International Students

Please below for information on what your inital international student experience at GCU will be like. The information provided below will give you an idea of what to expect from your induction at GCU.

General advice for new international students

The Scottish Government have annouced that international students can travel to commence their studies. For up to date travel information and advice for international students please refer to our Ready For You at GCU webpages. 

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 commences on  from Thursday 16th September 2021. Details of this programme will be announced soon.

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. 

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.