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14 best universities in Scotland for international students: rankings, tuition fees, reviews

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8.4
University of St. Andrews
Scotland
St. Andrews
Currently watching: 8
Accommodation type:
residence
Language:
English
from 5410.00 £ / term
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
07.09.2015 - 10.06.2016
18+
from 5410.00 £ / term
from 5410.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
07.09.2015 - 10.06.2016
21+
from 5410.00 £ / term
from 5410.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
University of the Year 2020
Very good
3 reviews
8.3
University of Glasgow
Scotland
Glasgow
Currently watching: 8
Accommodation type:
residence
Language:
English
from 17420.00 £ / year
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
All year round
18+
from 17650.00 £ / year
from 17650.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
All year round
21+
from 19350.00 £ / year
from 19350.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
International foundation
Dates
All year round
17+
from 17420.00 £ / year
from 17420.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
#3 in Linguistics in the world
Very good
4 reviews
8.2
The University of Edinburgh
Scotland
Edinburgh
Currently watching: 4
Accommodation type:
residence, apartment
Language:
English
from 4000.00 £ / term
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Academic english
Dates
07.09.2015 - 10.06.2016
05.01.2015 - 18.12.2015
06.04.2015 - 18.12.2015
17+
from 4000.00 £ / term
from 4000.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
International foundation
Dates
07.09.2015 - 10.06.2016
05.01.2015 - 18.12.2015
17+
from 5085.00 £ / term
from 5085.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
18+
from 5085.00 £ / term
from 5085.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
21+
from 6670.00 £ / term
from 6670.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
158th in the world and 22nd in the UK
Very good
2 reviews
8.1
University of Aberdeen
Scotland
Aberdeen
Currently watching: 4
Accommodation type:
residence, apartment
Language:
English
from 15650.00 £ / year
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
International foundation
Dates
All year round
17+
from 15650.00 £ / year
from 15650.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
All year round
18+
from 18000.00 £ / year
from 18000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
All year round
21+
from 19400.00 £ / year
from 19400.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
20th in the World
Very good
1 reviews
8.1
University of Dundee
Scotland
Dundee
Currently watching: 6
Accommodation type:
residence
Language:
English
from 4000.00 £ / term
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Academic english
Dates
07.09.2015 - 10.06.2016
05.01.2015 - 18.12.2015
06.04.2015 - 18.12.2015
17+
from 4000.00 £ / term
from 4000.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
International foundation
Dates
07.09.2015 - 10.06.2016
05.01.2015 - 18.12.2015
17+
from 6000.00 £ / term
from 6000.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
18+
from 4340.00 £ / term
from 4340.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
21+
from 5340.00 £ / term
from 5340.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Heriot-Watt University
Scotland
Edinburgh
Currently watching: 3
Accommodation type:
residence, boarding house
Language:
English
from 8000.00 £ / year
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
All year round
18+
from 11000.00 £ / year
from 11000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
All year round
20+
from 15800.00 £ / year
from 15800.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Preparation for the university
Dates
All year round
17+
from 11000.00 £ / year
from 11000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Academic english
Dates
All year round
17+
from 285.00 £ / week
from 285.00 £ / week
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Pre-Masters
Dates
All year round
18+
from 8000.00 £ / year
from 8000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
MBA
Dates
All year round
21+
from 15000.00 £ / year
from 15000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Edinburgh Napier University
Scotland
Edinburgh
Currently watching: 5
Accommodation type:
residence
Language:
English
from 12620.00 £ / year
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
All year round
18+
from 13360.00 £ / year
from 13360.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
All year round
21+
from 12620.00 £ / year
from 12620.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Scottish University of the Year
Good
7.9
Robert Gordon University
Scotland
Aberdeen
Currently watching: 2
Accommodation type:
residence, apartment
Language:
English
from 3200.00 ₽ / 10 weeks
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
All year round
18+
from 14130.00 £ / year
from 14130.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Master's program(english)
Dates
All year round
21+
from 15450.00 £ / year
from 15450.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
International Year One
Dates
All year round
17+
from 15000.00 £ / year
from 15000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
International foundation
Dates
All year round
17+
from 14130.00 £ / year
from 14130.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Pre-Masters
Dates
All year round
17+
from 13720.00 £ / year
from 13720.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Academic english
Dates
All year round
17+
from 3200.00 ₽ / 10 weeks
from 3200.00 ₽ / 10 weeks
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Excellent Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities and Inclusivness
Good
7.8
INTO University of Stirling
Scotland
Stirling
Currently watching: 2
Accommodation type:
residence
Language:
English
Education type:
co-educational schools
from 4430.00 £ / term
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
International foundation
Dates
All year round
17+
from 15995.00 £ / 2 semesters
from 15995.00 £ / 2 semesters
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Pre-Masters
Dates
All year round
20+
from 15995.00 £ / year
from 15995.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
English courses
Dates
All year round
16+
from 4430.00 £ / term
from 4430.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Bachelor's Courses(english)
Dates
All year round
17+
from 15650.00 £ / year
from 15650.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
Scotland
Glasgow
Currently watching: 2
Accommodation type:
host family, residence, apartment
Language:
English
from 3555.00 £ / term
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Program name
date
Age
Fees
University Pathway
Dates
All year round
17+
from 13955.00 £ / 3 terms
from 13955.00 £ / 3 terms
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Pre-Masters
Dates
All year round
21+
from 4500.00 £ / term
from 4500.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
Academic english
Dates
All year round
17+
from 3555.00 £ / term
from 3555.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
English courses
Dates
All year round
16+
from 2475.00 £ / 6 weeks
from 2475.00 £ / 6 weeks
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Education information

To receive higher education in foreign countries is a dream of each student due to the following reasons: relevant educational programs, good conditions for living, the opportunity to broaden horizons. All these factors motivate students to obtain education in other countries. As a result of diligent study international students receive prestigious diplomas, which are highly valued by employers in Europe and the USA. The experience of studying in foreign country will be a good contribution to professional and personal development for international students of any age – the best universities in Scotland are ready to help you in it. 

Today, more and more foreign students choose studying in Scotland as it guarantees wide career opportunities in the future. SMAPSE offers more than 10 best universities in Scotland where international students can get high-quality higher education. Higher education received in Scotland allows to become in-demand expert that has great chances to get well paid job in the international labour market. Due to the list of TOP-10 prestigious Scottish universities, 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. 

Scotland is a country with rich history and traditions that the local residents are very proud of. According to the company’s version Rough Quides, Scotland is named the most beautiful country in the world: tourists, who are travelling in the country, for always will remember its green mountains, clean lakes, picturesque views. The state includes about 800 islands - the country is washed on one side by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other by the North Sea: thanks to this location, travelling around Scotland, you can see a variety of landscapes.

In the best universities in Scotland high quality academic programs are offered to foreign students – wide choice of short-term and long-term programs makes Scotland one of the most interesting and demanded countries for studying. Pre-university programs and courses for successful passing of language exams are offered to international students: on the Scottish university base there is a great opportunity to significantly improve language skills for academic goals. There are summer camps at the universities, inviting international students for studying, also Bachelor's and master's degree programs are opened. High academic performance of Scottish universities positively affects the indicators: 4 universities in Scotland are listed in TOP-200 of educational institutions in the world. According to statistics, 9 students out of 10 find perspective work after graduating university during 6 months.  

Tuition fee in Scotland are lower compared to European educational institutions. The cost of studying depends on  the type of higher educational institution – private or state. According to statistics, studying and accommodation here is 20 percent cheaper than in England. Foreign students, choosing the best universities in Scotland, leave positive feedback about Scotland as one of the most comfortable English-speaking countries to study in: local residents are friendly to foreign students, who annually number about 45 thousand people from 150 countries of the world. 

TOP universities in Scotland for international students: University preparation Scotland

The history of education and teaching in Scotland goes deep into the Middle Ages - that's when the oldest, best universities in Scotland appear, which continue their work for today. The largest universities are located in developed cities  with rich infrastructure - Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lanark and Falkirk. Many universities in Scotland can boast of the world's most active research centers, where significant research in the field of medicine and pharmacology is carried out for science and humanity. The majority of universities are multidisciplinary and prepare specialists in the humanities, technical and natural sciences.  The most powerful faculties are medical, veterinary and earth sciences.

The system of scientific degrees corresponds to the ideas of the Bologna Agreement: the university has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Studying on bachelor programs in Scotland lasts 4 years – during this period students acquire the necessary scientific base and knowledge on special subjects. Unlike English programs, university courses in Scotland are more flexible – foreign students have all opportunities to graduate from university with double qualification (for example, law + economics). The best universities in Scotland are proud of application of integrated approach: studying here is not only focused on practical knowledge, but also allows to use your skills in different skills. As a result of this approach, the student becomes a versatile and diverse employee and can flexibly adapt to the requirements of the market. 

Unlike the English higher education system, the students of universities in Scotland can decide on their future profession for a long time: until the third year of the bachelor's degree, the program is quite flexible, an interdisciplinary approach is used in teaching. On the so-called sandwich courses semesters of theoretical classes alternate with semesters of working practice. The duration of Master programs is 1 year. 

There are several types of accommodation for foreign students: a student dormitory or apartment rental. Studying at universities in Scotland for foreign students is usually paid: at least, a student will need about 15 thousand pounds a year to pay for an educational program. Students with high academic performance can apply for scholarship programs that pay part of the studying cost (up to 10 thousand pounds a year). University students have the right to earn extra money, but no more than 20 hours a week.

Admission to Scottish universities - higher education in Scotland

The conditions put forward by TOP universities in Scotland are the first things to worry about for a student preparing to enter a university. First of all, international students can face with a "lack" of 1 academic year according to the Scottish educational system. The doors of universities in Scotland are closed for foreign students immediately after school (but there are exceptions, especially in private universities in Scotland). There are several options for “completing” the missing year of study:

  • enter a university in your homecountry and study 1-2 years

  • to enter Scotland's private boarding school for graduation classes, thereby obtaining a Scottish certificate

  • to become a college student in Scotland and subsequently graduate

  • take Foundation program, pre-university courses or its equivalent.

A high level of English proficiency is an important part of preparing for admission. A sufficient level of language skills (above average) must be confirmed by the IELTS language exam certificate (from 6.0), TOEFL (from 550), etc., as well as a high level of English will need to be demonstrated at the interview.

The package of documents may vary, as well as the requirements in each individual case, so it is recommended to contact the university 1-2 years before admission and clarify all the nuances.

5 steps to enter in foreign universities in Scotland for international students

  • Step 1. Choose the kind of university in Scotland: public or private? It is recommended to get acquainted with university rankings and tops, to learn strong faculties and the nature of studying. After choosing university the student informs  preferred university or special British system UCAS. On this stage, in order not to get rejected, it is important to convey your desire and indicate the indicators of successful study

  • Step 2. Choose how you will catch up on the missing academic year, and begin preparation

  • Step 3. Make every effort to graduate from a school or other educational institution with a good average mark and pass the language exam as best as possible

  • Step 4. Report up-to-date academic information via UCAS or directly to a university in Scotland

  • Step 5. Wait for an answer and then apply for a student visa.

10 best universities in Scotland 2022 rankings

1 St. Andrew's University
2 University of Glasgow
3 University of Aberdeen
4 University of Dundee
5 Heriot-Watt University
6 Edinburgh Napier University
7 Robert Gordon University
8 INTO University of Stirling
9 INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
10 University of Strathclyde

 

Top 15 best universities in Switzerland 2022

1 Glion Institute of Higher Education Switzerland
2 Les Roches International School Montana
3 César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
4 IHTTI School of Hotel Management
5 Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
6 Geneva Business School
7 EU Business School Montreux
8 HIM Hotel Institute Montreux
9 Swiss Hotel Management School
10 Webster University Geneva
11 Business and Hotel Management School
12   Luzern IMI
13 Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) Caux
14 International University in Geneva
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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

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2022

World University Rank US Rank University City State
 2  1 Stanford University Stanford California
 3  2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
 4  3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
 5  4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
 7  5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
 8  6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
 9  7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
 10  8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
 12  9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
 13  10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
 15  11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
 17  12 Columbia University New York City New York
 19  13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
 =20  14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
 22  15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
 24  16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
 26  17 New York University New York City New York
 28  18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 29  19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
 33  20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
 38  21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
 44  22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
 48  23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
 49  24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
 50  25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
 53  26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
 =54  27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
 =56  28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
 61  29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
 =64  30 University of California, Davis Davis California
 68  31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
 =80  32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
 =85  =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
 =85  =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
 90  35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
 =94  36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
 =98  37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
 =101  38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
 105  39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
 =111  40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
 =114  41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
 117  42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
 120  43 Georgetown University   Washington D.C
 =121  44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
 =124  45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
 =124  =45 Rice University Houston Texas
 =131  47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
 =133  48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 =140  49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
 =147  50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Top 50 best universities in the UK 2022

1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 London School of Economics
5 Imperial College London
6 Loughborough
7 Durham
8 Lancaster
9 University of Bath
10 East Anglia (UEA)
11 University College London
12 Warwick
13 Exeter
14 Birmingham
15 Bristol
16 Edinburgh
17 Leeds
18 Manchester
19 Southampton
20 Glasgow
21 King's College London
22 Nottingham
23 York
24 Newcastle
25 Royal Holloway, University of London
26 East Anglia (UEA)
27 Aberdeen
28 Queen's University Belfast
29 Sheffield
30 Heriot-Watt
31 Cardiff
32 Dundee
33 Swansea
34 Liverpool
35 Surrey
36 Queen Mary, University of London
37 SOAS University of London
38 Leicester
39 Reading
40 Sussex
41 Essex
42 Harper Adams University
43 Aston
44 University for the Creative Arts
45       University of Stirling
46 Nottingham Trent
47 Kent
48 Arts University Bournemouth
49 Oxford Brookes
50 Lincoln

Cost of living in Scotland

Expenses - USD/Month. Min.
Accommodation 598
Food 413
Transportation 61
Communications and utilities 96
Clothing 36
Sports and leisure 52
Total 1,256

 

Accommodation in Scotland

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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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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