate as a short term measure, it is important that students do not completely miss out in some of the crucial face to face learning that our students need, for example, in laboratories where practical skills are developed.

We also know that the pandemic has had an unequal impact on different young people as well as their families. Many of our students are more likely to have been negatively affected by some of those effects.

We must also take account of the mental health and broader wellbeing effects of students who have experienced since March. Our students need us to return to something that feels more normal as quickly and safely as possible. A vital element of this is face to face interaction with staff and engaging with other aspects of university life.

In light of this, the central question on which all our planning has focussed is this: can we make face-to-face teaching and all staff student interaction as safe as any other activity the staff and students currently engage in as part of the day to day lives? I believe that the steps we have taken show that the answer to this question is yes.

We have put in place extensive measures to reduce the spread of infection, including everyone wearing masks on campus, hand sanitising stations, temperature monitors, one way systems, social distancing measures such as reducing capacity in teaching places. And we have introduced our own dedicated testing programme.

We are asking all our staff and students to follow the guidelines, taking responsibility for their own safety and encouraging others to do the same, if we all do our bit, we can continue to provide the education and social experience that our students want and deserve.

The University of Portsmouth is a vibrant and exciting place to study in a city that is proud of its heritage but always looking forward. While our students are here, they will have all the support they may need, both in their education and to support their wellbeing. This from our dedicated academic skills support, our wellbeing service through to the one-to-one support of personal tutors. There will always be someone there for our students if they need support and guidance.

And of course, life at university is more than just study. And there will be many opportunities for our students to socialise with each other and engage in the life of the wider university and city community.

Our commitment to you is that we will do all we can to support you to have a fulfilling and successful time at university and equip you for the journey once your studies with us have been completed.

I am delighted and proud to welcome you to the University of Portsmouth.

Welcome to the Student Wellbeing Service
Get free, confidential help

The Student Wellbeing Service is the hub for learning, advice and support for your emotional wellbeing and mental health. You can get free, confidential help for a wide range of personal and emotional concerns.

Mark Harold, Wellbeing Adviser: We are the Student Wellbeing Service. 

Michelle Dadachanjii, Counsellor: As a student at the University of Portsmouth, we want you to fulfil your potential and have a life-changing student experience. At the heart of this is the personalised package of support that we offer with a focus on wellbeing and resilience that helps you to meet your academic goals. The Student Wellbeing Service is the hub for learning, advice and support for your emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

Steve Daly, Wellbeing Adviser: If you are new to university life, then you may be facing a number of life challenges. Transitioning from home to a new life, financial independence, new friendships and relationships, living independently and, of course, new academic challenges and expectations. For all students, each level of university learning comes with new challenges and different kinds of academic stress and pressure. And this year, there is the new blended and connected approach to learning with all the changes and challenges due to the global pandemic. When you're facing challenges, it is likely you will find yourself feeling stressed, worried, unhappy or anxious at times. This does not mean there is something wrong with you. Learning to cope with these challenges constructively provides opportunities for growth and personal development. The knowledge and tools you will develop, are life skills that you can take forward and use long after graduation. But if you do start to struggle at any point, please do come see us straight away. 

Mike Pink, Mental Health Adviser: The Student Wellbeing Service is a team of practitioners with a broad range of experience, expertise and skills. This allows us to provide a comprehensive package of support, including good links with the NHS and other specialist support services. We have mental health advisers, counsellors and wellbeing advisers who offer one-to-one support. Everything is set up so you can safely come in and see us for these, or you can book a phone or video call instead. Alternatively, you can text chat anonymously with our wellbeing advisers via our WhatsUp app. 

Mark Harold, Wellbeing Adviser: When you register for support with us, we will work with you to plan a personalised support pathway. This may include one or more events from our courses and workshops programme where you can learn positive wellbeing skills in relaxed and friendly online sessions. This includes our popular Be Your Own Best Friend workshop and our Compassionate Mind course. You can browse an extensive range of self-help information with our online resources. 

Ruth Geddes, Senior Wellbeing Adviser: We run a weekly wellbeing cafe. The cafe has transferred well to a virtual format, and we will be looking to arrange some safe in-person activities as the academic year gets underway. We also support students who have taken the welcome ambassador pledge and are following the University's student leadership pathway. The welcome ambassador scheme is a great way of easing the transition into Uni life by connecting with other students. Check out the welcome ambassador Facebook page for more details. 

Michelle Dadachanji, Counsellor: So, as you can see, there are a range of different options designed to give you the choice of how you may wish to use our service. For more detailed information about everything that we provide and how to access the service, please visit our website and remember, if you think you need support, please come and see us.

Welcome to the University Students’ Union
Introduction to the Students' Union

Find out about how the Students' Union represents you, and how you can get involved! From paid and volunteer roles, academic representation and sports and social clubs, the Students' Union has something for everyone.

Welcome to The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union! Or as we’re more commonly known, UPSU or the Union! 

When you start at Portsmouth, you automatically get the right to join an association of students. Giving you access to a number of services and opportunities throughout your University experience.

Your Student Union is here to ensure your time at University is exactly what you want it to be. Through the Union, you can access life-changing opportunities, get support to make life easier and make sure that your student voice is empowered! 

Each year we let you vote on who leads the Union in our student Elections.

UPSU is led by 5 Elected Officers, each representing your views in a particular area. These areas are: Academic Representation, Democracy & Campaigns, Development, Learning Experience and Welfare.

The officers all work closely with other Union staff and the University to make a positive change for Portsmouth students like you!

We know that nothing’s perfect, so if there’s something that matters to you we want to help you campaign for change.

Give your voice real power! Our Have Your Say platform allows you to put forward your ideas for change and get support from other students. Get enough support then your idea will be discussed at a senior University meeting!

Got some feedback? We want to hear that too! Through our StART platform, you can tell us what you think about any aspect of your University experience. We take a regular look at the responses to see how everything is going for you.

Being away from home is an opportunity to experience new things. 

Looking to meet those with similar interests and beliefs? With our student groups, there’s sure to be something for everyone! We have interests, cultural & religious groups that will be the perfect place for you to build your own community in Portsmouth!

At the Union, we understand that some policies & procedures can be confusing and contain some complex language. We also know, now more than ever, that circumstances can change, and that shouldn’t get in the way of your education.

Our Advice service is on hand to make sure you know where you stand and what options you have. 

Empowering you to achieve the best academic outcome, no matter what your circumstances may be.

Make the most of your time in Portsmouth, there's lots to do and see in your seaside city! Get involved and feel part of something bigger...

Part Time Work and the Graduate Immigration Route
Advice on working part-time

Find out about the working regulations for international students, how to find part-time work to help build your CV and more about the Graduate Immigration Route visa.

Janet Woolnough: As Alana said, my name's Janet. I'm Janet Woolnough. And I work for the Careers and Employability service. And our role as a department is to support students with anything to do with Careers and Employability so we can help with a range of things And I'll give you some insights into that in a minute. And we help while you're a student and we can potentially help you for 5 years after you leave.

So, you know, we would really suggest you link him with us and we can work with you as you go through your course.

So what am I going to be covering? So, this is kind of my agenda.

The first four bullet points are from me, so I'm going to look at how to find part-time work. I'm going to look a little bit about what CVs look like in the UK, in particular in relation to part-time work. I'm going to look at how you can build experience in other ways. And also, I'm going to talk about the help you can get from our team.

I'm going to then hand over to Alana and Alana will look at the new graduate immigration route visa.

I think before I start, though, with the detail, I would just leave you all with a main message. You are all doing, you know, a great thing, choosing to study your Master's in the UK. We would really encourage you to make the most of that experience. 

So I know the world is a bit different at the moment. And some of you will be staying in your own country. But we would encourage you just to do as much as you can during your time on the course so you build confidence, you build skills. And we'll talk about different ways of doing that as we go through. 

So the first slides that I’m covering in relation to part-time work are really particularly relevant if you are going to be coming to the UK, coming on campus. So if you come to the UK as a student, your visa, your student visa, will enable you to work during your course. And there's very specific rules around what you're allowed to do.

So, there will be an allowance that you can work for 20 hours per week during term time. Now, the really important thing about that, is that 20 hours isn't an average. So you can't work 30 hours one week, 10 hours the next. It's not an average – 20 hours is the maximum and that is all you're allowed to do. 

It's also important to be aware that certain job roles are not possible to do on a student visa. So some of them are quite random and you wouldn't be doing them anyway. So, for example, I don't think you can be a dentist while you're working on a student visa, but I would probably suggest that isn't what you'd be planning to do.

But one of the things it is important to know is that you can't be self-employed, so you can't work on a self-employed basis or freelance. So that's a particular definition of self-employed. The other thing you're not allowed to do, is you're not allowed to do anything around professional sport. So there's some very specific things you can't do. But the majority of jobs you are permitted to do within the 20 hours.

So it's 20 hours during term time. So it's very important that you're aware of what term time means. And I'm going to show you some links that you can use to check what your term dates are.

It's also important to remember that the rules are slightly different for Master's students. So for students starting in, for undergraduate students, typically they can work during the summer vacation full-time. For master students, when you are doing your dissertation preparation, if that's in the summer, you're not able to work full time. So it's important to look at the details of the hours you're allowed to work. And I'm going to show you some links where you can find that out.

When you come to the UK with a student visa, there'll be lots of important information on there. It will include information on your working entitlements and it will also give you an end date. So that's an important document that you can show employers, because that is evidence of your right to work.

Now, if you're an EU student, and I'm not sure if any of you are. If you are an EU student who was in the UK before Brexit, as it were, you can use your passport as evidence of your right to work. If you're an EU student and you've come in on a student visa again,again you will be showing your visa as evidence of your right to work. And I’ve put a link there which talks about how you prove a right to work to an employer.

So, again, going back to European students, if you did arrive in the UK before the end of December [2020], you may be able to work without restrictions. But it's important that you know that you need to apply for what's called the ‘E.U. settlement scheme’ before June, because that will enable you to continue those rights.

So going back again to what I said before, if you're a newer arrival from Europe and have got a student visa, this won't apply to you. It only applies to people who were in the UK before the 31st of December unless they'd been in the country before.

So here you can see the links to some important information which will give you the detail of, if you like, the restrictions around working while you're a student. And it's very, very, very important to follow those rules, because otherwise that can impact on your ability to stay within the country, because these things are monitored. So make sure you understand what you're allowed to do and follow those rules.

One of the things that when you want to start working in the UK, it's important that you may be asked for is a National Insurance Number.

So a National Insurance Number is something that all UK people get automatically. But if you're not from the UK, you need to apply for it. So if you have come into the UK on a visa, you are able to apply for a National Insurance Number. And that phone number there [0800 141 2075] is the number that you used to get that. Okay. 

It's also important to know, you are allowed to work without a National Insurance Number. So some employers don't realise this. So it's worth you being aware of that, that having a national insurance number is not essential before you start working. But we would encourage you shortly after you've arrived in the UK, if you're looking for work, it is worth getting that process started, ringing that phone number and getting your National Insurance Number process started. 

So I'm going to move on now. We started with the rules. We're going to talk a bit more generally on how to find part-time work.

So the first link there, the MyCareer website, that is the best place to start your job search for part-time jobs. So we will get sent, in our department, roles from companies around the city near to Portsmouth. So, again, this is particularly relevant if you're already in the UK or if you're planning to come to the U.K. shortly.

There are other ideas of what you can be looking for, where you can be looking for jobs. So the best thing about our job site, though, is that it will help you see the roles on there – the companies will understand that your priority as a student is your studies.

So one thing I think is important to say. On your visa, as I’ve said, you can work for 20 hours a week. Would we encourage you to work 20 hours a week? Probably not.

Most students. Really would find 20 hours a week while they're studying too big a workload. Because if you're studying and you're doing your background reading, you're settling in, you're trying to make friends. 20 hours is probably too much to do all that.

So although 20 hours is the maximum you could do, we would probably suggest you don't go to that limit that you think about if you are going to work, doing less hours, but factoring into make sure you can really make the most of your course and and feel connected with your University community.

So as I said, the MyCareer jobs board is where we would really suggest you start. So there's the link there. And what you would do is build a profile to identify what you're looking for.

Now, here, I've got some links to the kind of companies we've worked with in the past. As you can see, it's quite varied. I work with a lot of students, particularly international students, who say, “well, look, I'm doing an MSC in finance. I want finance related part-time.” The reality is, most paid part-time jobs will not be related to your degree, will not be connected to your industry. Most part-time jobs are more practical. They might be retail, they might be care, they might be customer service.

The important thing, though, to remember, is that UK companies really value this experience. By doing this kind of a part-time job, you are showing so many things. You are showing that you can build the skills companies need: teamwork, flexibility. It is giving you an insight into what a British business looks for, how they operate. It is showing that you can use English language effectively in a business context.

So don't worry that the part-time jobs aren't related to your goal. The part-time jobs will build skills that employers value, both in the UK and outside the UK.

I'm going to move on now to a little bit about how you build a CV. You're all going to be from a number of countries. If I was to get you all to show each other, you'll see these, they would all look different. In the same way, a CV in the UK is probably going to look quite different from what you would expect.

So number 1 tip: you need to see your CV as a piece of marketing information. It is not an A to Z detailed list of everything you've ever done. The aim of your CV is to market your skills and suitability for a job, to try and get invited to interview. And this applies whether it's part-time jobs, graduate jobs, PhD jobs, whatever – the same process applies.

So the idea is you need to, first of all, be very aware of what the company is looking for. And then think about your own experience, your own background, and think about how you can find evidence for what they look for.

So what we're saying really is there is no such thing as a CV that is finished, that is ready, that is good. A CV is only ever ready for the job you're going for. So you need to be thinking about always seeing your CV in that way, in a very dynamic way. 

So let's think about basics. What would we say? Yes, it needs to show your education. So obviously if you've done your education outside the UK and have a, say, high school diploma from your own country, put that name. And then you could say, if that was the bridge to get into University, A Level equivalent – you can't say you've got high levels.

You need to put all your experience. And as we said, you know, everything you've done can potentially show skills. But think about expanding most on the most relevant.

It needs to be good on the eye. If it's too small or lots of different fonts, it gives employers headaches and they don't want to look anymore. So it needs to be nicely laid out. It needs to be targeted, and you need to be making sure you haven't got any errors, any grammatical errors, any spelling errors.

It needs to be no more than 2 sides of A4 paper. For part-time jobs, some people would just do 1. But it's never, ever more than 2. And we would suggest that you avoid big, long paragraphs, because they're hard to read.

Typically, they say employers only look for about 7 seconds on a CV by scanning. Has it got what I need? If it has, they might read again. So the key information needs to be very, very clear.

We talk about using bullet points when you're going through your education and start these with what we call action verbs, action verbs. So these are, for example, I’ve given you some examples there. They're ‘organised’, ‘planned’, ‘developed’ – not ‘I did’. We would normally suggest you take the ‘I’, the personal pronoun, the ‘I’ and the ‘my’ out of you your CV.

I've got a link here to an example. CV, which I'm now going to show now. But, you know, it's worth you being aware of that you can access it in future work.

Alana: So, (inaudable). Sorry. There are people with microphones on. Can you please mute. We will take questions at the end. So, yeah, If you've got questions we can take them at the end.

Janet: So what else would I say? And this might be a surprise to some of you.

On your CV there's a lot of detailed information that you don't need to include. We don't need you to put your age, your date of birth or your marital status. We don't need you to put your nationality. We certainly don't need you to put your photograph, unless you're planning to apply to be a model and then maybe you might need one. But jobs don't need photographs. They don't need that detail. 

You don't need to list all your degree modules. So when you, you need to be thinking, yes, your course is valuable. Your course will show things. But it is not the degree module that's relevant. What might be relevant is the skills you've gained. So, for example, working collaboratively in groups.

So I've got a link there [complete CV writing guide], which will provide much more detailed information on how to do a CV, how to do a cover letter. And this is gonna be relevant whether you're looking for part-time jobs or professional jobs in the UK after your course. So I would strongly encourage you to go through to that website and find out more.

There are some example CVs on there. I would really suggest you use those with caution. There is no such thing as a right way to do a CV. There's probably a wrong way. And what we don't want is all our students to find, “Oh, there's a computer science example. I will do it like that.” “There’s a business example. I will do it like that.”

Because what will happen then is that all our applicants will have the same CV, which will look a bit silly.

What we would suggest you do is look at a range of examples. Look at petroleum engineering, look at the law, and just get ideas for what might work for you. So don't see it as a template. Don't see it as a right or wrong. See it as a way of generating ideas. 

So if we were to think forward, if you were looking to work perhaps in the UK after your course. What is it that employers will look for? A lot of students think that what the employees will look for is the knowledge, what they've learnt on the course. And yes, that that will be relevant. But in the UK, a lot of jobs will take people from a range of degree backgrounds.

So as well as looking for the knowledge, it's worth thinking about always being aware of what you can do, what your skills are, what your goals, your motivations are, because this is what employers will be looking for. They're looking at the whole year in terms of what you can offer them as an employer.

I said right at the start, really met the most of this brilliant opportunity you've got. So as well as thinking about part-time work. Can you join a student society or a club? What about volunteering? And I'm going to talk about that in a second. Internships, placements, I'll mention those too. Because all of these activities, what they will do is they will build your connexion to the University. They'll build your network. They'll build your confidence. And you will go away feeling you've gained much more from this study experience than if you just focus on your course.

So obviously, you need to focus on your course so you get the best grade. But think about how you can grow your confidence by connections.

Now, one thing it's really important to say, and this is always a surprise tour Master students, particularly. If you are looking to start a job after your course in, say, September 2022, which you may well be. You will need to be applying for those graduate jobs from October 2021.

One of the things it's really important to know is that there aren't many Master's jobs in the UK. Very rare to see a job that says ‘we need Master's’. They don't. So as a Master's graduate, you will be going for 2 types of jobs. You will be going for either:

If you've got lots of experience from your home country, you'll be going for experienced job jobs and you will be showing how much stronger you are through your experience and then through the Master's.

If you're a newer, younger, not younger, if you're a less experienced student who's perhaps done their undergraduate and moved on to a Master's quite quickly, perhaps after a couple of internships, you will be applying for graduate jobs. So the same jobs that undergraduates would apply for. But then you can show all the amazing things you've gained from your Master's, but you will need to be applying for big companies from October 2021.

Now, one of the things I'd like to talk about very quickly now is our volunteering. Because at Portsmouth, one of the amazing things we do, more so than a lot of universities, is volunteering. We link with lots of community organisations, so charities and public sector bodies. And we have career- related volunteering with them.

So if you can't find part-time jobs related to business, you may be able to find volunteering roles related to business, etc.

Because of the world we're in, a lot of the roles we have are currently online only. So, again, potentially, even if you're not in-country, you may be able to access those as long as the time difference fits with the role.

It's really important to be aware that because of the nature of our volunteering, it counts towards your 20 hours. So you can't do our volunteering and work 20 hours. You would be breaching the regulations. So you would need to work, if you volunteered for 4 hours, you would only be allowed to work 16.

Now, very quickly, moving on. Internships. A lot of students will say to me, ‘but I'd like an internship place, that's what I want’. In the UK, the word internships isn't very helpful, because internships means lots of different things.So a lot of the internships you will see advertised are not open to postgraduate students. They are aimed particularly at undergraduate second-year students. Equally, placements, if you do a search for placements, a lot will be aimed purely at students after the second year of an undergraduate. 

Now, there are some graduate internships, you see. We are also seeing virtual internships that are sometimes open more broadly. Within your faculty, there may be a placement or short placement opportunities. So, for example, some of the courses in Business and Law will have the opportunity to do short placements. And the placement teams may help you with that. 

What I would also suggest you do, because internships is a funny, funny phrase, think about, can you create your own opportunity by researching employers, companies related to your area of interest? Could you volunteer to do some work with them, to do a project for them? Could that project be linked to your dissertation? Would your course enable that? 

So, again, all of these things can help you build networks. Because I think building networks are going to be helpful for you. So, again, I’ve identified other ways you can build networks.

We will have events for students related to careers that are led by employers. You can grow personal contacts, you can link with alumni on LinkedIn. You can join professional bodies. So, for example, the Chartered Institute of Marketing as a student and attend their events. And this will enable you to expand your networks. So, again, that is something I would really suggest you do during this year.

I've got a link there to useful websites for when you start to look into trying to find internships or opportunities.

So just to finish off very quickly. I'm just gonna summarise who we are as a team. So I've already talked about our part-time jobs, on MyCareer as well, you can also start to find those graduate jobs, those jobs for after your course on that same website.

We've talked about volunteering and all our volunteering opportunities, again, are on that same MyCareer website. I'm gonna talk through each of those other areas now. 

So advice and guidance. So I’m one of the careers advisers. Our team and our information advisers work individually with students. So if they want help with CV feedback, if they want to do a mock interview as preparation, if they want to explore job search. Those are the kinds of things you can book an appointment and you can make an appointment through MyCareer or at an email address I'm going to show you in a minute. 

We run lots and lots of events. And again, because of the world we're in, all of our events currently virtual, which means you can still access them even if you're not in the UK.

So the kind of events we run, we call them 30 Minute Guides, sp a 30 minute guide to using LinkedIn, a 30 minute guide to job search. So, again, these are all on MyCareer. You can see the calendar and you can sign up. We have employer lunchtime bites, with employers doing short sections, introducing themselves and their opportunities.

And I work with my colleague Luke to run what we call global working events. So events aimed at our international students.

We have an in-house graduate recruitment consultancy, which works with local companies to find graduate roles. It can only ever be a small part of your job search, because they haven't got enough jobs for everyone. But it's worth knowing they exist. 

And we have a very active Student Start-Up team who work with students to help give them ideas on how to build a business and help connect them with entrepreneurs. So although I was a student, international student on a visa, you can't become self-employed. You can certainly get advice on how to skill yourself up when you're ready. And you can certainly take part in those events. 

So I've got a link there, a page with all your Facebook information. And so, yeah, please do feel free to explore our services.

So I'm going to hand over to Alana now, and shall we take questions for both at the end?

Alana: Yeah, if people can just wait with their questions until the end. I know that people have put some in the chats, but if you can avoid asking questions and wait until we finish. That would be great. 

So I'm just going to talk you briefly through the graduate immigration route. This is the route that some of you might know as post study work. So UKVI used to have a post study work visa and that finished in 2012. So a very long time ago now. And that visa allowed work once successful graduation had happened.

So the visa will start in summer 2021. And it is for international students who are on a Tier 4 or student route visa who complete their degree in or after the summer of 2021. The visa will be 2 years for undergraduate and Master's students and 3 years for PhD students. Applications can only be made in the UK and you will not be required to show evidence of finance when you apply. So that means you don't need to show bank statements.

Your study must be undertaken in the UK and there is a concession for people who've been distance learning outside the UK due to Coronavirus.

So on the next slide, it just goes into a bit more information about that, so Janet’s just going to move that on for me.

Okay, so in order to be eligible, because you’re students that are starting your Master's course now, you need to be in the UK before the 27th of September. 

Sorry, can I just remind any of you that haven't switched your microphone off? Can we please have your microphone on mute for now. That would be great. Thank you. 

So it's really important. IIf you're starting your Master’s course now, you must arrive in the UK before the 27th of September 2021 to be eligible to apply for the graduate immigration route. If you don't arrive in the UK before that time, then you will not be eligible for the graduate immigration route.

Sorry. Can you please switch your microphone off? I don't know who's got their microphone still switched on, but if everybody could have it switched off, that would be great. Thank you. 

So if your course is longer than 1 year and it doesn't end in summer 2021, then any period of time you've spent studying by distance learning will not be held against you in an application under the graduate immigration route. So for those of you that are on courses that are longer than 1 year. So not a 1 year master, but a PhD or a longer Master's course, that period outside the UK won't count in terms of your application. But for those of you on a 1 year Master's course, you must be in the UK by the 27th September, if you started your course in January or February 2021. OK.

And so we've got a little bit more information on the next slide and some link to information about what you'll need. So in all cases, you will need to have unexpired student route permission when you apply for the graduate immigration work visa and you must meet all of the requirements. You can't extend this visa. But it would be possible for you to switch into another route, such as the skilled worker route, if you met the requirements.

So the skilled worker route, I'm not going to talk about today. But the skilled worker route is a visa that's the place the tier 2 work permit, which you might have heard of. So that's the skilled worker route, is where you're tied to a specific employer, so they sponsor you. A bit like the University is your student route sponsor, the skilled worker routes you would need to have a sponsor for. But with the graduate immigration route, you do not need to be sponsored. But you do need to meet the criteria for that visa.

There will be an application fee for this visa and you will need to pay the immigration health surcharge. Now, the immigration health surcharge is currently £470 per year. And of course, that fee could go up. So do bear that in mind.

So just to reiterate that the full details are not available yet on the graduate immigration routes. We expect the information to be updated within the next few months. But there is more information on UKCISA So that website is And there's a section on working after studies. So do check out further information there.

So, there isn't much information available at the moment, but I'll just, if you've got any questions, you can email us at Now, we will update our website as soon as we have information about the graduate immigration visa. And that will be in the post study work visa section on MyPort

So for those of you that came to the welcome presentation this morning, MyPort has some really helpful information about all the support services at the University, including the Careers and Employability Service and the International Student Advice Team, amongst many other support services at the University. So do please check out MyPort for lots of information.

So that's all the information that we have for you on the Graduate immigration route. Because as I've said, that information is minimal at the moment. The Home Office hasn't provided us with all the full information to give you at this stage. 

So if you've got any questions, if you could please, rather than unmuting your microphone, if you could please put those questions in the chat so that we can respond to you, that would be great. 

So thank you all for listening. Thank you, Janet, for that really useful information about studying in the UK.

International Welcome Presentation
Watch our welcome video for new international students

In this video, you'll find information you need to know including the support, orientation and social events available to you.


British Culture Workshop
Discover things you may find different in the UK compared to your home country

Are British people funny? What might you find the most different about the UK? What about the food? We will also take a look at culture shock and homesickness and give you some ideas about how to deal with those issues.

We're going to start with a snapshot of British culture. Then we're going to talk to you about culture shock. We'll give you some tips and advice to help you make the most of your experience and get the fullest of British culture while you're living here. And then I want to tell you a little bit about the Global Office. 

So what do we mean by culture?

A culture is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and unwritten rules shared by a group of people. I think you can probably add habits to that as well. Things that everybody does without even thinking about. That's actually part of your culture. 

Now, with British culture in particular, lots of people will have preconceptions about what it's like here. And here's some examples on the screen. So cups of tea. Yes. The British are very famous for drinking tea, and we really do love our tea. So I think that's quite fair. You've also got a pub there. Pub culture is massive in the U.K., unfortunately, not at present due to the lockdown or the pubs are currently closed and most people are feeling quite lost without the pub.

London - everybody thinks the whole of UK is London. I've lost count of how many times I've been asked, where are you in London? Not everybody lives in London. That is a misconception. There are many other cities across the UK. And of course, we don't all live in beautiful castles like that one. 

But these are two nice examples, these photos, because they show you that the UK is very much a huge mix of city life, country life, the modern and the historical.

So what do we mean by British? Lots of people get really confused between what's the difference between England, the U.K., why are you called British? So I'm going to explain it for you here. The British Isles is everything in the picture. So you see all of these islands. There are, in fact, 6000 islands in the British Isles.

Now, Great Britain is the largest island and that is made up of Scotland, England and Wales. It's not called Great Britain because we happen to be fantastic. We're not that great. It's simply a geographical term. It's the largest of the British Isles. So it's Great Britain. Just like in the Canary Islands, the largest island is Grand Canaria. Okay. 

Now, the UK is a combination of Great Britain, the big island and Northern Ireland. So that's the top part of the island of Ireland. And that's very hard to say! So the full name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The final part of the British Isles on the picture is the red piece. And that's the Republic of Ireland. So Southern Ireland now Southern Ireland. It's always been very well connected with the U.K. because we were previously both members of the EU. But now that the UK has left the EU, Ireland have remained in the EU.

So home versus U.K. things that you're going to find very different to what you're used to here.

First off is the language now, even though you may think that you speak excellent English and then suddenly you arrive here and find that nobody is speaking the words that you're expecting and everybody's English is slightly different to what you've learnt.

There are lots and lots of different accents to cope with, different local language to cope with. The south of England is quite straightforward and should be one of the clearer accents. But because you're in the South doesn't mean that only people with Southern accents are going to be around you. You may have lots of lecturers who are from Scotland, from Ireland, from overseas, from the north of England. So you're going to have to learn to tune your ear in a little bit. 

Food. You may be worried about the food because you think that you won't be able to find things that you're used to. That's not the case. You will find plenty of diverse supermarkets and eastern stores, Oriental supermarkets. There's many, many different places where you'll be able to find the food that you love as long as you're capable of cooking it yourself.

The weather, everybody talks about the British weather. And if you ever want to strike up a conversation with somebody in the UK, starting with talking about the weather is a really good place. The UK, the British Isles, rather, are the only place in the whole world where five weather systems all meet. Which is why our weather is so chaotic. It's not as extreme as in other parts of the world, but it is completely changeable. So you might need your sunglasses in the morning and your umbrella in the afternoon.

Accommodation and the buildings may be very different to what you were expecting. There may also be very different to where you come from. You may expect, lots of older buildings and find everything very modern. Or vice versa. You may find that you're used to lots and lots of very low buildings with just two stories and suddenly you're surrounded by big towers or vice versa. It will be, it could be completely different to what you're used to.

You also might find it surprising that we don't have neighbourhoods and districts that all look very similar. Everything is very mixed in the UK. Same with the people.

We are a very, very diverse culture. You may find people of all different nationalities certainly on campus. You will find lots of people from lots of different countries.

Our etiquette and social customs may be very different to what you're used to, but that's one of the things that we're here to talk about today.

As I mentioned before, accents, you will have to get used to our accents and we are a very multicultural society. So there's lots of people from different religions, different backgrounds, different colours of skin, completely mixed in the UK. 

So, first question for discussion is what differences have you noticed already?

I'm just going to stop showing my screen and come back so I can see you all. Is anybody already in the UK or are you all still in your home countries?

Vilma. Yeah. What things struck you when you first arrived that you weren't expecting?

How nice people are. I thought people were gonna be quite rude and not understanding because I came, I came here and I spoke quite a lot of American. My accent is really American. And I thought people are gonna be like another student, another tourist, that kind of that approach to me.

But people were really, really nice and helpful. They understand that you are new to the culture, the customs, and they do have patience with you. Like for me, it took a while to understand self checkout Sainsbury's and people were really, really helpful. Didn't judge me. They just like in general, they're really nice to you, are really helpful. I think that's the biggest thing that struck me when I came here. 

Oh, well, that's nice. Not a complaint for once. Anja - Anything to add before we move on.

Yeah. Obviously, I've been in the UK for a while. But even so, I think it's important to note the diversity of accents. Like, I think that's one thing that the UK have that may in many other countries may not struggle so much with, is that no matter where you go in the UK, you're going to encounter many different accents in just one place.

There's not always just a British accent you have to worry about this, that there's many different accents because we're such a multicultural country.

But apart from that. I think the other thing is buildings, I find there's a lot of, you can see a lot of history in buildings in a city. Not every single place. Obviously, there's a lot of modern places. But I think in almost every city, you can find buildings that still hold a lot of, like, history behind them. Which I also found quite interesting. 

You all know ‘hello’, ‘hi’, 'good morning'. Things like this, but we have lots of other ways of saying hello, which may confuse you. How's it going? What's up? You okay? You alright? These are all very easily mistaken for somebody actually asking after your wellbeing.

So if somebody says, 'hi, how are you?' You may feel that you need to reply and say, 'Oh, I'm fine, thank you. I'm having a really good day' or 'I'm not feeling very well'. It's not necessarily that they are asking that of you. They're mostly just saying 'hello'. I accept that that's very confusing. The way to know the difference is very simple. If it's somebody that you don't know very well. If they say, 'how's it going?' They're just saying 'hello'.

If it's somebody that you're actually friends with, or very close friends with, then they're more likely to be asking you legitimately. Please tell me how you are. But that's just something to watch out for. Because some people can find that quite confusing. 

'Hiya' is another one, which is just a very simple way of saying hello.

But we do like to confuse everybody as well by having our own slang. So lots of abbreviations or words that have double meanings, which are some of the things that people will find quite confusing about English. In my office we try very hard to avoid slang, but you don't even realise that you're doing it half the time.

So here's some very, very frequently used ones from this local area. So can anybody guess, you can take yourselves off mute for this part, anybody want to guess what 'Ta' means? Anybody? Anybody feeling brave? Nope.

OK, ta means thank you. It's just an abbreviation of thank you. And the same applies to 'cheers'. Cheers is also what we say when we drink a toast together, particularly in the pub. You would raise your pint and say 'cheers!'. 

Anybody want to guess what knackered means? No, okay. This is a tough one. Knackered means tired. Particularly if you're tired after sport or something like that. When you've been really exhausting yourself. You'd say, 'oh, I'm knackered'. 

Anybody know what a bloke is?

Doesn't bloke just mean, man. Yes, it's a nice bloke. He's a nice bloke. ]

Yes. Well done, Melanie. Yes, it's a man. So just like you would say, guy, you would also say bloke. 

Kip, anyone know what a kip is? Yes. It's a short sleep. So a nap. So if you're knackered, you might say, oh, I'm really knackered. I want to have a kip. I'm going to go and lie down for a bit and have a kip. Sleep. 

Pompey? Pompey's quite an easy one. Anybody heard of Pompey before? Go on, Vilma. You're nodding at me. You might as well. Yes. It's the nickname for Portsmouth. It's mostly used for the Portsmouth Football Club. Their nickname is Pompey. But it actually does refer to the whole city. There are many, many theories as to how we got the name. We don't know the truth. So nobody knows how we really became known as Pompey. But it is just an abbreviation of Portsmouth and it's used all the time.

Now, the next one is a very Portsmouth word. It's not used in other parts of the country. Does anybody know what it means? Tariq, have you seen it on signs around the city?

Tariq you;re on mute. Does it mean bloke?

No, it means somebody who's an idiot, somebody is being silly, is short for dinlo. Lots of the local slang in Portsmouth's came from the sailors because we're the home of the British Royal Navy. Sailors from all over different parts of the UK ended up living in Portsmouth and they brought their slang, their languages with them, and the dockyard workers would bring them into the local community.

And Dinlo is originally from the north of England, but is now very much a Portsmouth word. And it means idiot, somebody who's being stupid. You will see it in Portsmouth, around the city, particularly labels on the litter bins, because we had a big campaign this summer during lockdown. Everybody was using the beach so much and there became a little bit of a litter problem down there. So there's lots of signs up saying 'don't be a din, put it in the bin' just to remind people to take their rubbish away with them from the beach or use the local bins.

British humour. Now, this is something that people find very, very confusing and very alienating. One of the main reasons it's confusing is because of sarcasm, which is where we say one thing when we mean the opposite.

So, for example, if we were all out on a night out and Vilma's getting down on the dance floor and I think she's a terrible dancer, I would not tell her she's a terrible dancer. I would be really sarcastic and say 'I'm loving your dance moves'. Obviously, you wouldn't do this to a stranger. That would be insulting. But you do this amongst your friends.

Another thing that confuses as well is the fact that we like to understate things. So if there's a horrible hurricaine outside, there's a massive storm and somebody walks into the office and they're completely drenched and their hair is everywhere, they look terrible. They would just say, 'oh, it's a bit windy out' rather than, 'oh my God, there's a hurricane!' We like to make these understatements. 

Now, there's a really good website which explains British humour. I'm going to pop that in the chat in a moment as well so that you can all have a look at that.

Food. Food is a huge factor in culture shock, which we will talk about later. And I know from my own experience that when you go somewhere new, you never feel completely comfortable until you find a good food source. So a good restaurant or somewhere where you can buy the food that you are used to, you'll feel so much happier when you've found familiar food. It is really important to us on a very, very subliminal level.

So you can get a list of international food stores from UoP Global and I believe it's on our Web pages as well. When you do find somewhere good, when you find a really good coffee shop or a nice restaurant, it serves your kind of food, tell your friends. If they're people from your own country, they'd love to know that you found somewhere good. And if there are people from different countries and you want to share your culture with them, you can recommend that you go there for a meal together. 

Equally, you can teach your housemates recipes from your home country. So if you're living in a house with three or four other students from different nationalities, it'll be really nice if you spend one night a week all eating together and cook something from all your different countries.

You've got two British classics here. You've got the full English breakfast at the top, although most people would not have any spinach with that. We don't like green food in the U.K. And then underneath you got the classic fish and chips.

But. What do you think is the official number one favourite food in the U.K.? Who wants to have a guess? Vilma's looking confident, anybody apart from Vilma. Indian food. Yes, you are right. Well done.

It is curry. Unfortunately, we misnamed it in this country. We know it's not really called curry, but everybody calls it curry. Anyway, I'm afraid it got too ingrained in our culture as being called curry. So they misnamed it completely. You will find a lot of Indian restaurants in the U.K. Most of them are actually more Bangladeshi style food or run by Bangladeshi families, and they won't be something that's particularly authentic. So you might think this is not what I have at home. If you're from that part of the world, it has been adapted to the British diet.

But you will find amongst your friends that people will have figured out which is the best one to go to. And you can get recommendations from locals as well as where you might find something better. And most of those restaurants are more than happy to make something that's not listed on the menu as well, particularly if you're from their country. They'll be more than happy to make the kind of thing that you're used to.

So British telly, I hope everybody has Netflix these days, Netflix and other streaming services have really made the world a much smaller place in a good way because we can now access TV from other countries regularly. I spend most of my time watching Korean TV and Turkish TV. I've started a couple of South African programmes lately. It's fascinating because you start to learn what life is like in other countries without realising that you're learning while you're watching.

And while you're being entertained by some of the most popular and best known British programmes are listed here. So everybody knows Sherlock. Doctor Who. The Crown. Downton Abbey. And contrary to popular opinion, not everybody in Great Britain can actually bake because we really can't. I certainly can't. 

But watching TV can actually improve your language skills as well and give you, as I said, really good insight into British culture. Now, once you're in the U.K., if you get a regular TV and you want regular TV channels, U.K. channels, apart from things like Netflix and Prime, you will need to get a TV licence. But it will give you access to soap operas. If you like soap operas, they’re your cup of tea. I highly recommend that you get into one of the British soaps because they give you a really good down-to-earth look at what British life is really like. Because we don't all live in fancy places like Downton Abbey. We're certainly not all living in London like Sherlock. We're not into time travel. We would if we could like Doctor Who.

But those are much more realistic programmes out there as well. And soaps are some of the best examples of this. So you have four there. There's EastEnders, which is based in London. Coronation Street based in Manchester. Hollyoak's, which is based near Manchester in a place called Cheshire. And Emmerdale, which is all about farm life in rural Yorkshire. And these will give you a certain amount of idea about the UK, the different accents, particularly the bottom three there. You'd have to tune your brain in and understand the accent.

But they also tell you things that we don't actually think of explaining to people not from our country, for example. Things like it is perfectly normal in the UK to have people from two different nationalities as a couple black people and white people, as a couple people who are not married living together. These are all perfectly normal things, people who are not married, having children. This is all very normal in the UK, whereas it may not be from the culture that you are coming from.

And yes, the number one stereotype, apart from cups of tea about the British is we do love to queue. Never, ever push in or jump a queue. You will not just get frowned on or get hard stares. People will actually confront you about this. We're very, very polite in the U.K. and we don't like to make a fuss. We don't like to cause arguments. But if you push in front of somebody in a queue, that's not the case. They will argue with you. They will tell you off. 

At the moment, queuing is even more important because of the covid-19 social distancing measures. It's really important that you follow these rules once you arrive in the U.K. 

So shops and food outlets have restrictions at the moment on how many people are allowed inside at the same time. I've just been to the sandwich shop across the road from my lunch. And you're only allowed two people in at the same time. So you have to form a queue outside the shop and wait to go into the shop. There's always markings on the pavements outside where you have to queue now.

Bars, as I said, are currently closed. Some restaurants and cafes are open, but it's takeaway or delivery only. So I highly recommend before you come to or when you get to the UK, you download the apps onto your phone for deliveroo, uber eat, just eat. These are all very simple apps where you can order from a local restaurant and have the food delivered to your door.

Covid rules at the moment: You must wear a facemask in all shops, businesses and takeaways. When you're greeting somebody in the street, do not shake hands or make any kind of physical contact. Currently, no hugging at the moment. Nothing like that. You must stay two metres away from other people.

Follow the one way systems. There's lots, especially around campus, there are lots of one way systems. So you can go in that door, but you go out the next door. You can't use an exit to enter things like that. It's all very well labelled everywhere that you go. And there are barriers and stand here, circles on the floor. You must obey those. 

And you must obey the rules on a number of people that you can meet outside of your own household. If you are going into university accommodation, your flats will become your household. So the six other rooms in your flat that are sharing the kitchen, that is now your household. OK. Outside of that, you cannot meet more than one other person at the moment.

So we'll move on to culture shock.

So how does it feel to experience so many new things all at the same time facing lots of differences, can be incredibly stressful. Suddenly, you are having to deal with a new environment, a new language, new experiences coming from you, all different sides. And on top of everything else now, you also have to deal with the Covid restrictions.

There's been lots of research into the area of culture shock, and lots of people have come up with ideas and they formulated this lovely diagram which explains the journey of culture shock.

So at the moment, you're all still in the preliminary stage learning about the host culture, preparing for coming to the U.K. and getting yourself settled. Once you arrive, you will actually find yourself being ridiculously happy. Initial euphoria, you're really, really excited and it finishes when the novelty starts to wear off. So when you start finding yourself in the next phase, which is getting irritable,

Coping with simple aspects of everyday life suddenly seem very difficult. So the cash in your hand, you can't remember the denominations and you're trying to pay in a shop and it becomes really confusing and you start to panic because you can feel there is a queue behind you.

Or if you need to get the bus and you're not entirely sure which bus you need to get on or once you get on the bus, how is it that you're supposed to pay? Who do you pay on the bus? All these little things when you arrive in a new place can be quite stressful. And I always think this when I'm travelling myself, as soon as I've understood the public transport system and the money, I know that I'm going to get a lot more comfortable. So I do as much research as I can before I go.

Then you're into the gradual adjustment phase. So the culture that you're in becomes familiar and you start understanding how to get around, how to orientate yourself and what your position is within your environment. Adaptation comes when you finally learn complete confidence in functioning and you start to feel a part of that culture.

But there is a phase that people don't remember. And that's the re-entry phase. So when you go home, you may find that you've changed. And you might have two different sets of values. Now you've got the values of how you were raised and the environment that you come from. And you've also adapted to the values of the UK. And you might start to look at things from a different viewpoint.

Now, there's a really good video for this. Unfortunately, we tried it on Tuesday and it wouldn't work. So what I will do is I will put this link into the chat in a few minutes. And then you can just bookmark it and watch it yourselves later. This is a good test of accents as well, because the person narrating this little video has got quite a strong accent.

So what can you do to cope with all of this? First off, talk about it. Do not bottle things up and keep it all to yourself. It's really useful to talk about it. If it's two people from your own country, you can swap experiences and laugh at one another with the things that you're struggling or if it's from somebody British, they may well be able to help you and give you advice. But they don't know you're struggling if you don't talk about it.

Stay connected to your home, your friends and your family. This is really important. You need to keep that base and they're going to be worrying about you because you're so far away from home. So do make sure that you keep in contact.

And give yourself time to adjust. It will take two or three weeks to start to feel comfortable, to start to understand what's going on around you.

I like this one. Keep a list of all the things you love about the new culture so you can look back and remind yourself. So in your first months, if you write down all the things that you think about the UK and then by the end of your first term, you go back and have a look at it. You might start to laugh. How difficult things seemed at the time and how easy you find them now. And that will give you a renewed boost of confidence. 

Be social. Do get to know other people. I appreciate it's very difficult to make friends at the moment. So please do join these virtual socials that we're putting on every afternoon at three o'clock. There's two more as well at the weekend, 11:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. 

Our ambassadors are there to help you. They are very experienced. They've gone through exactly what you're going through. They're all current students. They know exactly what you can expect from your time at university.

And you may well make friends with other people within these virtual socials, set up a WhatsApp chat, get to know each other a bit better, and then when you finally arrive in the UK, you've already got a friend ready and waiting for you.

Be active as well. Go out for walks and exercise. As I said to Tarik earlier, he's living in Southsea, so he's right by the beach. Everybody gravitates towards the beach. Right in front of the beach we also have a huge green space called the Common - Southsea Common, and it's great in the summer for barbecues, playing Frisbee, going out for a bike ride. Meeting your friends. But that huge space at the moment is really valuable in lockdown. Everybody's out there exercising. You've even got people regularly with weights and ropes practising on Southsea Common, tying ropes to two trees to do their workouts, all kinds of things.

But sports and activity are really important for your mental well-being as well as your physical fitness.

Join a club or a society. There are so many societies at the university. Have a look at the student unions web pages. See if you can find some like minded people. Our ambassadors can give you advice and point you in the right direction as well. 

And I will talk about this a little bit more later, but always be open minded.

So wellbeing. In the UK, we are very open in talking about our health, particularly our mental health. There's been big campaigns in the last five years to try and encourage people to talk about it when they don't feel good in their brain and in an emotional state. It's very important to talk about it.

This may be very different to what you are used to, particular parts of the world where people just don't talk about these things. But it's not healthy to keep things bottled up. It is okay to ask for help. You will not be judged. Nobody at the university will judge anybody who's putting up their hand and saying, I need help. I'm not coping.

There are lots of different services that can help you at the university. Our main port of call is the wellbeing service. Now they live in the same building as my office. The global office. And also we have student finance in here as well. And the chaplaincy service, we're all in one building, which is really useful for you guys, because when you arrive, this is a one stop shop for you.

If you don't know what to do, you don't know where to ask for help. You come to my building, which is the Nuffield Centre, and we will be able to point you in the right direction. It will be somewhere in this building that you need to get help. 

So the wellbeing service provide one to one support. They run weekly workshops and lots of courses as well. And as I mentioned, chaplaincy, the chaplaincy is multi faith. Anybody is welcome to go in there. They've got a lovely space down there. So if you're having a rough day, you're struggling with your studies. You just want to escape the library. You've just had a tough time with your lecture. You can come to the chaplaincy. They've got lots of squishy chairs. They've got tea and coffee down there and it's all really nicely done up. And you can just sit down there either just to chill out on your own or with your friends or if you need someone to talk to.

There are lots of students around to help you as well. Now we have three different categories. We have the welcome ambassadors, who usually in the first two weeks of term are running around campus wearing these blue T-shirts so you can spot them. They're there to answer any on the spot questions. Tell you about events happening. Give you advice on how to get around the city, explain how to budget, or they can direct you to other activities and places for support.

Then we have the Res Life Assistants, Residence Life Assistance. Res Life Assistance live in the halls of residence. Clue is in the name there. And they have two hours every weekday evening where they're available in the communal areas for you to come and have a chat with them. Any questions, any advice that you need? You can go and talk to them. They also run lots of social activities in the evenings as well. So they have film nights and games, nights, things like that. They can also be around to help you with C.V workshops.

The final category is not a slide because I have two of them with me. We have the lovely Anya and Vilma. They are International Student Ambassadors. We currently have a squad of 24 international ambassadors, and it's a part time role, paid for from my office. So they all work for me haha. And they have lots of different activities that they do.

You'll meet them all many times this week. They're doing all of our virtual social activities for orientation. They also run social activities throughout the year. They help us with our real events. When life is normal, we have huge events throughout the year. We have activities for Halloween, activities for Christmas. We have global week in March. They're always on hands to give campus tours. And once you arrive in the UK and lockdown is hopefully lifted, we'll start providing campus tours with them. Very soon, I hope. Hopefully after Easter. Fingers crossed.

So we're going to unshared again and have a little chat.

Has anybody ever experienced culture shock before? I know I have had massive culture shock a few times in my life.

Vilma, did you have any culture shock when you arrived? I guess your culture is very similar to the U.K., so it wouldn't have been too bad. But did you go through any of those phases? 

Yeah, I think what I kind of saw is how my country's a bit further ahead than England. So we don't have any cash at all in our society. We're barely use any cash yet coming here and trying to use the British pound and the coins. I still haven't figured that out and then been there for three years now. So that was one of the biggest shocks for me. And I think my shock didn't come until one assessment period started in May. So I had been here for almost a year. And then when I started to get stressed, that's when I kind of realised how different my culture and British culture were because I started to miss home and I started to analyse a bit more about the country I was in.

Thank you. Yeah, I found it quite shocking the first time I went to Scandinavia and I had a pocket full of local cash and I tried to pay in the taxi and he said, no credit card. Credit card. And going into a school. So. So 16 year old kids in a school in their canteen at lunchtime and they're all paying for their lunch with a credit card. I've never seen anything like that in my life. I found that completely strange, but I got used to it. So by my third trip I was like I'm not even taking any cash. It's no point.

No point. You're allowed to get your first credit card in Sweden when you're seven. 

t's just, I would not trust my niece and nephew with a credit card. It's just I just. It's crazy. But yes, that's a really good really good point. I hadn't thought of that one. Anja, have you got any. 

Yeah, actually, I would say that I experience culture shock and then even the re-entry shock before from when I'm moved away to to the Middle East. And when I came back and when I went when I went away, I think the first thing that shocked me was the lack of personal space and the lack of queuing and all these kind of things. And they just all seem like a bit of disorder. When I moved abroad. But then I really came to enjoy it. And I think I really assimilated with the culture at the time. But then when I came back, that's when I really got a sort of re-entry shock when I came back. 

And I think the thing that got to me most that had me break down when I came back was foul language. Yeah. I couldn't I couldn't deal with it at all. I got personally offended every time somebody swore. And I used to at one point I just got so offended. I just started crying. And no one understood what was going on. But after people know what was going on, they learn to be a bit more careful around me. But then it was just something that I learnt over time that when people swear in the UK has nothing to do with you. It's not an insult to you. That's just in casual situations. It's just normal. 

Yes, this is the first time that's ever come up. So thank you for that. It's something I don't even think about. I do swear quite a bit. I obviously don't do that in the office. And when I'm talking to students, but in my personal life, I swear quite a lot. And I don't really think about it as being offensive. But it's subconscious because when I am around people from other countries, I would never do that. I'm very careful. But within my own environment. I don't care. So, yeah, I don't think about how that would affect somebody. That's very interesting.

And yeah, I've had the same experience when I've been overseas and there's no queue and I just. How do I get to the front? How do I get served, when there's no queue. And I have to learn to fight my way through. And I got the hang of it after a while. But it was so alien to me because I know there's no queue. I got very, very British, all of a sudden, in that there's no queue. This is not right. I want to queue. 

I remember in India as well I had a lovely experience when I was in a queue and a man came over to me, said, English lady, you don't need to queue. You can go to the front. I said no, this English lady is queuing, I will wait my turn. I do not want special treatment. I'm waiting my turn. These people were here before me. You serve them first.

And yeah, when you come home. I have once experienced re-entry shock quite badly, actually. And it was the wealth that really, if I had been in Asia for a long time when I came back the couple of weeks before Christmas and just that excessive consumerism of Christmas really shocked me. And that was the year that I stopped buying Christmas presents because I said everybody has enough. And I would rather give my money to charity.

So I started buying charity presents for my family, like I've bought you 10 trees and I've bought you five goats and that kind of thing, instead of actually buying them physical presents, because having spent so long in other parts of the world that were so much poorer. And I walked into Terminal four of Heathrow and it's just like Christmas just hit you like bang. It is Christmas. Spend loads of money. And I don't want to. I don't like this. It really shocked me and I was quite, quite miserable for about a month and I couldn't understand why until somebody explained you'd been gone too long and you've come back and you're seeing everything through a different pair of eyes now.

I sometimes wonder if I should remove this slide, because I think the whole world is becoming quite a level playing field now with digital tech and social media. Everybody's pretty much on it on a level these days or getting to be on a level. But you can still find some differences between what you're used to at home and what you get in the U.K. 

Social media preferences in particular may be quite different and the quality of Wi-Fi might be quite different. Wi-Fi is really good in UK cities, but it can be slower if you're out in the rural areas. So if you have a day out in the country, don't be surprised if you can't upload your pictures because you haven't got a very good signal. Or you're in a poor Wi-Fi area. 

Fibre broadband is now being rolled out across the UK. And when you arrive in Portsmouth, hopefully it'll be finished. But at the moment, they are digging up the roads everywhere because they're laying the fibre. But I've already noticed they did my neighbourhood in about August last year and suddenly my laptop at home was so much faster. It was fantastic. 

If you're in a shared house as well, do bear in mind if it's like eight o'clock in the evening and everybody's all at the same time trying to do their coursework and using every electronic equipment at the same time. It could slow things down. So when you're looking for a place to live. If you're going for private accommodation, check out what the Wi-Fi is going to be like.

Social media is very widely used, including by businesses and companies. So some parts of the world businesses don't really use it very much. So you don't get bombarded with adverts. But in the U.K., you're going to get bombarded with adverts, unfortunately.

Preferences, though, can depend on the age of the user. It is quite generational here. My generation love Facebook, although we're starting to fall out of love with Facebook at the moment. I think the generation below me is very much Instagram and Twitter. And then the younger generation are mostly Snapchat and Tick-Tock. But as I said, it's changing already because Facebook is becoming less and less popular. And Instagram now is pretty much universal. So it might be different where you are from. You might be used to using one of these more than the others, or you might be used to using something completely different. If you're from China, for example, you can be using We Chat and Weibo. Which you can get in the U.K., it's not a problem. 

So settling in, this is the most important thing it is finding the balance, the right balance between taking comfort in things from home and staying connected to home, but being brave enough to try the new things that you're going to encounter in the UK and always keep an open mind.

You are going to be meeting people from completely different backgrounds. You're going to see things that you're not used to seeing. I mean, I stand out as an example because in a lot of parts of the world, you will not see women with very short hair. I've been stared at in some parts of the world so intensely. I was starting to look at myself to see what what are they staring at? What have I done wrong? Have I spilt my coffee? What's what's happened? And then I realise it's my hair.

A lady in India was talking to me and she's like, I've never met anybody with short hair like that before. Any woman with short hair. So you never know what you're going to get.

And as I said before, we have all different nationalities, all different religions, alldifferent backgrounds or different tastes and preferences. You may never have seen people walking around with so many piercings before, covered in tattoos, tattoos in Portsmouth in particular.

I think if they ever did a survey, they'd probably find that Portsmouth was the most tattooed city in the UK. And be warned, you may well find yourself getting tempted before you leave and ending up leaving Portsmouth with more than one tattoo. I've had so many students come to me and ask me, Kim, I want to get a tattoo, where should I go? What's the best place? Because you will see lots and lots of tattoo parlours around the city as well.

But always be open minded and think about the person that you're talking to and think, well, they might not share the same values as me. They might be from a different religion. They may have no religion. Lots of people in the UK are not religious. It's a different viewpoint. You just have to take that into account. We will respect you. You can respect us. Everybody is different. And not everybody shows everything on the outside. We are a lot more open as a society, but not necessarily everything. So you can still get surprises from people that you've known for quite a long time.

So we did ask our ambassadors for some little hints and tips. Charles, the other day he did this presentation with me. He's the one that said you must really emphasise the queuing, Kim. Okay. I would emphasise the queuing. But here's some of our others. 

So, Samiah, as has already been discussed. She's very, very warning of the British accent, but do not shy away from asking people to repeat themselves, as most people are very welcoming. As I said, I'm frequently asked to repeat myself or slow down, and I'm happy to do so. We are all happy to do so. 

Oh, here's a quote from Anja. Anja, you said this. British people are quite open and friendly and it's easy to ask them questions that in your home culture may be rude or uncomfortable. Always remember, on the other side of a challenge is victory. That's really nice. 

One thing I always notice when we go to China is the difference between what's considered a personal question or asking too much personal information, is very different from people from China and people from the UK. It can be quite awkward sometimes. And I've had to field off quite a few upset students before.

And Oshin has said a polite gesture can take you a long way. A simple thank you or sorry is much appreciated here. Queues and lines are a normal thing, which is also as well as not people not realising how important it is, it can also be quite new for people as well. They're not used to queuing. 

So these are my top tips for those situations. Carry an umbrella and sunglasses. You never know what the weather is going to do. One of our coach trips one year, I had two Chinese students ask if they could have their money back at the end of the day, and I asked them why and they said oh, because it rained. You're not going to last very long in the U.K. if you think that rain spoils a day out.

Plan your day out, but always plan a plan B in case it's gonna be really bad weather. I have lots of friends because of where we live. Lots of my friends and I, we will always have our birthday celebrations outdoors on the common in the summer. Anybody with a summer birthday is always gonna be a barbecue, but we'll always have a plan B. So it's always a case that we'll meet at this time on the common for a barbecue. If it's raining, we'll be in the Jolly Sailor pub next door instead. 

So always have a backup plan, but never let the weather dictate what you're going to do. It's probably going to change anyway. So you plan for rain and then it turns out to be an absolutely beautiful day that happened to me last weekend. I have made plans because I thought it was gonna rain. It was the nicest day we've had in about three weeks. We had lovely weather last weekend. It was a total shock. 

We are very informal, but also polite in this country. Let me explain this so you can call your professors by their first name. My name is Kim. My first name. My family name is Hadley. But you would never need to call me Miss Hadley. Ignore what it says on the screen. Officer Hadley, that was a joke. And I don't know how to fix it because I'm no good with tech. You can just call me Kim. And it's the same with your professors. You can just call your professor Jane or Steve. You don't have to call them professor. You don't have to call them by their surname.

There's also no need to refer to older people in the U.K. as Sir, madam or uncle, auntie. We don't do that here. If you were trying to grovel to somebody and get in their good books and you might want to call them sir, but nobody would respond to madam. Absolutely not. And Uncle/Auntie is not required. And in the UK would be considered very, very strange behaviour.

Now, even though we're informal with our names, we are very formal with our manners. So please and thank you are very, very important. You will not get very far without a please or a thank you, particularly if you're in shops. Be very, very respectful to the cashiers in the shops.

I will raise one thing on here that I've never thought to put on the presentation before, and that's being called Love or Darling. That's a very, very British thing to do. And that had never occurred to me before. Apparently, Charles, when he first arrived from Kenya, he was very shocked. He was being served in a shop and the girl who gave him his change back said, thanks, love. And he left the shop very confused as to why she was calling him love. And was there some meaning to it that he didn't understand?

It can be very, very natural in the UK to use pet names for complete strangers. So calling somebody sweetie, sweetheart, darling, love, darling and love are the most common, particularly in the north of England. You won't be able to get out of a shop without somebody calling you duck. I don't know why it's duck, but I spent a lot of time in the north of England because my family is from there and I would spend an entire visit counting how many times I got called Duck. Thanks, Duck. Why has she called me Duck. A duck is a small, quacky little bird that sits on a pond. Why is she calling me a duck? 

But yes, you may get called love quite a lot. It has no meaning at all beyond. It's just a polite greeting in a very strange way.

So punctuality – very important. If you say if your schedule says you have a 10:00 a.m. seminar, that seminar starts at 10:00 a.m. It doesn't start at 10 past. You can't rock up at half past. It starts at 10:00 a.m. It would be considered very rude to arrive late, particularly in physical lectures.

I've been giving lectures before and there's been students sneaking in the back right at the back of the lecture theatre. They're sneaking in at twenty past nine. I started at nine. It's incredibly distracting as well for the person giving the presentation. I find it really off-putting if somebody is suddenly being disruptive at the back and arriving late because I'm in the middle of, in my head, I'm getting angry thinking, why are they late? That's really rude. They shouldn't have done that. So do bear that in mind.

You must also be on time for appointments, like if you're going to the doctor, the dentist, or if you're arrange to meet a member of staff at the university, you need to be on time.

But when it comes to social activities, arrangements with your friends can be much more relaxed. So you can just say, oh, we'll meet up around 7:00 outside the student union. You could be arriving any time from 10 to seven till half past. Although bear in mind, if it's a specific timed event, like if you're going to the cinema, you need to be on time for whatever time the cinema showing starts.

Tea? Tea with a question mark, is an entire conversation all to itself. British people really are powered by tea. There is no getting away from that stereotype. It is absolutely true. Although coffee these days is equally popular, you will find loads of fancy coffee shops all around the campus if coffee.

So if coffee’s your thing, you're very, very happy. Right opposite this building, there is the most wonderful coffee shop that makes the most incredible doughnuts you will ever see in your life. And I currently live for those doughnuts. The only thing keeping me going in this incredibly empty office is my twice a week doughnut.

You've seen our weather - we need hot drinks, you know, any excuse to have a hot chocolate with marshmallows on top. We will go nuts for it. But the other thing with tea is it is a very social experience as well. It's very therapeutic. So the minute somebody arrives and the first thing you say is cuppa? That means do you want a cup of tea?

And if you walk in, you've had a really bad day and your housemate sees the look on your face and without even saying hello. The first thing they're going to say is I've put the kettle on. That's okay. I can see if you’ve had a bad day. We're going to sit down and talk about it over a cup of tea.

Okay. So little bit of useful information, just a couple of slides.

Cycling. Now, cycling is really popular in Portsmouth, primarily because the city is completely flat. There are no hills. 

Well, there is one hill because the city of Portsmouth is actually made up of two parts. It's Portsea Island, which is the island city itself and where you'll be living and where the university is. And then the suburbs of the city, right up at the top, there's one hill which is Portsdown Hill,

which is just off the island, across a little bridge. But other than that, the island itself is completely flat.

So it's really, really convenient, if you like, to cycle. However, the number one crime in Portsmouth is bicycle theft. So don't go spending a fortune on a bike. Buy an old second-hand bike. There's plenty of Second-Hand bike shops around buy one of those. And make sure that you also get a helmet because you must wear a helmet and buy two good D locks. Now, by D-lock, we mean those metal ones that are shaped like the letter D. You need two, one for the back, one for the front. 

You must also have lights on your bike. If you're caught riding a bicycle after dark without lights on, there is an instant 30 pound fine. And the same applies to cycling on the pavement. Now you will see other people cycling on the pavement all the time. Even if you do see them, that doesn't mean it's legal and you shouldn't be doing it. Every now and again the police locally will have a crackdown and be going around targeting cyclists and be handing out fines to them.

And we frequently have students come and complain in my office saying other people were doing it and I'm the only one that got caught and fined. But I thought it was legal because I saw other people doing it. Generally speaking, in a culture, you can work out what is or is not acceptable by following what the local people do. But in this particular instance, do not follow the locals. The locals can be very badly behaved on bicycle's. Eventually they'll get caught and fined, but they just won't care. You will care because 30 pounds is a lot of money to a student. So don't break the rules. 

Crossings. Now to cross the road, there are three different kinds of crossings in the UK. The first one there in my beautiful picture that I took as my favourite zebra crossing. It's right by the beach. And you just walk straight across that zebra crossing and you're on you're on the pebbles. On a zebra crossing, you have right of way. So you arrive at the zebra and you stand and wait. And the cars have to stop. The rule is they must stop. And then you walk across. Do not, though, walk straight out. You must wait for the cars to stop. But you do have right of way. 

Second, you have what we call islands. So in the middle of the road, you'll find just a little yellow beacon and a raised little section of concrete. That's an island which is just a recommended place to stop. Cars won't stop for you. You just get to the island in the middle of the road. It's a way of getting across a very wide road that has two lanes of traffic in the middle. You can stop so you can get across the first lane, wait on the island and then continue to the other side of the road when it's clear.

And finally, we have pelican crossings. There are no pelicans. There's no birds. I don't know why they call pelican crossings, but there will always be a button. You push the button and the lights change. So it's just like in any other city where the little red man, when he goes green, you can cross. There's no countdown in the U.K. so you won't see numbers counting down. It's just when it's green, get yourself across the road. If nothing is coming, you don't need to press the button. You can just walk across. It's legal to do that.

There's no jaywalking rules in the U.K. That's very much an American thing and some parts of Eastern Europe. But here you can, but you just must be very careful.

Just because you're on a pelican crossing doesn't mean you've got right of way. You're actually the interloper in the road, so run. Zebras, you've got right away. None of the others. No. So shift your bum. Hurry up. Get across. There you go, a bit of slang. Shift your bum. That means hurry up.

Water, tap water is drinkable in the UK. Okay. We've had a lot of problems in the last couple of years with people complaining about the cost of bottled water in the UK. But it's because it's not a necessity. It's not conceived as a necessity because the tap water is drinkable. So the best thing to do is to buy a refillable bottle like the ones in the picture and just refill your bottle from the tap two, three times a day. It's the most economical way of doing it because, you know, a bottle of water from a shop can be quite expensive.

Hot and cold taps are usually separate. Sorry about that. I'd never even thought of this. It hadn't even occurred to me until it was one of our ambassadors that said was having a big complaint, big rant at me about the taps and how annoying she finds it, because it's no mixer taps.

Newer buildings do have to mixer taps. But if you're going into older accommodation or if you're visiting somebody else's house, you're more than likely find in the bathroom that there's a hot tap and a cold tap and they're on opposite ends of the sink. So you have the pleasure of either scalding your hands of boiling hot water or freezing your hands with cold water. You can't mix them together. 

Recycling is very important in the U.K. We take this very seriously, particularly across the university. We have lots of research projects on how to get rid of the plastic crisis across the world. So we do take it very seriously. Anything with that triangle symbol on is recyclable. A case of that, see that, the symbol you need to look for on plastic bottles and things like that.

If you're in private housing, there will be a green bin. You'll always have two bins, a green bin and a black bin. Black bin is for rubbish, for waste. Okay. And the green bin is for anything recyclable. So anything with a triangle on or any kind of cardboard can go in the green bin.

If you're on campus, the university recycles most of the waste from all of our bins inside the building. So you just need to pop your waste in the bin. But there will be a food bin down the side so you can't put your banana skin into a regular bin and you need to put your banana skin in a food waste.

Okay. Bigger recycling points around the city can be found, including glass. So what you called bottle banks, if anyone, you hear them talking about a bottle bank. That's just basically a big, huge thing. Three times the size. It may be placed near supermarkets, places like that in shopping centres. And that's where you can take your glass. So if you had a party the weekend, you've got to bag up your glass on a Monday and you carry it all to the bottle bank and you can have lots of fun because when you put it in, you can try and smash it inside. 

When you go shopping, take your own bags. Okay. There are no free plastic bags handed out shopping anymore. You have to pay and you get nice strong ones that are reusable. So you could buy one and you could end up using that for two, three months. But it's even better if you buy a nice bag like this one. If you can see me, this is a University of Portsmouth one, that's still a shopping bag. And just take a couple of those when you go to buy food from the supermarkets.

And don't drop litter, as I said earlier, it's very important not to drop later. We're trying really hard to keep the city and the beach as clean and plastic free as possible. So don't be a din, put it in the bin. 

We're nearly at the end, I think I have earned my cup of tea. So my office, as I mentioned, is UoP Global. We are here to look after all the international students we're based in the Nuffield Centre. And this is where you'll find the International Student Advisers. Now, their job is to help you with visas, BRP, anything like that. You want to go to Europe for the summer during your studies, they'll help you with the Shengen visas as well. Visa, if your visa is going to run out. They're the people to talk to.

They also can advise on all kinds of other things. If you're having trouble, you're feeling homesick. If you're struggling. You can come and talk to them if you have. If you've been cycling on the pavement and you've been caught and you don't know what to do, you can come and talk to them. Any kind of issues like that, they are there to help you.

They also arrange our social events and coach trips. As I said, the ambassadors help us out with those and we're getting them to do more and more activities for those.

There's also the international summer schools. Now, that's my job. This is one of the reasons why I travel so much is because I take our students on two week trips in the summer to other countries. Usually we go to China and Malaysia every year. We had added Kenya last year, but unfortunately all the trips were cancelled because of Covid. They are cancelled again this year. But we're hoping to be back in 2022. So if you're an undergrad, you've got time.

I highly recommend my trips. We're also going to be adding India and hopefully a South American country in 2023. For 2021, We are running a trip to France because we don't need to fly. We can get the ferry straight across from Portsmouth. Portsmouth is a very big ferry port and we'll get the train around France. We're going to be visiting Caen, Paris and Strasbourg. So if you're interested in that, I'm the person to talk to. We're hoping the trip will take place in June, but obviously we are still controlled by the virus. So if necessary, we will push it later into August. We've got a little bit of time there if things do not improve at all. Then we will have to cancel. But at the moment, fingers crossed, it will happen.

Also in my office, you will find the exchanges and study abroad team. So if you wanted to go and do a semester at another university in another country as part of your degree, you can talk to them. They also have summer placements and you can do a study placement or a work placement. So you could even go and work overseas for a year as part of your course.

And I mentioned it slightly earlier. We have Global Week in March, which we organise. I'll tell you a bit a bit more about that in a minute. 

So our coach trips. Our usual coach trips. Every year we go to Stonehenge, which is this incredible place here. Arundel, where there is the most beautiful castle and it's a lovely little traditional English village. So you can have tea and stones and go to the castle. Windsor Castle. So the queen's home, we go there as well. And we also do city trips to Bath and Oxford. So those are two very famous places. We will be bringing the coach trips back as soon as Covid allows. I would think at this point now that it won't be until next September. When we do bring them on,

We will obviously be focussing on places where we can do things outdoors. So there are a couple of more additions that are going to go in before we start going to places like Windsor and Bath. We're going to be trying some other new locations. Durdle Door, which you might have heard of, is one of the most Instagram-able places ever! But we'll probably be doing a trip down there first and Stonehenge as well.

And Global Week. So Global Week is in the middle of March. It is the 15th to the 20th of March this year. And every day of that week, we'll be focussing on a different region of the world. There will be public lectures. There will be a quiz, movie nights, all kinds of different things going on. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, everything will be on line, of course. So you'll be doing exactly what we're doing here and staring at lots of little people in boxes on a screen, unfortunately. 

We are looking at ways that we can continue with the Festival of Cultures, which will be on the Saturday night. That's a little bit up in the air at the moment. But the whole team are working really hard on the content for Global Week at the moment. So do make sure that you join in. 

A few online resources for you here. Just to get a bit more information about dealing with culture shock, settling into a new culture. And I like the one at the bottom. Why culture shock is good for you. I think it is good for you, as Anja and I were talking about earlier. It makes you, it makes you change. It makes you grow. You start to see the world from a very different perspective.

The more countries I travel to, the more understanding I have of more cultures. And that can only be a good thing. And we will never learn to get along with one another as a human race until we learn to understand one another. And one of the easiest ways of gaining understanding is to visit a place, see how the people behave there, see what it's like there.

So we have come to the end. There's contact information there for the global office at the top. Any questions about anything? If you don't know who to talk to, you talk to us first. Okay. So you can just drop us an email and we can guide you to the right location. Under normal circumstances, you can pop into our office at any time. But as with everything else, we're currently closed.

The International Student Advisers, who as I explained before, are there to help you with visas and any other questions. That's their email address there. Please go to them directly with any visa or enquiries. OK. 

We also have our Facebook group, the UoP Global Community. Lots of activities go on there. We always post and keep that updated with what's happening. We are having a quiz every Thursday lunchtime. So unfortunately, you missed it by being here. But thank you for coming to my presentation instead. But yes, next Thursday there will be another quiz. I think next Thursday is a football quiz. But go along, join the UoP Global Community. It's open for everybody to join in and see what's happening. Right. Does anybody have any questions?

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