Pick from a range of interesting facts and detailed information about Scotland and the Scottish people.
Scotland is known the world over as a place of history and heritage as well as cutting edge art and culture
Study in Scotland and you will benefit from world-class teaching developed over centuries.
Live & Workin Scotland
Key information on the practical aspects of moving to Scotland and where to get advice. Plus read about the experiences of people who have moved to Scotland from all over the world.
Scotland is renowned across the globe for its rich culture and heritage, and its contribution to the world past and present. From its thriving contemporary arts and music scene to its achievements in industry, medicine, science, law and literature, Scotland's story is one of immense achievement
The rich and expanding Scottish language
English is the main language spoken in Scotland, although you will be surprised by the wide range of different accents and dialects spoken across the country. From the north to the south, east and west, and on each of the islands, differing accents are perceptible ranging from soft and sing-song to stronger and more pronounced.
In our richly historic and vibrantly traditional country, the ancient Celtic language of Gaelic is still spoken and, in fact, numbers of speakers are increasing. Scotland is proud to maintain its indigenous tongue as a part of Scottish language .
The British Sign Language (BSL) is the language of the deaf in Scotland.
Scotland is also home to another 150 different languages, spoken by a diverse and growing population. While some languages are spoken by only a few, others are the first language of entire communities.
Scotland is a friendly and welcoming country that celebrates cultural diversity. Other languages spoken include: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish, Makaton, Mandarin, Punjabi, Polish, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.
English for speakers of other languages
Speaking the language of a country is very important for improving education or work opportunities. Our innovative English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme offers people living in the Scotland an affordable way to learn and improve their English, and to get the most out of living in Scotland.