New Students

Welcome Week events

We are really excited to have so many new visiting and postgraduate students joining us on campus and online. We are looking forward to meeting you all during January Welcome Week, as well as welcoming back our returning students!

What's on in January Welcome Week

There will be a number of January Welcome Week events taking place to help support, inform and welcome you to the community. These events are all optional to attend but we highly recommend you do so. 

Please check your University of Edinburgh emails regularly for direct communications from your School, including information about essential induction activities nearer to the start date.

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Get to know your University trail - for all students

Student Ambassador helping visitors on campus

With the help of a map and a team of friendly Student Ambassadors, follow the trail around central campus! Visit student services along the way to find out what they do and how they can help you during your time as a student. Pick up some freebies, chat with staff and ask them any questions you might have.

Taking part in the trail is a great way to explore the campus and city and get to know your University. We encourage you to work together in groups and make friends along the way.

Complete the trail at your own pace, and don’t forget to scan the QR code on the map provided to enter the online quiz. If you get all the answers right you will be in with a chance of winning one of 50 University of Edinburgh hoodies!

The trail will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Friday 12 January, 11am - 3pm
  • Thursday 18 January, 11am - 3pm

More details and information about how you can take part will be added here soon!

Visiting Student Welcome Event - Friday 12 January

The Study Abroad team are delighted to invite all visiting students newly arrived to Edinburgh to their January Welcome event, in the beautiful setting of the Playfair Library. You’ll receive a short welcome presentation to kick start your visiting student journey here, and take part in a fun quiz to become familiar with Scotland and Edinburgh specifically! And most importantly you’ll have a chance to meet and socialise with other visiting students like yourself from all over the world and hopefully make lasting connections.

All visiting students arriving in January will be emailed an Eventbrite booking link by the Study Abroad team. Please ensure you book your place! 

Other events taking place in January Welcome Week

Details of the events listed in the table below are still being confirmed. We will update this web-page with further information as soon as possible.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Student Welcome Socials Thursday 11 January, timings and further details to be confirmed
College of Science & Engineering Visiting Student Welcome Event Date, time and further details to be confirmed
Culture Shock Workshop (open to all new students) Date, time and further details to be confirmed

Planning your Induction

In order to make your January welcome period as easy to plan as possible, we invite you to download the 'UoE Events App'. The app aims to give you:

  • Useful information about getting started at University
  • Pre-made checklists for starting University
  • The option to look through all events during January Welcome Week and plan your own induction programme

You can download the app now from any app store.

University of Edinburgh Events App 

Relevant Links 

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