Study in Scotland

Scotland is an amazing place to live and to study. For all those who want to take the opportunity to achieve excellence in higher education, Scotland is the answer. Some of the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions in the world are located here and five of them are in world’s top 200. There are 19 universities based in Scotland, which are able to offer students quality, choice and employability. With more than 150 subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Scotland’s university sector offers 4,500 courses. There are university campuses located in every corner of the country with links to partner institutions on every continent, creating valuable connections all around the world. All the Scottish Universities organise Open Days during the year to give you the chance to visit the campus, meet tutors, teachers and students and ask questions about the courses and decide which one of them is for you.

Universities Based in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a thriving educational and academic centre in Scotland, with three universities, six institutes of higher education and two business schools. Students from all over the world come here every year to start or complete their studies and integrate themselves into the culture of the Scottish capital, which is multicultural, creative and full of life.

  • The University of Edinburgh, which was founded in 1853, is one of the world’s top universities, and a multicultural one, where two-thirds of the world's nationalities study.
  • Edinburgh Napier University is a modern and innovative university. With nearly 18,000 students, it is one of Scotland’s biggest universities, and was ranked ninth in the UK for graduate employment by the Telegraph.
  • Heriot-Watt University, which is the eighth oldest Higher Education Institution in the UK, is known to be one of the UK’s leading universities for business and industry.
  • Queen Margaret University was established in 1875, and it is highly regarded for innovative research, especially in the health and rehabilitation medical sectors.

Applying for a Course

If you would like to start your studies with an undergraduate course or complete your degree with a postgraduate course or a PhD, you may be able to apply for a loan, receive a scholarship or even study for free in Scotland if you are eligible. But first, if you want to study in Scotland, you must be able to speak English well enough to cope with university. For those who English is not their first language, universities require you to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. Certificates like IELTS, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge CPE, TOEFL IBT, IGCSE, and PTE Academic are good ones to acquire. (The exact requirements vary but you will typically need a score  of 6.0 – 7.0 on an IELTS test for undergraduate courses and a 7.0+ for post-graduate/Master’s course).

So, why not get ready for your certificate at a good English school? The best way to learn a language is to be completely immersed in it. Studying it and getting involved in the community at the same time is the best way to learn English.

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English Courses in Edinburgh, UK

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Some interesting vocabulary:

Undergraduate, postgraduate. Use these words as adjectives. The undergraduate for your first degree (usually 4 or 5 years). Post-graduate is for any course you can take after you have a first degree (such as a Master’s). “Graduate” is someone who has a degree but can also be used as an adjective (graduate job, graduate school, graduate CV, graduate training scheme).

Institution. This is a flexible word as it can be used to describe a school, a business, a government organisation, a learning establishment and even marriage “the institution of marriage” but be careful! If you say “my brother is in an institution” we would think that he was in a mental asylum!

Thriving means someone or something which is in good health and full of energy such as babies who are growing well and healthily, towns which have lots of visitors and low unemployment. Edinburgh has a thriving theatre scene which means there are lots of events and activities creating theatre in the city.

To cope with. A verb you can use for enduring something difficult. For example, when you move to a new country, it can be difficult to cope with all the new things around you. If someone’s husband dies, it is difficult for them to cope with their loss. It can also be difficult to cope financially if you lose your job.

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