Programme Booklet - Glasgow Caledonian University


Programme Booklet - Glasgow Caledonian University

International Student

Support Service





September 2012

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01 Hello and Welcome

02 International Student Support


03 Important! Key Information

05 Arriving in Glasgow

07 Campus Map

09 Welcome Desk

10 Early Welcome

11 Welcome Weekend

12 Welcome Events

13 Ceilidh

14 Professional Global Passport

and Volunteering

15 Settling In Programme

16 Checklist: Preparing for coming

to GCU

Hello and


The ISSS Team

Hello and Welcome from the

International Student Support

Service at Glasgow Caledonian

University. We are delighted you

have chosen to study at GCU and

join our international University.

This is an exciting time as you take

the next step towards your future.

The ISSS Team (L-R): Margaret Ward,

Lynsey Louden, Hannah Fay and Ben Sinkie

We host the International Student

Welcome Programme to support you

making this big step. The programme

includes social events, opportunities to

meet students and staff, and essential

information. As you begin your studies,

you will realise that joining a new

university and moving to a new city or

country can be a challenging experience.

We are here to help you throughout this

time; other students will have similar

experiences to you so remember to ask

your new friend too.

For those of you from the UK, we are

very glad to welcome you and hope that

you will join in our events; all activities in

the welcome programme are open to all

students. It is a great opportunity to make

new friends and begin your international

experience at GCU.

We wish you every success in your

studies at GCU and hope the experience

is rewarding, successful and most of

all, fun. We look forward to meeting you

during the programme and getting to

know you during your journey at GCU.

Read on to discover our International

Student Welcome Programme . . .


International Student

Support Service

We are a team of dedicated

international student advisors -

we are committed to providing

support and enhancing your

student experience to all

international students at Glasgow

Caledonian University. There

are many other student support

services within the University;

all are available for confidential

support and advice.

Confidential Support and Advice

We specialise in visa and immigration

advice within the University. If you have

any enquiries regarding your visa status,

please contact the team directly. All visa

and immigration advice can only be

given by qualified staff within ISSS at

the University. We will help you make a

new application or extend your visa.

For any personal issues we also offer

support and guidance. All communication

is confidential and free of charge.

Meeting an Advisor

You can meet an advisor at one of our

drop-in sessions, by appointment, at

a workshop or event. You can visit our

office at any time. When meeting an ISSS

advisor ensure you bring your original

passport and visa.

Professional Global Passport

In addition to employability skill sessions

within your school, we host a programme

of free events aimed to prepare you for

your career. [More information on the next



There are various opportunities within the

University for you to volunteer. We have

different events and activities that you

can volunteer for, you can register your

interest in becoming an ISSS volunteer at:

All ISSS volunteering is recognised with

the GCUSA Student Leaders Programme.

Contacting ISSS Team

Inside UK Outside UK

T: 0141 273 1244 T: +44 141 273 1244



Join our online social networking



Welcome Programme

We co-ordinate this welcome programme

to compliment your school activities

and those organised by the Students’

Association (GCUSA). The programme is

focused to support international students

with practical elements of coming to

Glasgow and the University; all events are

open to all students at GCU. You can also

contact us before you arrive by email,

telephone, Facebook or any of our other

online social network group.

Find us on

Follow us on

Twitter Linkedin



Key Information

Student Visa

Most of you will be joining GCU

on a Tier 4 Student visa. As stated on

your visa there are conditions of your

immigration status – it is vital that you

adhere to these. You will be given

information regarding the conditions of

your student visa during the welcome

programme. If you have any questions

regarding your visa status in the UK

please contact ISSS immediately.

If you need to extend your student visa,

it is essential to contact ISSS at least 90

days before your visa expires in order

to prepare for your visa. We will assist

you with advice and providing forms,

checking and posting of applications. You

must submit your visa application to ISSS

no later than 3 weeks before your visa


It is your responsibility to ensure you

have valid leave to study within the UK

and at Glasgow Caledonian University

and that you do not breach any

conditions of your visa.

Working in the UK

Your working conditions will be stated on

your visa – if you require clarification on

your working allowance, please contact

ISSS. You must not undertake paid

work during term time for more than the

permission stated on your visa i.e. 10/20

hours per week.

National Insurance Number

In order to work in the UK, you will be

required to obtain a National Insurance


If you would like information, please

contact ISSS. It is your responsibility

as a student to ensure that you adhere

to the working conditions permitted on

your visa.

Registering with the Police

If you are required to register with the

police, this will be clearly stated on your

visa. You must do this within 7 days

of arriving in the UK, so you are not in

breach of your visa conditions. We can

direct you to the police station and help

you prepare for your registration.

Go to page 14 for information about our FREE

Police Registration Sessions’


You must attend all your classes and

contact your school if you are absent for

any reason.


It is your responsibility to ensure you

re-register with the university as required.


Contact Details

You must update the University your Visa

Information and Contact Details.

It is a responsibility of your visa status

to ensure your Police Registration

Certificate is accurate and up-to-date.

If you change your place of study,

course, address or visa status, you

must inform the police immediately.


We strongly advise you to arrange

accommodation before you arrive in

the UK. It can be difficult to source

accommodation once here; choice

can be limited. Please contact our

Accommodation Office for advice



You must register with a doctor (also

known as a GP) while studying in the

UK. You can visit a doctor for all general

medical problems. As a full-time student,

you and your dependants are entitled to

free essential NHS care and this includes

a doctor.

Opening a UK Bank Account

We advise you to open a bank account

in the UK. If you have to extend or apply

for a visa, it is an advantage to have

an account in the UK. Santander is a

University partner, their branch is on

campus in the George Moore Building.

In order to make visa requirements

easier, we advise you to ensure you

receive monthly bank statements

which you should keep with a healthy

balance, and also register for online


You can meet the team at our FREE

International Fair, go to page 12.

We have close links with other medical

services such as dentist, opticians and

family planning clinics. If you would like

any information on these services, please

contact ISSS.

You can find out more information and register

for healthcare at our FREE International Fair, go

to page 12.


Arriving in Glasgow:

Free Meet &

Greet Service

Welcome Team Ambassadors will Meet

and Greet you at Glasgow International

Airport*. They will guide you to public

transport services and answer general

enquiries. Find our student welcome

team at the Welcome Desks – they will

be wearing easily identifiable ‘Student

Welcome Scotland’ T-shirts.

Please try to arrange your travel to arrive

within these times to take advantage of

this service. Please register your arrival

details on the website and if they are

outwith programme times, we will make

suitable arrangements where possible.

Location: Glasgow International Airport,

International and Domestic Arrivals

Programme Dates: Wednesday 29th

August – Sunday 23rd September 2012

Opening Hours: 9.00am – 8.00pm

Cost: FREE

Extended opening hours:

Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September

Times: 8.30 am – 8.30 pm

Public Transport

Our Welcome Team will guide you to

the shuttle bus from the Airport to Bus

Station in the city. This is directly across

the road from the University.

*Please note Glasgow has two airports:

Glasgow International Airport and

Glasgow Prestwick Airport.


Register your arrival

details at


Our welcome team

will meet you at

Glasgow International

Airport and at the

University during

programme hours.

Arriving in Glasgow:

Getting to GCU

It is very easy to get to GCU. The city

has two train stations – Glasgow Central

Station and Glasgow Queen Street

Station – these are both within walking

distance of the University. We also have

two airports - Glasgow International

Airport (closest to Glasgow) and Glasgow

Prestwick Airport.

You can visit the website for maps and

travel information on getting to the

University and Glasgow City. Listen to our

podcast too.

M8 J17


University and colleges

A Glasgow Caledonian University

B Glasgow Metropolitan College

C Central College

National and regional travel

Train stations

D Central Station

E Queen Street Station

Bus station

F Buchanan Bus Station

Local and regional travel

Train stations

G Charing Cross

H Anderston

I Argyle Street

Subway stations

J Cowcaddens

K Buchanan Street

L St Enoch

Bus station

We are here







Access to the university

A. Vehicle entrance

from Cowcaddens Road

B. Pedestrian entrances

from Cowcaddens Road

University buildings

1. Britannia Building

2. Continuing Professional

Development Centre and William

Harley Building

3. Arc Health and Fitness Facility

4. Students’ Association Offices

5. Govan Mbeki Building

6. George Moore Building

7. Hamish Wood Building

8. The Refectory

9. Occupational Health Unit

10. The Saltire Centre

11. Charles Oakley Laboratories

12. Nursery

13. Teaching Block

14. Milton Street Building

15. Caledonian Court

16. Buchanan House

Traditional Scottish

Party: Ceilidh on 20 Sept






Welcome Desk in

Level 1 (Saltire Centre)

Accommodation Space

(Caledonian Court)


Find ISSS in Level 1

(George Moore Building)



Santander University

Branch (George Moore














from Bus

Station to University

Enjoy Welcome Buffet on

13 Sept in level 0

(Saltire Centre)

Meeting Point for

some ISSS events

(Outside Arc Sports Centre)




There are Welcome areas, events and

activities offering you the opportunity to

meet new people and staff, ask questions

and find out information.

Student Welcome Ambassadors are on

hand to tell you about events, answer

questions, provide information and

literature, and guide you around the

campus. They know what it is like to be

an international student in a new place

and are very happy to help and meet you.

Welcome Desk

Dates: Wednesday 29th August to

Sunday 23rd September 2012

Venue: Saltire Centre Reception Area

Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm everyday


Early Welcome

Saturday 1 to Friday 7

September 2012

International Student Support Service

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September


Additional Opening Hours

Venue: George Moore Building, Level 1

Time: 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Cost: Free

Student Tours Scotland Walk – City


Saturday 1 September 2012

Additional Opening Hours

Venue: Meet outside ARC Sports Centre

Time: 3.00 pm

Cost: Free

Student Tours Scotland Walk – River


Sunday 2nd September 2012

Additional Opening Hours

Venue: Meet outside ARC Sports Centre

Time: 3.00 pm

Cost: Free

ISSS Welcome Session

Wednesday 5th September 2012

Additional Opening Hours

Venue: ISSS Office, M111

Time: 1.00 pm

Cost: Free


Welcome Weekend:

Saturday 8 and Sunday

9 September 2012


International Student Support Service

Additional Opening Hours (all weekend)

Venue: George Moore Building, Level 1

Time: 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Cost: Free

Santander Bank

Additional Opening Hours (all weekend)

Venue: George Moore Building, Level 1

Time: 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Cost: Free

Academic Registry (Student

Administration Services) – Get your

student card

Additional Opening Hours (Sunday only)

Venue: M201

Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Cost: Free


Saturday 8 September 2012

Edinburgh City Day Trip

Venue: Meet outside ARC Sports Centre

Time: 9.00am - 6.00pm

Cost: £15 – ticket must be purchased in


Sunday 9 September 2012

Glasgow City Rally Challenge

Discover your new city, challenge your

friends and win prizes

Meeting Point: Outside ARC Sports


Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Cost: Register for FREE ticket online


Dentist Desk

Register with free Healthcare services

Venue: Saltire Centre Reception Area

Time: 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Cost: Free




Monday 10 to Wednesday

26 September 2012

Thursday 6 to Friday 14 September


Services Fair

Learn about services at GCU and meet


Venue: Saltire Centre Reception Area

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: Free

Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and

Thursday 13th September 2012

Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and

Thursday 20th September 2012

Police Registration Sessions – only for

student who need to register with the


Venue: ISSS Office, M111

Time: 10.20 am, 1.00 pm and 4.50 pm

Cost: FREE

You must register with ISSS in advance

Wednesday 12th September 2012

ISSS Welcome Session

Venue: ISSS Office, M111

Time: 1.00 pm

Cost: FREE’

Thursday 13 September 2012

Welcome Buffet

Opportunity to meet fellow new students

and ask GCU staff questions – buffet

lunch provided (halal and vegetarian


Venue: Saltire Centre, Level 0

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Cost: Register for FREE ticket online


Thursday 13 September 2012

Faith and Belief Day

Celebration of faith and culture on

campus. Meet the chaplains and student

faith groups.

Venue: Saltire Level 1 (mezzanine)

Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm

Cost: Free

Wednesday 19 September 2012

International Information Fair

Stalls and information on a variety of GCU

and Glasgow services

Venue: ISSS Office, M111

Time: 1.00pm

Cost: Free

Thursday 20 September 2012

Traditional Scottish Party: Ceilidh

Scottish dancing; food; music; live band;

prizes and much more

Venue: Refectory Extension, Hamish

Wood Building

Cost: £3 per ticket/2 for £5 Register

for ticket online http://welcome-sep12.

Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Wednesday 26th September 2012

ISSS Welcome Session

Venue: ISSS Office, M111

Time: 1.00 pm

Cost: FREE’



Weekend Events


Scottish Party


Event hosted by International Student Support Service

6.00pm - 9.00pm Thursday 20 September, Refectory Extension,

Hamish Wood Building, GCU Campus

Register for events on Facebook and Eventbrite

Enjoy a night of Scottish tradition with a live band,

piper performance, traditional Scottish dancers, lots of dancing

and refreshments. We invite you to dress in your national costume

for a chance to win a prize; there will also be prizes for dancing.

All students, family and friends are welcome.

Prizes sponsored by Student Tours Scotland

£3 ticket/2 for £5


Register online at eventbrite for your ticket:

Tickets must be purchased before event


Global Passport

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Employability is about more than getting a job. Your skills, attributes and knowledge

all contribute to employability. The Professional Global Passport is a mini portfolio

designed to help you recognise the value of your attributes and skills. You can

promote these to prospective employers through the Professional Global Passport.

Upon attending free employability related events and workshops you will be able

to record these using the Professional Global Passport. It is an excellent record to

show to future prospective employers. E:

Please visit ISS website for programme dates and more information:



Settling-In Programme

Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th October 2012

hosted by International Student Support Service

International Fair

Wednesday 17th October 2012

Venue: ISSS Office, M111 Time: 1.00 pm Cost: FREE

Settling-In Buffet

Thursday 18th October 2012

Venue: Saltire Centre, Level 0 Time: 4.00 – 5.30 pm Cost: Free

Register for free ticket online

Glasgow City Centre Open Doors

Saturday 20th October 2012

Venue: Meet outside ARC Sports Centre Time: As confirmed on ticket

Register for free ticket online – must be collected before event

Before you arrive

Apply for your student visa

Get travel insurance

Arrange student accommodation

Register arrival details on


Join ‘Welcome to GCU’ page on Facebook

Join our Official September 2012 Group:


Visit New2GCU on


Register for our ISSS Welcome Events

Complete joining instructions sent from

Academic Registry (Student Administration


Prepare for Scottish weather

Ensure your hand luggage includes your

essentials and visa documents i.e. copies

of your passport, visa, CAS and maintenance


Prepare method of transferring funds to

a UK bank account in your name

Contact ISSS team for advice and support

in preparing to come to Glasgow by emailing

Checklist: Preparing for

your journey to GCU

After you arrive

Use our Meet and Greet Service at

Glasgow International Airport’

Visit our Welcome Desk in Saltire


Attend our welcome events and get

your welcome pack at our Welcome

Buffet (13 Sept)

Register with Academic Registry to

get your student ID card – you will be

required to show visa documents in

order to get your card

Register with a doctor/GP and dentist

Register with the Police (if you are

required to)

Open a UK Bank Account –

Santander are available on campus

Arrange insurance for your contents

Apply for a national insurance number

to allow you to work part-time

Ensure you are aware of your student

visa and working conditions - contact for clarification


International Student Support Service

George Moore Building, Level 1

Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road,

Glasgow G4 0BA, Scotland, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)141 273 1244


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