Prioritise your passport & visa (obviously)

If you're coming to Scotland from outside the UK, make sure you have a valid passport and that the expiry date does not exceed the date that you intend to stay in the UK.

You may also require a visa to study in Scotland and you will need to ensure you have this in advance and make sure you understand the relevant terms and conditions.

Find out more about visas and immigration.

Dont forget those documents

Collect important personal documents together and put them in a safe place in your luggage. Make copies to take in your check-in luggage. It is also a good idea to store copies digitally as well. Please remember to bring your passport with you. Other documents you may want to consider bringing (if applicable) are:

Birth certificate

Letter of offer, CAS or Student Visitor letter

Transcripts or certificates from previous studies

Financial evidence (such as bank statements or a letter from your bank)

A letter from your funding sponsor

A letter from your accommodation manager

Put the 'fun' in funding

Whether it is tuition fees or funding, its important to make sure that all the financial aspects of your studying are taken care of to avoid any unnecessary or unwanted surprises.

Find out more about funding and fees.

Make sure you have enough UK Pounds Sterling to pay for any travel, food or accommodation you might need when you first arrive in the UK.

You may also want to open up a bank account. If possible you can do this before you leave, otherwise you can make an appointment with a local bank branch when you arrive. 


If you’re planning to study in Scotland and looking for a little extra financial help, then you should know that we offer a wide range of scholarships. Whether you plan to study full time or part time, at an undergraduate level or a postgraduate one, we have scholarships to suit all study options.

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Study and Graduate Visas

If you’re from outside the UK, you may need a visa to study in Scotland. It’s extremely important to make sure that you have the correct type of visa while you’re studying in Scotland. There are several different categories that will depend on the type of course you’re studying, your age and how long you plan to stay in the country.

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Tuition Fees

Whether you need to pay tuition fees for your course will depend on your regular country of residence. If you’re from the European Union, the rest of the UK or are an international student from outside these areas, you’ll have a different status. Each institution will also have their own system and fees will vary between each individual place.

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How To Apply

We’ve got such a diverse and prestigious range of universities and courses that it can be difficult to pick your subject, or university, right away. Thankfully, you can apply for several different institutions and courses at the same time. Just make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time to complete the application process.

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Studying at a Scottish university can really set you up for your future career and make sure that you’re fully prepared for the working world. After all, more than 85% of Scottish employers stated that they were ‘very satisfied’ with the work readiness of graduates from our universities.

Find out more about employability here

Student Accommodation

We know how important the right accommodation is which is why our universities offer a wide range of living options. From the comfort of student halls, which provide cleaning and catering, to the independence of our student houses, we have the perfect combination of places to live, study and meet new people.

Find out more about student accommodation here

Choosing a university

With over 4,500 courses in more than 150 subject groupings at undergraduate and postgraduate level, you are bound to find what you are looking for at one of Scotland's universities. Browse the Universities Scotland brochure for a brief summary of what each institution has to offer.

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