Scotland is a country that is a part of the sovereign state, United Kingdom, and comprises more than 790 small islands. Its total surface area is 78,387 square kilometers. It shares a border with the Irish Sea and North Channel to the southwest, North Sea to the east and England to the south.
Scotland is an open mixed economy and majorly relies on its heavy industry - shipbuilding, steel industries, and coal mining. Whisky is one of the most popular manufactured products of the country. Its primary exports also include financial services and electronic devices.
During the Pleistocene ice age, much of the land in Scotland was covered with thick ice sheets. This adversely affected the landscape of the country that we know of today. Its climate is oceanic and temperate. While the summers are wet and cool, the winters are warmer.
Various ethnic groups like Whites, Blacks, Asians, Arabs and Africans / Caribbeans constitute Scotland’s population of 50,62,011. While Christianity is the predominant religion in Scotland, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism are also practiced.
Did you know that ‘unicorn’ is the national animal of Scotland? Yes. This stunning country will never stop fascinating you. Be it the historically-significant capital city, Edinburgh, the culturally-rich Dublin or the lively cosmopolitan Glasgow, Scotland is bustling with rhythm and enthusiasm.
Scotland is a proud custodian of the world’s most beautiful locales such as Broch of Mousa, Cuillin Hills, Stirling Castle, Loch Ness, and Edinburgh Castle. It is a perfect destination for those who are thrill-seekers and would love to try mountain biking, white-water rafting, skiing and hiking in the backdrop of Scotland’s magnificent scenery.
The Scots, on the other hand, are friendly and polite. They have a good sense of humour and most of them are obsessed about football. Scotland also has a well-structured transportation system and so getting around is pretty easy. The crime rate in the country is also low.
Scotland offers a complete package to students and that is why it is such a popular study destination in the world. According to a recent survey, 86% of international students who had studied in the country revealed that they would recommend the Scottish experience to others, and 91% students said that Scotland was a good place to live in.
Scottish universities are known for offering a diverse range of courses and study programs. The universities also have high-quality research facilities. International students love Scotland for the diversity it provides not only in terms of culture but also education.
Scottish universities also take pride in having the highest starting salaries months after graduating than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Perhaps, that’s the reason why over 10 per cent of student population in the country comes from the rest of the world.
The top universities of Scotland are University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, University of Aberdeen, and University of the West of Scotland. Disciplines most popular among students are Physics, Maths, Anthropology, Arts, History, Biology, Psychology, Literature, Social Sciences and Geography.
The overall education system in the UK which comprises England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island. The undergraduate programs in Scotland last four years. Postgraduate programs, on the other hand, are usually one or two years long.
Scholarships are also given to international students studying in Scotland. The Scottish university fees varies for international students, especially who belong to countries not part of the European Union.
Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a funding scheme that offers up to 200 international students from the US, Canada, India and China a fee waiver of Rs. 1.9 lakhs (£2000. This can reduce the cost of tuition fees for any one year of study on an undergraduate, or a Master’s program.
If you are from outside the UK and you want to study in Scotland you may need to apply for a student visa.
Students from a country in the European Union do not need a visa to study in Scotland.
Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) including Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Scotland.
Students from all other countries will need to apply for a visa to study in Scotland.
The Home Office of the United Kingdom Government, manages visas and immigration in Scotland. Visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for up to date information on visa requirements and information about applying for visas.
What type of visa will I need?
The type of visa that you will need to apply for to study in Scotland depends on the type of course you are studying, the length of course you are studying, and your age. The categories below will help you to find out what type of visa you should apply for.
Tier 4 (General)
This category covers the majority of international students needing a visa to study at an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a university in Scotland. You can apply as an adult under Tier 4 (General) of the points based system if you are coming to the UK for your post-16 education. If you are coming for a full degree course or a course of study lasting six months or more you need a Tier 4 (General) visa.
Tier 4 (Child)
If you are between 4 and 17 years old you can apply as a Tier 4 child student. If you are between four and fifteen years old you must be coming to the UK to study at an independent fee paying school.
You can apply as a student visitor if you are over the age of 18 and you want to study in the UK for up to 6 months. If you are studying an English language course you can stay for up to 11 months.
As a student visitor there are restrictions on your ability to work. You cannot work in the UK paid, or voluntary even if it is part of your course requirements. If you want to extend your visa as a Tier 4 (General) you will need to leave the UK and apply from the country where you live.
You can apply as a prospective student if you want to come to the UK to help you finalise the arrangements for your Tier 4 course of study (for example, by attending an interview at a university which has made you a conditional offer). This is a short-term visa and you will need to apply for another visa before your studies in Scotland commence.
International students studying in Scotland mostly live in student houses or student halls that are arranged by their universities. However, renting a place is also an option. Most students prefer to live in halls. They have their independence and it is easier to manage food and housekeeping.
Student halls are either shared or single rooms that either have attached or shared bathroom facilities. Student houses are equally popular and students get to share a flat, bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Scotland as a country is safe. The Scots love to go pubbing. So that’s one thing international students do that every once in a while. They can also visit museums, picturesque locales, art galleries, and cinema. In short, there’s a lot to do in Scotland for a student.