Introduction - Queen Margaret University by jizhen1947


               Congratulations on receiving an           Remember also that as of 1
               offer of a place at Queen Margaret        September you can matriculate
               University (QMU) and thank you            online at
               for accepting that offer. This   By
               handbook has been compiled to             matriculating in advance you will
               help you before and after your            ensure you have easy access to
               arrival at QMU.                           the internet and email upon
               There is information about getting
               to the University (See information        We hope that you have a safe
               on special airport transfer deals         journey to Edinburgh and enjoy
               on page 9), what to do when you           your time with us. We look forward
               arrive, settling in, activities outside   to seeing you at the International
               of your studies and lists of useful       Student Induction Day on
               resources, services and sources of        Sunday, 11 September.

               Queen Margaret University
               Queen Margaret University (QMU)           pleased that our EU and
               has a total student population of         International Students ranked us
               around 5,000 students. Around             Number 1 in the UK for their
               18% of our students are                   ―overall Living Experience‘ and
               international from over 65                ‗overall student support‘
               countries.                                satisfaction. ‗Living Experience‘
                                                         includes elements such as
               Our small size ensures that QMU           Accommodation, the host
               has a friendly atmosphere and a           (Scottish/British) culture and
               strong sense of community,                friends, opportunities to work part-
               allowing our students to settle in        time and eco-friendly attitude.

               quickly and easily access a
               network of support services               We are therefore confident you will
                                                         have a positive experience with us.
               Last autumn, QMU participated in
               the Student Barometer and                 You can find more information
               International Student Barometer           about the University on our
               (for overseas students studying           website:
               with us in Edinburgh). We were

               Scotland makes up the northern            There is something for everyone in
               part of the UK and has a                  Scotland – historic buildings and
               population of over 5 million people.      castles, tourist attractions, events
               Although Scotland is part of the          and festivals, outdoor activities
               UK, it has its own devolved               such as golf and hill-walking.
               parliament, as well as having
               distinct education and legal              For further information on Scotland
               systems.                                  visit

               Edinburgh is Scotland‘s capital city           throughout the year. The most
               and is located in the south-east of            famous of these events are the
               the country. Edinburgh is                      Edinburgh Fringe, the Edinburgh
               frequently voted as one of the                 International Festival, the
               most beautiful cities in Europe and            Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the
               one of the best places to live in the          Edinburgh International Film
               UK.                                            Festival, the Edinburgh
                                                              International Book Festival and the
               The city has a population of                   Hogmanay Street Party on Princes
               around 500,000, of whom around                 Street.
               10% are students studying in it‘s
               four universities and numerous                 Edinburgh is compact and very
               colleges.                                      easy to get around on foot or by
                                                              using the excellent public transport
               As one of the most picturesque                 system. The city has excellent
               cities in the world, Edinburgh                 road, rail and air transport links
               boasts an amazing mix of galleries             making it easily accessible from all
               and museums, restaurants and                   major cities in the UK and beyond
               bars, parks and gardens, and all               and allowing you to explore other
               the shopping you could wish for. A             parts of Scotland and the UK.
               UNESCO World Heritage Site,
               Edinburgh combines the medieval                For further information on
               Old Town and the Georgian New                  Edinburgh visit www.edinburgh-
               Town. The city is also host to       
               several arts and cultural festivals

               Edinburgh has very unpredictable               sunshine, although days might

               weather, with sunny summer                     start out misty. Winters are long
               conditions sometimes rapidly                   and damp with many frosty days.
               changing into damp, showery                    December, January and February
               conditions and vice versa.                     are the rainiest months. Snow in
               Summers are generally fine, with               winter is infrequent.
               mild temperatures and bright








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Visa & Immigration
Immigration                             your deposit etc is available on our
You will need to check with your        website at:
local British Council, British
Embassy, or the British High
Commission if you require a visa to     Visa Problems
enter into the UK. They will be able    An offer of a place at the
to advise you on where to obtain a      University and an issuing of a
visa application form.                  Confirmation of Acceptance of
                                        Studies (CAS) does not guarantee
Most students require at least          the issue of a Student Visa.
entry clearance.
                                        Responsibility for valid student
New Student Visa System                 ―Leave to Remain‖ in the UK lies
As part of the UK Government‘s          with the student at all times.
immigration laws, the system for
applying for a visa to study in the     Local Assistance
United Kingdom has undergone a          All countries have a British
number of changes in recent             Embassy/British High Commission
years.                                  and most also have a local British
                                        Council Office who can provide
The new system is a Points Based        help or advice. Check your local
System (PBS) and aims to clarify        phone directory to locate them or
and make the process of visa            visit the British Council website
application easier for students.        (

The main section of the new law
that applies to students is Tier 4.
Under the PBS a total of 40 points
are required before a student can
apply for entry to study in the UK.

For full details and to see the
complete policy, you should visit
the UK Border Agency (UKBA)
website at:

In order to obtain a student visa for
a course at Queen Margaret
University you must be in receipt of
an Unconditional Firm Offer, and
have paid a deposit towards your
tuition fees at QMU (or provided
evidence of sponsorship). After
you have satisfied these
requirements QMU will issue you
with a Confirmation of Acceptance
of Studies (CAS) which you will be
able to use in your completed Visa

Information and Guidance on
obtaining your student visa, paying

              Arranging Accommodation                 (open plan to the Kitchen) is
              Queen Margaret University               equipped with a dining table and
              guarantees accommodation for all        chairs.
              international students provided you
              apply by the end of August. You         Personal contents insurance is
              can apply online via our                also provided as part of the lease.
              webpages. We recommend
              University accommodation for your       What you will need to provide
              own comfort and security.               Single or double sheets, pillow,
              However, not all students choose        pillowcases, towels, a duvet and
              to stay in University                   duvet cover, cutlery, crockery, pots
              accommodation. Please note that         and pans. You may prefer to
              we are unable to provide                purchase some of these items
              accommodation for married               locally on arrival.
              couples or families.
                                                      Student Residences
              The halls of residence are located      Students can see a video of the
              on our campus. There are 800            QM Accommodation as well as the
              single bedrooms, in self contained      online application form from the
              flats for three to six students. Each   website
              flat has a shared kitchen/living
              area. Please note that once you
              sign the accommodation lease, 
              it is legally binding for one full
              academic year, (or 40 or 50             External Accommodation
              weeks). One-semester study              The Accommodation Office can
              abroad/exchange students who            provide details on external
              sign an accommodation lease             accommodation. Accommodation
              are liable for the duration of the      can also be found via the following
              semester.                               links:

              Students must make sure they            Student Pad
              have filled out an application form,
              then completed and returned a
              letting agreement and a deposit for     UNITE

              their accommodation prior to  
              What is provided?             
              Each en-suite single bedroom is
              equipped with a bed, wardrobe,          ESPC
              desk, chest of drawers, shelves
              and chair and has en suite
              facilities consisting of a toilet,
                                                      Gum Tree:
              shower and sink. Each bedroom
              has a WIFI internet connection.
              The kitchen contains a fridge,
              freezer, electric cooker, an electric   City Lets
              kettle and an electric toaster. Irons
              and ironing boards are provided
              and shared amongst groups of
              students as are brooms, mops and
              vacuum cleaners. Each living area

Letting Web                            agency fees. Student Pad                     (
                                       provides excellent advice and hints
                                       on dealing with landlords,
The Scotsman :
                                       contracts, etc.

When opting for external
accommodation, there are many
things that you should be aware of
including location, deposits and

What to bring
Think about what type of clothing      bring food and plant products from
you will need to help you cope with    home with them when they come
the weather (see CLIMATE               to study in the UK. You may not
section). Several thin layers of       realise that there are strict rules
clothes are often more effective       governing the import of these
against the cold than one thick        products into the European Union.
jumper or jacket. We recommend         Information about the products you
that you pack some long-sleeved        can and cannot bring with you can
jerseys or pullovers and a warm        be found on the DEFRA website
winter jacket. Sturdy footwear and
thick socks will keep your feet        farm/food/personal-imports/
warm in late autumn and winter. A
hat, scarf and gloves are also         Personal Insurance
recommended. Don‘t worry if these      It is a good idea to take out
might not be readily available in      insurance for your personal
your home country, as there are        belongings especially if staying off-
many shops in Edinburgh where          campus. A number of companies
you can buy these at reasonably        offer inexpensive cover. Search on
cheap prices.                          the internet for ‗Student Personal
International students often like to

Further Advice
Visit the UKCISA website
before you depart for the UK as it
is an excellent source of advice for
international students, and
includes many useful information
sheets for download.

                       Getting to Edinburgh
                       Shop around to see which travel            Make sure you know the luggage
                       agent will get you the best ticket         allowance for your flight as you
                       deal. Ask the travel agent to book         can be charged for excess
                       your ticket through to the final           baggage. Remember you will
                       destination - EDINBURGH.                   almost certainly return home with
                                                                  much more luggage than when
                       Remember when you check in at              you came to the UK. It is a good
                       the airport to also ask that your          idea to carry this International
                       luggage be ticketed directly               Student Handbook in your hand
                       through to Edinburgh. If you               luggage, along with any important
                       have only one transfer on your             documents such as your travel
                       journey, you should be able to get         insurance. If you are on any
                       a boarding pass for each sector of         prescribed medicines you should
                       your journey.                              also bring a letter from your doctor
                                                                  explaining what they are. Do check
                       You should take out travel        for information
                       insurance for yourself and your            about new hand luggage
Getting to Edinburgh

                       luggage before you travel.                 restrictions.

                       Travelling from Asia
                       (via Europe) eg Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt or Brussels - you can transfer
                       at these airports and then fly directly to Edinburgh. Amsterdam and Paris
                       have the most frequent daily connections. On arrival in Edinburgh, you then
                       will clear Immigration and Customs.
                       (via other UK) eg London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival, you have to
                       clear UK Immigration before flying on to Edinburgh. Most UK airports have
                       frequent flights to Edinburgh. You may have to transfer between terminals
                       so it is a good idea to allow extra time to transfer between flights, especially
                       given extra security measures.

                       Travelling from North America
                       (direct to) Edinburgh. There are direct flights from New York (Newark). On
                       arrival in Edinburgh, you then will clear Immigration and Customs
                       (via Europe) eg Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, or
                       Brussels - you can transfer at these airports and then fly directly to
                       Edinburgh. Amsterdam has the most frequent daily connections.
                       (via other UK) eg London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival, you have to
                       clear UK Immigration before flying on to Edinburgh. Most UK airports have
                       frequent flights to Edinburgh. You may have to transfer between terminals
                       so it is a good idea to allow extra time to transfer between flights, especially
                       given extra security measures.

Travelling from Africa
(via Europe) eg Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt or Brussels -
you can transfer at these airports and then fly directly to Edinburgh.
Amsterdam has the most frequent daily connections. On arrival in
Edinburgh, you then will clear Immigration and Customs.
(via other UK) eg London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival, you have to
clear UK Immigration before flying on to Edinburgh. Most UK airports have
frequent flights to Edinburgh. You may have to transfer between terminals
so it is a good idea to allow extra time to transfer between flights, especially
given extra security measures.

Travelling from the Gulf States

                                                                                   Getting to Edinburgh
(direct to) Glasgow. There are direct flights from Dubai. On arrival in
Glasgow, you then will clear Immigration and Customs.
(via Europe) eg Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt or Brussels -
you can transfer at these airports and then fly directly to Edinburgh.
Amsterdam has the most frequent daily connections. On arrival in
Edinburgh, you then will clear Immigration and Customs.
(via other UK) eg London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival, you have to
clear UK Immigration before flying on to Edinburgh. Most UK airports have
frequent flights to Edinburgh. You may have to transfer between terminals
so it is a good idea to allow extra time to transfer between flights, especially
given extra security measures.

Travelling from Europe
(direct to) Edinburgh. Direct flights operate from a large number of
European cities including Amsterdam, Bergen, Berlin, and Oslo. A full listing
of destinations served by the airport can be found at

Help on arrival
Queen Margaret University will be represented at the Scottish Universities
Welcome Service at Edinburgh Airport over the peak arrival weekends of
Friday 2nd September 2011 - Sunday 4th September 2011 and Friday 9th
September 2011 - Sunday 11th September 2011.

The stand will be located by the Domestic Arrivals and staff will be able to
help you with directions to the University.

                       When to Arrive
                       All International Students entering    courses have different start dates
                       on a Student Visa MUST ARRIVE          and you should ensure that you
                       IN TIME to attend the International    arrive in time to begin classes. It is
                       Students Induction Day on              very difficult for students to join
                       Sunday, 11 September 2011.             classes late.
                       Failure to do so may result in
                       delaying your matriculation and        If you are staying in University
                       affect your Student Visa.              accommodation please let them
                       International students who do          know which day you will be
                       not require a Student Visa are         arriving by emailing
                       also strongly encouraged to  

                       If your course has a non-standard      Remember, all International
                       start date (earlier than 11            Students who require a student
                       September) you will be notified of     visa MUST ARRIVE IN TIME to
                       this within your Joining pack letter   attend the International
Getting to Edinburgh

                       and also at             Students Induction Day on
                       induction                              Sunday, 11 September 2010.
                                                              Failure to do so may result in
                       Plan your travel so that you have a    delaying your matriculation and
                       few days of rest to get over jet lag   affect your Student Visa.
                       and get used to your new
                       surroundings before the Student
                       Induction Period which
                       commences on Sunday 11
                       September 2010. Your subject
                       induction will take place during
                       week beginning 12 September.
                       Information on your subject
                       induction can be found at

                       Arriving in the UK
                       Clearing Immigration                   Visa or Entry Clearance
                       You will need to bring the following   See information on Page 3 on how
                       documents with you when                to obtain a visa/entry clearance.
                       travelling to the UK:
                                                              Offer Letter
                       Passport                               We would also recommend you
                       A valid passport is required. Check    bring a copy of your offer
                       that your passport is valid for a      documents sent to you by our
                       minimum of one year after you          Admissions Team.
                       enter the UK. If in doubt get a new

From Edinburgh Airport
Airport Meet & Greet                   online booking form at
Queen Margaret University will be
represented at a Student Welcome       You can also contact Edinburgh
Service at Edinburgh Airport from      Direct for more information or to
2-4 and 9-11 September 2011.           answer any questions you may
Staff will be able to give you         have by emailing
directions for your onward journey
to Queen Margaret University.
                                       Edinburgh Direct work
Discounted Airport Transfer            alongside the Scottish

                                                                               Getting to the University
As a student of Queen Margaret         Universities Welcome Service
University you can make use of a       and should the Welcome Desk
special Airport Transfer service       at Edinburgh Airport be un-
operated by our partners               manned when you arrive, please
Edinburgh Direct                       call 0777 999 4004 and one of                Edinburgh Direct's team will be
                                       happy to assist.
Edinburgh Direct is a shared travel
service operating 24 hours a day—      Airport Bus
365 days of the year.                  A regular Airport Bus service to the
                                       city centre is available from outside
Transfers can be provided for you      the main terminal building. The
and your family direct to the          cost is £3.50 and the journey time
University with the comfort and        to Waverley Bridge (opposite
reassurance that you will be met       Waverley Train Station) is 25
by an Edinburgh Direct member of       minutes. From Waverley Bridge
staff whatever time you arrive at      you can either take a taxi to the
the Airport and transported safely     University (fare approximately £25
and efficiently to your                and journey time 20 minutes) or
accommodation (on or off               take a train from Edinburgh
campus).                               Waverley Station to Musselburgh
                                       (see below).
Transfers in 2010 cost a maximum
of £30. We are currently               Please note that ongoing road
negotiating to achieve a further       works for Edinburgh’s new tram
discount for you and will notify you   service have caused disruption
on the 2011 cost on our website.       to normal journey times and
                                       may result in delays.
To book your transfer complete the

From Edinburgh Waverley
Train Station
An hourly train service runs           fare will cost less £2. The
between Edinburgh Waverley and         University Campus is a 2 minute
Musselburgh (the nearest station       walk from Musselburgh station.
to the University) Taking a train
from Edinburgh Waverley to
Musselburgh will take under 10
minutes and there are regular
trains during the day and a single
                            From Edinburgh Bus Station
                            St Andrews Square Bus Station is      train ride to Musselburgh and the
                            Edinburgh‘s main bus terminus.        University (see above for further
                            From here you can either get a taxi   information). Whilst there are also
                            to the University (fare               a number of bus services to the
                            approximately £25 and journey         University from the city-centre
                            time 20 minutes) or walk the short    these would not be suitable when
                            distance to Edinburgh Waverley        travelling with luggage.
                            Train Station and take the short

                            From Glasgow Airport
Getting to the University

                            We would encourage you                From here board the Number 500
                            wherever possible to arrive into      bus service (Nicknamed ‗The
                            Edinburgh Airport. If however you     Glasgow Flyer) which departs
                            arrive into Glasgow Airport please    every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day.
                            follow the directions below.          Ask for a ticket to Glasgow Queen
                                                                  Street Railway Station. This will
                            Private Transfer                      take approximately 25 minutes.
                            Our Airport Transfer partners
                            Edinburgh Direct can arrange a        Upon arriving at Glasgow Queen
                            private transfer for you with an      Street station purchase a single
                            approximate cost of £90. See page     ticket to Edinburgh Waverley.
                            9 ‗From Edinburgh Airport‘ For        Trains depart every 15-30 minutes
                            Edinburgh Direct Contact              from early morning to around
                            Information. A similar service is     midnight.
                            also available from Glasgow
                            Prestwick Airport.                    Please then follow the directions
                                                                  from Edinburgh Waverley given on
                            Public Transport                      page 9.
                            Upon arriving at Glasgow Airport
                            please follow signs for
                            Buses/Coaches and proceed to
                            Stance 1.

Arriving at the University
Students staying in University                  The Accommodation Office
Accommodation                                   will ‗check you in‘, allocate
                                                you a room and give you a
        If arriving by taxi, or a public        key.
        bus, you will be dropped at
        the main entrance to the            Finding your way around
        University. If arriving by train,
        the University is on your right         Depending on what day and
        as you exit the station. You            time you arrive, a number of
        should then make your way               QMU student helpers may
        to the Accommodation Office             be on hand to meet up with

                                                                                Getting to the University
        within the Student                      you once you arrive. They
        Residential Village, which is           will guide you around the
        signposted from all                     campus and familiarise you
        entrances to the campus.                with the local area, where to
        However, it may be useful to            eat, catch buses and
        have a copy of the campus               generally answer all your
        map to hand (see Pages 32-              immediate queries.

Plan Your Journey
You may like to use the space
below to note down your travel
plans to the University.

Travel Information

Arrival Date in Edinburgh

Arrival Time in Edinburgh

Airline (to Edinburgh)

Flight number (to Edinburgh)

Departure point

Departure point airline

Departure point flight number

Transit airport

                   Police Registration
                   Are you from one of the                  When you register with the Police,
                   undernoted countries?                    you must take:
                   Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina,              One passport sized
                   Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain,                 photograph
                   Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China,              Your passport
                   Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia,               Registration fee of £34 (cash
                   Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan,                   only)
                   Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait,               Documentation relating to
                   Lebanon, Libya, Moldova,                      your studies i.e. your
                   Morocco, North Korea, Oman,                   matriculation card or letter of
                   Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia,               offer, and letter of
                   Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria,                   sponsorship, if applicable.
                   Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey,
                   Turkmenistan, United Arab                Contact Details
                   Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan,
                                                            You can get further information at:
                   Does the your visa in your
                   passport state that you have to
                                                            Police Headquarters
                   register with the police within 7
                   days of arriving in the UK?              The Nationality Department
                                                            Fettes Avenue
                   If the answer to either of these         Edinburgh EH4 1RB
                   questions is yes, you will need to       Tel: 0131 311 3131
                   register with the Police within 7
                   days of your arrival in the UK. You      Office Hours: Monday – Friday
After you arrive

                   will have to go to Police                09.00 – 12.30
                   Headquarters in Edinburgh to
                   register. The Police will not issue      To get there from campus, take
                   the Registration Certificate on the      the number 30 Lothian bus into the
                   same day and you will need to visit      city centre or the train from
                   the Police Headquarters at a pre-        Musselburgh to Edinburgh
                   arranged time, approximately one         Waverley then you can either get
                   week later to collect the certificate.   the number 24, 29 or 42 Lothian
                                                            Bus from the city centre – check
                                                            that the number is on the bus stop.
                                                            For a bus route map please visit

                   All students are required to             advance of arriving at
                   formally register with QMU and  You
                   sign a declaration that they agree       will be able to do this from the 1
                   to abide by the University‘s             September 2011. You will require
                   regulations, including the payment       your student number to log-in,
                   of fees and other tuition costs. This    which can be found on your offer
                   registration process is referred to      letter. Once you have matriculated,
                   as matriculation.                        you will be able to access student
                                                            services such as email and the
                   You should matriculate online in         internet.

Upon arrival you will be issued with    This student card is your key to the
a student card once you provide         campus and you are required to
the following documentation:            carry it at all times around the
      If you are being funded,          campus.
      evidence of who is paying
      your fees                         If you have any queries regarding
      Photographic identification       matriculation please contact
      Your offer letter                 Student Records at
      Your original certificates and

Tuition Fees
Details of fees for the academic        Credit Card Payments: You can
year 2011-12 are available on the       pay your Fees, in full, by credit
QMU website              card or debit card at the Finance
registry/fees_charges.htm.              Office. You should check prior to
                                        payment whether you will be
The Finance Office will issue you       charged by your bank for using
with an invoice for your tuition fees   your card abroad and what this
for that year after you have            charge will be.
matriculated. These are due to be
paid, in full, 21 days after the        Sponsored Students: Sponsored
invoice date, however an                students should provide written
instalment option is available as       evidence of who will be sponsoring
described in this section               their studies and what exactly will
                                        be paid by the sponsor.
One Single Payment: Students
can pay their tuition fees in full on
or before arrival. For most tuition
fees over £8,000, where the
student is self-funding and the fee
                                        Regardless of how you decide to
                                        pay your tuition fees it is essential
                                        that you arrange a payment
                                        method with the Finance Office
                                                                                After you arrive
is settled in full by 31 October        within 21 days of your arrival at
2011, there will be a discount of       QMU. A full copy of our Student
5%.                                     Debt Recovery Procedures can be
                                        found on our website.
Instalments: You can choose to
pay these by instalments by Direct
Debit. You must hold a UK Bank
Account to operate this system.
Instalments start in October and
run through to May (8 payments)
the following year. No other form
of instalment plan is accepted.

You must complete a Direct Debit
Mandate, which you will find on the
QMU Portal as soon as you have
your UK bank account details.
Please note that if you miss one
instalment, the Finance Office will
automatically request the
remaining outstanding balance.

                   International Induction Day
                   All International Students entering          Receive your welcome pack
                   on a Student Visa MUST ARRIVE                with useful information and
                   IN TIME to attend the International          special offers
                   Students Induction Day on
                   Sunday 11 September 2011.              The Induction Day is designed to
                   Failure to do so may result in         make arriving in the UK and
                   delaying your matriculation and        settling in at QMU that little bit
                   affect your Student Visa.              easier and allow you to make the
                                                          most of your time at QMU. It is
                   International students who do          also an opportunity for you to meet
                   not require a Student Visa are         us and ask any questions you
                   strongly encouraged to attend.         might have.

                   The day will run from 10.30am -        Welcome Bus Tour
                   3.00pm with Breakfast from 10am        You are invited to join RILO on
                   and lunch will also be provided. It    Saturday, 17 September at 12.15
                   is our chance to welcome you to        for a bus tour of the city of
                   the University and provide you with    Edinburgh. We will meet in
                   the best possible start to your time   University Square at 12.00 This is
                   with us.                               a friendly, informal event which will
                                                          provide an opportunity to meet up
                   The induction day will include:        with all the new international
                         An introduction to the           students and discover the city and
                         University and the campus        its surrounding area. Please make
                         Guidance and support on          sure you fill in the tear-off slip at
                         matriculation (including         the back of this pack and return it
After you arrive

                         issues relating to Student       to the Registry Information Desk
                         Visas and monitoring of          by 12.00 on Thursday, 15
                         attendance)                      September to ensure a place on
                         Introduction to life in          the trip. We look forward to seeing
                         Scotland                         you there.
                         Introduction to student clubs,
                         societies, and volunteering
                         Insight into Student Support
                         Services at QMU including
                         careers, counselling,
                         disability, finance, welfare
                         and visa support and job

                   Further Advice
                   Make sure you visit the UKCISA
                   website (
                   student) as it is an excellent
                   source of information and advice
                   for international students.

Studying at QMU
Term Dates                             Assessment
Semester 1:                            Assessment is carried out through
19 Sept 2011 to 15 Jan 2012            examinations and course work. Do
(Christmas Break: 24 December-4        not put work off to the last minute
January inclusive)                     as pressure soon mounts.
Semester 2:
23 Jan 2012 to 11 May 2012             Plagiarism is a very serious matter
(Easter Break: 7-15 April inclusive)   in the UK. You should NEVER
                                       copy someone else‘s work or even
Please note that matriculation and     repeat it in different words without
induction is timetabled for the        stating where you found the
week before the start of Semester      information and who it came from.
1. Some programmes may have            Guides about referencing are
an earlier start which you will be     available in the Learning Resource
informed about. A full calendar of     Centre.
the Academic Year is provided on
page 34.                               Remember, if you are struggling
                                       with your studies you must seek
Teaching and Learning Methods          advice from academic staff rather
During your studies at QMU, it is      than wait for them to approach
possible that methods of teaching      you.
and learning will differ from what
you are used to.                       Further information about study

                                                                              Studying at QMU
                                       methods used in the UK is
Lectures                               provided in a UKCISA Information
Traditional teaching, where a          Sheet
lecturer speaks on a particular        pdf/info_sheets/
subject to many students.              study_methods_print.pdf.

This is where you meet your tutor
with a small group of students.
Here you will be expected to
demonstrate an understanding of
the topic and contribute to

Independent Study
You are expected to do a fair
amount of independent study
either on your own or in small
groups. To be able to contribute in
class and to write assignments you
are expected to read about your
subject. Reading lists are provided
as guidance.

                  English Language Support
                  Free English language support is            advice
                  available from Tim Freckleton and           Workshops on a range of
                  Hazel O‘Hara in the Effective               study skills
                  Learning Service, which is based            Language support for
                  in the Learning Resource Centre.            international students
                  The Effective Learning Service              Online guides and resources
                  provides support for all students
                  wishing to develop their English       Tim and Hazel can be contacted at
                  language skills.             
                  The Effective Learning Service
                  also provide a 4 week pre-
                  sessional programme commencing
                  on the 15th August. If you would
                  like the opportunity to improve
                  your English language skills this is
                  the perfect opportunity. More
                  information can be found at

                  Throughout the year the Effective
                  Learning Service offers:
                       Individual appointments
Studying at QMU

                       Drop in facility, for quick

                  Student Services
                  The QMU Student Services               employment, disability advice,
                  department works to ensure that        counselling, financial advice,
                  students have the information,         transition and pre-entry guidance
                  guidance and support necessary         and a medical service linked to the
                  to enhance their experience of life    Riverside Medical Practice in
                  at QMU and to help them achieve        Musselburgh.
                  their goals.

                  Student Services work with             Services are confidential and free.
                  students to address issues and         Further information about Student
                  overcome obstacles that might          Services can be found on
                  stand in the way of their progress.
                  Staff in Student Services              prospective_students/
                  acknowledge the diversity of           student_services
                  students' backgrounds and
                  experiences, and have established      Student Services are located
                  a range of support services            alongside the Recruitment and
                  designed to meet their needs and       International Liaison Office (RILO)
                  requirements.                          at the Registry Information Point
                                                         on Level 1 of the Academic
                  There is a team of specialists in      Building. The office is open
                  the areas of careers and student       Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 16.00.

Recruitment & International
Liaison Office (RILO)
The Recruitment & International
Liaison Office (RILO) team are
available to help answer any
questions you have, particularly if
you have any enquiries about
immigration and extending your
visa. We offer information and
advice on a range of topics and
can also provide you with
supporting letters for extending
your visa, inviting a family member
to visit you, and visiting another

Once at the University, the RILO
team is available to help answer
any questions you have,
particularly if you have any
enquiries about immigration and
extending your visa. We operate
year-long drop-in surgery hours,
usually on a Monday afternoon

                                             Studying at QMU
(2pm-5pm) and Wednesday
morning (11am-1230pm) however
please check with the Registry
Information Point on Level 1 of the
Academic Building as to the exact

The RILO team organise a number
of social events for international
students. These are usually held in
conjunction with the Student Union
and include a familiarisation tour of
Edinburgh, a Christmas lunch and
other activities throughout the

We also encourage international
students to volunteer, as a way of
getting to know the local language,
community and culture. If you
would like more information about
any of these things, please email

                     Culture Shock
                     Leaving home to study in a foreign     Remember that there are support
                     country can be a very exciting         networks in place to help you
                     experience but it can also be quite    through any difficult times. Here is
                     stressful. Often students are          some basic advice:
                     surprised by the effect that                 Maintain a healthy balanced
                     travelling to another country can            diet
                     have on them. However, it is                 Take light exercise
                     important to realise that many of            Keep in touch with your
                     your reactions are perfectly                 friends and family at home
                     normal, regardless of where you              by email or make a few extra
                     are from or what you are studying.           phone calls home
                     Culture Shock can be caused by a             Make friends with other
                     number of things:                            international students, as
                                                                  often they will understand
                          The shock of a new                      what you are going through
                          environment                             Join some societies, or get
                          Different study methods                 involved with your local
                          Constantly meeting new                  community as this is a way
                          people                                  of keeping yourself busy and
                          Being separated from your               also getting to know other
                          loved ones and the people               Scottish students who can in
Living in Scotland

                          who you would usually turn              turn help you to understand
                          to for advice                           the culture better
                          The climate of your new                 Do take part in our ―welcome
                          home                                    programme‖ for new
                          The food                                international students –
                          Being submerged in a                    contact RILO for details
                          foreign language                        Speak to someone from the
                          Social customs that                     RILO team or the Student
                          challenge what you have                 Counsellor
                          always accepted as ‗normal‘.            Ultimately, look after yourself
                                                                  and remember that culture
                     It is important to recognise the             shock is a perfectly natural
                     symptoms of culture shock and                reaction to life in a new
                     look after yourself. It is perfectly         environment.
                     normal, and to be expected, that
                     you may feel homesick and you
                     may be surprised when it hits you.
                     You may have difficulty sleeping,
                     or alternatively want to sleep all
                     the time; you may get headaches
                     or be over anxious. Often your
                     concentration span is affected, and
                     your emotions may fluctuate more
                     than normal.

Currency                             account becomes operational
Notes: £100, £50, £20, £10, £5,      (normally about two weeks).
and £1
Coins: £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p,    Opening a Bank Account
2p, and 1p                           ATMs will accept Visa,
                                     MasterCard, cards with the Cirrus
In Scotland, three different banks   logo and various UK bank cash
can issue bank notes: the Bank of    cards. There are a number of
Scotland, the Royal Bank of          banks nearby in Musselburgh
Scotland and the Clydesdale          where you can open an account
Bank. In England, only the Bank of   including:
England issues bank notes. If
visiting England, it is    
recommended that you take  
English bank notes, although
Scottish £10 and £20 notes are
widely accepted. The Scottish
pound note is not accepted in
England.                             There are also more banks in the
                                     centre of town. Banks are usually
Before you leave home, get a         open from 9am until 5pm, Monday

                                                                            Living in Scotland
bank draft in your own name in       to Friday, with the exception of
Pounds Sterling so that you can      bank holidays.
safely bring a large amount of
money with you. Please ensure        It is essential that you open a bank
that the draft is drawn on a UK      account as soon as you arrive in
bank as this speeds up               the UK. If you bring a banker‘s
transactions and ensures that        draft in pounds sterling (£GBP)
commission payments are dealt        with you, you can open an account
with locally in your own country.    at a convenient bank. The draft
Once you arrive at the University,   should take between seven to ten
you can then open up your own        days to clear.
bank account and deposit the bank
draft. Do not bring personal         The bank will ask you to provide
cheques as many banks will not       photo identification, confirmation
accept them.                         that you are a student at QMU and
                                     your postal address. Therefore,
In addition, bring some travellers   once you have chosen a bank, go
cheques in Pounds Sterling as a      to the School Office in the
small working reserve, enough for    University and they will prepare a
two weeks (about £250 - more if      letter confirming your student
you are seeking accommodation        status and your postal address.
outside of the University halls of   Please make sure you give at
residence, as you will have to pay   least 48 hours notice! We can
a deposit). MasterCard and Visa      only issue one bank letter per
credit cards are also widely         student.
Also bring with you about £250 in    There is an ATM located opposite
UK bank notes. This will cover       Main Reception of the University.
your taxi fare and allow you money   You should be able to withdraw
for food etc until your bank         cash from most UK banks free of
                     Finance (continued)
                     Cost of Living
                     University Halls of Residence            Per Week                 Total
                     (40 weeks)
                     Accommodation (including heating,         £102.75 -              £4,110 -
                     electricity and internet                   £108.56              £4,342.40
                     Food                                         £25                  £1,000
                     Other costs (books, clothes, phone,          £40                  £1,600
                     travel, photocopying, hobbies, etc)

                     University Halls of Residence            Per Week                 Total
                     (50 weeks)
                     Accommodation (including heating.         £102.75 -             £5,137.50 -
                     electricity and internet                   £108.56                £5,428
                     Food                                         £50                  £2,500

                     Other costs (books, clothes, phone,          £40                  £2,000
                     travel, photocopying, hobbies, etc)
Living in Scotland

                     Please note that the above costs      who is living in the flat. Council tax
                     are estimates and will vary           exemption forms can be stamped
                     depending on the individual and       by the School Office.
                     the choice of accommodation. You
                     can rent a flat privately in
                     Edinburgh - the cost will vary
                     depending on the size of the flat
                     and the location. You will also       TYPE OF                     COUNCIL
                     have to budget for the costs of       RESIDENCE                   TAX
                     travel to and from QM. The above                                  LIABLITY
                     costs do not include tuition fees.
                                                           University                  Exempt
                     Council Tax
                     The Council Tax is a property         Private accommodation       Exempt
                     based tax based on the value of       where all the residents
                     the house you are living in and is    are students
                     used to pay for local services.       Private residence           Exempt
                     Whether you are liable to pay         where a student is
                     council tax or not will depend on     living with a spouse or
                     where you live and whom you live      dependent who is
                     with. If you live in halls of         subject to immigration
                     residence you are exempt from         control
                     council tax and don’t need to         Private accommodation       All liable for
                     take any further action. The          with one adult non-         the tax but
                     adjacent table explains the           student resident            with 25%
                     situation for private                                             discount
                     accommodation. When you move
                                                           Private residence with      All liable for
                     into a new flat you will need to      more than one adult         full tax
                     inform the Council of everyone        non-student resident

Information about scholarships can   In order to qualify for this
be found by visiting the following   scholarship, students must be self-
websites:                            funding with an international tuition
                                     fee of more than £8000. The         scholarship is for a single year of
fees_funding.htm                     study only. Application forms are
                                     available to students who have     applied for a course at QMU.
                                     The deadline for this academic        year is June 2011. Applications
                                     received after this date may still be
                                     considered in October 2011 if the
**Please remember to check on
                                     full allocation of scholarships is not
scholarship deadlines**
                                     distributed at this point.
We also offer 15 scholarships of
£2000 each for undergraduate and
postgraduate international
students at QMU.

                                                                              Living in Scotland

                     Most international students             Students on short term Study
                     studying for longer than six months     Abroad or Exchange programmes
                     no longer require a work permit to      from countries which do not
                     work part-time. Therefore,              require a UK entry visa, will need
                     international students studying full-   to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa if
                     time are allowed to work in the UK      wanting to work part time while
                     for up to 20 hours per week as          studying. If you are a Study
                     long as the work meets certain          Abroad or Exchange student
                     conditions:                             please contact for
                           Students must not work for        further guidance.
                           more than 20 hours a week
                           during term time, except          If you decide to work you will need
                           where a work placement is to      to get a National Insurance
                           be undertaken as a                Number by following the procedure
                           necessary part of the course      below:
                           of study as agreed by the               Get a job offer in writing.
                           education institution.                  Telephone 0845 600 0643 to
                           The stamp in your passport              make an appointment for
                           must not say ―prohibition on            getting a National Insurance
                           taking employment.‖                     Number.
                           Students cannot engage in               When you go for your
                           business, self-employment,
Living in Scotland

                                                                   appointment, take your
                           the provision of services, or           passport, matriculation card/
                           take work as a professional             unconditional course offer
                           entertainer or sports person.           and the job offer letter from
                           Students should not pursue              your prospective employer.
                           a career by filling a                   The interview may last over
                           permanent full-time vacancy.            one hour.
                     (Source: Edinburgh City                       It can take up to 10 to 15
                     Jobcentre)                                    days for your permanent
                                                                   number to come through and
                     Further details about the                     10 to 12 weeks for the
                     regulations on employment can be              National Insurance card to
                     found at                   come through.

                     Visa Extensions
                     If you need to extend your visa,        your passport. You can also post
                     you will need to complete an            an application, with your passport,
                     application form: ―Tier 4               to Croydon. You should aim to
                     (General)‖, and obtain a new            organise your visa extension 4 – 6
                     Confirmation of Acceptance of           weeks in advance of your visa
                     Studies (CAS) from RILO stating         expiring.
                     that you are a registered student.
                                                             It is advisable to make a note in
                     You will then need to go to the         your diary of the date your visa
                     Immigration Office in Glasgow with      expires.
                     all the relevant documentation and
All international students who         Student medical services are
study full-time in Scotland are        delivered in partnership with:
entitled to free medical advice and
hospital treatment under the                   The Riverside Practice
National Health Service in                     Esk Medical Centre
Scotland. The cost of dental care,             Ladywell Way
and eye tests are not covered by               Musselburgh
the NHS.
                                               EH21 6AB
                                               0131 665 2267
It is advisable to register with a
doctor once you are settled in your
accommodation. If you are living
on campus you can register with
our local GP by picking up a form
at our Student Services reception

Local Services

                                                                              Living in Scotland
Shops                                  Post Office
There are a number of shops            There are Post Offices available in
within walking distance of the         the following locations close to the
University and on close-by public      University:
transport links, including
supermarkets Tesco, Asda, Lidl         105 High Street
and Aldi, as well as high street       Musselburgh
retailers Marks & Spencer, Boots       EH21 7DA
and Superdrug. These shops sell
many homeware items together
                                       c/o Asda
with food, toiletries and clothing.
                                       The Jewel
                                       EH15 3AR
There is also a retail park close to
the University called Fort Kinnaird
( which
offers 55 high street stores.

                     Getting around Edinburgh
                     and beyond
                     As a student, you can apply for rail   Train
                     and bus discount cards which will      Scotrail:
                     provide you with money off   
                     standard fares.                        East coast mainline:
                     There are two main bus                 Virgin Train (West coast mainline):
                     companies that operate throughout
                     Edinburgh: Lothian Buses and
                     First Bus. To find out more about
                                                            Alternatively, visit Waverley Station
                     the various bus routes you can
                                                            on Princes Street for further
                     visit their websites:
                                                            information. You can purchase a
                                                            young persons/student railcard
                                                            that lasts for one year and gives
                                                            you up to a 1/3 off all rail travel.
                     The main bus that runs from
                     Edinburgh city centre to Queen
                     Margaret University is the Lothian
                                                            Edinburgh is well serviced by a
                     No. 30. The Number 15 also
                                                            number of airlines, including
                     serves the campus. This bus runs
                                                            budget airlines such as Easyjet
                     approximately every 10 minutes,
                                                            ( and Ryanair
Living in Scotland

                     with a journey time of 20-30
                                                            ( Have a look
                     minutes. Sunday service tends to
                                                            at their websites for details of
                     be every 30 minutes.
                                                            special offers. STA Travel
                                                            ( specialises
                     It is possible to travel between       in student travel and is located on
                     Edinburgh and QMU by train in an       Forrest Road by the Museum of
                     average of 7 minutes. Timetables       Scotland and Nicholson Street.
                     can be found on the First Scotrail     Remember to check if you require
                     website         a visa for your chosen destination
                                                            if you decide to travel outside the
                     Edinburgh is extremely accessible      UK – even within Europe. Don‘t
                     by road, rail and air.                 leave this until the last minute!

                     Bus                                    Car
                     National Express:                      City Car Club
                           ( is the
                     Scottish Citylink:                     UK‘s leading car club organisation
                                and provides a cheaper and
                     Megabus:                               greener alternative to owning a

                     You can purchase student               Members of the club have access
                     discount cards, which will offer you   to cars parked in handy locations
                     up to 30% discount on fares (visit     There are a couple of City Car
                     their websites for further details).   Club cars in the QMU car park.
                     The main bus station is in St          These cars are block booked for
                     Andrews Square, behind Princes         the staff to use for university
                     Street.                                business from 9.00am till 5.00pm
                                                            during term time weekdays,
                                                            outside these periods they are
                                                            available to members for their own

private use. Members can also           University accommodation who
drive any of the other 70 cars City     wish to bring their own cars. This is
Car Club have in Edinburgh.             in accordance with the University‘s
                                        Green Travel Plan. Exceptions can
International students can join on      be made for students with mobility
their international driving license     impairments.
backed up by a copy of their
passport and members are also

                                                                                Living in
asked to provide a direct debit         Travel Accommodation
mandate in order that payment can       You may wish to become a
be collected for their car usage. All   member of the Scottish Youth
members must have had their full        Hostel Association (SYHA) which
driving license for at least 1 year     gives you access to budget
and if they are under 21 years old      accommodation across the
have had no accidents or driving        country.
Go to for
more information, including costs
or email

Please note that there is no on-
campus parking for students in

Public telephones can be operated       you go‘ SIM card in the UK than
by cash or a phone card                 using your existing mobile phone
depending on the type of phone.         provider.
The minimum charge for a call is
40p.                                    Internet Access
                                        There are more than 1000
Useful Numbers:                         computer terminals on campus,
                                        providing 24 hour internet access.
UK Directory Enquiries                  WIFI is available throughout the
118 500                                 main Academic Building and in the
International Directory Enquiries       University Accommodation blocks.
118 505 (£1.50 per minute)
UK Operator

International Operator
Emergency Services (Police,
Ambulance Fire Brigade,
Coastguard etc)

Remember to check your
international dialling code for
calling home.

Mobile Telephones
A range of different mobile phone
networks are available. You may
be cheaper purchasing a ‗Pay as
               Students’ Union & Sports
               Students Union                          Our facilities include:
               As a student at QMU, you are                  Fitness suite
               automatically a member of the                 Astroturf suitable for 5-a-side
               Students‘ Union. The Union is a               or 7-a-side football
               safe social space for all students            Sports hall
               to relax, socialise, volunteer,               Exercise studio
               receive advice and participate in
               extra curricular activities.            Students must complete an
                                                       induction before being allowed to
               The Students' Union Officers and        use the fitness suite facilities.
               staff can be found in the first floor   There is a £20 joining fee and
               offices. They are there to help with    thereafter a membership fee of
               all your needs and enquiries            £6.50 per month which must be
               during your time at University - pop    paid from a UK bank account, or
               along to see them!                      an annual fee of £72. Further
                                                       information about the sports
               The Students' Union Welfare Point       facilities can be found on
               is also on the first floor:   
      The RAW
               centre is also the place to come if
                                                       There are many sporting events
               you wish to campaign, to get free
                                                       and activities that take place within
               sexual health and safer sex
                                                       Edinburgh and Musselburgh,
               materials, and general information.
               You can also get involved in
               Student Parliament and various          Football
               sports clubs and societies where        Football is one of Scotland‘s most
               you can voice your opinions and         popular spectator sports. There
               gain valuable new skills - contact      are two professional teams that
      for more                play in Edinburgh: Hibernian
               information.                   and Heart of
Student Life

               The bar and café have a pool table
               and a games machine, an internet        Golf
               area where students can use their       Golfers regard Scotland as the
               laptops and a partitioned area that     home of golf. East Lothian alone
               can be used for private/alcohol-        has 20 golf courses. Further
               free events.                            information can be found on
               Come along to see us in your
               Students' Union and check out our       Rugby
               notice boards for more information.     There is a local rugby team in
               or visit              Musselburgh and it is also possible
                                                       to watch rugby at the national
               Sports                                  stadium, Murrayfield. Further
               There is a sports centre on             information about the local and
               campus, offering a range of             national team can be found on the
               facilities. We provide a safe,          Scottish Rugby website
               friendly environment so you can
               enjoy your chosen sport to the full.
               The staff endeavour to provide you
               with a high quality service and are
               happy to assist with any questions.

Entertainment & Events
The Recruitment and International      network. The RILO team have also
Liaison Office (RILO) team aims to     created a group called QMU
run events on a regular basis          International Students of Facebook
including a Christmas lunch and a      which you may wish to join.
New Year bus trip. These events        Through this group we encourage
are publicised through the QMU         you to suggest ideas for events,
International Student Newsletter.      discuss topics relating to
To receive regular information,        international students and we will
please complete the tear-off slip at   also post useful information for you
the back of this booklet.              here.

Many people use social                 Edinburgh has a wide variety of
networking sites. You may wish to      entertainment. There are pubs,
sign up to Facebook                    clubs, shops and entertainment if you don‘t          venues located across the city. To
already have an account and join       keep up to date with the latest
the Queen Margaret University          events, visit

Shopping & Discounts
There are a wide variety of shops      card in order to claim any
in Edinburgh‘s city centre ranging     discounts that are on offer.
from small independent shops
through to large chain stores          In addition to this, an International
selling items such as CDs,             Student Identity Card (ISIC) card
electronic goods, books and            can allow you discounts on travel,
clothing.                              accommodation and flights in the
                                       UK and overseas. You can get an
                                                                               Student Life
Shops in the city centre are usually   ISIC card from STA Travel on
open Monday – Sunday, from             Forrest Road, Edinburgh.
09.00 – 17.00/18.00. Late night
shopping is available on a
Thursday when many shops
usually close around 19.00/20.00.

Many shops, bars and
entertainment venues offer a
discount to full time students . You
will have to show your student

Stay with a family
You may also wish to take part is a    and European students or maybe
HOST UK home-stay weekend              even have an interest in your
visit. Through HOST UK you will        home country. Further details
be introduced to a family who have     about this scheme can be found at
an interest in meeting international
                  Consulates and High                 Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6SH (0131
                                                      225 7098)
                                                      Spanish Consulate, 63 North
                                                      Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LJ
                  An up-to-date list of consulates    (0131 220 1843)
                  and contact addresses in
                                                      Swedish Consulate, 22 Hanover
                  Edinburgh can be found at
                                                      Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EP (0131
                                                      220 6050)
                  consulates_in_edinburgh/1           Countries represented in
                  Countries represented in            Malawi Consul, 1 Hill Street, Irvine,
                  Edinburgh:                          KA12 0DE (01294 313 103)
                  American Consulate, 3 Regent        Pakistan Consulate, 137 Norfolk
                  Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5BW         Street, G5 9EA (0141 429 5335)
                  (0131 556 8315)                     Rwandan Consulate, 7 Stirling
                  Australian Consulate, 21-23 Hill    Drive, Glasgow, G64 3AJ (0141
                  Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP (0131    570 0548)
                  226 8161)
                  Bangladesh Consulate, 312           Other Resources
                  Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 2IJ
                  (0131 443 4627)
                  Brazilian Consulate, 126/10 High    Recruitment and International
                  Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS          Liaison Office
                  Canadian Consulate, Festival        Alan McLachlan, Student
                  Square, 50 Lothian Road,            Recruitment & Liaison Manager
                  Edinburgh, EH3 9WJ (0131 473        Louisa Stratton, International
                  6320)                               Officer
Useful Contacts

                  Chinese Consulate, 55               Louise McCallum, International
                  Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh,       Officer
                  EH12 5QJ (0131 337 3220)            Laura Stevenson, International
                  French Consulate, 11 Randolph       Student Support Coordinator
                  Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 7TT
                                                      0131 474 0099 or email:
                  (0131 225 7954)
                  German Consulate, 16 Eglington
                  Crescent, EH12 5DG (0131 337        Accommodation Services
                  2323)                               0131 474 0000 or email:
                  Indian Consulate, 17 Rutland
                  Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2 BB
                  (0131 229 2144)                     Student Services
                  Japanese Consulate, 2 Melville      0131 474 0000 or email:
                  Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 7HW
                  (0131 225 4777)
                  Jordanian Consulate, 45 Queen       English Language Assistance
                  Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NH (0131    Effective Learning Service
                  226 4243)                           0131 474 0000 or email:
                  Norwegian Consulate, 86 George
                  Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3BU (0131
                  226 5701)
                                                      Students’ Union
                  Polish Consulate, 2 Kinnear Road,
                  Edinburgh, EH3 5PE (0131 552
                  Russian Federation, 58 Melville
UKCISA (United Kingdom
Council for International
Students’ Affairs)
Advice Line: +44 20 7354 5210
(13.00 – 16.00, Monday to Friday)

Home Office

British Council

Foreign & Commonwealth Office


The British Tourist Authority

                                         Useful Contacts

            Below is a list of some of the most important things you
            must have arranged before leaving for the UK. If you have
            any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

                   Recruitment & International Liaison Office (RILO)
                              Queen Margaret University

                          Outside the UK: +44 131 474 0099

                            Inside the UK : 0131 474 0099

                              Within Edinburgh: 474 0099

               Valid Passport
               Visa/Entry Clearance (if required)
               Letter of Offer from the University
               Your original school/academic certificates/transcripts
                for checking at matriculation
               Airline ticket (check dates and reconfirm flights)
               Travel Insurance (yourself and luggage)
               Medical insurance for Exchange and Study Abroad
                students studying for less than six months
               Complete lease and return to Accommodation Office
                with deposit
               Make Transfer Arrangements to the University upon
                arrival in Scotland (See page 9)
               Matriculate online and check subject induction

                information at

             Bank draft in pounds sterling
               Traveller cheques in Pounds Sterling
               Pounds Sterling in cash
               Credit Card


Academic Year 2011-12
Week Beginning        Week No

Sunday 11 September      52     International Students Induction Day

12                        1     Induction 13 – 16 September 2011

19                        2     SEMESTER 1 STARTS – STANDARD PROGRAMMES

26                        3

3 October 2011            4

10                        5

17                        6

24                        7

31                        8

7 November 2011           9

114                      10

21                       11

28                       12

5 December 2011          13

12                       14

19                       15     UNIVERSITY CLOSES FRIDAY, 23 DECEMBER 2011

26                       16
                                VACATION – NO TEACHING

2 January 2012           17
                                5 JANUARY 2012 – UNIVERSITY RESUMES
                                SEMESTER 1 CONTINUES

9                        18     Revision/Assessment for modules with Semester 1 assessments
                                SEMESTER 1 ENDS – 15 January 2012

16                       19     INTER –SEMESTER BREAK – NO TEACHING
                                International Student Induction – 20 January 2012 (For Semester 2 Starts)

23                       20     23 JANUARY 2012 – SEMESTER 2 STARTS

30                       21

6 February 2012          22

13                       23

20                       24

27                       25

5 March 2012             26

12                       27

19                       28

26                       29

2 April 2012             30                                                                                 Good Friday, 6 April 2012

9                        31     Easter Monday, 9 April 2012—VACATION—NO TEACHING

16                       32

23                       33

30                       34     EXAMS

7 May 2012               35     EXAMS - SEMESTER 2 ENDS – 11 MAY 2012

14                       36

21                       37

28                       38

4 June 2012              39     Exam Boards completed 8 June 2012

11                       40

18                       41

25                       42
2 July 2012              43     Graduation – date to be confirmed
Welcome Bus Tour
You are invited to join RILO on Saturday, 17 September at
12.15 for a bus tour of the city of Edinburgh. We will meet in
University Square at 1200. This is a friendly, informal event
which will provide an opportunity to meet up with all the new
international students and discover the city and its surround-
ing area.

Please make sure you fill in the tear-off slip below and return
it to the Registry Information Desk at the Student & Staff In-
formation Point on Level 1 of the Academic Building by 12.00
on Thursday 15 September to ensure a place on the trip.

We look forward to seeing you there.

QMU International Student Newsletter
To be kept up-to-date with the latest news and events on
campus and around Edinburgh, make sure you sign up for
our International Student Newsletter on the slip below.


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