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Student life at Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt has been a popular destination for students from India for a number of years. We currently have 25 Indian students on our undergraduate programmes, and around 50 students on Master programmes.

Popular programmes

Previous students from India have studied:

Student societies

Indian students are an active part of Heriot-Watt Student Union's Indian Pakistani society and are busy networking with other Indian students in Edinburgh.

Alumni groups

There is an India Watt Club Facebook page and a Linkedin group.

Scottish Development International (SDI) in India is currently setting up a business network for Indian alumni of Scottish Universities.

Meet our graduates from India

Bhavya Mandana, MSc Brewing & Distilling

Bhavya Mandana I completed my MSc in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University and I thoroughly enjoyed studying here! The encouragement and support you receive from the faculty, as well as your peers, in all spheres from academic to social, drives you to strive for excellence, and discover your full potential. Placements in well renowned companies serve as the cherry on top!

The many clubs and activities on campus cater to almost all hobbies and cultures. The university campus is beautiful and provides for great recreation, and a peaceful place to study. Also, Edinburgh is a charming place to live in, reflecting a culmination of ancient and modern architecture and lifestyles. The people are lovely, and always ready to help. Overall, a brilliant place to be in! The more you know, the more you want to be here!

Aritra Ghosh, MSc Renewable Energy & Distributed Generation

Aritra Ghosh My experience with Heriot-Watt is just amazing.

It has a great environment for study, friendly faculty and staff and a wonderful campus.

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful green cities and the people of Scotland are the most helpful and friendly. I never felt alone here.

Please come and experience with this world-class university!

Ajit Wadhwa, MSc Construction Project Management

Ajit Wadhwa My experience at Heriot-Watt had been great and those fond memories of my stay and education over there will remain with me forever.

The nice blend of quality education, quite and picturesque locales and friendly people makes it a life-long experience.

Besides the quality education and working experience, one can interact with people from different nations and learn about their cultures and traditions. This could boost up one's career prospects as well.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are intended as a guide only. Please contact us or the School's admissions tutor to find out the actual requirements for the programme you want to study.


Year 1

  • We require 75% overall in year 12 state board high school examinations and at least 75% in the relevant subjects. For example if you want to study Chemical Engineering, you would need to have 75% in both Maths and Chemistry.
  • For students taking the West Bengal State board examinations, the pass mark we require is 65%.
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements, you can complete a foundation programme, such as the Heriot-Watt International Foundation Pathway, or from another provider before beginning an undergraduate degree.

Year 2

  • Students who have scored highly in year 12 (85%+) may be admitted directly into year 2 of our degree programmes. To check if you would be eligible for year 2 entry, you should send your high school results to the International Recruitment Office.


  • For most of our Masters level programmes we require a good first degree in a relevant subject. From most Indian Universities, this means an overall score of 60% or above. We will consider students whose grades are slightly lower than this (55% or above) and this will depend on other factors (such as the university that awarded the degree, any relevant work experience, the quality of the references you can provide etc).

English language requirements

If you do not meet our English language requirements, you can apply to one of our academic English programmes, which are specifically designed to prepare you with the language and study skills needed for academic study.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are listed alongside each programme in the online prospectuses.

Tuition fees are higher for international students. If you are unsure what your residency status is, you can complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess whether you have a relevant connection to the UK that might positively influence your fee status.

Learn more about applying for student support in Scotland.

Scholarships & bursaries

At Heriot-Watt we believe that a university education is an investment in your future. That is why we offer a generous package of scholarships to encourage and support well qualified, ambitious students to come and study with us. See the full list of scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for.

The following scholarships are available to all international students who choose to study at Heriot-Watt:

Our visits to India

Our International Recruitment Office attends education exhibitions and recruitment fairs in India. Come and visit our stand at one of the following exhibitions to find out more about us, our programmes, and to get advice on how to apply:

1st-2nd May 2015: Kolkata
6th–8th May 2015: Mumbai
9th May 2015: Coimbatore
14th-15th May 2015: Pune
18th May 2015: Hyderabad
19th-20th May 2015: Bangalore
24th May 2015: Kanpur
2nd June 2015: Delhi
3rd June 2015: Indore
6th June 2015: Chennai
7th June 2015: Nagpur

To meet the representative in your respective cities on the above dates, please contact Anita Abbi to fix the time and the venue of the meeting. Anita can be reached at or on or +91 9582919155.

Our local office in India

Heriot-Watt University has a regional office in India, with our own in-country representative, Anita Abbi, who is on hand to offer advice and support to students applying for any of our programmes. Anita represents Heriot-Watt University at education exhibitions and fairs in India and also gives presentations to students in schools and universities around the country.

Anita is based in New Delhi but can arrange to meet you at one of our approved local representatives around the country if you would like to discuss your application with her in person.

Visa & immigration information

Because you are from a visa national country you will have to apply for a UK visa to come to study at Heriot-Watt University regardless of the length of time you expect to study in the UK.

Student Visitor Visa

The Student Visitor Visa is only for non-EEA visa national students coming to study a short course of less than 6 months (or less than 11 months for an English language course). With this visa, you cannot work in the UK and cannot extend it from within the UK.

Tier 4 Student Visa (in-country application)

The Tier 4 Student visa is for all non-EEA students coming to study in the UK for over 6 months.

To apply for this visa you need to fill the VAF9 and VAF9 Appendix 8: Tier 4 (General) forms and provide the requested supporting documents as specified in the Tier 4 guidance. You will also have to provide your CAS number from your Tier 4 sponsor (Heriot-Watt University), and your biometric features (10-digit finger scans and a digital photograph) in person as part of the application process.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

If you are a postgraduate student you may need to apply for an additional certificate under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).

Only certain programmes are affected by the scheme; your academic School at Heriot-Watt will send you more information about this along with your unconditional offer. Or you can check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's list of programmes that request the ATAS certificate.

Your ATAS certificate should be printed and submitted as part of the visa application process.

More information

Further information and help can be found on Heriot-Watt University's International Student Advisors' Office (ISAO) website.

Working in the UK

Tier 4 student visa holders studying at higher educational institutions are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacations if studying at degree level or above, or studying a foundation degree (a programme that leads to a qualification at level 8 of the SCQF).

Students studying any other programme will only be able to work up to 10 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacations.

Please note that term time covers all periods of your programme when you are doing academic work, and includes for example preparing for examinations and time spent producing MSc projects, dissertations and writing up thesis.

Learn more about working during your studies.

Working conditions for Tier 4 dependants

  • Dependants of students from outside Europe who come to the UK to study for less than 12 months will be prohibited from working
  • Dependants of students from outside Europe who come to the UK to study a programme that is below degree level (except a foundation degree programme) will also be prohibited from working
  • Dependants of students from outside Europe who come to the UK to study a programme at degree level for 12 months or more will be able to work during their stay in the UK (part time or full time).

Please note: from 4 July 2011, non EEA international students can only bring their dependants to the UK if they are coming to study at postgraduate level on a programme lasting for at least 12 months (or 6 months if you are a government-sponsored student). To find out if your family members can join you in the UK, please see the guide for Tier 4 family.

Find out more about dependants and bringing your family to the UK.

More information

You can visit our Careers Advisory Service website for more guidance on employment during and after your studies.