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Studying in Scotland

What is it like to study in Scotland as an international student?

Scotland has 14 higher education institutions, including world-famous universities such as the University of St Andrews, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Edinburgh. Scottish universities offer some of the highest rates of student satisfaction for teaching in the UK, while graduates enjoy the highest rate of employment or further study in the UK.

Scottish universities are associated with excellence, and each institution undertakes intensive research. This means students are taught in an environment shared by academics who want to push boundaries in their field. Research at Scotland’s universities has led to inventions and innovations such as the MRI scanner and the development of keyhole surgery.

Scotland is less than one hour from London by plane and just over 90 minutes from Paris. With international airports close by and a host of European cities a short flight away, Scotland is the perfect base to explore the best locations in Europe. Scotland’s fantastic education pedigree and vast history make it a fantastic place for any international student to study and call home.

Tuition Fees in Scotland

Tuition fees in Scotland depend on your residency status. You can be classified as a UK student, an EU student, or an international student.

  • International Students: International students from outside the EU are required to pay tuition fees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Tuition fees vary depending on the chosen institution and program of study.
  • EU Students: Following Brexit, the fee status of EU students has changed. EU students starting their studies from the 2021/22 academic year onward are generally required to pay the same tuition fees as international students. However, some institutions offer specific scholarships or fee waivers for EU students.
  • UK Students: Students from Scotland and the rest of the UK are required to pay tuition fees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Scottish students generally pay no tuition fees for their first undergraduate degree as it is covered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

It is important to check the specific fees and funding opportunities available at the institution you are interested in, as they can differ significantly. Additionally, some universities may offer scholarships or financial aid to help with tuition costs.

Scholarships and Funding

Various scholarship and funding options are available to international students studying in Scotland at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • Commonwealth Scholarships allow citizens of Commonwealth countries to study in Scotland.
  • Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme that funds full- or part-time courses at the postgraduate level.
  • Fulbright Awards are for US citizens who wish to study a postgraduate programme in Scotland.
  • Royal Society Grants support international students studying science programmes in Scotland.
  • Saltire Scholarships are available to students from Canada, China, India, and the USA and are for one year of study at all levels in Scotland.

Living in Scotland

Scotland has a rich and historic culture and heritage and is a fantastic place for an international student to learn. There is a wide variety of activities to enjoy away from study. Scotland’s seven cities—Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Perth—all offer traditional metropolitan life to varying degrees, but Scotland’s real beauty is to be found in its mountains, countryside, and scenic landscapes.

The country is overflowing with monuments, castles, museums and striking architecture, paying homage to a long and storied history. Many of Scotland’s galleries and museums are free of charge, and whether it is kilt-wearing bagpipe players or traditional ceilidh dances, your stay in Scotland will be memorable.

Study in Scotland

If you want to study at a Scottish university, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK today.

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