Before the start of the academic year, students participate in a one week orientation. This essential preparatory session includes introductory academic sessions, familiarisation with the Institute's and London's academic resources and an introduction to the cultural attractions of the city.
During the orientation period students have the opportunity to meet informally with the Institute's faculty and staff and to become familiar with London. Course participants also participate in organised tours and social activities. In 2007, the students participated in an excursion to Canterbury, a tour of London as well as guided tours of the British Museum and British Library.