I have answered some of the common questions that I have been asked by parents in my role as Manager of the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (ISEFP). I am also a parent so I understand you will have questions about what it will be like for your child to study and live at Queen Mary University of London.
Dr Priscilla Cunnan, Director of the ISEFP
My child is under 18 years of age, will he/she be treated as a minor?
We have plenty of experience of providing support for younger students an the Pastoral Tutor for the ISEFP, Priscilla Cunnan, will make every attempt to monitor the well-being and academic performance of your child.
May I call you to discuss my child’s attendance and academic performance?
This is something that many international parents find unusual but it is a British Law.
Your child has access to the department website, containing copies of their coursework, assignments and test marks, so they should be able to show you if they want you to see it.
All students will sign a consent form either giving Priscilla Cunnan, Director of the ISEFP, permission (or not) to speak to their parents.
Even with this form, Dr Cunnan can only talk to you while your child is present.
May I make an appointment to visit you when I come to London?
Yes. ISEFP Director Dr Priscilla Cunnan is always keen to meet the parents of her students.
To make an appointment, please contact us:
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 2761
Fogg 1.03, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
How much money will my child need for living expenses?
British Immigration requires that your child have approximately £8,000 per year for living expenses (including accommodation).
If my child has a problem what should they do?
The university offers free specialist advice and counseling services for personal problems (such as home sickness), financial, immigration and legal advice, and academic support.
ISEFP students can also make an appointment to see ISEFP Director Dr Priscilla Cunnan or, in an emergency, call her directly on her mobile phone.
My child has never travelled overseas before. Does the College help students when they arrive in London?
Staff carrying Queen Mary banners and wearing blue Queen Mary t-shirts will meet your child when they leave Immigration Control.
This service is free but it your child must inform us of their flight number so that we can reserve a place for them on the Queen Mary bus
What happens if my child's flight arrives after the two day Meet and Greet service?
We are not able to book the taxi service on behalf of your child but most companies have a booking service website or the taxi may be booked on arrival at Heathrow.
Email us for a list of recommend taxi firms at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will someone help my child if he/she finds some of the academic content too difficult?
The ISEFP provides free individual or small group tuition for students. This Drop In Centre is open for two hours a day, five days a week.
We also provide free English language tuition for those students who need more help with English proficiency.
The Educational System in my country is so different from the British system. Will someone help my child to understand what is required for success in the British system?
This tuition will provide your child with the skills that are taught to British high school students so that your child will have similar study skills when they enter the degree programme.
I do not know much about universities in Britain. Will my child get assistance with choosing a university after the foundation course?
Course Director Dr Priscilla Cunnan will personally assist your child with their application, and advise them on which university and course to choose. The advice we give them will depend on their academic performance during the first semester and what they would like to study at degree level.
Dr Cunnan will also provide a reference and may even negotiate a degree place for your child.
Where do most students go after the foundation programme?
However, there are some courses that are not available at Queen Mary.
If the student has achieved very good grades, we assist them to apply to the higher-ranking universities.
If students do not do well enough to progress onto degree course at Queen Mary, we will assist them to gain a place at a university that has lower admission requirements.
If my child gets home sick or depressed is there someone who can help him/her?
Dr Cunnan is also available for private appointments.
Queen Mary University of London also offers a specialised advice and counseling service.
Can Queen Mary give my child a bursary or scholarship if our financial circumstances change and we cannot afford to pay the tuition fees?
Unfortunately, there is no scholarship for the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme.
When your child applies for a visa, they will be required to provide financial evidence to the British Immigration Authorities that they are able to fund themselves while in the UK.
If they can no longer afford to be in the UK then they should consider interrupting their studies until their financial situation improves.
Please visit the Advice and Welfare website for more information on interrupting studies and the implications for student visa holders.
If we pay the tuition fees can our child work to pay his/her living costs?
Whether or not your child can work will depend on the conditions detailed on the UK immigration sticker or stamp in their passport. There are also limits on the number of hours international students may work.
Please refer to the Queen Mary Advice and Welfare website for details of the most recent regulations.
Please note that money earned from a part-time job will not cover the whole cost of accommodation and living expenses.
Can my child come home (e.g. for a religious festival) during term time?
We take a register for every lecture, workshop and tutorial and are legally required to inform the Home Office if a student has poor attendance.
Queen Mary has the right to de-register a student for poor attendance. A poor attendance record may also negatively influence the renewal of a student visa
Can Queen Mary provide an invite letter so that a parent can visit them in London?
When can I pay the tuition fees?
When fees are paid, the Queen Mary Finance Office requires a copy of the Bank transfer receipt. Please note that it often takes between 4-5 working days for the money to appear in the Queen Mary account.
Queen Mary is only able to issue a receipt when the money appears in the university account.
Is there a sibling discount?
Will my child get a refund if their visa application is refused?
Is there an application fee?
Are there lots of students from one country?
Any other questions?
If you have a question that has not been addressed on this page please contact:
Dr Priscilla Cunnan
Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 2761