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University preparation in Scotland for international studens. List of 10 top institutions, 2023 fees, rankings

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University of Glasgow
University of the Year 2020
University of Glasgow
Scotland
Glasgow
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8.3
from 17420.00 £ / year
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from 17420.00 £ / year
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The University of Edinburgh
#3 in Linguistics in the world
The University of Edinburgh
Scotland
Edinburgh
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8.2
from 5085.00 £ / term
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from 5085.00 £ / term
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University of Aberdeen
158th in the world and 22nd in the UK
University of Aberdeen
Scotland
Aberdeen
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8.1
from 15650.00 £ / year
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from 15650.00 £ / year
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University of Dundee
20th in the World
University of Dundee
Scotland
Dundee
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8.1
from 6000.00 £ / term
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from 6000.00 £ / term
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Heriot-Watt University
Heriot-Watt University
Scotland
Edinburgh
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8
from 8000.00 £ / year
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from 8000.00 £ / year
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Robert Gordon University
Scottish University of the Year
Robert Gordon University
Scotland
Aberdeen
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7.9
from 13720.00 £ / year
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from 13720.00 £ / year
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INTO University of Stirling
Excellent Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities and Inclusivness
INTO University of Stirling
Scotland
Stirling
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7.8
from 15995.00 £ / 2 semesters
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from 15995.00 £ / 2 semesters
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INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
Scotland
Glasgow
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7.8
from 4500.00 £ / term
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from 4500.00 £ / term
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University of Strathclyde
#18 in the UK
University of Strathclyde
Scotland
Glasgow
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7.8
from 4600.00 £ / term
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from 4600.00 £ / term
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Edinburgh College
Edinburgh College
Scotland
Edinburgh
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Pleasant
7.2
from 7200.00 £ / year
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Education information

Nowadays, Scotland is one of the most popular countries among international students wishing to get high-quality education abroad. SMAPSE offers 10 best Scottish schools and colleges where foreign students can get preparation courses that will help to enter prestigious universities in Scotland and abroad. Due to the list of TOP-10 prestigious schools and colleges in Scotland, you will definitely find the most appropriate option. Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

Best courses and programs for international students in Scotland

Foreign students can get higher education in Scotland in two ways: after graduating from a high school with a certificate and IELTS 6.0 or after the Foundation program.

Scottish International Foundation Program - a program that will help students from other countries to enter universities in Scotland: Aberdeen, Robert Gordon, Dundee. Here is a list of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country.

University

Location

Year of foundation

University of St Andrews

St Andrews, Fife

1410

University of Glasgow

Glasgow

1451

University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen

1495

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh

1582

University of Strathclyde

Glasgow

1796

Heriot Watt University

Edinburgh

1821

Dundee University

Dundee

1881

Stirling University

Stirling

1967

University of Edinburgh Napier

Edinburgh

1964

Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen

1750

For entering Scottish International Foundation Program, a candidate must have a certificate with a high average mark and pass the IELTS or TOEFL. Depending on student's level of knowledge and the result that he wants to get, the program can last from 3 to 12 months:

  • 3-month program. This is mainly a summer course (from July to September), the main goal is to prepare an applicant for exams in specific subjects. Estimated cost - £ 1,750
  • 9-month program. The course begins in January and lasts until September. Such a program is suitable for those who have high final exam results after school. Here, students and teenagers will be able to prepare for the Foundation exams in September, and then go through the university entrance step in October. Estimated cost - £ 4,850
  • 12-month program. It starts in September. Foreign students study intensive English course that allows to get excellent English proficiency to enter universities in Scotland + an SCE educational certificate of the Scottish standard, which is quoted at many universities.

Both exams indicated in the last program, in case of successful passing, can be counted upon admission to a Scottish university. However, if the SCE exam is successfully passed, Foundation certification doesn't need to be passed. In other cases, when enrolling, a combination of the results of two exams is considered.

To achieve the best result in preparation, SMAPSE experts recommend foreign students to study Foundation program for 1-2 years in Scottish high school.

Advantages of prep courses in Scotland for foreign students

  • High level of education. Scotland deserves this status, there are 4 universities from the list of TOP-200 universities in the world (according to The Times)
  • Compliance with high international standards. Diplomas issued by Scottish universities are highly appreciated throughout the world. Over 80% of Scottish graduates find a prestigious job within six months of graduation
  • Low cost of studying in comparison with other European countries. The average cost of living and studying during the month is from 500 to 1000 pounds
  • Friendly student atmosphere. This country is so compact that makes it one large student city. Every year, students from more than 150 countries come here to study - this is more than 45 thousand people!

The cost of studying in Scotland, as already mentioned, is lower than in other countries. The annual preparation for a university in Scotland depending on the institution (school, college, university course) will cost in the range from 6,000 to 13,000 pounds per year. Payment for one trimester is in the range of 3 to 5 thousand pounds.

Top 5 best schools in Scotland 2022

1 Fettes College
2 Glenalmond College Perth
3 Strathallan School
4 St. Leonards School
5 Dollar Academy

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Top 21 boarding colleges in England 2022

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 National Mathematics and Science College
3 Abbey College Cambridge
4 d'Overbroeck's College
5 MPW London
6 CATS Cambridge
7 Kensington Park
8 DLD London
9 King's College St Michael’s
10 Bellerbys Cambridge
11 Chelsea Independent College
12 MPW Cambridge
13 Bellerbys Brighton
14 CATS London
15 St Clare's Oxford
16 Bishopstrow College
17 CATS Canterbury
18 Bellerbys London
19 Ealing Independent College
20 Cambridge Tutors College
21 Abbey Manchester

Top 35 best universities and colleges in Canada 2022

1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
4 University of Alberta
5 Simon Fraser University
6 Montreal University
7 University of Windsor
8 York University
9 University of Guelph
10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
12 University of Waterloo
13 Royal Roads University
14 Vancouver Film School
15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
16 University of Calgary
17 Dalhousie University
18 Fanshawe College
19 University of Ottawa
20 Laval University
21 Sheridan College
22 University of Regina
23 Brock University
24 Thompson Rivers University
25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27 Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Accommodation in Scotland per month

Shared room outside of centre 604$
Shared room in city centre 795$
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 914$
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 1242$

 

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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