Study in Scotland: What to Expect

Scotland has more world-class universities per capita than anywhere else in the world and the highest concentration of universities in Europe.

In The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2014/15 – four of our universities feature in the top 200; Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews.

People from all over the world choose to study in Scotland. In fact, more than 48,000 international students from 185 different countries study higher education in Scotland very year. And, Scottish universities have the highest rates of student satisfaction in Britain.

With world-class universities and warm, welcoming people, studying in Scotland will be an experience you’ll never forget.


World-Class Facilities

Our universities are internationally known for their high quality research and some of the most amazing discoveries were made at Scottish universities, including keyhole surgery and the MRI scanner. Scottish universities offer a wide variety of courses and whatever your chosen field, you can expect the very best resources: from state of the art research equipment to online training and seminars.


Social Life

Students in Scotland work hard but there is more to student life. All universities have students associations which provide a social hub as well as being a central point for all the extra-curricular activities. Scotland is a social place and many of our universities are located right in the city centre, where you have access to great shops, cool bars and restaurants, and a fantastic nightlife – so it’s great being a student in Scotland!


Student Accommodation

There are several accommodation options at Scottish universities. Typically, they come in the form of student halls or student houses. You can also choose to rent privately.

Halls of residence are a popular choice with students because it can make living independently just that little bit easier – catering and cleaning services are often provided. Also, the sheer number of students staying in halls means that making friends is easy.

Student housing in another option, in which students can rent a room in a flat or a house, sharing with other students. These are smaller than halls and many students find houses to be quieter and more private.

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