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.
Current situation and gradual ease of restrictions
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.
At the end of April, Scotland moved back to a levels system, which provides for regional variation of restrictions (see the latest Scottish Government announcement). As for international travel, Scotland operates a red, amber and green list country system for international arrivals. Find more information on the guidance for international travel and managed isolation.
Eligibility to vaccination programme
International students are to be included in the national coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Please note that this is an entitlement and not a requirement for entry. The roll-out of vaccines to international students is to ensure that you are protected during your studies and to prevent possible further transmission. FAQs on vaccinations for international students are available on the Student Information Scotland page
Support for International Students
Universities are working closely with the Scottish Government to reach outcomes on a number of issues facing international students including mobility, visa requirements and quarantine. For the latest SG guidance, please visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Student Support - Scotland (studentinformation.gov.scot)
We appreciate that there may be different scenarios depending on students’ situations, therefore we recommend that you visit the student support page above 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.
Applications & Language tests
If you're wondering about your university application we recommend checking the UCAS site for information.
English Language Tests
For details of the Coronavirus concessions put in place for testing English language ability, see English language ability and Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Travel & Visas
As the situation keeps changing, we strongly recommend that you check the dedicated Scottish Government page on 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.
The UK government has given concessions to students who have, or will be, applying for student visas in light of Covid-19. For the latest advice on securing your study visa, we recommend checking out the UK Government's dedicated page, which will have the most up to date information.
Students who are due to graduate in 2021 and who are currently distance learning outside the UK due to the pandemic will need to return to the UK in order to apply under the Graduate route.
For courses started in 2020 with a duration of 12 months or less: If you have been distance learning in your home country for the whole course so far, you need to come to the UK under the Student route on or before 21 June 2021 to be eligible for the Graduate Route.
For courses started in 2021 with a duration of 12 months or less: If you have been distance learning in your home country for the whole course so far, you need to come to the UK under the Student route on or before 27 September 2021 in order to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route.
For more information, please visit the UKCISA page on working after your studies, which provides a separate section on the graduate route and Covid concessions.
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 is now closed. To find out more about the application process and timeline please visit the page below.
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.
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