Over the course of two to three days, students will participate in a variety of orientation activities. FIE's London Team will present information students need to know during their time in London. Orientation discussions are crucial in helping students adjust to a different academic culture and learning about life in London. Those students participating in FIE's Internship Program will have a separate Internship Orientation, where you will meet the Experiential Education Team and get the inside knowledge on making a success of your international internship.
Topics typically presented during Orientation include:
TYPICAL ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
- Once you've arrived in London, pick-up your keys, collect your FIE ID card and settle into your residence hall!
- RESIDENCE LIFE MEETING
- Our team of FIE Residence Life Supervisors will meet you in your residence to let you know more about your building, the neighbourhood and FIE's Residence Life policies and procedures.
- DOCUMENT REGISTRATION
- Passport copies, pay for books/lab fees (if applicable) and collect your Oyster Card (your travelcard around London!)
- STUDY IN LONDON ORIENTATION
- The Academic team introduces you to the FIE team and FIE's Study Centre. Information is given regarding libraries, computer access and other academic resources. Students are also reminded of the academic expectations and how to access FIE policies regarding class attendance, grading, and course information.
- STUDENT LIFE/RESIDENCE LIFE ORIENTATION
- The Student Life team discusses cultural differences including pub culture, how to get around London, places to visit in London, traveling to the European continent, health & welfare, safety in London and much more.
- INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION
- The Experiential Education team will give you an overview of what to expect at your international internship, including tips for success on interacting with co-workers, working in a cross-cultural environment, placement expectations, and answer common questions about internships in the UK.
- WEST END THEATRE
- Attend a top theatre performance at one of London's famous West End theatre venues!
- FIE RECEPTION
- Your chance to wind down and meet other FIE students and staff while enjoying a free dinner and drinks.
- GUIDED COACH TOUR OF LONDON
- This private coach tour is your opportunity to get to know the city and see famous sites including Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace! Led by a very experienced and knowledgable Blue Badge Guide, this is a real highlight of orientation!