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:
"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
Family Orientation & other events
As well as organising the International Student Orientation programmes, we also run Orientation programmes especially for you and your family, usually taking place in October and January each year.
International Family Orientation
Below are examples of the topics covered during our International Family Orientation programmes:
- English language
- Health and welfare
- Childcare and schools
- Driving in the UK
We will update our webpage once more details on the next International Family Orientation are confirmed.
International Family Lunch and IFN events
Below are examples of our usual International Family Network events programme. Currently, our International Family Network events are not running. This webpage will be updated once we are able to resume these events.
International Family Lunch
Every Wednesday during term time, we usually meet in the Fraser Building for a light lunch with 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 spouse/partner and 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. Past events have included:
- Day trip to Stirling Castle and town
- Easter holiday excursion to a local cinema
- Day trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site
- Children's Christmas party with a visit from Santa
Coffee & Craft mornings
We have also organised Coffee & Craft mornings throughout the year with a different craft theme each time. Spouses and partners have tried out their skills in jewellery making, watercolour painting and ceramics!
English language classes
Our English classes are not currently running. We will update this webpage once further information about English classes is known.
We usually 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 emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.