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In the weeks leading up to your arrival at Southampton, and during your first week, there are a number of things you will need to remember. Our induction programme is designed to help you settle in as quickly as possible, with help or advice available whenever you need it. For most students, 'arrival' means getting to your accommodation a week or so before the start of the teaching year.

To find out what you will need to do before you arrive, visit our Welcome site.

The following is an example timetable for first year UK students:

If your first language is not English, the University can help with both pre-sessional and ongoing language support. Find out more about language support.

If you have a disability or health condition, or need help balancing your work and personal commitments, the University has a variety of enabling, counselling and mentoring services. Find out more about Education Support.

International Welcome Programme

We encourage all new international postgraduates to register for our Welcome Programme, specifically designed for our international students. This takes place in September each year and includes general events to introduce you to the University. There will also be academic induction events within your discipline, and a range of social and cultural activities. Find out more about the International Welcome Programme.

Comprehensive induction

Biological Sciences hosts its own induction day at the start of the new academic year for all new postgraduate students. This includes an introduction to the series of seminars and courses that will give you a grounding in the tools you will need.

Once you have registered, you will receive a printed copy of Biological Science's Postgraduate Handbook. This is also available on Biological Science's intranet, and contains a wealth of essential information including:

Biological Sciences offers a range of training and support, from safety instruction to academic writing skills. Some of this training may be a statutory requirement.

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My four years in Southampton have been a very good experience; people have been very friendly and it was easy to settle down and make friends. I’m really looking forward to staying in the UK to work.
Chenyi YaoPhD: 'Isolation and characterisation of a novel lectin gene, Allium triquetrum, conferring insecticidal properties against Myzus persicae'
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