Step 2 - Prepare to travel to Edinburgh

There is a lot to think about when travelling overseas to study so we have produced our own "Information For Students Pre-Arrival Guide" which provides detailed information about travelling to Edinburgh to start your course and what to expect on arrival. Please read it carefully as it contains a whole range of useful information including;

  • Arriving in the UK
  • Arriving in Edinburgh
  • Cost of Living in Edinburgh
  • Weather
  • Medical Services
  • Transport
  • Police
  • Police Registration
  • Opening a bank account
  • Dealing with an emergency

It is very important that you have travel insurance in place before travelling to Scotland. Do not travel to Edinburgh without it.

Global School of English is accredited by the British Council, which produces comprehensive guides for students coming to study in the UK.

The "First Steps - Pre-departure guide for international students coming to study in the UK 2014/2015" covers what students need to know and do before they leave home, along with advice about arriving in the UK, settling in and getting on with making the most of being a student in our country. It also contains some very useful checklists that may be helpful in planning your trip to Edinburgh.


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The teachers make me laugh and they also make me feel that they are concerned for me, not just as a student of English but as a person too. When you are far away from home that’s very important. At the end of every week, they ask what you liked and what they can do to help you improve your English skills.
- Silvana Alvarez (Colombia)

Global School of English - Edinburgh is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.