‌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 international students via the International Family Network.

Our students say

"To all new International Students and families,

First of all, welcome to Glasgow! This is an amazing city with a lot of traditions, culture and a friendly environment, both at the Uni and outside. We know that you are facing all these new experiences, sensations, activities and for sure this new weather! But do not worry, you are not alone living this process! Keep calm and continue enjoying Glasgow.

When you live abroad, every day is an adventure, and for sure you need to afront challenges in every step and in every moment. However, at least for us, it has been so good to find the support of the whole team of the family network and the International Student Support team in this new stage of our life as a small family. We have lived in other places for different reasons; however, this has been the first time where we found a place for both of us and where the family really matters!

We have created an excellent relationship with other couples and families, and we enjoy the family lunches on Wednesdays (we missed them during the summer period). We hope all international students could have the same opportunity to enjoy all the activities that the team organises, even more, we hope this programme continues for future generations and can inspire other universities beyond Glasgow".

Fanny and Alonso from Chile, September 2019

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:  

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

The next International Family Orientation programme will take place in October 2021 for international students and their families. To sign up, please email



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 

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.