Welcome to the UK! If this is your first visit here we hope that you will find this section valuable in helping you to settle into your new post.
Life in the UK
The UK is a multicultural society, this diversity is evident as you travel around the major cities. You should expect to receive a warm welcome, especially from your future colleagues here, but also from strangers, most of whom will usually be pleased to assist you with any of your day to day needs.
You will probably have been in contact with the college or university who are hosting your stay. They should be able to provide you with most of the practical information you require. Other sources of useful information will include the local library and websites such as: www.migrationexpert.com/uk/visa/living_in_uk.asp
Remember you will need warm clothing for much of the year! Accommodation for visiting students/colleagues is usually be arranged for you if you have requested assistance from your host UK institution before arrival in the UK. Alternative sources of accommodation include Goodenough College who provides residential accommodation in central London for postgraduate students from all over the world.
All you need to know
The British Council has developed a useful checklist of information on a wide range of issues including: accommodation; daycare and schooling for your children; benefits for families; financial matters; healthcare and your entitlement to free treatment; politics; society; and how to get around the UK and enjoy your free time. Click here to visit their website.
Surgeons coming to the UK
The arrangements for doctors from abroad wishing to train in surgery in the UK have undergone significant changes over the past few years. Some of these changes relate to work permits, which affect all international doctors, while others relate to arrangements for training in surgery. Visit the RCS website for more information.