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Study for free in Scotland: free Bachelor and free Master

Updated on October 13, 2011

Study for free in Scotland: free Bachelor and free Master

Study for free in Scotland

Study for free in Scotland. In Scotland you do not have to pay a tuition fee for universities and colleges. As an EU-citizen you can, just like the Scottish population, enroll in university for free. So, whereas in England and Ireland you need to pay an obscene amount of tuition fee, in Scotland it is for free. For a lot of students this is a great opportunity. Why wouldn't you do it? Here are all the pros and cons of studying in Scotland summed up.

Scotland, a country that people associate with beautiful landscapes and a friendly population. A country in which the people still spend a lot of their time in pubs, and are always up for a laugh. However, it is not all fun, because they as well need to be educated. The Scottish government has decided that universities and colleges need to be for free. And we as EU-citizens can profit from that a great deal. According the European law an EU member state cannot discriminate on nationality,and consequently needs to treat other EU-citizens like their own citizens. The only exception (more of a loophole) made regards the English, as they are considered to be from the same country, they do have to pay tuition free. It is nevertheless still cheaper to study in Scotland. This exception has caused quite some controversy. But the Scottisch government is afraid of getting flooded by international students, and the English students constitute the majority. But if you are not English and are part of the EU you can study in scotland for free. Studying abroad is a great experience, especially when it is for free. Lets now discussed the pros and cons of studying in Scotland.

Pros of studying in Scotland

Studying in Scotland is free, no tuition fee

The main advantage of course is that studying is for free. Besides paying for the study books and for some universities paying for registration (administrative costs), it is completely free!

Decent level of education in Scotland

There are a few universities in Scotland that have a very good reputation in the world. St Andrews and Edinburgh ranking on top of the charts for many years now. St Andrews is being considered as one of the very best universities of the United Kingdom. Other universities do not meet this level, but are also of a decent reliable standard. A degree from this universities will be accepted everywhere. Within the United Kingdom they do know the difference between the individual universities, so going to a top university gives you better job prospects. When choosing your university or college, make sure that you see the distinction, because some colleges are also called universities. On the universities' website you will be able to find the the bachelor and master degrees they offer. Also via en you can find what you are looking for per field.

Scotland is an English speaking country

Attending university in an English speaking country has a number of advantages. Firstly, you will not feel completely lost, as might be the case in a different language speaking country. Secondly, there are more degrees to choose from, and they will be taught by professors who can actually speak English very well. And finally, finding a student job on the side will be a lot easier. You might have to get used to the strong scottish accents in the beginning, but you will get the hang of it soon enough.

Bringing your government funding / student aid

In most cases, if your country provides you with student aid that is, you will be able to bring it with you to Scotland.

Cons of studying in Scotland

Pretty expensive living standard

Life in Scotland is rather expensive, depending on from which country you are of course. It is in general a little more expensive than most European countries. But if you can take care of your budget it should not be too big of a problem. Food is a little more expensive, but especially going out at night will make your wallet a little slimmer. Living on campus is usually a little more expensive than living in the city. First year students in Scotland start out on campus, and in their second year they usually rent an apparment our house with the friends they made in their first year. On average you should consider paying around 350-450 euro's for a room. If you want a very fancy one, it can even be a whole lot more. Your general monthly budget is probably around 800 euro's. It is, however, pretty easy to get a job since you can speak english, and as an EU-student you do not need a work permit.

English profiency test

In order to be accepted you need to prove that your English is of an adequate level. You must take either an TOEFL or an IELTS test. The downside is that they are rather expensive. And you must not forget that they are usually only valid for 2 years, so make sure to sign up before those 2 years run out. If you are from an English Speaking Country, you do not have to take the tests.

Scottish climate and lack of daylight

Scotland is known for its rather hard weather. In large parts of scotland there is a very high amount of rain. Moreover, the winters are cold and with a lot of snow. During these times you are not guaranteed that public transport will run. Another disadvantage, at least for people who get affected by such a thing, is the lack of daylight / sunlight. During wintertime you do not have to hope for more than 3 or 4 hours of real daylight, depending on your locating. The more up north you go, the darker it will be.


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      Tenson 19 months ago

      I'm Tenson chisunga from Tanzania and I would like to study free distance learning in science such as biochemistry courses ,food science and other which will help to upgrade my carrier should be master courses

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      Emily 2 years ago

      Is there any master programs in law/international law in Denmark?

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      Adam 4 years ago

      im swedish citzin and would ask u if i can study englisg for free in scotland ?

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      Abdelhai Haroon Yahya Younis 4 years ago

      my name is Abdelhai Haroon Yahya im from Sudan ihave B.Sc from Gezira University faculty of Animal production 2011 .i want to stduy Master Degree in Animal Sciences by free Scholarships in any Country. please tel me about this

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      ISAAC PETRO 4 years ago

      I am a Tanzanian i really need to obtain bachelor of law in abroad but am faced with financial problem please try to help me

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      emmanuel 4 years ago

      Dear/Ma, I am Nigeria. I did electronics and computer engineering but i could not complete due to financial issues. And i really want to obtain a Bachelor Degree at least. PLEASE HELP ME TO SECURE ADMISSION WITH ANY COUNTRY UNIV THAT OFFER FREE SCHOOLARSHIP. THANKS

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      Abinash 5 years ago

      Dear sir, I am from Nepal. I completed my Bachelor in Travel and Tourism Management. Can i study with scholarships. I have good marks in my graduation. please help me? I want to study.

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      Nickie N Wrotto 5 years ago

      I am a Liberian ,in need of an international scholarship for master program .I have BBA degree in accounting from the Cuttington University, can you help me.

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      Qathafi 5 years ago

      I am a Ghanaian and need free tuition in masters program. Any suggestion for me?

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      Abdelhai 5 years ago

      my name is Abdelai,from Sudan i,m have B.Sc in animal production from Gezira University -

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      markinternational 5 years ago from The Netherlands


      You might want to look into Finland then. A Bachelor's degree should be without a tuition fee. Also for non-EU Citizens

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      tobi 5 years ago

      I am a nigerian and i would really like to study abroad. Is der any country wer i can get free tuition? For my masters or any other degree program. Please advice me.

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      markinternational 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      That depends on where you are from Michael. If you are a EU Citizen you will be able to do a free tuition Bachelor's degree in scotland. Free Masters are no longer possible. Also not for the Scottish students. Then you should consider countries like Denmark or Sweden

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      Michael ogutu 5 years ago

      I needed a free tution can i get a chance