Scotland

Capital: Edinburgh

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  • Student life in Scotland
  • Funding / scholarship & pathway providers
  • Visa guidance & accomodation

Student Life in Scotland

Scotland is located at the northern third of the United Kingdom. The country includes 790 islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the North and West, the North Sea to the northeast and the Irish Sea to the south. Note that although Scotland is part of the United Kingdom and shares a border with England it has a separate education system including visa and financing system. 

The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh whilst the largest city is Glasgow with populations of at least 500,000 and 620,000 Scottish respectfully. Although the Scotland makes up for 0.1% of the Earths population it produces 1% of the worlds published research demonstrating its prowess in academia, research and development that nurtures great minds. Scotland also has the most universities that are in the top 100 than any other nation. It also houses the ‘ancient universities of Scotland’ which were founded before the 16th century including, University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. With 15 universities to choose from experience a rich and ancient landscapes of castles and preserved monuments of the 16th centuries historical architectural magnificence.

Universities in Scotland

Top universities in Scotland:

The rankings of the universities offered by SkillMe for the most popular courses are shown below, if you have an interest in a university that is not on the list you can still enquire and SkillMe will help you get into the desired university or the next best institute.

  • Top - 2021
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine

1 – University of Glasgow

2 – University of Aberdeen

3 – University of Dundee

4 – University of Strathclyde

5 – University of Stirling

6 – The Robert Gorden University

7 – Edinburgh Napier University

8 – Glasgow Caledonian University

1 – University of Glasgow

2 – University of Strathclyde

3 – University of  Aberdeen

4 – University of Stirling

5 – The Robert Gordon University

6 – University of Dundee

7 – Edinburgh Napier University

8 – Glasgow Caledonian University

1 – University of Strathclyde

2 – University of Dundee

3 – The Robert Gordon University

4 – Edinburgh Napier University

1 – University of Strathclyde

2 – University of Glasgow

3 – University of Aberdeen

4 – University of Stirling

5 – The Robert Gordon University

6 – University of Dundee

7 – Edinburgh Napier University

8 – Glasgow Caledonian University

1 – University of Glasgow

2 – University of Strathclyde

3 – University of Aberdeen

4 – University of Dundee

5 – University of Stirling

6 – Edinburgh Napier University

7 – The Robert Gordon University

8 – Glasgow Caledonian University

1 – University of Glasgow

2 – University of Strathclyde

1 – University of Glasgow

2 – University of Aberdeen

3 – University of Strathclyde

4 – University of Dundee

5 – University of Stirling

6 – Glasgow Caledonian University

7 – The Robert Gordon University

8 – Edinburgh Napier University

1 – University of Dundee

2 – University of Glasgow

3 – University of Aberdeen

Locations of all Scotland universities:

The locations of all the universities in the UK based in Scotland are shown on the map, offering many unique learning environments: 

Student Statistics in the UK

National / International Groups %

Student statistical representation of the domestic and international students coming to Scotland to pursue a higher education qualification. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student records:

Scottish to Non-Scottish Student Group

Student Nationality Groups %

Student statistical representation of the many nationalities that have studied in Scotland that originate from Europe to pursue a higher education qualification. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student records:

European Student Groups that study in Scotland

Student statistical representation of the British, European and Non-European students coming to Scotland. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student statistics: 

Scottish to Non-Scottish Student Group

Student statistical representation of the many nationalities that have studied in Scotland that originate from Non-European countries. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student statistics:

NON-European Student Groups that study in Scotland

Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Chile, Brunei, Philippines, Morocco, Ukraine, Macao, Tanzania, Uganda, Burma, Algeria, Angola, New Zealand, Libya, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Ecuador, Israel, Azerbaijan, Peru, Nepal, Zambia, Botswana, Iraq, Albania, Cayman Islands, Sudan, Argentina, Malawi, Serbia, Cameroon, Iceland, Palestine, Uzbekistan, Barbados, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Maldives, Syria, British Virgin Islands,  Georgia, Jamaica, Tunisia, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Belarus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Seychelles, Cyprus, Gambia, Namibia, Bahamas, The
Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, Armenia, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Monaco, Mozambique, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands
Laos, Uruguay, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Paraguay, St Lucia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal, Yemen, Bolivia, Moldova, Montenegro, Turkmenistan, Anguilla, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Puerto Rico, Congo (Democratic Republic) {formerly Zaire}, Madagascar, Belize, El Salvador, Somalia, Tajikistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, Bhutan, Eswatini, Honduras, Mauritania, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), South Sudan, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Liberia, St Kitts and Nevis, Togo, Benin, Congo, Eritrea, Liechtenstein, Mali, Montserrat, Andorra, Aruba, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Lesotho, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Cape Verde, Central African Republic Christmas Island, Curaçao, Greenland, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, North Korea, New Caledonia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, St Martin, Suriname, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States Virgin Islands, Samoa, Comoros, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, San Marino, Tokelau, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Western Sahara

Cost of study in Scotland

Degree level study in Scotland have the same structure and duration as other countries around the world except for UK(England). For example an undergraduates Bachelors degree in Scotland is four years long similarly in the US it is also four years. Therefore an additional year in Scotland will grant you a Masters degree qualification. Although Scotland is relatively more expensive to study at than its south neighbor England there are many scholarship and funding opportunities to help those in need of financial support.

The table on the right shows the different tuition fees for the programmes available in Scotland for international students.

All prices are subject to the course, level of study and institute you wish to pursue your higher education at. International students outside of the EU will have to finance undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. EU postgraduate students will also have to finance their postgraduate programmes unless its a postgraduate diploma, more information here. However EU undergraduate students have the opportunity to be financially supported by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), more information here.

Programme TypesTution Fee
Undergraduate£ 10,000 - £38,000
Postgraduate (Classroom-based)£14,100
Postgraduate (Laboratory-based)£16,200
Postrgraduate (MBA-related)£21,700
Postgraduate (Clininal-based)£21,700

Work while studying in Scotland

Whilst you are studying your degree programme you may be interested in working a part-time job for a maximum of 20 hours per week. This can increase up to 40 hours per week during holidays. 

There are many jobs on campus of your selected university to choose from based on your interests. More information is available at the student union or you could physically hand-in a copy of your CV to any shop/restaurant/student service department of interest. 

It is a great opportunity to grow your language and communication skills and to earn money for further development. Students could save money to fund trips around Scotland or cover expenses of any societies you are involved in.

Typical Monthly Costs

A visual representation of the typical monthly costs in £ that you may incur while studying and living in Scotland. For more information on what typical monthly costs you may incur at different universities visit here

Pathway Providers in Scotland

Pathway providers are higher education institutes that offer domestic and international students an alternate form of entry into university degree. If your education has not been through a conventional route and do not have the entry requirements for a university degree you are eligible as an applicant through a pathway provider. Applicants may also include students who left school education early due to unforeseen circumstances, those who have not achieved the English skills to obtain direct entry, or students looking to return to study after a period of absence.

The table below shows the many different pathway providers in Scotland that you may be interested in:

  • Study Group
  • Navitas
  • INTO
  • Kaplan International
  • Kings Education
  • Oxford International
  • BSMI

Scholarships in Scotland

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarships

Fullbright Awards

A scholarship programme aimed towards talented individuals with the potential to make change on a global level. It is granted to 800 students to pursue any subject both at master’s and PHD level courses. This programme is aimed at students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds  across the Commonwealth. If you believe you can make a positive difference in the world as an innovator and future leader however can’t afford to fund your Scotland studies, then you could be the ideal candidate.

A scholarship programme of prestige and high competitiveness aimed towards individuals with leadership potential and strong academic backgrounds. It is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and partner organisations. It is granted to 1500 students to pursue any eligible master’s degree at any Scotland university.  It is a great opportunity for those who see themselves as future global leaders, influencers and decision-makers.

A scholarship programme aimed towards US students, professionals and academics who are interested in pursuing a postgraduate programme in Scotland. It is funded and run by the Fullbright Commission and partner governments of the US and UK. With over 50,000 US students coming to the UK each year, the UK is the most popular academic destinations for American students. An opportunity for any American to study at the many prestigious universities of the UK.

Royal Society Grants

Saltire Scholarships

Grants aimed towards international students who are curious individuals with a loving passion for science. If a chance of being part of something bigger than yourself excites you then a grant from The Royal Society might be what you are looking for. Depending on which country you plan to study in you could be offered a grant to study themes such as Equipment and infrastructure, Industry and Innovation, Collaboration and Travel etc.

A scholarship programme aimed towards innovative minds that are keen on making a positive difference in the world. It is funded by the Scottish Government along with Scottish universities offering study programs in areas of science, technology, medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy. With over 50 awards, you have the chance to granted £8000 towards tuition fees for any one year full time study on a postgraduate Masters programme.

Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Pakistan and USA.

Scotland visa guidance

Most international students will need a visa to be allowed to study in Scotland. This student visa will allow you to live and study in Scotland throughout your university degree. You can check if you need a visa through the Scotland government visas and immigration here. Below are the types of visa you can get depending on your need. Note that the earliest time you can apply fro your visa is 3 months before the start of your course. SkillMe will offer complete visa support and will help you during your application process to ensure you are eligible to study in the UK.

Types of student visa

Scotland Visa fees

Below are the types of visa a student aged above or under 17 can acquire including relevant information on what are the requirements and you can do on the visa.

Below are the visa fees incurred for the different types of visa a student can acquire, ensure that when  you are applying you are aware of the fees at the time of your application as fees may change.

Accommodation in Scotland

SkillMe will support all students who are in need of accommodation by assisting your search for a suitable living place and or providing options for applicants to choose from. When pursuing a degree level study, the university will offer first year students priority accommodation that is on campus or off-campus building (owned or operated by the university) depending on the size of the institute. Living in an accommodation can bring you an experience of shared living and responsibilities when around other people which helps develop your interpersonal and communication skills. You will have the chance to build your confidence and character during these interactions. You may also find yourself making life-long friends from people from other parts of the worlds as the UK is truly a world-class multi-cultural hub of people. 

Usually university campuses will have different types of rooms that vary in sizes and may have shared or separated utilities such as a bathroom. Kitchens are always shared in the accommodation with every student expected to help maintain. Certain campus accommodations are usually mixed sex however depending on the university there can also be segregated gender accommodations.

On average the cost of living in the university campus accommodation per year ranges from £10,000 – £12,000. After the first year student can still apply to live on campus but may be subject to rejection if there are no free spaces that is prioritized for first year students. This is not a problem as SkillMe will offer you support at this stage as well and ensure you can find accommodation off-campus whether in a private student accommodation building a few minutes away to a shared home that are both usually cheaper than on-campus accommodation.

University Courses

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