Fees, Funding and Visa Applications

Visa application

With some of the top universities in the world, it’s no surprise that over 50,000 international students choose to study in Scotland each year. Students who would like to study abroad in Scotland must comply with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations, in order to gain entry into the country.

Different rules apply, depending on whether you are a student from a European and Economic Area (EEA) country or an international student from a non-EEA country.

If you are from the EEA (made up of the 28 member countries of the EU) and have been accepted on a course of study, you're entitled to enter the UK freely and have the right of residence for the duration of your course.

Students from a country in the European Union do not need a visa to study in Scotland. Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Scotland.

International students (non EEA) must obtain sponsorship from a licensed education provider in the UK.

For Visa application guidelines visit studyinscotland.org.


Fees and funding

If you have decided to study in Scotland the level of tuition fees that you will pay are determined by two criteria.

  • Your nationality
  • The country where you are ‘ordinarily resident’

European Union undergraduate students

If you are an EU domiciled, full-time first degree student, you should be eligible to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

International undergraduate students

Generally universities charge fees at a higher rate to overseas students from outside the EU. To confirm your tuition fee status, you can refer to the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Post-graduate study

EU and international applicants who wish to find information regarding course fees should contact the universities in Scotland they are interested in applying to directly. Details of Scotland’s 19 universities can be found on the Study in Scotland website.

Scholarships

There is a range of international student scholarships and awards available for studying in Scotland, covering all levels from undergraduate to PhD. For more information, visit the Scholarships section of the website.

UK undergraduate students

If you are a Scottish domiciled, full-time first degree student you should be eligible to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Due to the fee arrangements of governments in the rest of the UK, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be expected to pay fees and should contact their university of choice for details of costs.