New Students

Welcome Week events

Welcome Week is more than just being introduced to your new subject area - it is your time to get comfortable with your new surroundings, meet fellow students and try out new things.

Welcome Week is traditionally the week before studies start. This year it will start on 14 September 2020.

This time before you start your studies is your time to do what you feel will help you the most in getting ready. There will be opportunities to learn more about the University and Edinburgh, there will be changes to meet fellow students, try new things, do the practical things you need to get done and it will be your time to start to really feel like a student of the University of Edinburgh. 

We are so excited to meet you and to support you as you begin your studies with us. 

Welcoming you for longer

We understand that some of you may not be able to join us in time for the start of Welcome Week. This year we are taking a longer approach to our welcome and ensuring that the more general activities usually just found in Welcome Week are repeated right up until mid-October to ensure that no student feels that they have missed out on anything if they were unable to attend activities in Welcome Week.

This longer period of welcome will not affect your teaching schedule but will give you extra opportunities around your teaching schedule to meet new people and to further find out the information you need to help you get settled into your learning and to feel part of the University community.

Making the most out of your induction

Essential induction events

Your School induction activities are the most essential to attend. You will be given the information about your courses, the expectations of you and the chance to meet your fellow students. 

Your School or programme induction is the most important to attend and will likely take place within Welcome Week. The information that your School provides will also be available for you to see afterwards. 

You will receive direct email communication from your School or programme from 17 August 2020 onwards confirming the details of your induction activities and how to attend.

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Optional (but highly recommended) induction events

There will also be University-wide induction activities that will give you the opportunity to feel part of your new community – these will all be digital and are not mandatory to attend but we would highly recommend that you attend what you can. Most activities will be recorded and repeated for a number of weeks.

Explore your new home

Students walking under trees on campus

If you are planning to be on-campus for Welcome Week, we would highly recommend that you focus this time to get to know your surroundings and become accustomed to your new home and also the safety guidelines in place in Scotland, which may differ from your home country. There are lots of places that are open and safe to engage with as long as you keep a safe 2m distance from other people and wear a face covering when entering shops/public transport. 

Explore Edinburgh 

Plan your induction schedule

The full Welcome Week 2020 programme of induction activities is live on the UoE Events app. Download the app from any app store.

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

University of Edinburgh Events App 


Principal's Welcome Ceremony

Professor Peter Mathieson
Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh welcomes all new students to the University community.

Undergraduate Welcome sessions

Welcome in speech bubble - Undergraduate
In this section, you will find information on welcome meetings that will be hosted by all Schools during Welcome Week. These are essential meetings for all new undergraduate first-year students.

Postgraduate Welcome sessions

Welcome in speech bubble - Postgraduate
The University organises exclusive Postgraduate student welcome events throughout Welcome Week and beyond to give all postgraduate students the opportunity to find out everything they need to know and meet others to succeed from the start of University.