Support for Study Abroad students


At Goldsmiths we have a range of people in place to help you settle in to life in London and to support you through your studies

Arriving at Goldsmiths

Starting a new experience can be daunting, but as a Study Abroad student you will be welcomed to Goldsmiths with a specially designed orientation programme to familiarise you with your new study and living environment. Whether you start in September or January, during your first week at Goldsmiths we’ll introduce you to our campus facilities as well as to the local area. We will give you general advice about living in the UK alongside information on the financial, health and social services available to you. It is very important that you attend. The orientation programme is mandatory.

2018-19 Orientation is due to take place from 24-28 September 2018, although these dates are subject to change nearer the time. 


For September starters there will be a Welcome Week packed full of events, including an official orientation session led by the International Mobility Team. Welcome Week is university-wide, and you’ll have a great time experiencing the Freshers Fayre and everything Goldsmiths has to offer. For information, visit our Welcome Week section.

For January starters there will also be an official orientation session, as well as social events taking place when you arrive to help you get to know your fellow students. There will be campus tours so you can adjust to your surroundings, and a Welcome Back Week led by Goldsmiths Students’ Union to help you get involved with activities, entertainment, and events across campus.

Your academic department

You’ll have an International Liaison Officer (ILO) in each of your departments to support you academically and advise you on other support services.

There are also Departmental Reps – fellow students who are there to represent you on academic issues.

Academic skills

The Academic Skills Centre offers a wide variety of workshops to help you achieve your best while you’re here at Goldsmiths. You can enhance your essay writing skills, improve your time management, find out how to get the most out of your lectures and seminars and learn how to use the library by booking your place on an Academic Skills workshop.

English language and academic writing support

The English Language Centre (ELC) runs sessions on academic literacy, study skills, and language development to support you with your academic writing if required.

Chaplaincy and places of worship

Goldsmiths has a multi-faith prayer room and a Chaplaincy Centre that's open to everyone regardless of what your beliefs and practices may or may not be. There are lots of places of worship in New Cross and the surrounding areas. Find out more about chaplaincy at Goldsmiths.


If you live in halls of residence or close to campus, you can register at one of several nearby doctors' surgeries. There's also an NHS Walk-In Centre open 365 days a year. If you're studying for more than six months, you'll be entitled to treatment from the NHS. Find out more on the UKCISA website.

Students' Union

From student representation to societies and sports teams, the Goldsmiths Students’ Union is home to lots of different services. Get involved and try something new! Find out more on the Students' Union website.

The Student Centre

At the Goldsmiths Student Centre you can access a wide range of services and support in one location. Their specialist staff can assist you with any problems, and they run events and activities to help you make the most out of your time at Goldsmiths. If you have any questions, get in touch and they'll point you in the right direction.


Our Erasmus and Study Abroad Student Advisors are here to provide you with peer support. They hold weekly drop-in sessions and are always available on email to provide advice and help you with all your queries from the unique perspective of a Goldsmiths student.

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