Support for international students

DMU’s friendly International Student Support team are on hand to offer you advice and support throughout your time at university.

They can be reached by emailing

International Welcome Week runs from Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 January 2020. This week of events is designed to help students settle into life at DMU and includes a day-trip and social events, as well as information and guidance about living and studying in the UK.

Register for International Welcome Week at

We operate a coach pick-up service from London Heathrow (LHR) airport on Monday 14 January 2020. You can find out more details and book a place online at 


International student registration

Before you can register on your course as a new International Student you will need to have your passport and visa copied for university records. The Immigration Compliance team are running a registration event on Sunday 19 January (further details to be sent to you closer to the time) with additional opportunities for registration afterwards. You will need to bring your passport and visa document to this event so that the team can take a copy. Click here to download a printable guide to collecting Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) for new international students. 

Biometric Residence Permits

A BRP is a secure identity card which contains personal details and biometric information for those who have permission (a visa) to come to the UK for more than six months.

When your Tier 4 visa application is approved you will first be issued with a 30-day entry vignette in your passport that will allow you to travel to the UK. This will only be valid for 30 days.

How do I collect my BRP?

Once you arrive in the UK you will need to collect your (BRP) card that will be valid for the full length of your stay in the UK. You must collect this within 10 days of arriving in the UK.

The university will not normally allow you to register until you have collected your BRP.

If you have chosen to collect from the university, you can do at the International Registration activities taking place from Sunday 19 January (further details will be sent to you closer to the time).

I have already collected my BRP from you – do I still need to come?

No, we will have copied your BRP before we gave it to you.

My BRP hasn’t arrived yet, what do I do?

Come to one of the International Registration Events and we will be able to investigate and advise further. Bring your BRP and passport collection letter.

Visa and passport documentation

Can I bring copies of my visa and passport instead of the originals?

We cannot accept copies of documents. You must bring the original document; which will be scanned and verified by a member of the Immigration Compliance Team.

My documents are with the Home Office as I’m applying for a new visa. Can I still register?

Students with ongoing visa applications can usually register while their visa application is being considered – to do this you must bring evidence that your visa application is being considered and that you made your application for a new visa before your previous visa expired.

The evidence you should bring is the Home Office confirmation of your visa application and a copy of your old visa.

I haven’t got confirmation of my visa application. Can I still register?

The university will need to check your immigration status with the Home Office in order to make this decision. You will be asked to provide your written consent to do this if it is necessary.

My current visa is about to expire. Can I register using that?

We would usually expect a student to have their visa to study the course, or have made their new visa application, before starting their new course.

If you don’t but your expiring visa was issued to study another course at De Montfort University, we may consider whether you can register. Visas issued to study at other institutions will not be acceptable under any circumstances.

Meet new friends

Our International Student Support team offer an international student buddy scheme, i-Buddies, which match international students with existing DMU students. New students will be contacted about the scheme before the start of their programme.

The team also runs Explore UK, a monthly programme of weekend trips. Previous trips have included Stonehenge, Oxford, Liverpool, Scotland and Cambridge. Look out for information from the team as new trips are announced.

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