Applying to University in Scotland

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Scotland boasts some of the best universities in the world and has a legendary education system and sporting facilities at its higher education institutions. There are 19 universities to choose from if you want to study in Scotland, so there’s something for everyone.

St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university, founded in 1413, and Edinburgh University is recently been ranked in the top 20 universities in the world. If you want to combine a strong educational heritage with world class teaching facilities then studying in Scotland might be the right choice for you.

Here’s more about studying in Scotland:

Tuition fees

Previously Scotland was a popular university destination because of the lower tuition fees but as of 2012 Scottish universities can charge up to £9000, just like England and Wales.

You’ll need to apply to Student Finance England for funding for your tuition fees which will be paid direct to your university. These loans aren’t means tested so don’t worry that you won’t be eligible because of your household income.

You may also find that you qualify for a scholarship or bursary from your university. You’ll need to contact them directly for more information.


To find out whether your exact qualifications are accepted to study in Scotland you’ll need to contact the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the UK.

UCAS points make it easy for non-Scottish students to apply to Scottish universities as the tariff points provide a level playing field for students that haven’t taken Scottish qualifications.

How to apply

If you’re from the UK you won’t need a visa to study in Scotland, but if you do need a visa make sure you leave enough time to make the application before you start the admissions process for university.

You’ll need to apply for university in Scotland via UCAS where you’ll be asked to list your qualifications and grades (achieved or prospective). Just like applying for a UK university you’ll be able to list up to five courses, meaning you’ll be able to make sure you get a course that’s right for you.