Hospitality Scheme

We run a Hospitality Scheme each year, to connect international students with local people in Edinburgh.

Hospitality scheme

International students

Meeting a local person or family can help you settle into University life, learn more about Scotland, enhance your experience of studying abroad and increase your understanding of local traditions and customs.

The Hospitality Scheme pairs international students with members of the local community, hosts or host families to give them the opportunity to meet.

To apply, please register your details on our website.

Your profile will help us match you to a suitable host, based on your shared interests.

Your details will remain private - they will only be viewable by the administrators of the Hospitality Scheme.

Application & deadline

Please note, due to the limited number of hosts, we may not be able to match every student who applies with a host or host family.

The deadline for applying to the Hospitality Scheme is:

5pm on Monday 22 September 2014.

When will I meet my host?

In October we will hold an 'icebreaker' reception for the matched hosts and students to meet one another. We aim to match as many students as possible with a host.

Details about the 'icebreaker' reception will be sent to all students who have been successfully matched with a host or host family at the end of September.

Volunteer as a host

The Hospitality Scheme is very popular with students. We need as many volunteers as possible.

Your commitment doesn't have to be large; it can be as simple as meeting for coffee once or twice. However, some hosts enjoy spending more time with their students, and meet more regularly or provide hospitality over the Christmas vacation period.

We need as many volunteers as possible.If you would like to volunteer as a host please fill in the Host application form.

The hospitality scheme is a highly rewarding an enriching opportunity to learn more about different cultures and ways of life.

We are always expanding the scheme, as it is an extremely popular service for our students.

If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions about the scheme, please contact:


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