International Study Centre

New student information

Prepare for success 

Get a head start on your studies by joining our virtual preparation course before studying with us in September. This free course is designed to give you a competitive edge as you study abroad, as you take this time to develop the skills which will help you on your pathway and beyond. We’ll introduce you to the study skills, academic structures and cultural skills you need to succeed. You’ll even be able to work on your personal learning outcomes so you know what to expect when you begin your pathway programme.

To access this virtual preparation course, all you need to do is confirm your place with us by paying your confirmation fee, as well as the first £6000 of your tuition fees. Once your place is confirmed, we'll send you an email with instructions on how to access the course. You’ll then be able to benefit from:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

What you need to know before you arrive

If you are coming to Glasgow to study at the International Study Centre you may have some questions about living and studying in the UK.

Important downloads

We have put together a useful pre-arrival guide about what to do once you have confirmed your place. It offers advice on planning your journey, what to pack and much more. The pre-arrival form has important information we need to know, including your flight itinerary and whether you need transportation from the airport to your accommodation. It is important you send us this form so we can help make your arrival as smooth as possible.

Your questions answered

Life in the UK may be different to what you are used to. We have listed some frequently asked questions, and answers that we hope you will find useful. If you have any other questions, contact us. Your local agent will also be happy to help you plan for your arrival in the UK.

United Kingdom consists of England, Wales and Scotland. People from all around the world, of all cultures, beliefs and religions live here. The UK has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that will make you feel welcome.

Find out the benefits of living and studying in Scotland.

The weather in the UK changes often, but it is not extremely hot or cold. It could rain and be sunny all in one single afternoon. It is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer, in some parts of the country temperatures may reach 20 degrees and in the winter they do not often drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

To help you settle in, we will organise fun events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at the University of Strathclyde, or go along to fun student events taking place on campus.

Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if you don't know how to speak and write well in English at first. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating yourself when necessary. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said. Over time you will become confident and comfortable with speaking, writing and reading in English. You may also start to understand different accents, slang words and phrases.

Glasgow has shops and supermarkets that sell international food, so you will be able to buy what you’re looking for. There are also many restaurants that serve food from around the world, so you’ll be able to find something to remind you of home.

Moving to a different country to study is exciting, but sometimes students also feel a little nervous as they prepare to leave their home. It is normal to feel this way, and we will do everything we can to help you settle in to living in Glasgow and the UK. The teachers and staff at the International Study Centre are always here for you if you need to speak to someone.

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.