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Before You Arrive

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Broadstairs for your course at the College

To help you prepare you will find useful information here to help your planning.

When you travel please, make sure you don't forget your booking confirmation, your travel tickets and your passport!

Have a safe journey!

Your pre-course assessment

If you have not already done it, please complete our pre-course test and questionnaire as quickly as possible to help us understand your level of English.

Do you need a visa?

Studying in the UK for six months or less 

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens do not need a visa to study for up to six months.

If you have a passport from a country on the non-visa national list you can study for up to six months without a visa. Please check if you need a visa here and what the rules are.

Please carry with you your enrolment documents from Hilderstone College and details of your return travel arrangements.

Any student from a visa national country who intends to study English language for less than six months will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa before travel. Click here for a list of visa national countries.

Do not use the e-Gates at the airport, see an immigration officer to get a stamp on your passport.

Studying in the UK for six to eleven months

All students who want to study English in the UK for between six and eleven months should apply for a Short-term study visa at least 3 months prior to travel.

Always refer to the Home Office website.

Your travel information

If you have not already done so, please give us your travel information and how you are arriving to the UK, before the start of your course.

Important links

  • read or download our Student Handbook which includes: what to bring, the cost of living, staying with a host family and much more
  • find out what to bring and what you don't need to bring with you
  • read or download our travel information and town map
  • see the College and Broadstairs on Google maps
  • see our current social programme to get an idea of what you will be able to do in the evenings and at weekends
  • if you haven't already organised it, we can organise your student insurance including medical, travel, personal possessions and course cancellation

On your first day at Hilderstone College

Please arrive at the College at around 8.45 a.m. on your first day.

We will first check your booking information and identity, so please bring your passport with you.

After that, you will meet the College staff and have a full induction and tour of the College before you start your course.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hilderstone!

Hilderstone College information

Address: Hilderstone College, St Peter's Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2JW, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1843 869171

Emergency telephone: you will find this on your Confirmation of Booking. Please use it only in an emergency or when there is a last-minute change of travel plans.

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