International Student Welcome

Loch Lomond

It’s essential we make our International students feel part of the community here at GCU. As well as extensive Welcome Programmes in September and January, we offer a range of social activities throughout the semesters designed to help students make new connections and experience the best GCU, and Glasgow has to offer. ‌

Airport Meet and Greet 

Meet and Greet Desk

We offer a free Airport Meet and Greet Taxi Service for international students arriving at Glasgow International Airport in January 2018. 

This service is only available to new international students studying on full time programmes at GCU.

The registration process is simple.

All you have to do is sign up via the registration form below and provide details of your arrival time, flight number, programme of study, as well as select a drop-off point in Glasgow City Centre. When you arrive at Glasgow Airport, you need to report to the Taxi Information Desk (located next to Domestic Arrivals and adjacent to Visit Scotland's Information Desk), sign in with an advisor at the desk and you will then be directed to a taxi. 

The service will operate from Tuesday 26th December 2017 - Friday 2nd February 2018, 7am - 10pm daily.


Make your arrival in Glasgow stress-free and sign up below! 

For more information on the service, please email


If your flight time or circumstances have changed, please email

If you wish to use our Airport Meet and Greet Taxi Service please sign up via the registration form below: 

Meet and Greet Taxi Service at Glasgow Airport- January 2018

Public Transport 

For students not eligible to use our meet and greet service, there is a shuttle bus that runs from the airport to the bus station in the city - please make sure you have money to cover the fare (approx £7.50). You may need to provide proof of student status (offer letter) in order to obtain a student rate. The bus station in the city centre is directly across the road from The University.

Welcome Programme

Our International Student Welcome Programme is a week-long introduction to GCU packed full of social and informative activities. Meet friends, attend free events, learn about Glasgow, register with a GP and open a UK bank account plus much more.

International Welcome Week will run from Saturday 20th January to Sunday 28th January 2018. Our Student Welcome Programme brochure contains information on the exciting events and activities we will be running that week, as well as advice and support on the services GCU has to offer. Our January 2018 brochure is available to download below:

Jan 2018 Welcome Brochure

Watch our video below highlighting the benefits of attending International Welcome Week.

You can also sign up for our Welcome Week activities via Eventbrite.

Our events for international students are also listed in the GCU Events Calendar - make sure you refine your search by clicking on the ‘Students’ category.

Join us and other new students on Facebook

Join our January 2018 Welcome Group for all the latest updates and to meet your fellow students.

Student Tours Scotland

Student Tours Scotland

The splendour of Scotland’s scenery is not to be missed so make the most of your time here by getting out of Glasgow and exploring it!

We work closely with Student Tours Scotland – a local tour operator specialising in affordable day trips for students around Scotland. 

They offer weekly tours to some of the country’s most breathtaking attractions – all delivered by knowledgeable and experienced guides. If you’re looking to see Scotland at its finest, we recommend booking a trip with Student Tours Scotland.

For more information on upcoming tours, check out their website or Facebook.

Looking for more information;

Moving to a new country is not all fun and games. For help and advice on the more serious stuff such as police registration and setting up a UK bank account, please refer to the information on our Visa Immigration Support and Advice web resources.

If you can't find the information you're looking for please email