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Is a Scottish education the best option for international students?

Posted 11 October 2017
Man in kilt playing a bagpipe on the streets

Scotland is a beautiful country with a rich heritage and a wide range of attractions and sights for tourists to enjoy. Looking beyond the Loch Ness Monster, Edinburgh Castle, ceilidhs, kilts and haggis – what does the most northerly part of the UK have to offer international students?

The answer is the globally respected Scottish education system. Universities here attract more than 50,000 students from more than 180 countries every year.

High school education in Scotland

In Scotland, like most countries, students must achieve good grades at high school to get into university. High school students receive a broad education that takes in a range of subjects. The education system in Scotland is different to the education system in England and Wales. High schools are focused on giving students a deeper understanding of a narrower range of subjects in England and Wales.

History of educational excellence

Scotland is known throughout the world for excellence in education. Some of the oldest research universities in the UK – and in the world – are in Scotland. For example, the University of Strathclyde was founded more than 200 years ago. So you can be sure the Scottish education you receive has been tried and tested for centuries.

Skills for the real world

Studying at a Scottish university gives you the skills you need to become a responsible and capable employee and member of society. Universities in Scotland for international students encourage everyone to question and come up with ideas and opinions. So you won’t only be expected to read and repeat. Learning in this way, you get so much more out of studying the subjects you’re passionate about.

Legacy of learning and innovation

Throughout the centuries, the people of Scotland have been known for their enquiring minds and drive to discover. John Logie Baird invented the television in 1925. The world’s first antibiotic was discovered by Alexander Fleming. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Peter Higgs is famous for conceptualising the Higgs boson particle. He is an emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh and Nobel Prize winner. Studying in Scotland, you’ll be inspired by this legacy of innovation and passion for learning.

Affordable cost of living

The cost of living tends to be lower in Scotland than in England. This makes it a great option for students keen to gain a degree in the most cost-effective way possible. Despite being one of the UK’s leading centres for culture, finance and research, Glasgow is an affordable place to live. It was ranked the 16th most cost-effective student city in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2016). This is good news for international students. You can use some of the money you save to enjoy Scotland’s rich history, landscapes and culture.

Ideal location

Scotland is the ultimate study abroad destination for international students. The education you’ll receive here stretches far beyond the classroom. It reaches into the purple mountains, dark green forests and white sand beaches. Take road trips into the Highlands or out to the coast with your university friends, and explore the unique culture of the country’s seven cities. It’s easy to get the best of both worlds in Scotland because it’s a small country. The buzz of major cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh and some of the UK’s most extraordinary natural landscapes are all within an easy train ride or drive from wherever you are.

A warm welcome

International students are made to feel very welcome in Scotland. And more than 94% of international students believe it is a ‘good place to be’ ( Visitors flock to this small but perfectly formed part of the UK every year. They come to admire the castles, cathedrals and historic cities. They come to experience the ceilidhs, folk music and international festivals. They come to discover the almost untouched mountains, lochs and forests. And they come to gain globally respected degrees at leading universities.

We are International

If Scotland sounds like the sort of place you’d love to live and study, find out more about studying in Glasgow and pathway programmes leading to the University of Strathclyde. 

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