International Students

In light of the Covid-19, your international student experience will be slightly unique this year. The information provided below will give you an idea of what to expect from your induction at GCU.


General advice for new international students

All international students should start their studies online and should not travel to the UK unless they have been directly instructed by GCU to do so.  When we receive confirmation from the Scottish Government that it is safe to travel and we can commence face to face teaching students can then join their course in person at a later date. There are however an extremely small amount of courses we are unable to fully deliver online, and where on-campus attendance for elements of the course is classed as essential. If this is your course we will contact you directly to advise you of this.

To keep updated about the latest announcements on your study at GCU, follow us on Facebook.

If you are joining us for the first time, you can also speak to one of our student helpers who are ready to answer any questions you have about student life and talk to you about their experience here at GCU.

Arriving at Glasgow Caledonian University.

At Glasgow Caledonian University, we offer a free Taxi Service for international students. For students not eligible to use our meet and greet service we have provided Public Transport information and various other ways to get to the University.


Try your best to get here for induction week, as well as the start of teaching, to give yourself the best start for success in your studies. If you are unavoidably late, there are deadlines for completing the registration process (that’s completing online registration and collecting your card). You can continue to check your school page for induction updates.

Student Welcome Programme

Our International 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. 

This year's International Welcome Programme runs from Monday 18th January to Friday 22nd January.

Arriving Late

International Students should contact the Visa Immigration and Advice for advice as a late arrival and must also contact Admissions to agree their arrival date and for Admissions to inform the Home Office.

You may have missed your library orientation session, if so contact your librarian for help and advice or have a look at the library's website for more information. 

Deadline for courses

Deadline for courses - keep checking for deadline dates. 

If your course starts at another time, then you must complete registration by 2 weeks after the start of teaching.

If you are arriving after your course has started please contact your school immediately to confirm your arrival and find out what you need to do to catch up with anything you missed. You must also go to the Campus Life Desk to register and collect your card before the deadline above (remember to bring the following

  • Your passport or driver’s licence 
  • Your passport showing stamp on entry to UK and Biometric Immigration Document (or letter from the Home Office if you've been told to collect your BRP on campus)
Collecting your Student ID Card

Please bring your passport (make sure it is stamped on entry tio the UK, even if you come via another EU country) and biometric immigration document(or letter from Home Office if you are to collect on campus and you can collect it before you get your card) to receive your student ID card. You should already have sent us your photograph as part of our registration process.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Student ID cards will be posted to students

Global Buddies

We would like to welcome you to Scotland and help you settle into life as a student at Glasgow Caledonian University. The first few months at university can be an exciting yet nervous time, and it can take a while to adjust to a new environment. Have a look at our Global Buddies page to find out more information and how to get involved.

Opening a UK Bank Account

We advise you to open a bank account in the UK - it makes things easier if you need to extend or apply for a visa.