We're looking forward to welcoming you Whether you are getting ready to join us on campus for the start of your programme or arriving on campus after starting your course from home, we are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. Here you can look forward to a safe, fun and inclusive learning experience as you build cultural experiences and create networks for your future. Enhanced health and safety measures, blended learning, and a supportive community of international students and expert staff ensure you will have the best start to your university experience. Here to support you From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with: What to pack Planning for your arrival Visa Accommodation How to make the most of your time with us Studying in Centre The International Study Centre is open for you to begin your studies and start your journey to achieving your university and career ambitions. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from blended learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way. What do I need to study online? As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. Whilst it is possible to access and interact with most course content using a tablet or smartphone, these devices will not work for assessments. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you. Computer While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use. PC Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10) Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) Webcam Microphone Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom Mac Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version) Webcam Microphone Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom Internet Connection Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies. Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed Zoom Restricted Countries Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full restricted list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity. What is blended learning? You will learn through a mixture of as many live teacher-led classes as possible, as well as interactive activities and resources delivered in a virtual learning environment. Your health and safety is important and we will observe social distancing guidelines at all times. What is VLE? A VLE is a virtual learning environment, the online hub for your programme. Here, you will find recorded lessons, collaboration tools, helpful materials, and more. What safety measures are in place? Safety principles include: Wearing face coverings is encouraged around all our buildings Hand sanitiser stations Enhanced cleaning and sterilising measures One-way systems and signage to manage the flow of people around campus Smaller class sizes to enable social distancing Utilising online learning to manage number of students on campus Additional support for vulnerable students or those with special requirements Keeping you safe on campus Essential pre-arrival tasks Before you arrive at Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. If you have any questions, you can contact us for help. If you applied directly through us, your Student Enrolment Advisor can answer any questions you have about arriving at Liverpool. They can offer advice on living in the UK and support you with organising airport transfers on arrival to the UK. We will also provide you with pre-arrival reading and preparation materials so you are fully prepared for your study abroad adventure. Pre-arrival checklist Organise your insurance It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. Find out more about StudyCare insurance. Arrange your visa You can apply for your UK study visa once we have issued you with your CAS. Contact us if you have any questions. Confirm your offer View Fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). Confirm your accommodation Please confirm your accommodation with our Accommodation Team as soon as possible. Book your travel to the UK You can book your travel to the UK when you receive your visa. Your nearest airports are Manchester or Liverpool. For more information about the transfer options and prices please visit the fees page. Your first day You should aim to arrive at your accommodation up to two days before the start of term. What to pack Essential documents Passport and visa UKVI Decision Letter International Study Centre offer letter CAS statement Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs Accommodation documents Four passport-sized photographs Insurance documents (unless you use StudyCare) Medical certificates and vaccination records Medication Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries once you arrive in Liverpool Clothing Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Liverpool is a top shopping destination and has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need. Other items Computers: Having your own personal computer allows you the freedom to study in your room or on campus. Travel adapters: It is a good idea to bring a travel adapter with you, so that you can charge your phone and computer as soon as you arrive. Personal items: You may also want to bring a few personal items, such as photos and books, to make you feel at home. Cash: It's useful to have some money in cash when you are travelling. We recommend about £50. Guardianship letter (if you're under 18).