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.
Making sure you feel safe and welcome is incredibly important to us. That's why all of our universities have plans in place to keep you safe - with a range of new measures on their campuses designed specifically to protect your health and wellbeing.
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. Our campuses aim to deliver a first-class student experience and all of our cities are prepared to ensure your time in Scotland is vibrant, welcoming and, most importantly, safe.
To find out the steps each university has taken to make its campuses safe, make sure you visit their website. You can find links to all of Scotland's universities here.
Universities and student organisations continue to share updated guidance and information with their students. 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, as students adjust to a different learning and wider student experience in the first semester of the academic year. It includes three measures specifically aimed at students who find themselves needing to self-isolate or quarantine in university-owned accommodation in order to limit the transmission of the virus. 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. They’ve published guidance for universities to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus on campus and information on student support.
Applications & Language tests
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.
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.
Travel & Visas
The Scottish Government has put in place quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK. We strongly recommend that you check the dedicated Scottish Government website for public health measures at borders, self-isolation and country exemptions. As well as this, we would also suggest checking your own country’s guidance with regards to travel restrictions.
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.
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 2020/21 is now closed. The universities are now reviewing all applications and will be in touch with successful candidates as soon as possible.
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. Universities are flexible with their teaching and learning approach and offer both online and face-to-face options. Please visit the universities' websites to find out more.
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