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    I'm starting natural sciences this September, however I have my sisters wedding coming up in October which is going to be outside of the country. I would have to be gone for a week from the 5th October. Would I miss important things such as picking streams or would this have been done earlier? I'm unsure whether to go or not?
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    (Original post by rxns_00)
    I'm starting natural sciences this September, however I have my sisters wedding coming up in October which is going to be outside of the country. I would have to be gone for a week from the 5th October. Would I miss important things such as picking streams or would this have been done earlier? I'm unsure whether to go or not?
    I really do not recommend that you do this. I'm not at UCL but missing a week at university regardless is generally a pretty bad idea - the pace is much faster than at school - and sounds like a particularly bad idea at the start of term.
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    Is the week in question freshers week? if so you may be better off asking your course leader directly. A wedding is a one off event so they may be able to make amendments.

    Or you may find its when all health and safety inductions are done.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I really do not recommend that you do this. I'm not at UCL but missing a week at university regardless is generally a pretty bad idea - the pace is much faster than at school - and sounds like a particularly bad idea at the start of term.

    Ok thank you for that. I was thinking I could still do work while I'm not there it's just missing other important things I'm worried about

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    Is the week in question freshers week? if so you may be better off asking your course leader directly. A wedding is a one off event so they may be able to make amendments.

    Or you may find its when all health and safety inductions are done.
    I think it's the week after freshers so really not sure :/
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    (Original post by rxns_00)
    I'm starting natural sciences this September, however I have my sisters wedding coming up in October which is going to be outside of the country. I would have to be gone for a week from the 5th October. Would I miss important things such as picking streams or would this have been done earlier? I'm unsure whether to go or not?
    I'd say it would be pretty disastrous. You should definitely talk to the uni first, because the presumption when people don't turn up at the start of the first term is that they aren't going to turn up, so you might find all sorts of things cancelled, you would be last on the list of course option selection and you'd miss all the introductory lectures setting out expectations, rules, sign ups, tips, reading advice etc etc. Unless you are an uber-confident socialiser you would find that the initial socialising events had been done, all the tours of libraries, union buildings, careers etc etc.

    Check the exact dates you would need to travel, versus the exact dates (if you can get them) of the start of term activities, both the academics, accommodation and student union activities.
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    I'd say it would be pretty disastrous. You should definitely talk to the uni first, because the presumption when people don't turn up at the start of the first term is that they aren't going to turn up, so you might find all sorts of things cancelled, you would be last on the list of course option selection and you'd miss all the introductory lectures setting out expectations, rules, sign ups, tips, reading advice etc etc. Unless you are an uber-confident socialiser you would find that the initial socialising events had been done, all the tours of libraries, union buildings, careers etc etc.

    Check the exact dates you would need to travel, versus the exact dates (if you can get them) of the start of term activities, both the academics, accommodation and student union activities.
    To get the dates would I just have to call the uni? Any specific department? I haven't found anything online other than either 18th or 24th September being my accommodation move-In date depending on where I end up. I'm aware there's no lectures during freshers so was worried about the week after as I wouldn't be there
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    (Original post by rxns_00)
    To get the dates would I just have to call the uni? Any specific department? I haven't found anything online other than either 18th or 24th September being my accommodation move-In date depending on where I end up. I'm aware there's no lectures during freshers so was worried about the week after as I wouldn't be there
    That's half the problem, you won't be able to find that out until the week before at the earliest - everyone else is on summer holiday. It really is going to be very tricky. Basically, don't do it!
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    That's half the problem, you won't be able to find that out until the week before at the earliest - everyone else is on summer holiday. It really is going to be very tricky. Basically, don't do it!
    Thanks for that! Just going to have to break it to the family now :/
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    (Original post by rxns_00)
    I'm starting natural sciences this September, however I have my sisters wedding coming up in October which is going to be outside of the country. I would have to be gone for a week from the 5th October. Would I miss important things such as picking streams or would this have been done earlier? I'm unsure whether to go or not?
    The latest enrolment date is I believe 2 or 3 weeks after your course start date (You should check with the department). I don't recommend you doing this but remember there are LOTS of international students who have yet to acquire funding (scholarships) and visa during that period and have no other option to enroll at a later date.

    https://www.ucl.ac.uk/new-students/enrolment

    here it states 2 weeks and that gives you a bit of time until around the 10th of October to register.
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    Are people taking the p*** here? If you are smart enough to get into ucl you will be smart enough to catch up on everything you've missed. It's just a week.. Go to your sister's wedding.


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