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  New International students

Coming to Scotland to study offers many exciting opportunities. At Edinburgh Napier University we like to do everything we can to help you make the most of your time here and feel right at home as soon as you arrive.
 
​While you’re settling into life in Edinburgh, from time to time you might need a little help along the way. There are lots of great resources on campus to help you sort out everything, from legal issues to finding a new flat.

Things you need to know...

Visa & Immigration- Arriving in the UK via Ireland
Visiting Students
Pack your bags
Edinburgh Airport Transfer Service
​International FAQ
Keeping in touch
SPICE - Student Pre-arrival Induction for Continuing Education
Contact us 

International arrival guide

We know you will have lots of questions as you prepare for your studies at Edinburgh Napier. We’ve put together an arrival guide and handy checklist to point you in the right direction.

Download the international arrival guide​​

UK airports are phasing in e-Gates (electronic security gates) to enhance the passenger experience. 

We have been advised that students entering the UK on Short-term Visas should not use these e-Gates and should speak to a Border Force Officer in order to obtain a stamp in their passport. Further information regarding this can be found here.

International Student Induction Event

Visa & International Support and the Global Mobility team are hosting an International Student Induction event for both EU and international students. This event is to introduce you to Edinburgh Napier University, and make sure you get the most out of your new University experience in Edinburgh!

The event will take place on Saturday 9th September 2019 between 2pm and 5pm at the Craiglockhart campus.

See the below timetable on what to expect during the induction event and to allow you to plan ahead.

Talks & Sessions

Time

1. General Welcome and Campus Talks

2pm - 2.45pm

2. Cultural shock Session with student panel

3pm - 3.30pm

3. English in-sessional support

3.45pm - 4.15pm

4. Tier 4 Student visa guidance

4.15pm - 4.30pm

5. International Friendship Programme

4.30pm - 4.40

6. Entertainment room (performances from 4.45)

2pm - 5pm

 

As well as the talks and sessions, you will also get the opportunity to speak to student ambassadors and societies that will exhibit on the day.

If you have any queries, please contact Visa and International Support.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Visa & Immigration - Arriving in the UK via Ireland​

When you first arrive in the UK you will need to go through immigration and customs control. You’ll be asked to present the immigration officer with your valid passport and entry visa, and may be asked to show some documents including evidence of where you will live, an offer of admission and proof that you have money to cover any fees and living expenses you’ll have while you’re here. 

Arriving in the UK via Ireland

You might travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland. However, it is important to understand that both countries are part of a Common Travel Area (CTA). The CTA streamlines arrival in the UK from the Republic of Ireland for most travellers, because there is no immigration control on arrival in the UK. However it can cause a problem for some students on short courses who did not apply for a visa before travelling.

If you already hold a UK visa (i.e. you applied for a visa before you travel to the UK)

There is no problem if you have applied in your home country for a Tier 4 or short-term student visa/entry clearance before travelling. Your UK visa/entry clearance will not be date stamped on entry to the UK, but this is fine. You should keep evidence of your travel in case your date of entry ever becomes important or relevant. If you do travel and re-enter the UK later, for example after a short trip elsewhere in Europe (other than Ireland), your entry clearance will simply be date stamped on re-entry.

USA, Japan, South Korea and other non-visa nationals

This information is for nationals of the USA, Japan, South Korea and other non-visa nationals who are planning to travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland, and enter the UK as a short-term student.

As a non-visa national, you can indeed normally travel to the UK and apply when you arrive for immigration permission to enter as a short-term student (or other type of visitor) for up to six months. Non-visa national students on short courses often choose to do this rather than applying for entry clearance before travelling. However, if you arrive in the UK from elsewhere in the CTA (this includes the Republic of Ireland), you will not have the opportunity to do this because there is no immigration control at your UK arrival point. You should therefore apply for UK entry clearance (a visa) as a short-term student or Tier 4 student in your home country before travelling to the Republic of Ireland.

If, despite the above advice, you do enter the UK from the Republic of Ireland with no specific UK immigration permission, and you are a non-visa visa national, you will in most cases automatically have permission to be in the UK only for three months, not for six months. This may not be enough time to complete your short course, but you cannot extend your stay in the UK as a short-term student or Tier 4 student. If you need to be in the UK for more than the three months, you will need to leave the UK within the three month period, then re-enter asking for immigration permission to enter as a short-term student, for a maximum visit of six months.

Note also that any immigration permission you are given on arrival in the Republic of Ireland is for the Republic of Ireland, not for the UK.

Our Visa and International Support Team can give you further advice. Email: internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk​   


Visiting Students​

The Global Mobility team at Edinburgh Napier University are the first point of contact for visiting students to the University so regardless of if you are an Erasmus+ exchange student, a free mover from Europe, or a visiting student from a non-EU institution, they will be a key contact and are here to help. 

Frequently Asked Questions about starting your studies at Edinburgh Napier can be found in the FAQs section but if you can't find the information you're looking for, email visitingstudents@napier.ac.uk

​All new visiting students are expected to arrive at Edinburgh Napier by Saturday 7 September.  If, for whatever reason, you will be arriving after this date, please email visitingstudents@napier.ac.uk  to let the Global Mobility team know. 

Weather

The weather in Edinburgh is predictably unpredictable all year round. Like most of the United Kingdom, the climate is temperate, which means we don’t experience huge extremes in temperatures throughout the year. In July and August the average temperature is roughly 19°C, while during the winter months the average temperature is a little over freezing. It’s not unusual to get snow during the winter; however it’s usually no more than a light covering that melts away after a few days.
 
Because of the city’s northern location, daylight hours vary significantly between summer and winter. On the longest day of the year in June the sun doesn’t set until after 10pm, while on the shortest day the sun sets just after 3.30pm. For many students coming to Edinburgh Napier University from warmer climates, adjusting to the lack of sunshine is the most challenging aspect of life in a new city. 
 
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Clothing

There are many clothes shops popular with students and these are located on or near Princes Street (the main street in Edinburgh city centre for shopping):

Airport Welcome Service



 

Airport welcome service 

Meet a friendly face when you arrive at Edinburgh Airport on Friday 6 September to Sunday 8 September between 7.30am and 7.30pm (UK time). 

Meet our ambassadors on arrival

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport on the above dates, our student ambassadors will direct you to a taxi/bus/tram and help you with any questions you may have. Look out for them at the International Arrivals area, they will be easily identified in their red Edinburgh Napier 'Student Ambassador' t-shirts. 

If you have booked accommodation, make sure you print off any information you receive and carry this in your hand luggage. 

Cost

Please note that this is NOT a free service and you will be required to pay transport costs.  If you opt to travel by taxi, this cost could be reduced for you if you were happy to share a taxi with other student(s) going to the same location as you and our student ambassadors will be able help you with this. 

Further information regarding transport can be found on the Edinburgh Airport website.  The Airlink bus (number 100) departs from the airport every 10 minutes and takes approximately 30 minutes to get into the city centre.  A single journey would cost you £4.50 GBP.  Alternatively, you could take the Tram which departs from the airport every 8-12 minutes and takes approximately 35 minutes to get into the city centre and a single journey would cost you £6.00 GBP.

 

International FAQ 

How do I open a bank account?

To open a bank account, make an appointment with your bank of choice and bring with you your passport, student ID card, student status letter (available from any of the iPoints) and proof of address. You will need to show the bank your accommodation acceptance letter if you’re living on campus, along with proof of your home address. It’s also wise to ask when making the appointment if there are any other documents you require to get an account opened. 

Where can I get insurance?

In the UK there are a number of insurance providers that offer everything from contents to travel insurance. Many people choose to take out insurance policies through their bank. You can also find a policy to suit you on a price comparison website, which will help you secure the best deal. 

Do I have access to healthcare?

In addition to the Tier 4 visa application fee, from 6 April 2015, applicants will also be required to pay an immigration health surcharge at the point of submitting their visa application. This is not optional and will apply to all applicants and family members applying to come to the UK as their dependants for more than 6 months. The fee will apply to all applications, whether inside or outside the UK.  The charge will entitle the visa holder and dependants to free health services under the National Health Service (NHS) once inside the UK. 

What if I need medication?

If medication is prescribed to you by your GP you will be able to get this free of charge at your local pharmacy.

Police registration

Some nationalities may have to register with the police once they have arrived in the UK.  If you have to register with the police it will state this on your visa.  Further information can be found on the Police Scotland website.

Can I work during my studies?

Your Biometric Residence Card will advise you if you are eligible to work during your studies.  As you will be studying a full time course at a Highly Trusted Sponsor institute your BRP should state that you can work up to 20 hours in term time.  Further information can be found on the UKCISA website.

Moving away from friends and family is a difficult adjustment for many international students who come to study at Edinburgh Napier University.
 

Staying in touch with loved ones back home - as well as all the new friends you'll make while you're here - doesn't need to be difficult. One of the biggest challenges many of our international students have is the change in time zones and finding the right time to talk, but with a little creativity and some modern methods most manage to keep connected with no trouble at all. 

The easiest way to stay in touch during a busy semester is with a mobile phone. If you want to keep your phone from back home, you can purchase a SIM card from a local provider or opt to buy a new phone once you arrive. There are many different tariffs that offer everything from international calling to mobile internet and unlimited texts, and almost all will offer a pay as you go service. To keep your bill down, it's also a good idea to invest in a calling card that you can make use of when making long distance calls. Text messaging is another affordable and convenient way to keep in touch on the move. 

The internet also helps make it easy - when you arrive at Edinburgh Napier University you'll be set up with your own private student email address for course work, which you can also use to keep in touch with your classmates, lecturers, friends and family. Free services like Skype also offer the opportunity to video call loved ones back home for a face-to-face catch up. For most students, social networking also plays a huge part, and makes it easy for you to share all the things you've been up to in Edinburgh with your social circles.

Mobile phones

There are various mobile phone networks available in Edinburgh.  You may have to visit various stores to see what company can provide you with the best offer for your needs.  Again, there are a number of mobile phone shops on or near Princes Street:
The International Support team is dedicated to advising and supporting international students on all campuses.
 

Visit International for further information or email internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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