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2021-01-07 00:01:23

Education in Scotland: primary, secondary and higher education for foreign students

Education in Scotland: primary, secondary and higher education for foreign students

The students speak positively of Scotland as one of the most comfortable English-speaking countries to study. It is no coincidence that the country has about 45 thousand students from 150 countries of the world! Let's talk about the peculiarities of studying in Scotland for foreign students - about the opportunities, prospects and nuances of admission.


Benefits of studying in Scotland

Scotland is the fourth region of Great Britain, which includes one third of the island of Great Britain and adjacent islands. The country is washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the North Sea in the east. It has a temperate oceanic climate: the coldest weather in winter will be -5 - -7 ° C, and in summer the warmest temperature is 20 ° C.

The benefits of learning

  • High quality education
  • Excellent conditions for study and life
  • Rich history and culture of the country
  • Wide range of programs in English
  • University preparation programs
  • More affordable education than in England - prices are 10-20% lower.

General information for university applicants

  • Language of instruction = English
  • Currency = pound sterling
  • Language requirements = B1 +
  • English = IELTS 6.0
  • Age requirements = 17+
  • Are there entrance exams = yes
  • Admission campaign = dates are set individually by universities
  • Are there any pre-university training programs = yes
  • The cost of the programs = from 5,000 to 20,000 euros per year.

Education system in Scotland

Scotland's education system is very flexible - students can choose the number of years of study, a variety of educational institutions and a set of school subjects according to their interests. The stages of study in the Scottish system correspond to the generally accepted ones:

  • Preschool preparation
  • Junior school (duration 7 years)
  • Secondary educational institution
  • Secondary secondary school with advanced preparation for universities
  • Profile institution
  • Higher education
  • Postgraduate education.

School education and courses for children on vacation

Popular educational programs for schoolchildren of different ages:

  • IB = 16-18
  • GCSE = 14-16
  • A-Level = 16-18
  • National program = 7-18.

Private educational institutions in Scotland are most often chosen by foreign students:

  • Boarding schools invite foreign students aged 8 and over
  • Tuition fees = from 7000 pounds per semester + cost of exams, consular fee, school uniform, airfare
  • English proficiency requirement is mandatory. You can enter primary school only after confirming the level of English, high school students are interviewed
  • Main documents: letters of recommendation, confirmation of the language level, GCSE certificate or Common Entrance Examination.

Vacation courses combining language learning and acquaintance with Scotland are very popular among students:

Summer English courses + rest

  • PGL Dalguise Summer Camp in Perthshire
  • Age: 7-16
  • From £ 589 per week.

Summer English for Teens

  • St Andrew University in St Andrews
  • Age: 13-17
  • From £ 6400 in three weeks.

High School Courses St Andrew University

  • Age: 16-18
  • From £ 4895 for two weeks.

International Summer School for Innovative Programs in Stirling

  • Age: 12-17
  • From £ 4315 for two weeks.

Summer courses Leith Academy Summer in Edinburgh

  • Age: 12-17
  • From £ 1150 per week.

Higher education

The higher education system in Scotland is 16 universities and 3 institutes. Most of them are located in major cities: Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Universities have the right to independently set the beginning of the academic year, but most still adhere to the traditional plan: they start working in September and finish in May. Holidays - Christmas and Easter, exams are held in the last semester. Some universities divide the year into separate modules with short time intervals for vacations and examination sessions twice a year.

Top Universities in Scotland

  1. University of Edinburgh
  2. University of Glasgow
  3. University of St Andrews
  4. University of Aberdeen
  5. University of Strathclyde
  6. University of Dundee
  7. Heriot-Watt University
  8. University of Stirling
  9. Edinburgh Napier University
  10. Glasgow Caledonian University.

Universities offer training in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. Main directions:

  • Art
  • Science
  • Right
  • The medicine
  • Social sciencies
  • Accounting
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Humanities and design
  • Biology
  • Construction
  • Business and management
  • Chemistry
  • Classical civilization
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Dentistry
  • Religion and theology
  • Drama
  • Media
  • Economy
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental science
  • Health protection
  • Geography and Geology
  • History
  • Hotel management
  • Linguistics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Music
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social sciencies
  • Social anthropology
  • Social work
  • Sports Science
  • Statistics
  • Veterinary medicine.

Preparatory programs for studens

Scotland's universities do not require pre-university programs, but many applicants still prefer to receive training and adapt to the English-language training system in advance. Preparatory courses last from six months to a year:

International Foundation

  • University of Aberdeen
  • From £ 6000 per term.

International Foundation

  • University of Dundee
  • From £ 6000 per term.

International Foundation

  • University of Edinburgh
  • From £ 5000 per term.

University Pathway

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • From £ 4500 for 3 terms.

Academic English courses

  • Heriot-Watt University
  • From £ 285 per week.
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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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