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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-arrival assessment

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

Do you need a visa?

If you are from the EU/EEA/Switzerland, you don't need a visa.

If you are a 'visa national':

  • Up to 11 months: You need a visa before leaving your country. You can apply for a short-term study visa:
    • Short-term study visa for stays up to 6 months
    • Short-term study visa (11 months) for stays from 6 to 11 months

If you are a 'non-visa national':

  • Under 6 months: You need a visa, but you can get a Short-term study visa on arrival in the UK. Make sure the Immigration Officer gives you the right stamp
  • 6-11 months: You need to get a visa before leaving your country. You can apply for a short-term study visa (11 months)

If you are from Japan, South Korea or Singapore, do NOT use E-gates. You must get the correct stamp on your passport.

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 8.30 a.m. on your first day.

We will first check your booking information and identity, so please bring your passport or national identity card 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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