New Students

Get ready for Welcome Week 2021

Information about Welcome Week and what to expect, including the activities which will help you prepare and be ready to start your studies.

Welcome Week 2021: Monday 13 September to Sunday 19 September 2021

Welcome Week is the week prior to the first week of the academic semester. Welcome Week will commence from Monday 13 September 2021, with a numnber of social events taking place from Saturday 11th September. 

2021-2022 Semester Dates

We currently expect that students will be with us in Edinburgh and plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021. We understand the importance of establishing networks so many of our in-person events during Welcome Week will give you the opportunity to meet with staff or connect with other students. 

Programme of exciting and essential activities

We are so excited to meet you! All areas of the University are working together to create a mix of in-person and digital events to help you get settled into University. Our induction activities will give you all of the information you need to get started, along with opportunities to network, explore, contribute and give you that first and lasting connection to the University. 

There will be a covered outdoor venue in the Bristo Square area to host society and sports fairs, student performances, exercise and mindfulness sessions, and screenings of films including the Principal’s Welcome Ceremony. Edinburgh University Sport will hold their Fair on Monday 13th September and Edinburgh University Students' Association will run the Activities Fair from Tuesday 14th September - Friday 17th September. 

There will also be an online activities fair and Edinburgh University Students' Association will host online events before Welcome Week begins - meaning there really will be something for everyone!

University of Edinburgh Students' Assoication 

Explore your new home

Students explore Calton Hill

Before arriving in Edinburgh, we recommend that you get to know your surroundings, your new home, and the safety guidelines in place in Scotland, which may differ from your home country. 

Explore Edinburgh 

Plan your induction schedule

Download the UoE Events App to find useful information about getting started at University and from 19th August 2021, you will be able to access a full programme of Welcome Week induction activities. You can download the app now from any app store.

Please check your emails regularly for direct communications, including information about specific activities nearer to the start date.

 UoE Events App  

Essential induction events

Your School induction activities are where you will receive information about your course, what to expect and the chance to connect with fellow students.  These are essential to attend.

You will receive direct email communication from your School or programme before Welcome Week confirming the details of your induction activities and how to attend. Many of the online induction events will be recorded and avilable for you to view afterwards. 

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Optional (but highly recommended) What's on before you start your studies

Undergraduate University Welcome talks what's on - August and September

Postgraduate University Welcome events what's on - August and September

Optional (but highly recommended) induction events

Welcome Week is more than just introducing you to your new subject area, it is also about getting to know your new home, getting to know fellow students and trying out new things. There will be a range of online events to formally welcome new students to the University and many smaller in-person activities to help you get to know your neighbours and the city. There will be lots of ways to explore your interests and hobbies too, with society and sports clubs activities. 

University Welcome events

University of Edinburgh Events App

Getting Started Guide & Events 2021-22
The University of Edinburgh Events app is an easy way for you to browse all of the information and events for new students throughout your first year.

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Plan your  Welcome  Week schedule with the UoE Events App

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