Once you arrive

Starting on your first day, you will take part in our Orientation Week:


Orientation is the organised programme of welcome and introductory activities for new students joining a particular programme of study. All new students of the University must take part. Over the two or three days of your induction you will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about your programme of study.
  • Meet your fellow students and lecturers.
  • Find out more about the University's support systems and resources to help you study.

Foundation students

April 2020

Our orientation programme for the April intake will take place online.


Enrolment is the formal process of registering to be a student at the University. You will already have started online enrolment before you arrive on campus and will complete the process during Welcome Week. Enrolment means that:

  • You agree to become a student of Heriot-Watt University for the whole, or part of the academic year.
  • You formally confirm to abide by the University's regulations and become liable for fees.
  • You ensure that the University has a correct record of your personal details, your programme and any fees that you are liable for.
  • You receive your Heriot-Watt student ID card which gives you access to University facilities and a range of benefits and discounts.

Once you are enrolled you will have access to the University's IT systems, facilities and resources.

Don't forget to visit the Information Services pages to find out more about our Library, Information and Learning Technology services. You can also access Heriot-Watt University Library's electronic books, journals and databases online.