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Wolfson's community includes students from over 70 different countries. Please see below for links to useful information and areas of support for international students.
Lots of great information for international students new to Oxford.
At the start of each new academic year the University runs an orientation programme for new students arriving in Oxford from overseas.
Resources for staff and students who have joined Oxford.
The University has dedicated visa and immigration experts to assist you with information and advice.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides an excellent website with information about studying and living in the UK, including information about healthcare entitlements.
Passport and visa/permit scanning
If you are entering the UK on a visa you must ensure that your passport and visa/Biometric Residence Permit card have been scanned by the college academic office at registration, and immediately every time you renew your passport and/or visa. Please note that we can not register and enrol you on your course until you have had your documents checked and scanned.
If you need to apply for a new visa, your CAS will be issued by your department.
Students from some countries may have to register with the police local station. Full information may be found on the University's Registering with the police page.
The University publishes an excellent guide on bank accounts in the UK, which can be downloaded from the International Students page (on the right-hand side of the page).
You will find that banks require several types of documentary evidence proving your identity and confirming your status as a student. Once you have been enrolled on your course after college registration, you can download a copy of the University enrolment certificate which can be used to open a bank account and for council tax waiver purposes. To do this you will need to login to Student Self Service on the University website. You can either email the certificate to the Academic Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or bring it in to be signed and stamped. Make sure to arrange this at least a day before your visit to the bank to make sure it is ready for you in time.
Helpful hint: make sure your home address is correct on the student database before downloading the certificate. Most banks will not accept a certificate for an international student where the home address is listed as being in the UK.
Health care and the National Health Service (NHS)
Students from Britain, the EEA and any country with reciprocal health arrangements are eligible for free treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). Students from outside the EEA who are studying full-time for more than 6 months and applied for a visa before 6 April 2015 are entitled to free NHS treatment. Those who paid the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of a visa application on or after 6 April 2015 are also allowed access to the NHS free of charge. Family members in the UK as dependants will be eligible for the same access to the NHS. However, students with pre-existing conditions which may require hospital care may not always be covered, so it is recommended that adequate medical insurance is taken out.
All students and their families should register with a doctor (usually called a general practitioner or GP in the UK) as soon as possible after arrival, and the services of a GP are free under the National Health Service (NHS). While you can register with any Oxford GP surgery accepting patients, Wolfson has an affiliation with a local GP surgery that is willing to provide treatment under the NHS for members of the College and their families who live in College accommodation or who are resident in central or North Oxford. The majority of Wolfson students register with this GP (also referred to as the College Doctor). Further information on the College Doctor and other medical information can be found in the Health and welfare section of the college website.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs has a dedicated section on Health and Healthcare in the UK with lots of helpful information.
Welfare and support
Moving to a new country is usually an exciting experience however it can also be challenging, both emotionally and logistically, adapting to a new environment. The following are links to some of the support available in Oxford.
University Counselling Service - Providing support for students experiencing personal difficulties
Counselling Service podcast for international students - This podcast explores some of the emotional challenges faced by international students. It focuses on issues around coping with change, adapting to a new culture and language, and looks at some of the emotions that may emerge in the process of adjustment to a new environment.
Wolfson welfare support - For confidential listening and advice, students can speak to any member of the college welfare team made up of the Senior Tutor, student welfare officers and student peer supporters.
Oxford University Language Centre - The Language Centre runs courses in English such as academic writing and conversations skills.
Oxford University Student Union - The Student Union represents all students at Oxford and provides support and services for home and international students alike.
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