International Student Orientation

A woman viewing an airport Departures BoardThe International Student Support team are here to ensure you settle into University life as quickly and as smoothly as possible. 

We have prepared an Orientation Video which covers useful information about living and studying in Glasgow.  You can watch this before or after arriving in the UK! 

Our Orientation activities have been planned with your safety as our top priority. With social distancing measures still in place in Scotland, we have created fun and informative events for you to join virtually. If we can provide on campus activities safely, such as walking tours, we will endeavour to do so. Our events are available to book NOW!

International Student Orientation Programme

International Student Orientation Programme

Booking is now open!

Below, you will find more details of our International Student Orientation programme for all new undergraduate and postgraduate students from outside the UK who have been accepted to study a course at the University of Glasgow from September 2020.

There will be a new schedule of events for students starting with us in November and January so please do not book these events if you have a course start date after October 2020.  

Each event will be bookable one week in advance.

Please ensure that you cancel your place on the event if you can no longer attend, as numbers are limited.

You will be emailed Event Joining Instructions at least one hour before the start of each event.  All times shown in the programme are UK times.

These events repeat weekly so please only book each event once to allow more students to take part.

WEEK 1    
DATE TIME EVENT EVENT DESCRIPTION BOOKING
7 September 2020 1330 'Andy the Highlander' cultural information session Join our session, led by Andy the Highlander, who will give you information and demonstrations of traditional Scottish dress and 18th Century weapons as well as an introduction to the Scottish historical figure Bonnie Prince Charlie.   
8 September 2020    Meet the Advisers! video Find out more about the International Student Advisers by checking out the video here!  The first Adviser from our team to introduce herself is Jill.  All videos are available with transcript and captions - click the CC button to turn captions on. VIEW VIDEO 
9 September 2020 1100 Online quiz Join in our interactive quiz session! Today's quiz theme is 'Glasgow and Scotland'.  
10 September 2020 1100 SRC Welcome & Introduction The session will include a welcoming presentation about the Glasgow University Students' Representative Council and its services and then open up to any questions.  Please note: this session will be recorded.  
11 September 2020 1500 Scotland Digital Tour: Myths, History and Stories Take a tour of Scotland through photos, videos and stories from The Keltic Ginger - Gary Brown. He's been touring for over 10 years now with students and tourists and has a great many fun tales to tell. You'll hear stories of faeries, the Loch Ness monster and more legends of Scotland. There will be some history and epic moments from the past. Most importantly there will be lots of great images to take you step by step on a journey through Scotland.    

 

WEEK 2    
DATETIMEEVENTEVENT DESCRIPTIONBOOKING
14 September 2020   Meet the Advisers! video Find out more about the International Student Advisers by checking out the video here.  The next Adviser from our team to introduce herself is Melanie. All videos are available with transcript and captions - click the CC button to turn captions on. VIEW VIDEO 
14 September 2020 1500 UofG Student Chat

Would you like to hear more about life in Glasgow as a UofG student?  Join this session with our Welcome Team Assistants who are all current UofG students!  They will chat about their experiences studying at UofG and living in Glasgow.  They are happy to take your questions too.

 
15 September 2020 1330  'Andy the Highlander' cultural information session Another chance to join our session, led by Andy the Highlander, who will give you information and demonstrations of traditional Scottish dress and 18th Century weapons as well as an introduction to the Scottish historical figure Bonnie Prince Charlie.  
16 September 2020 1600 Counselling & Psycholological Services Induction Talk An opportunity to find our about the University's Counselling and Psychological Services department and the support they can offer students. BOOK
17 September 2020 1100 Online quiz Join in our interactive quiz session! Today's quiz theme is 'International'. BOOK
18 September 2020 1500 Scotland Digital Tour: Myths, History and Stories Another chance to take a tour of Scotland through photos, videos and stories from The Keltic Ginger - Gary Brown. He's been touring for over 10 years now with students and tourists and has a great many fun tales to tell. You'll hear stories of faeries, the Loch Ness monster and more legends of Scotland. There will be some history and epic moments from the past. Most importantly there will be lots of great images to take you step by step on a journey through Scotland.   BOOK

 

WEEK 3    
DATETIMEEVENTEVENT DESCRIPTIONBOOKING
21 September 2020   Meet the Advisers! video Find out more about the International Student Advisers by checking out the video here.  The third Adviser from our team to introduce herself is Lisa.  
22 September 2020 1330 'Andy the Highlander' cultural information session Another chance to join our session, led by Andy the Highlander, who will give you information and demonstrations of traditional Scottish dress and 18th Century weapons as well as an introduction to the Scottish historical figure Bonnie Prince Charlie. BOOK 
23 September 2020 1100 Online quiz Another chance to join in our interactive quiz session on 'Glasgow and Scotland'! BOOK
25 September 2020 1500 Scotland Digital Tour: Myths, History and Stories Another chance to take a tour of Scotland through photos, videos and stories from The Keltic Ginger - Gary Brown. He's been touring for over 10 years now with students and tourists and has a great many fun tales to tell. You'll hear stories of faeries, the Loch Ness monster and more legends of Scotland. There will be some history and epic moments from the past. Most importantly there will be lots of great images to take you step by step on a journey through Scotland.   BOOK

 

WEEK 4    
DATETIMEEVENTEVENT DESCRIPTIONBOOKING
28 September 2020   Meet the Advisers! video Find out more about the International Student Advisers by checking out the video here.  Jo is the final Adviser from our team that you will meet in the video here.  
28 September 2020 1000 UofG Student Chat Would you like to hear more about life in Glasgow as a UofG student?  Join this session with our Welcome Team Assistants who are all current UofG students!  They will chat about their experiences studying at UofG and living in Glasgow.  They are happy to take your questions too. Booking coming soon
29 September 2020 1330  'Andy the Highlander' cultural information session Another chance to join our session, led by Andy the Highlander, who will give you information and demonstrations of traditional Scottish dress and 18th Century weapons as well as an introduction to the Scottish historical figure Bonnie Prince Charlie. Booking coming soon
30 September 2020 1600 Counselling & Psycholological Services Induction Talk An opportunity to find our about the University's Counselling and Psychological Services department and the support they can offer students. BOOK
1 October 2020 1100 Online quiz Another chance to join in our 'International' themed interactive quiz session! Booking coming soon
2 October 1100 Walking in Scotland virtual talk Join advisers Melanie and Lisa as they talk you through the benefits of getting out and walking in the beautiful Scottish countryside. They will talk you through how to get started, how to deal with the Scottish weather and give you an overvview of the stunning 96 mile West Highland Way. Booking coming soon
2 October 2020 1500 Scotland Digital Tour: Myths, History and Stories Another chance to take a tour of Scotland through photos, videos and stories from The Keltic Ginger - Gary Brown. He's been touring for over 10 years now with students and tourists and has a great many fun tales to tell. You'll hear stories of faeries, the Loch Ness monster and more legends of Scotland. There will be some history and epic moments from the past. Most importantly there will be lots of great images to take you step by step on a journey through Scotland.   Booking coming soon

 


Welcome & Arrival

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Arriving at Glasgow International Airport

We have created a useful guide for you to prepare for your arrival to Glasgow!

Arriving at Glasgow International Airport

 

Planning your Arrival

You may be required to self-isolate on arrival. Social distancing regulations are currently in place throught Scotland.

There is some useful information about planning your journey and what to expect when you arrive in the UK, including a useful pre-departure checklist, on our Plan for Your Journey pages. 

This includes whether you can use the e-gates when you enter the UK and information on what will happen when you arrive in the UK.

If you are not eligible to use the e-gates you will need to go through Border Control when you arrive.

Remember to carry your passport in your hand luggage so you can get to it easily when going through immigration or the e-gates!

You can also check the most recent UKVI information for travellers entering the UK and the NHS Inform information for travellers to Scotland.

Virtual Campus Tour

Why not take the virtual campus tour by clicking below!


Privacy Notice

Your Personal Data The University of Glasgow will be what’s known as the ‘Data Controller’ of your personal data processed in relation to your registration for international orientation. This privacy notice will explain how The University of Glasgow will process your personal data.


Why we need it?  We are collecting your basic personal data such as student number, name and email address in order to offer you a place on the orientation programme events. We will only collect data that we need in order to provide and oversee this service to you. After the orientation period you may also receive an email from us seeking your feedback.


Legal basis for processing your data We must have a legal basis for processing all personal data. In this instance, the legal basis is consent.


What we do with it and who we share it with? All the personal data you submit is processed by staff at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.


How long do we keep it for? Your data will be retained by International Student Support for a maximum of six months. After this time, data will be securely deleted.


What are your rights? You can request access to the information we process about you at any time. If at any point you believe that the information we process relating to you is incorrect, you can request to see this information and may in some instances request to have it restricted, corrected or erased. You may also have the right to object to the processing of data and the right to data portability. Where we have relied upon your consent to process your data, you also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact dp@gla.ac.uk


Complaints If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact the University Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at dataprotectionofficer@glasgow.ac.uk If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) https://ico.org.uk/