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

We are looking forward to welcoming all our international students into the forthcoming academic year. All international students who are able to travel safely to the UK, and have received their visa, should do so. Students who are unable to travel to the UK to start or continue their course before the start of term can begin their studies online via GCU Learn. Students can then join their course in person at a later date if outstanding travel restrictions have been lifted and all other requests for travel have been met. There are however a limited number of courses we are unable to fully deliver online, and where on-campus attendance for elements of the course, such as lab work, is required. For further information, and to query if this is relevant to your course, please contact your Programme Leader.

The Scottish Government has specified that students travelling from certain countries quarantine on arrival in the UK. Information on the quarantine period and a list of countries is available on the Scottish Government website. Please note that you will need to complete a locator form 48 hours prior to arrival in the UK.

Caledonian Court, our on-campus accommodation, will be open with health and safety arrangements in place to ensure a safe environment in accordance with government guidance. Please contact the accommodation team at for further information on the new measures we have put in place. Get details of how to book accommodation at Caledonian Court.

Quarantine support, such as food packages, will be put in place for students staying within Caledonian Court. Unfortunately, the University is unable to provide this support for students staying outwith our accommodation.  

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 Friday 25th September - Wednesday 6th October 2020.

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)
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.