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Why study in Scotland?

Benefits of studying in Scotland

The UK is respected around the world for its high-quality education system. It is made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country has a unique identity and heritage, and Scotland has lots to offer students who want to study abroad.

By studying in Scotland, you’ll discover:

  • A wide range of nationalities: Scottish universities attract more than 50,000 students from over 180 countries each year.
  • The forefront of innovation: Some of the most established research universities in the world are based here.
  • History and heritage: Scotland has a strong national heritage, managing to balance its modernity with its traditions.
  • Excellent art and culture: Scotland is known around the world for its place in the art world making it a perfect place to discover galleries, festivals and street art.
  • Glasgow is ranked top 5 in the UK for food and drink (Which?, May 2021).
  • Stunning natural wonders: Whether you’re in the city or the countryside, Scotland has some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.
  • A low cost of living: Glasgow is ranked as the 2nd cheapest student city in the UK, and 3rd best student city in the UK (QS Best Student Cities 2022).

Work after study

Start your career in the UK with the new Graduate Immigration Route – a two-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities. If you begin your studies after autumn 2020, you’ll be able to work for up to two years after graduating with your valid Student visa. Study a pathway programme and take the first step towards working in the UK.

Discover the Graduate Immigration Route

Ayman's story

In our video, hear from Ayman, a progressed International Study Centre student, on how he plans to stay in the UK after he graduates and take advantage of the Graduate Immigration Route.