Choosing to study in Scotland for an undergraduate degree or professional qualification could provide the opportunity for a positive life changing experiences. Language schools, post 16 further education colleges and universities combined offer just about any course of study.
Scotland is an open and welcoming country for all visitors, and indeed is visited by many people as a destination for a short break or longer stay. Another reason is the country has a rich heritage of culture education, art and research.
Study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in one of the colleges or choose from 19 Scotland universities from Aberdeen in the north to SRUC in the south. Here in my home country Scotland are located 5 of the top 200 universities in the world (2015/2016) according to the Times Higher Educational Supplement Scotland:
The University of Edinburgh Campus
University of Glasgow
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
All 19 Scottish universities offer top quality courses, facilities and learning. In addition, universities in Scotland offer the chance to gain a well-recognised degree level education that would benefit you in future study and career.
Quality and choice
Universities and colleges are not only responsible to their respective government regulatory bodies, but also to student’s who have the opportunity to provide feedback. All places of learning in Scotland conduct and gather student feedback on facilities, teaching and learning.
Many thousands of students each year choice Scotland to study at university or college from England & Wales Europe, Middle East, Africa, Americas and Asia each year. Students from around the world choose Scotland as they are aware of the quality of learning, facilities, qualifications and skills employers are looking for.
Maybe you are wondering what choice of courses are on offer? Well, more than 150 subjects and thousands of courses to choose from undergraduate and postgraduate degree and top quality research degrees. Of course some courses maybe discontinued whey they become out of date and other qualifications and research is introduced for study.
Study in Scotland duration
Time spent studying for a degree qualification can range from 1 to 6 academic years. Choose from part-time or full-time at a campus or courses provided by open & distance learning. Popular qualifications and duration of study:
Higher national diploma (2 years) that can be used for transfer credit
BA (Hon’s) degree (4 years full-time or up to 6 years part-time)
Taught master degree (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time)
Doctorate degree (3 years full-time or 6 years part-time)
Scotland education providers
- State Schools: Where the vast majority of Scottish children attendprimary and secondary school
- International Schools: Offering pupils from home and overseas a varied education up to 18 year’s old
- Independent School: Fee-paying school from 5 to 18 years old
- Language Schools: Learn English or another language
- Colleges: In towns and cities around Scotland providing course’s from access to learning to master’s degree’s from 15-year-old
- Universities Scotland: Offer courses from foundation degree, undergraduate & postgraduate master’s degree to research
Scotland education courses
With a selection of courses to choose from at different level’s students can study for a Scotland qualification courses on offer that suits their needs and ability at college or university level.
Courses are taught in English, except for other languages, a possible chance to enhance your English language ability. Attending bricklaying, hairdressing, electrician or hospitality course at college level provides learners with a trade qualification recognised throughout the UK.
Colleges offer courses that can be studied at a further education college from certificate level to Higher National Diplomas (HND). You can also study for an undergraduate degree and a number of postgraduate degrees at a college providing higher education, or at one of the Scotland universities.
In addition, there are art and medical courses that other learning providers offer for students.
Students can continue their learning journey by studying at a higher level, such as receive credit for prior learning for a Higher National Diploma (HND) course towards an undergraduate degree at a university.
Robert Gordon University, for instance, has “Degree Link” this allows students to transfer and gain credit for their previous study, such as an HND on certain courses after studying at a college. All Scotland’s universities offer this type of transfer credit for prior learning, although not all courses are eligible.
Collaboration and exchange
Universities and colleges in Scotland have extensive links with the business community, sport, leisure and arts and employers. Best practice is shared between universities to look at better ways to improve the learning experience.
Research project collaboration between universities is conducted, and also doctorate students have the opportunity to further enhance their subject experience & skills levels with further investigation through research on varies projects.
Search for foreign exchange programs Scotland and you will see that students are able to attend another university for a year as part of a foreign exchange program between universities internationally. Typically the courses that offer exchange programs are at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Links to employment and work
Careers councillors and advice centres are available in every Scottish university and college. Extensive links with local, national and international business and employers have been forged enabling students to gain help in finding and securing employment.
Work placements for up to one year are part of some undergraduate degrees, and all universities have links with employers in industries including:
Computer science Nursing & Medicine Oil and gas Transport Construction Government Energy Finance Tourism Education
Employers advertise graduate positions for instance in university careers centre hoping to attract good quality graduates that would be beneficial and useful to their business.
Scotland tuition fees
People who are habitually resident in Scotland and students from other European Union countries do not pay college or university fees for their first undergraduate degree course.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland students are required to pay full cost fees for their chosen course, up to £9,000 per year for undergraduate courses. Learners from outside the European Union pay international students fees.
Apply for a UK student visa for Scotland
A visa is available to a student who attends a university or college course at undergraduate or postgraduate degree level for the duration of their course, although the course must qualify. Graduates are eligible to apply to extend their stay in Scotland & UK should they wish to study at a higher level or on another qualifying course.
Accessibility and transport
Scotland is serviced by 4 airports; Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Prestwick with direct flights from Europe and international destinations.
The train network accesses a lot of Scotland, and the well-maintained roads system provides ease of access from towns, cities to the countryside. Buses are used daily for commuters to travel to work and study each day and discount cards are available on buses and trains for full-time students.
Lower cost of living and work
You can take a part-time job should you wish to gain experience in your chosen field or to gain additional money to finance living costs in Scotland.
Accommodation, in general, costs less than other parts of the UK, such as renting or buying a property. Part-time and full-time work opportunities are widely available for students with the right work in Scotland.
University Graduation Day in Scotland (Source: Telegraph)
Graduates with the right skills, knowledge and soft skills tend to find they are in demand from Scottish employers in various industry sectors.
Culture art, leisure, and heritage
Princes Street Edinburgh by night: Source Visit Scotland
A balance of study and enjoying the countries leisure facilities should provide an enjoyable experience. Visit Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland accessible from other university towns and cities as Aberdeen and Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Scotland’s attractions include sporting events, heritage is not just in Edinburgh, Scotland has a vast countryside for sporting activities from hill walking & climbing, horse riding and of course, you can visit other towns that offer a range of leisure and culture events.