Too Far! Too Cold! Too Boring! These are some of the terms we hear from students when we tell them about studying in Scotland. These couldn’t be further from the truth. Scotland has a proud history of university education, a thriving arts and culture scene, stunning landscapes and state of the art sporting facilities. It is a little known fact that the 4-year Bachelor’s Degree system used in the United States is actually based on the 4-year Scottish Undergraduate degree.
Today, as throughout its history, Scots have made their impact felt on the world including in the fields of medicine, engineering and science, politics, history, the arts and sport.
Scotland has 19 universities and IDP has partnered with 9 of these. They are:
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is ranked 55th in the world and 9th in the UK by the QS World rankings. The university is located in the UK’s third largest city and the world’s friendliest city (as voted by readers of Rough Guides 2014).
Heriot Watt University
The average starting salary of a Heriot-Watt graduate is £23,285, which is in the top 15 in the UK. They have campuses in key locations across the world, including Malaysia and Dubai, as well as their main campus in Edinburgh, UK.
Robert Gordon University
RGU is located in Aberdeen, known as the energy capital of Europe. This has led to the university being rated best university for Employment (HESA 2013 & 2014).
University of Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen is at the forefront in many areas, including: art and social sciences; science; oil and gas; renewable energy; computing; engineering and technology. They have recently made investments in facilities including a new £57 million library, the Aberdeen Sports Village, and the largest wifi campus in Europe.
University of Dundee
They are ranked top in Scotland and 15th in the UK in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS). It is also ranked in the World’s Top 20 and number one in Scotland in the 2014 International Student Barometer (ISB), the largest annual study of international students in the world.
Edinburgh Napier University
Their three campuses in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh are part of an iconic, cultural and connected city at the heart of Scotland. Their expert facilities include multimedia language labs, industry-standard music studios, broadcast studios and computer games development labs
University of St Andrews
St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, after Oxford and Cambridge. The university is highly respected as a top university both in the UK and overseas.
University of Strathclyde
They have a world-leading reputation for their work with businesses and organisations, large and small. They are ranked 5th in the UK with Cambridge for spin-out company creation. The leading international technological university located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city. The Department in Physics is also rated number one in the UK.
University of Stirling
The University of Stirling ranked in the top 5 in the UK for best value university (Telegraph, 2012). They also ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability with 96% of their graduates in employment, or further study, within six months of graduating. (Telegraph/HESA, 2015).
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