Scotland is known for its rich history, cultural diversity, striking natural landscapes, distinctive national traditions and of course the very distinct local accent. Scotland also welcomes more than 50,000 international students from 180 different countries every year, here are a few reasons why.
Reasons to study in Scotland
1. Top universities
Students pick Scotland because it has some of the best universities in the world. Three of Scotland’s universities are ranked in the Times Higher Education Top 200. In addition to Robert Gordon, we represent 10 universities across Scotland including:
With some of the most highly-rated scientific institutions in the world, studying in Scotland gives students access to world-class facilities and multiple centres of excellence.
2. Innovation and discovery
Researchers in Scottish universities are responsible for many world-changing innovations. From the television and penicillin, to tidal energy turbines, to the MRI scanner and keyhole surgery. A passion for innovation in Scotland has advanced industry at home and overseas throughout history.
3. Jobs and stay back options
Job opportunities are abundant even in populated Scottish towns such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Inverness. Scotland has a huge array of jobs across some exciting sectors such as life-sciences, gaming and technology and renewable energies. Graduates are eligible for the Graduate Route visa, which allows you to remain in the country post-study to find work.
Did you know? Scotland has the third highest median gross annual salary of the nations and regions of the UK and it is higher than the UK figure.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on a rural campus, or on a campus in the heart of one of the cities, Scottish universities are beautiful! Scotland is a desirable destination for the foodie, the fashionista, the thrill seeker, the history buff, and those who enjoy art and music, film and theatre, culture, and travel.
From the world’s largest arts festival at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to Burns Night and the Highlands Games and Hogmanay, Scotland is renowned for its world-class sport events, live music, arts scene, and uniquely Scottish events that take place across the country all year-round
A Scottish education provides great prospects for employment. Employers highly value graduates from Scottish universities, with nine out of ten graduates finding employment or further study within six months of graduation. This is down to many of the education institutions working in partnership with employers, to fully prepare students for the transition into the work place.
In the 2020 Mercer Cost of Living survey, Aberdeen and Glasgow were among the least expensive cities out of 209 globally.
With some of the top universities in the world, perfect locations and our incredible student life – it’s easy to see why Scotland is the obvious choice for students.
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