Studying in Scotland – Another option to consider?
Written by Desmond Ng, June 2017
Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many students who wish to further pursue their studies options. Due to the advancement of technology and cultural diversity, many students are exploring studying overseas instead of choosing their local institutions. Many have chosen this option as it allows them to experience new terrains, cultural mix, improving their language skills, etc. There are many universities around the world with strong historical background, such as in countries like Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, etc. However, in recent times, there has been an increase in interest of students to pursue their studies in Scotland. Why Scotland, some may ask?
Situated in Europe, Scotland is not just renowned for their rich history and castles, but also the fabulous warmth of the people. Not many are aware; Scotland is part of the United Kingdom – also consisting of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It occupies the northern third of Great Britain and is home to almost 800 small islands, including the northern isles of Shetland and Orkney, the Hebrides, Arran and Skye. It is strategically located where it is a stone throw to our destinations within Europe itself.
Facts about Scotland
Scotland is a small (covers an area just over 30,000 sq. miles, which is about 1/3 of the total UK landmass) but dynamic country. Their population only accounts for about 10% of the UK figure. Scottish government data shows that the most recent number for Scotlands' population (in 2010) is 5,222,100. That's over 2 million people, and the highest figure in over three decades. The country is divided into 3 areas – The Upper Lowlands, The Central Lowlands and The Highlands & Islands. There are only 6 officially recognized cities in Scotland - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling; and Edinburgh being the capital of the country. Many might be aware that Scotland is well known as the ‘Home of golf’ but not many are aware that it is home to one of the oldest universities in the world - University of St. Andrews, which was founded in 1410!
Universities in Scotland
Scotland has more world class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world.
To name a few, they are:
University of Glasgow
University of Strathclydne
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
University of St. Andrews
& Many More...
Why study there?
There are many factors why there’s been a growing trend of students choosing to study in Scotland in recent times. Some of which are:
Scotland is an internationally-recognised hub of top-level higher education – The country itself has five universities in the world’s top 200 (THE Rankings 2015) and has enjoys a global reputation of excellence in university-level study.
International students can work while they study and after graduation - International students are eligible to work for at least 20 hours per week for the duration of their studies under a Student visa. Post-study work opportunities are also available for international graduates who qualify for a valid General visa or Graduate Entrepreneur visa. This is definitely a perk for students who wish to earn extra allowance while pursuing their studies.
Scotland’s graduates are successful in gaining superior employment – It is evidenced by the consistently high rate of positive graduate destinations involving employment or further study within six months (91%) and low unemployment rate (4%). Graduates from Scotland’s universities also have the highest starting salaries in the UK. Most importantly, many Universities in Scotland have a network of professional careers staff to offer support and guidance to their students from enrolment to graduation and beyond.
Students at Scottish institutions are immersed in a world-leading research environment – Universities in Scotland are renowned for incorporating a ‘research-based’ approach in their programme. In fact, research in Scotland’s universities has been responsible for many world-changing discoveries and innovations. Because of this, students are taught in an environment shared by academics who are pushing the frontiers of their fields.
Scotland’s higher education is defined by the diversity of their course choices – Within Scotland’s higher education sector, it is able to offer over 4,500 courses in more than 150 subject groupings at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Each of the universities has a strong infrastructure, staff-led research propensities and student body activity and input mean that no two degree courses are the same.
International students highly recommend Scotland – This is an important factor for students who wish to continue their studies in Scotland. Recently, the ISB survey of international students revealed that 94% considered their university in Scotland is a good place to be, compared to the UK (90%) and world (89%) averages. Also, there is a higher percentage of Scottish students (85%) who would recommend their institution than the UK (84%) and world (82%) averages.
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