We know that you might be worried about the coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect your plans to study in Scotland. This is a constantly evolving situation, but we’re here for you during this difficult time. 

Spring term 2021 and temporary lockdown guidance

Scotland’s universities continue to support their students, whether they are staying on campus or are studying online from their home country. As always, the teaching you will receive in Scotland will be of the standard you would expect from some of the best universities in the world. 

Latest Scottish Government guidance, available here, states that “university students will be taught online throughout January and February, with the vast majority not expected back on campuses until the start of March”. Additionally, “students who are currently overseas should not travel to Scotland until face-to-face teaching begins for them. When returning, they must follow the guidance on international travel including quarantining if they are from a non-exempt country.”

We appreciate that there may be different scenarios depending on students’ situations, therefore we recommend that you visit the Scottish Government guidance page for more information or speak to your institution if you have any concerns about your situation.

Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have committed to follow a Consistent Core of Care for students. This package of ten measures aims to support student wellbeing throughout the pandemic. Further information can be found here.

In addition to the work our universities are doing, the Scottish Government is also taking every precaution to keep our citizens, visitors and students safe. Alongside the guidance above, they’ve published information on student support and more information can be found here.

Applications & Language tests

UCAS Applications

If you're wondering about your university application the best place to go is to the UCAS site, which has a page dedicated to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out more at UCAS.com

Following UK COVID-19 restriction announcements the deadline for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, has been extended from 15 January to 29 January 2021 at 18:00 (UK time).

IELTS Language Tests

IELTS testing has been suspended in some countries due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Their website has a dedicated coronavirus page which is constantly updated with the most accurate information.

Find out more at ielts.org

Travel & Visas

International travel

As the situation keeps changing, we strongly recommend that you check the dedicated Scottish Government website for public health measures at borders, international travel and quarantine. As well as this, we would also suggest checking your own country’s guidance with regards to travel restrictions.

From Monday 18 January 2021, passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure. Read more about testing for people travelling to Scotland.

Visas and graduate route

For the latest advice on securing your study visa, we recommend checking out the UK Government's dedicated website, which will have the most up to date information. 

Find out more at gov.uk

As for the graduate route, the UK government has given concessions to students who have, or will be, applying for student visas in light of Covid-19. Please view the updated guidance on the UK government page.

If you’re beginning your studies in the 2020-21 academic year, you will be able to benefit from this new route, even if you begin your degree online in your home country due to Covid-19. 

If you are due to complete your course in summer 2021 but have been unable to travel to the UK just yet, you will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route when it launches, as long as you arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies in the UK. 

If you are starting a one-year master’s course in January 2021, you will need to arrive in the UK by 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies in the UK in order to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route. 


We are updating this list with information about different scholarships as it becomes available to us. If your scholarship is not listed below, the best place to check is always with the institution that you are applying for.

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

The Saltire Scholarship application process for 2021/22 will open soon. To find out more about the application process and timeline please visit the page below.

Find out more about Saltire Scholarships

British Chevening Scholarships

If you've applied for - or are thinking of applying for - a British Chevening Scholarship, they have a series of pages dedicated to the pandemic, which is being updated as the situation progresses.

Find out more at chevening.org

Other resources

Scottish universities are doing their best to ensure that activities run as safely as possible. 

If you have other questions that we've not been able to help you with here, there are a few other great resources that might be worth checking out that include help and advice for prospective international students:

Universities UK International FAQs – please see tab for future international students

UKCISA: info for international students

Study UK: British Council