Studying in Scotland
When considering where to study, Scotland may not be the most obvious choice, especially in comparison to other places like London or Paris (it seems that everyone goes these places.) So why not make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd by giving England a miss and heading up north to Scotland instead for an unparalleled university experience? Read on to find out more about a country that is well and truly alive with culture and academia:
Scotland is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
The country boasts an array of renowned universities, like the University of Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews, making it an internationally- recognised hub of world-class education. The universities are some of the oldest in the UK, having been built in the 15th century, so you can expect to be surrounded by beautiful architecture and study in castle-like universities with brick courtyards.
Scottish people are known for their warmth and friendliness.
Moreover, at least 21% of students in Scotland’s universities are not from Scotland which means that student cities host a highly multicultural and multilingual population, giving you the opportunity to meet and get to know people from places all around the world.
There is an eclectic mix of the contemporary and historic within the country.
You can study in vibrant and cosmopolitan cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, and after travelling for a couple of hours on a train or coach, you can reach the Scottish highlands and witness the stunning panorama of lochs, countryside and mountains. In Edinburgh, you can experience the city’s modern shopping streets while also visiting the iconic Edinburgh castle and climbing the hill of Arthur’s Seat, a great place for hiking and short walks.
Scotland has an absorbing culture.
The country is bursting with exciting events all year round like the world-famous fringe and film festival that takes place in Edinburgh every summer. The city of Edinburgh is also the home of Harry Potter, and you can even go to the very same café that J.K. Rowling wrote her early Harry Potter books in. In addition to that, Glasgow has also been named a UNESCO city of music – the country’s rich and historic culture and heritage will allow you endless opportunities of things to do and discover all year round.
Scottish universities offer a broad four-year undergraduate degree.
Emulating the structure of courses in the United States. This means that the first two years of university will be a more generalised education followed by two years of a slightly more specialised one. This is the ideal option if you are unsure about what degree to choose as the first two years will give you flexibility in choosing new subjects, as well as the opportunity to explore different academic areas besides your own.
- By Sonam Nundoochan