Student life at Heriot-Watt
We pride ourself on being an international university; international students make up about one third of our student population.
We currently have 124 Nigerian students studying with us at our Edinburgh campus across all study levels.
Previous students from Nigeria have studied:
- MA Accounting and Finance
- Chemical Engineering (BEng/MEng)
- Construction Project Management (BSc/MSc)
- Mechanical Engineering (BEng/MEng)
- BSc Biological Sciences
- MSc Petroleum Engineering and MSc Petroleum Geoscience
Our Nigerian alumni
Our Nigerian alumni include professionals in the African Development Bank, Shell Nigeria Ltd, Lagos State Government and the Ministry for Water Resources, amongst others.
Heriot-Watt students are able to come together to learn about and celebrate African and Caribbean cultures through our African & Caribbean Society. The Society runs lots of different activities and social events throughout the year to celebrate diversity and is open to everyone.
Meet our graduates from Nigeria
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 entry
- Students interested in Management based courses with an average of B2 in the African WASSCE (WAEC) including English and Maths at B2 will be considered for Year 1 entry.
- Students interested in Science and Engineering programmes will need to have completed the Heriot-Watt Internaitonal Foundation programme or an alternative Foundation Programme.
- If you hold A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate, please consult our online prospectus for specific programme entry requirements.
Year 2 entry
- If you hold an HND, an OND Upper Credit or have completed first year at a Nigerian University with strong grades, you will be considered for direct entry to Year 2 on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants should have an undergraduate degree (equivalent to Bachelor with Honours Degree) with a GPA of around 3.0 or Upper Second Class in a relevant subject area.
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 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:
- International Scholarships Programme (School of Textiles & Design)
- International Scholarships Programme (School of Engineering & Physical Sciences)
- Chevening Scholarships
Students from Nigeria may also be eligible for:
Our representatives in Nigeria
We work with approved representatives in Nigeria who can help you apply and enrol on your chosen programme.Find your nearest representative.
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.
- To apply for a Student Visitor visa, you need to complete the VAF1D form.
- Learn more about applying for a Student Visitor visa.
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.
- Learn more about applying for a Tier 4 Student visa.
- Find your nearest visa application processing centre in your home country.
- Learn more about bringing your family to the UK.
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.
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.
You can visit our Careers Advisory Service website for more guidance on employment during and after your studies.