International Student Advisors' Office

International Student Advisors' Office

Social events

Welcome Events

Freshers' Week

There are a number of welcome events specifically for international students, and these take place across the University during Freshers' Week.

Freshers' Week takes place in the week before the start of semester 1. During that week, academic and social events are held to orient and welcome new students (Freshers). In addition to completing your student enrolment requirements, Freshers' Week is an excellent opportunity to get used to living in a new country and to become familiar with Edinburgh or Galashiels before starting your studies.

For more information on Freshers' Week please refer to the Fresher's guide and to the Students' Association website. Here you can find the Events Calander for Freshers Week 2013/2014.

International Student Welcome

International Students arriving at Edinburgh Airport during Freshers' Week will be able to get information and help from the "Scottish Universities Welcome Desk" at the UK Arrivals gate. The student helpers there will also be able to direct you to the pick-up point for the free shuttle bus bringing you to the Edinburgh Campus. The shuttle bus will run on the 6th and 7th September 2014 every hour on the hour from 9.00am to 10.00pm.

Please note that you do not need to pre-book a place for this service.

A shuttle service from the Edinburgh Campus to the Scottish Borders Campus will run at 2pm on these days. To book a place on this bus please email and include your flight number and your scheduled arrival time.

Students attending Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels should refer to the Galashiels pre-arrival guide.

The ISAO also organises the International Student Orientation Programme in September. For more information and to see the 2013-14 programme, please check our new student portal.


Social Events

International Committee

The International Committee is part of the Heriot-Watt University Student Association (HWUSA) and is made up by international students. The aim of the international committee is to improve the services provided by the HWUSA to international students and to identify issues specific to international students. All international students are encouraged to get involved and be part of the committee.

The International Committee also organises social events such as bus tours, theatre trips, cinema night etc.

For more information about the International Committee please check the HWUSA website.

Student Societies

The University has a wide range of Societies. Being part of a society is a great way to meet new people and make friends. If you are interested in joining a society or even creating one, please check the Student Societies web pages.

The Scottish Borders Campus also has a small number of societies available.

Student Events

The Students’ Association organises social events throughout the year. From comedy club, quiz nights to club nights, there are events for every taste.

For information on social events, please visit the Students' Association website.

Information on social events at the Scottish Borders Campus is also available.

The Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy also organises regular events, such as the International Wives Group for the wives of international students, the free Wednesday meal or Soup Tuesday. For more information regarding the events held by the Chaplaincy, please check their events calendar.


Host UK

HOST is a voluntary organisation, a network of UK residents who welcome adult international students to their homes for a weekend, or Christmas visit.

The purpose is to give students an insight into the way of life in Britain. Students also share their own culture with their hosts.

Visits are free (students in charge of travel costs). For more information please check HOST UK website.

You can also find HOST UK on Facebook.



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