Coming to study with us will be an exciting time in your life and, like most things, you'll need to plan ahead and get yourself organised.
To help you we recommend you read our Pre-Departure information below as it will answer most of the questions you may have about coming to study at ARU.
The most important things you need to do as soon as you have accepted our offer to study are:
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If you come from within the EU we recommend flying into Stansted Airport. Flights can be less expensive and it’s the closest airport to ARU, so very easy to get to our campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford using train or coach/bus. Public transport is reliable, frequent and relatively cheap.
If you're travelling thousands of miles then Heathrow Airport is probably your only option. Book your flights so that you arrive on the day of our Heathrow airport pick up service. This service runs in the morning and the afternoon the day before our International Orientation programme. It's a free service – you just need to pre-book online.
Doing some preparation before you arrive will help you adapt quicker to your course. You can visit websites such as prepareforsuccess.org.uk; these self-access materials can help you refresh your English language and improve your study skills over the vacation period before you arrive.
Aside of that, we know it can take time to get used to the way we study in the UK. Once you arrive we can help with your English language as well as study techniques via our Study Skills Plus sessions.