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  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW, BEFORE AND AFTER YOU ARRIVE

    STUDENT PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION 2016-17

  • You will soon be joining us at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA) where you will have a wonderful opportunity to study in the UK in one of the oldest University cities in the world. Cambridge has all the amenities of a University City and its setting on the banks of the River Cam and the magnificent architecture of the University buildings all combine to make Cambridge an unforgettable place in which

    to live and study.

    CSVPA is a unique College where you will be given the opportunity to develop your learning and social skills. For many of our students it is where they make lifetime friends, gain a wealth of experiences and have a great education. The College is proud of its multicultural community. We value equality of opportunity and diversity for all and will do all we can to foster an environment where everybody respects each other.

    For our international students, coming to study in a new country is both exciting and overwhelming. UK students who are living away from home for the first time will also probably feel apprehensive. Most of you will feel homesick at some stage. Don’t worry, you are not alone. There is help and support available to you

    in the College and we try to help make this transition as easy as possible.

    This Information Pack provides the essential information you will need both before and after your arrival, so please read it carefully and follow the instructions regarding information we need from you. For speed

    of contact we prefer to use email, so please would you make sure you complete all forms we send you.

    Chris Maughan Head of School

    WELCOME

  • CONTENTS

    College Details ........................................................................................

    When to Arrive .....................................................................................

    Before You Travel .................................................................................

    Arrival in the UK – What to Expect .......................................

    First Days at College ...........................................................................

    The Serious Bits ......................................................................................

    The Fun Bits ...............................................................................................

    CSVPA Location .....................................................................................

    Term Dates ................................................................................................

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    COLLEGE DETAILS

    ADDRESS: CSVPA

    13 – 14 Round Church Street Cambridge CB5 8AD

    TELEPHONE: From the UK: 01223 341 328

    From Overseas: +44 1223 341 328 08.30 – 17.30 until 18 June 08.30 – 17.00 after 18 June

    EMERGENCY NUMBER: From the UK: 07860 586 528

    From Overseas: +44 7860 586 528

    FAX: From the UK: 01223 467 773

    From Overseas: +44 1223 467 773

    E-MAIL: studentservices@csvpa.com

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    STAYING IN COLLEGE ACCOMMODATION? • All students are expected to arrive on the Saturday or Sunday before the start of term. If

    you cannot do so, you must let the Admissions Team know in advance before the first day of term. Please do not arrive early.

    • You should arrive in Cambridge on the Saturday or Sunday before term begins between 8am and 10pm. You need to go directly to Varsity House (New Street, Cambridge, CB1 2TX) where you will be directed to your accommodation. If you are arriving in Cambridge outside of these hours you will need to phone our 24 hour hotline 07860 586 528 for assistance. You will register and start your Induction on Monday at the College.

    • Please let us know if you want us to arrange a taxi to collect you from the airport on arrival. For your first term, the cost of this will be added to your next invoice. To book a taxi, send an email, together with your flight details, to admissions@csvpa.com at least 4 days before you are due to arrive.

    • If you have pre-booked a taxi through us to collect you from the airport the driver will know where to take you.

    • Even if you do not need a taxi, it is very important that you give us your flight details as soon as they are booked. Please email them to admissions@csvpa.com.

    • If you have any concerns when you arrive at your accommodation please call our 24 hour hotline 07860 586 528 for assistance.

    NOT STAYING IN COLLEGE ACCOMMODATION? • Come to the main College Reception in Round Church Street by 9am on the Monday your course

    begins.

    WHEN TO ARRIVE

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    VISAS: • Please refer to the UKVI website for visa information

    www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas • If you need a Tier 4 General or Child visa, you will need to obtain this before you travel to the UK

    (even if you do not need an advance visa to visit the UK as a tourist, you must get your Tier 4 visa before travelling). In this case, you should have received a CAS statement (Confirmation of Acceptance to Study) from us. If not, please contact us. If you are going to join us on a Student or Child Student visitor visa, you should have a Confirmation of Enrolment which you can use to support your visitor visa application. If you do not need a visa at all, you will also have a Confirmation of Enrolment document.

    INSURANCE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY: The College cannot accept responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, your personal belongings. • You are strongly encouraged to arrange your own insurance cover. • Students’ Possessions Insurance can be taken with HSBC but other providers are available. For more

    information visit the following web address http://www.hsbc.co.uk/1/2/personal/insurance and click on the “Student Insurance” section.

    • Don’t bring highly valuable possessions or equipment to College. • Passports and other important documents can be left with the college for safekeeping. • Security boxes are provided in all rooms in large blocks.

    INSURANCE OF FEES: • You may wish to take out insurance for your fees. Unfortunately, the College cannot arrange this for

    individuals.

    EXAMINATION RESULTS: • Please fax (+44 1223 467 773), post or email copies (not originals) of your exam results to Student

    Services if we have not already seen them - studentservices@csvpa.com

    BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

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    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Please make sure that you have the following with you when you travel: • Passport with visa, if required • If we have sent you a Consent to Travel letter, your parents must complete this and you must

    bring this with you. • Tier 4 visa students must bring their CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) statement • ORIGINALS (not copies) of documents listed on the CAS statement which were used to support

    your visa application • If you bring any medication into the UK, also carry a letter (translated into English) from your

    doctor explaining what the medicine is and what it is for • A warm sweater or jacket for your arrival • Keep all of the above in your hand luggage. • Do not bring meat/dairy products, it is illegal to import these to the UK.

    ALL STUDENTS • Cash for arrival and first two weeks. We suggest around £100. If you are self catering you will

    need more, around £250 • Bank draft or cheque for fees or proof of fee payment, e.g. bank transfer documentation • Funding for text book purchases. This will be easier if you have a float account set up, otherwise

    you will need around £200. • Do not carry large amounts of cash on you or in your personal belongings. • Photographs and reminders of family and home. • Towels. • Essential toiletries. • Four passport size photographs. • Do not bring bed linen because it is provided in your accommodation.

    MEDICAL • All students will be registered with our local NHS Doctor while studying with us. • Students with Dental/Orthodontist work done in their country of origin MUST bring their

    medical records, translated in English, as most Orthodontists do not see a patient without notes. • Spare pair of spectacles or contact lenses if you have them and a copy of your prescription. • Medicines prescribed by a doctor and also a copy of prescriptions, preferably with generic

    names. Please do not attempt to bring high volumes of medicine to England. Enough for your first four weeks will be sufficient and these items must be disclosed to the health centre staff upon your arrival.

    • A medical report of any diagnosis and current treatment, to help the Health Centre give continuous care.

    WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

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    EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

    ALL ART & DESIGN EXTENDED DIPLOMA AND ART & DESIGN FOUNDATION STUDENTS WILL BE ISSUED WITH AN ART BOX CONTAINING THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:

    • Full Pencil box selection of: HB 2B, 4B, 2H, 4H,etc • Putty Rubber • Pencil sharpener • Box of watercolour paints • 3 water colour brushes • 3 sable brushes • 1 metal ruler 30cm • 1 glue stick • 1 roll of masking tape • Box of 24 coloured pencils • 1 craft knife • 1 pair of scissors

    WHAT TO BRING: Al