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International Student Support Welcome Guide

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Useful information to help you settle into your new surroundings at UWS.

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Creating Confidence - British Council

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Guide created by the British Council to make sure that your time studying in the UK is safe and enjoyable

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First Steps - British Council

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A pre-departure guide created by the British Council for international students coming to study in the UK.

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International Student Advisers

UWS’s team of International Student Advisers (ISAs) are authorised by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide Level 1 immigration advice to our international students.

ISAs can advise on matters such as:

  • Applying for a student visa including eligibility and financial requirements
  • Protecting Tier 4 student status
  • Bringing dependents to the UK
  • Working during your studies
  • Working after your studies including the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) and the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

As well as providing advice and guidance, the team also organise workshops and multicultural events such as Celebrate Culture and International Student Day. Please have a look at one of our events:

UK Council for International Student Affairs

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

The UKCISA website provides comprehensive advice for international students studying and living in the UK.

For urgent enquiries, they also operate a telephone advice line for international students: 0207 788 9214. 

Scottish Traditional Outfit | Discover Scotland | University of the West of Scotland

Discover Scotland

The International Student Support Team organise a number of trips around Scotland. These are an opportunity for students to see more of Scotland, learn about Scottish culture and meet new friends. The trips take place throughout the year and are open to all students including ERASMUS students and students on Short-term study visas.

The 2019/20 trips will include trips to Edinburgh Castle, St. Andrews, Inverary Castle and New Lanark World Heritage Site. Tickets can be bought through the UWS online store. For further information on these trips contact

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Last updated: 10/01/2018