International Students

We have provided some valuable information below to help you settle into University life. Join us and other new students on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest updates for January International Welcome Brochure 2019

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 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. 

September 2019's International Welcome Programme runs from Wednesday 11th September - Sunday 22nd September. 

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.

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. Santander is a partner of GCU and has a branch located on campus which is across from the ARC.

Police registration

Nationals of some countries are required to register with the police within seven days of arrival in the UK. Entry clearance vignettes and biometric residence permits should state clearly whether this is required. If you are unsure, get in touch with Visa Immigration Support & Advice.