Being a new student in a new learning environment, and possibly a new country or city is exciting, but not without its challenges. This section has resources to help you make that transition.
Student Services 14 Day Countdown for students - this guide is available from Saturday, 12 September, exactly two weeks before Welcome Week begins.We know it's difficult to come from another country and have to isolate in a place you don't know, so we've put this guide together to give you something to do during your self-isolation. Here, you'll find information that you will need, some fun things to do, and suggestions for getting to know other people. There will be a new page released every day, each with a focus on a particular topic.
Welcome /Freshers Week is a great opportunity for you to get involved in a variety of activities and events. It is also another good chance to meet other new students and familiarise yourself with the campus facilities and buildings. Look out for events which aim to bring students together in the Welcome Events Programme some of which are may be of interest to you or those specifically aimed at your circumstances. The events programme this year has been curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we are running many online events which you can join in. DUSA and the Sports Union are also running online activities so check out their information.
See this article from Save The Student on How to make friends at university
The Complete University Guide has some excellent resources for new students.
A further Guide to Starting University from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
Students on medications or those that have pre-existing medical conditions: If you need a prescribed medication on an ongoing basis make sure that you have brought sufficient quantities with you, at least 4 weeks supply, which will be enough until you register with a local doctor in Dundee.
If you are an international student and require prescribed medication for a pre-existing medical condition, it is important that you bring a doctor's letter (in English) with you to give to the doctor in Dundee explaining your medical diagnosis / condition, and any prescribed medications you require to continue taking.
If you do not do this it may take some time to get a required prescription from the GP (General Practitioner - doctor) in Dundee and this may result in a gap in medication which may affect your ability to study.
Are you looking to get involved in Volunteering? Joining a club or Society? Getting Active in Sports? but don’t know where to start? Have you never thought of getting involved, or think extra-curricular activities are not for you?
SWITCH aims to help students maintain positive health in the following ways:
Use our SWITCH service for a one-to-one referral to help you discover what interests you most and gain a helping hand in reaching out to an activity you want to do. Our service is open to everyone, whatever course, year, or background you have, so why not get in touch now.
Peer Connections is a welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme to help all students settle in, show you around, meet, mix and share information and experience with other students. Buddy groups are offered to all incoming exchange students by Peer Connections. Individual mentoring for new students is also offered. Email email@example.com
The Global Room is a social space on City Campus for students to relax, meet new people and celebrate cultural events. They also run a range of online events every week that you can participate in. For more information email GlobalRoom@dundee.ac.uk