Why opt for Scotland?
Students enrolling at Scottish universities have all support and opportunities to shape a bright career.education Updated: Jun 19, 2012 13:44 IST
There are three main reasons to study in Scotland. Scotland has become a new destination for students from across the world. It has a unique tradition and experience of hundreds of years in education. With a huge number of institutions like the University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, it also has a good range of programmes.
All international students can work up to 20 hours a week in term time and 40 hours during vacations. In addition, the Fresh Talent Scheme the Scottish government introduced in 2005 aims to attract skilled people to live and work here and make them fulfil the current and future needs of the local economy. It has proved to be a success with 8,400 international graduates applying for it to stay on. It has now been expanded to the whole of Britain. It allows foreign pupils to apply for a post-study work visa so they can work up to two years after completion of a degree or post graduation qualification.
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships is a new scheme launched in 2009 for students from Canada, India, China, and USA to study at the post-graduate level. Managed by the British Council and funded by the Scottish government, it offers 200 awards of 2000 pounds each across these countries, including 50 for Indian students.
Living costs in Scotland are generally lower than in London and south-east England.
According to a recent survey conducted by the British Council in Scotland, the region's universities are ahead of other UK and European universities. International students studying there feel that the place is safe and secure to live in.
More than 30,000 students from all over the world choose Scotland to study. Enrolment of Indian students has tripled over the last five years to around 3,625 students now.
At a press conference held recently in Delhi, Caroline Boddie, Senior International Officer, University of Glasgow, said, "Though constantly evolving, the Scottish approach to education remains focused on the needs of the students, and is designed to create time and space for individual development and for breadth as well as depth of study. The undergraduate courses are famously flexible, giving students the freedom to design a programme that suits them, and find new courses they enjoy and are good at. The postgraduate programmes are one year in duration and allow students to focus on their professional development. Scottish universities know what employers need and a growing number of our courses are designed in partnership with industry to ensure that students have the right mix of skills, knowledge, and experience to succeed."