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  • Competition time!

    Take part in our Instagram hashtag competition to win an Amazon voucher!

    If you are an international student graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2017, share your photo using #FarewellEdinburgh and tag uoe_international. The first 20 to share will win a £10 Amazon voucher!

  • New Students: Travelling and What to Pack

    Are you a new student coming to Edinburgh this September? No doubt you will be very excited, but also a bit anxious about what lies ahead. At the International Student Advisory Service, we have detailed information on our website and blog to help you with travelling to the UK, choosing accommodation, local customs, visa matters and much more.

  • New Students – A Guide To Finding Accommodation in Edinburgh

    Finding accommodation can be a daunting prospect, especially for new international students, so we’ve put together some handy tips to help you with your search. BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO THE UK It’s important that you arrange accommodation before travelling to the UK. However, unless you secure University accommodation, it may be difficult to find somewhere to […]

  • New Students: Adjusting to UK Culture

    Leaving home and coming to a new country to study can be a stressful experience – here are our tips on how to prepare! When you first arrive in Edinburgh, you might notice differences between the way things are done and what you are used to at home. This can include anything, from the weather to […]

  • New Students: Edinburgh off the Beaten Path

    Make the most of your time with us and explore a bit of Edinburgh!  International student Shelby King has put together an Edinburgh bucket list which includes places that may not be as widely visited, but should certainly not be overlooked! Craigmillar… Read More ›

  • New Students: Teaching & Learning at the University of Edinburgh

    UK academic culture might be very different to what you are used to, but help is at hand! Academic Transitions Adviser Abby Shovlin looks the challenges of transitioning from one teaching and learning style to another.  I work in the… Read More ›

  • New Students: Working After Your Studies

    Wondering  about what lies ahead after your studies? This week’s blog post, written by Kirsten Roche from the University’s Careers Service, focuses on work opportunities. Start planning for your career today! Whether you are coming to Edinburgh to study at undergraduate… Read More ›

  • Weather in Scotland: an International Student’s Experience

    Worried about the notoriously unpredictable Scottish weather? Let’s hear what Shelby King, a US student at the University of Edinburgh, has to say about her experience of adjusting to her new environment during the past year. Growing up in the… Read More ›

  • New Students: Language & Accents

    ‘Do ye ken what I’m saying?’: as time draws closer to your arrival in Edinburgh, you may find yourself worrying about adjusting to the Scottish accent.  Fear not!  Whether you are a native English speaker, or not, accents and colloquial… Read More ›

  • New Students: Healthcare

    Moving to a new country can be stressful – differences in food, weather and customs can be hard cope with and cause you to pay less attention than usual to your health.  Here are a few tips on how to… Read More ›

  • Living and Studying in Edinburgh: An International Student’s Experience

    Want to know what being an international student in Edinburgh is really like? Let’s hear from Shelby King, a postgraduate student from the United States, who has been living in Scotland’s capital city since September 2015. ‘My experience of studying… Read More ›

  • New Students: A Guide to Budgeting

    We all know that paying for your studies and your living costs may seem a daunting prospect, but organising your finances before you arrive can make all the difference. The Importance of Budgeting You will be abroad and you won’t have… Read More ›

  • Surviving Exam Season

    Preparing for exams is often a process filled with anxiety. With exam season fast approaching, we have put together some helpful tips on how to prepare effectively, and how to cope with stress. Try to start revising as early as… Read More ›

  • Lunar New Year 2016

    Welcome to the Year of the Monkey! Over the last few weeks, celebrations have been taking place all over the world, marking New Year in the lunar calendar. Last week, the International Office, EUSA Global and over 200 students came together for our very own… Read More ›

  • Celebrate Burns Night!

      25 January marks Burns Night. Around the world, we commemorate the life and works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Burns Suppers, ceilidh dancing, live music and poetry recitals are just some of the ways you can celebrate. Did you know? Robert Burns’ influence… Read More ›

  • Christmas and Hogmanay in Scotland

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the ISAS Team!     Support over the Holidays The Chaplaincy has a wide team of honorary chaplains and belief contacts, encompassing all faiths and none. Many of these contacts will be… Read More ›

  • New Students:January Welcome Guide

    How time flies! If you are joining us in January, you will be here in Edinburgh in just a few weeks. Remember the Arrival Date will be on Thursday 07 January, with induction activities starting that evening. If you arrive on that… Read More ›

  • New Students: A Guide to Life in the UK

    The United Kingdom is a diverse and multi-ethnic society, where students of all backgrounds are welcome and their involvement in local communities is valued. Here are some general considerations about aspects of UK life you might want to investigate before you… Read More ›

  • EUSA Elections

    Welcome to all of our new and returning international students! It’s election week at EUSA. But what are the by-elections all about and why are they important? We asked Vice President for Student Activities, Andy Peel, about how student representation… Read More ›