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International Foundation Diploma Orientation

We are delighted that you will be studying with us at AUB and we would like to offer you a warm welcome to our creative community

Welcome to AUB

We are delighted that you will be studying with us at AUB and we would like to offer you a warm welcome to our creative community. We have students from over 60 different countries undertaking our courses; the internationally diverse background of our students is an important part in shaping the vibrant, collaborative ethos we have here on our campus.

With our unspoilt coastal location, and set within an area of outstanding natural beauty Bournemouth has a lot to offer. AUB’s reputation within the creative industries sets us apart from other universities across the country. AUB is alive with creative thinkers and creative makers; with state-of-the-art facilities and connections with the best in the industry.

To help make your start living in the UK and studying at AUB as smooth as possible, our International office delivers the Orientation Programme for all non-UK and EU students. In January 2021, due to the COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure that all international students have access to the information, orientation will be delivered online through live Zoom meetings and pre-recorded videos. This will complement the Induction activities for all new students delivered by AUB and your department.

Your first week at AUB

During this last year, many things have changed and we are all learning in these challenging times! For all the information about what to expect on your first week, enrolling and timetables can be found on our Welcome pages linked below.

Watch our videos

Here you can find pre-recorded videos, to help you navigate your way around campus and to help you with your studies and time here at AUB.

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The AUB Student Union (AUBSU) is run by students, for students. All students at AUB automatically become members of the Union when they enrol on their course. Your Executive Committee includes a group of part-time, voluntary Executive Officers and two full-time Sabbatical Officers Louise Hall (President) and Kamila Dowgiert (Vice President). You can get involved and become an executive officer yourself or join one of our amazing Sports Clubs and Societies! From football to surfing and anime to life drawing there is something for everyone. The AUBSU is here to represent and support AUB students, within the University, locally and nationally. Everything we do is to improve your University experience!

The AUBSU has a calendar of events via the What’s On guide which student can and are encouraged to join. There will be activities delivered by AUBSU and our student services team that you will be able to participate in. The What’s On guide will be regularly updated with all our activities and we would advise you check out what is going on.


The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of International students and those who work with them.

The UKICSA website gives information on lots of topics including visas and immigration, work during and after studies, home or overseas fee status regulations and sources of funding. Look here first for answers to your questions.

If you cannot find the information, you need after looking at their website, phone there Student Advice Line on +4420 7788 9214, which is open at the following times: Monday to Friday (except for public holidays): 13.00 to 16.00 (UK time)

UKCISA have produced come great information on facing culture shock, which we would advise you have a look at, please see the link below.

Emerge 2.0 is a celebration of all the fantastic work our foundation students do throughout their time at AUB.

The work consists of Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and International Foundation Diploma.

Travel and Transport

If you live in the areas local to AUB, such as Wallisdown, Winton or Charminster, you may choose to walk to and from the campus, which can take between 10 and 30 minutes.

When walking around Bournemouth, take care when crossing roads and use designated pedestrian crossings; Bournemouth’s roads can become very busy with cars and cyclists that won’t always stop.

Cycling is a very popular option for students when travelling around Bournemouth and Poole, which has several cycle ways. You can find more information about the cycling routes on the BCP Council website.

There are also a number of covered cycle racks on the AUB campus and throughout Bournemouth and Poole. When possible, always use a designated cycle rack to secure your bike with a D-lock type bike lock and avoid using lampposts or fences. If you decide you would like to travel by bike, students can enjoy a discount from some local bicycle shops and can get a free high visibility jacket for safety. For more details, please contact the AUB Students’ Union on

If you choose to cycle when it is dark, it is the law to have a front white light and back red light on your bike; if you do not, the police can stop you and give you a fine. It is also illegal for bikes to use most pavements. We recommend that you read the Highway Code to give you an understanding of the rules of the road and the best way to safely get around by bike. It will also be a good idea to invest in a good cycling helmet and wear it at all times when cycling, to limit injury in the event of an accident.

AUB is on several main bus routes, including the UNIBUS service - a route especially for students. It runs regularly between some of the most popular student areas in Bournemouth and Poole. If you are going to regularly use UNIBUS you may want to purchase thekey, it is smartcard and one way of buying your bus ticket safely and securely

You can also use Yellow Buses’ service numbers 6, 6B and 8 to get to campus.

The UK has introduced some measures to keep our country, citizens and visitors safe and these include the compulsory wearing of facemasks on all public transport, visiting shops and supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, plus libraries, banks and post offices.

We would advise that you read the UK Government’s advice before you travel to the UK and ensure you have sufficient facemasks.

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