New Students

Welcome Week 2018

The University's Welcome Week includes many important and fun events and activities dedicated to helping all new students prepare and be ready to start their academic study.

*Highlights: the Principal's Welcome Ceremony, from Monday 10th September 2018*

Watch the recording of the Principal's Welcome Ceremony HERE

What to know about Welcome Week 2018

What is it: Welcome Week is the week prior to the first week of the academic semester and is the first opportunity for you to be introduced to the University environment as well as to complete your Top 6 tasks to help you prepare your time as a student. 

When: Monday 10th to Friday 14th September 2018.

New students are encouraged to arrive on arrival weekend which is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of September.

Important webpages to look at when planning your Welcome Week activities:

Top 6 Tasks 

2018/2019 Semester Dates

University of Edinburgh Events App 


Types of events/activities during Welcome Week: 

University induction events/activities (optional): 

The University of Edinburgh is a large university that is split into 23 different academic schools and within each school, there are many courses and programmes, each potentially with their own induction programmes. To give you a sense of belonging to the large student community at Edinburgh, optional central events and activities are organised and open to all new students.

Academic events/activities (essential to attend): 

Every new student will receive communication directly from their school/programme prior to Welcome Week with an outline of your specific induction programme for your course (as mentioned above). It is strongly recommended that you attend these specific school events as this is the greatest introduction to how your course is structured, to how you will learn and also to meet your fellow students and academic staff. 

Social events/activities: 

Meeting people and finding activities that suit your interests are very important at the start of university and the Students' Association organises a full programme of social events to help you meet lots of new people, explore the city and have fun at various events!

'What's On' programme (Students' Association website)

Any student arriving from outside the UK may additionally experience culture shock and even jet-lag, and therefore, there are also lots of specific events organised specifically to help all international students get more settled into their new environment and meet new people.  

Events page (International Student Advisory Service website)


University of Edinburgh Events App

The University of Edinburgh Events app is an easy way for you to browse all of the information and events for new students.

Principal's Welcome Ceremony

Professor Peter Mathieson
This annual University ceremonial event welcomes new students to the University community.

Undergraduate Welcome Events

Welcome Week events for all undergraduate, (including visiting and exchange) students beginning in September 2018/2019.

Postgraduate Welcome Events

Welcome in speech bubble - Postgraduate
Welcome Week events for all Postgraduate Taught (Masters) students and Postgraduate Research (PhD and Masters by Research) students beginning in September 2018/2019

Related Pages

New Students homepage 

Top 6 Tasks