School of GeoSciences

Support for International Students

From a warm welcome at the airport, to learning activities, orientation, social events and support, we can help you to settle in to your study in the UK.

Arriving at Edinburgh Airport: Welcome Team

If you are arriving at Edinburgh Airport, the University’s Welcome Team will be located at the UK and International Arrivals from 8am-10pm September 9th and 10th 2017. The Team will be able to advise you on the best way of getting from the airport to your accommodation.

Essential reading: our international student arrival guide

International Day

Join our international team in Appleton Tower for a day to welcome all the University's international students. Try Scottish food, dancing and get practical advice. Watch this space for info on International Day 2017. 

English language support

Language support for non-native speakers is offered from a range of University support departments, from EUSA and from student volunteers.

The International Students Centre

The Edinburgh University International Student Centre helps our international students to best experience Edinburgh, as well as supporting UK students’ connections with the world.

The ISC is the student-run arm of the Edinburgh Global, dealing with the social aspects of the international community in Edinburgh. Run completely by volunteers, you'll be able to meet and interact with people from all over the world.

Connect with local people

The University of Edinburgh runs a networking scheme called Go Connect which helps international students meet local people in Edinburgh. Highly rewarding and fun, find out more from their site.

Go Connect website

Pastoral support

The School offers confidential pastoral support to all its students. We understand that at times international students may initially find it difficult to adapt. Please contact us if you are experiencing personal problems which affect your studies.

Academic support is available through your Supervisory team. Your Advisor or the RTD Team can provide confidential pastoral support. Support and advice are also available through the University’s own services:

Learning activities

'Prepare for Success' is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study. As well as preparing you for what to expect during your studies, the activities provide scope for English language improvement.

The International COMPASS Programme

The International COMPASS Programme is a series of orientation courses and events for international postgraduates about study in Scotland. Aimed specifically at new international postgraduate research students, the programme aims to provide:

  • the opportunity to socialise, network and learn about Scotland.
  • the opportunity to visit other parts of Scotland.
  • transferable skills training.
  • professional and career information and advice.

COMPASS Programme web pages