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7 Reasons Why You Should Study in Scotland

2 September 2020

When you think of Scotland we wouldn’t blame you if you thought of kilts, haggis, highland dancing, and the Loch Ness, but when it comes to making your university choices, how likely are you to consider Scotland?

Are you looking for a top-ranking university, a vibrant nightlife, or maybe you are set on moving to an area which you can travel and explore in your free time?

Look no further, Scotland offers all the above. A lively entertainment hub, with world class universities, coupled with the rolling countryside and famous Highland Hills. This beautiful country has so much to offer, have a read below of our reasons to study here.

Leading Universities

Scotland is not shy of some of the best universities around, the university of Edinburgh and Glasgow are ranked in the top 100 in the world (Times Higher World University Rankings 2020). Renowned for their research, innovations such as the MRI scanner and keyhole surgery were discovered at Scottish universities, and with access to world-class facilities and multiple centres of excellence you have the tools to excel in your chosen path.


It’s normal to change your mind and Scottish universities support this. If you start studying and realise you would like to change your course part way, you have the flexibility to do so – its important you do something you enjoy! You can find out which Scottish university ranks highest for your selected subject area at The Complete University Guide here


As an academically recognised country, employers highly value graduates from Scottish universities, with nine out of ten graduates finding employment or further study within six months of graduation. Looking for a cool part time job whilst studying? Why not try applying for a bar or hospitality role at the world-famous Fringe and TRNSMT festival – also doesn’t this mean you get free access? Win win.


With breath-taking scenery, you’ll never be short of somewhere to explore or medieval castles to visit. For the conspiracy believers, travel to the heart of the mountainous highlands to search for the Loch Ness monster in the freshwater Lake, or if you like magic, visit the Enchanted Forest in Perthshire and take a ride on the Hogwarts Express. Access to a car? Take a road trip down the windy but beautiful NC500, but keep an eye out for the wandering nature!

International Students

Moving away from home can be difficult but you are not alone! There are more than 50,000 students from over 180 countries worldwide who flock to Scotland each year! To help settle in you could join a university society, with club options including baking, Quidditch, and international societies, it’s easy to meet others with similar interests. You could also make the most of your new home and explore Europe! With London and Paris on your doorstep, you can take a weekend trip and fly to either of these great spots within 2 hours.


Be sure to pack your dancing shoes! Get involved in the culture and head to all the lively annual events including the famed annual Scottish holiday Burns Night, a day committed to honouring the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns (and a great excuse for a party). You can attend one of the many Burns Night events taking place country-wide, or you can host your own Burns Supper, strict Kilt dress policies are advised. You can also check out the TRNSMT Music Festival or the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Fringe.

Food and drink

Haggis, Cullen skink, Whisky and shortbread are just some of Scotland’s specialities. Not for you? Not to worry, Scotland’s food offering has expanded beyond their traditional offerings (although trust us these hit the mark as comforting soul foods on a cosy winter day), and there are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

Thirsty? The Scottish are famed for their nightlife and buzzing atmosphere, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated tipple or a cosy pub, there is something in the city for everyone. For something different try Super Bario in Glasgow, an arcade bar with a selection of beer from all over the globe.

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