Welcome to Scotland, to the City of Edinburgh and to Napier University. We hope you settle in and become very happy here. For those coming from outside the European Union, you might find it all a bit of a culture shock, but hopefully not a negative one. The biggest shock is often the weather – Scotland is probably colder and wetter than you imagined – so make sure you dress for the climate and budget for your heating.
Students’ Association Executive
International students are a growing part of the Napier student population, and there’s an International Student Rep place on our student Executive to ensure that the voices of international students get heard within the university.
You may well have plans to travel around a bit while you’re here to see what Scotland, the UK and Western Europe have to offer. There’s lots to see and plenty of cheap student deals to help you make the most of your money. NSA sells ISIC cards for £7 (£7.50 mail order) which gives you discounts on flights, ferries, rail and bus tickets, as well as accommodation, eating out etc. Call in at the union at 12 Merchiston Place to buy a card. Bring your matriculation card and a passport sized photo.
Some groups of students set up societies – like the Latin American Association – to promote their culture and act as a focus for students of that culture and for those interested in that culture. Societies are open to all – not just students of one particular culture – and they help promote connections between people of different backgrounds and a better understanding of different cultures. If you want to follow this route, NSA helps fund societies and will help you get organised. See the societies section for more info.
Payment of Tuition Fees
You must make sure that you have enough to cover your fees in full for each year of your course. Average undergraduate fees at Napier are £8000-£9000 per year of study. Postgraduates usually pay over £9000. The University has a very strict policy on tuition fee debt and if you default on payment, you can be removed from your course, which could have serious implications for your legal right to remain in the UK.
You can make an appointment by telephoning 229 8791 or send an e-mail with your enquiry. We will aim to see you as soon as possible and within three working days during term-time.
You can also check out the Student Survival Guide for more advice. Pick up a copy from NSA at 12 Merchiston Place.