International Family Network

‌We are looking forward to meeting you and your family when you arrive in Glasgow!

We offer activities and support for dependants (spouses/partners and children) of students via the International Family Network.

Our students say:Family Network 2016 Malva, Jose & Teo

‌"We are writing now this e-mail from our new home, we say it new because it feels a bit foreign to us, if you can believe us. The truth is that 4 years ago we felt Glasgow quite rapidly as our home, and in that process, to feel that we were part of this city, your support was fundamental. You gave us the opportunity to travel by Glasgow and Scotland, to wonder about these marvelous places, and especially important for us was to be able to share with different families and peoples around the world. The lunches on Wednesday were fundamental, and your disposition, sensibility and kindness made us feel we were not faraway from home. For someone who is arriving and expecting to live for 3 or more years this is really important. This was particularly important for me as a student, to see my family enjoying and sharing with other people in a foreign country. Thus, I am sure it also helped me to concentrate in my studies. The classes of English you also offered were not only important for learning the language, we did great friends thanks to this, as well as with the lunches.We know a letter, and of course an e-mail, is not sufficient to express all the gratitude we have for all the team, but we want to say to you: thank you for opening your hearts and sensibilities and facilitated to adapt to the Scottish world!"

Jose, Malva and Teo, International Family Network 2016

How to register

Step 1
Download our International Family Network brochure‌ or collect a hard copy from the Fraser Building, Level 2.

Step 2
Fill out the reply slip in the leaflet and return to our team by post or to the Student Services Enquiry Team, Fraser Building, Level 2.

Step 3
Receive regular email updates of information and events.

Family Orientation & other events

As well as organising the International Student Orientation programmes, we also run orientation programmes especially for you and your family.

Details of this year’s programmes are provided below.

International Family Orientation

The next International Family Orientation programme will take place on 17 & 18 January 2020:


0930: Introductions and coffee

1000: Presentations

Information on:

  • Accommodation
  • English language
  • Driving in the UK
  • Childcare and schools
  • Employment
  • Health and welfare

1215: Lunch - A buffet lunch will be provided

1300: City Tour - Bus tour of Glasgow


Full day trip: A visit to a place of interest outside Glasgow *

* Please note there will be a small charge for this outing but we will keep it as low as we can

International Family Lunch and IFN events

‌International Family Lunch

Every Wednesday at 1215 during term time we meet for lunch in the Fraser Building. We provide a light lunch and there is plenty of time to talk to others who are here with their families. University staff also attend. It’s a very informal occasion and your children are welcome as well.

Trips around Scotland

Our trips are a great opportunity to meet and travel with other families and to see different places of interest around Scotland.

The International Student Support team usually organise two events per term.

Recent events include:

  • Day trip to Stirling Castle and town
  • Easter holiday excursion to a local cinema
  • Day trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site
  • Childrens' Christmas party with a visit from Santa


Coffee & Craft mornings

We also organise Coffee & Craft mornings throughout the year with a different craft theme each time.

Your spouse or partner is welcome to join us and try out their skills in jewellery making, painting, paper making etc.

English language classes

We arrange three 10-week blocks of English language classes which are specifically designed for spouses/partners of students only.

Classes are provided at two levels:

  • Lower level: Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Higher level: Thursdays

How to register:

If your spouse or partner is interested in joining these classes, please let us know by either:

We will assess your spouse/partner's level before the classes start by giving him or her a short test.  There will be a small administration fee of £10 charged for each of the three blocks of English classes.