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Pre-arrival support

The Reading International Office (RIO) team looks after the recruitment and interests of international students (visa nationals and those from the European Economic Area) and international recruitment activities more generally. RIO's role includes:

  • Representing and marketing the University overseas;
  • Recruiting international students;
  • Dealing with enquiries and queries from international students;
  • Dealing with the University's overseas representatives (agents);
  • Running the welcome programme
  • Advising University of Reading staff about issues affecting international students and recruitment;
    Hosting campus visits and delegations of overseas visitors;

Support and advice

RIO offers a lot of support and advice to visa nationals (and those from the European Economic Area) before they enter the UK and come to Reading University.  Read the International student pages hosted by RIO which includes information and further links on the following (and many other) topics:

  • Specific information and links for pre-sessional, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes;
  • International student profiles;
  • Meeting the University of Reading in their home country;
  • How to apply to the University;
  • Entry requirements (and English Language requirements)
  • Funding opportunities;
  • Money matters for International students;
  • Country specific clubs and societies that students can join on arrival;
  • Getting ready to come to the UK and what to expect on arrival; 


Specific information on applying for a visa, including links to UK Visas and Immigration advice and guidance can be found at Visas.

For information on renewing visas once at the University please see 'Supporting current visa national students' and 'Employing visa nationals' if your query is in relation to visas and employment.  

Contact us

Information on international students or urgent UKVI compliance queries:

Katie Robertson

For queries relating to UKVI compliance:

For queries relating to European students and staff:

Reading International Office

  • Telephone:
    +44 (0)118 378 6982 

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