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Student life at Heriot-Watt

We pride ourselves on being an international university; international students make up about one third of our student population. Each year we welcome small numbers of students from New Zealand to our Scottish campuses, mostly onto postgraduate masters programmes.

Student societies

Heriot-Watt students are able to join in with over 50 student societies through which they can participate in different activities from academic societies through sports and interest groups such as drama and music among other things.

Entry requirements

For more details on our application process, get help with your application.

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.

Undergraduate

  • National Certificate of Educational Attainment (university entrance) - Level 3 with 3 subjects at level 3 or above, made up of 14 credits each. Literacy 10 credits at level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing and numeracy, 10 credits at level 1 or above. Some programmes may be higher and may have specific subject requirements. E.g. Maths and Physics for Engineering. Please check your eligibility with the International Office.

Postgraduate

  • A bachelors degree in a relevant subject with a score of 60% or above.

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 and 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:

Visa and immigration information

Please see our International Student Advisors Office (ISAO) website for information and guidance on: