Student life at Heriot-Watt
We pride ourselves on being an international university and international students make up about one third of our student population.
Heriot-Watt University is a very popular study destination for students from Norway; we welcome around 40 Norwegian students every year.
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.
We have an active Norwegian student association in Edinburgh called NORSA who you can follow on Facebook.
Meet our graduates from Norway
Emily Badsvik from Stavanger talks about how she chose to study her BSc (Hons) in Engineering Physics at Heriot-Watt. (Use the 'playlist' icon to switch to a Norwegian language version).
Fredrik Kloster Hansen
Read the student profile of Fredrik from Oslo who is studying Economics and Business Management in the School of Social Sciences.
Meet one of our international alumni, Silje-Kristine Larsen, and find out what she thought of studying for a semester at our Edinburgh campus.
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.
- For most programmes you need to have obtained 4 in your Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate). If you have 3 in English, we would normally waive the English language requirement.
- Advanced entry may be possible, for instance if you would like to transfer from a Norwegian university or college to Heriot-Watt. It may be possible to transfer directly into the Year 4 of your chosen programme.
- For most of our Masters level programmes we require a good first degree in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
To study at Heriot-Watt University you must demonstrate that your English level is high enough for university study. We usually ask for the following English language grades:
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* Exceptions for undergraduate programmes: Actuarial Science: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; Physics: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; Textiles & Design: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; Languages: IELTS 7.5 or equivalent.
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** Exceptions for postgraduate programmes: Languages: IELTS 7.5 or equivalent; Computer Science: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
We may also accept:
- English 4 in the Vitnemol
- successful completion of a period of education in English (on an international programme at your university, for example)
- successful completion of a UK university foundation programme
If you have taken another English language test and would like to know if this can be used as proof of entrance for either your degree or one of our academic English language programmes, please contact the International Recruitment Office.
If you do not meet the English language requirements
If you do not meet the required English language requirements, you can apply to one of our academic English language programmes, which are specifically designed to prepare you with the language and study skills that are needed for academic study. If you pass the assessments on the English language programme, you will be accepted on to your degree programme without the need to take IELTS or TOEFL.
We offer 3, 6 and 12 week programmes; your academic School will be able to advise you on which programme you should take.
If you are a non-native speaker of English, we strongly recommend that you complete at least some part of our academic English programme before you start your studies, even if your English is already of a high level.
Find out more and apply for an academic English language programme now.
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.
Our representatives in Norway
We work with approved representatives in Norway who can help you apply and enrol on your chosen programme. Find your nearest representative
Visa and immigration information
As an EEA national, there is no requirement for you to obtain a visa to come to the UK. There is the option to apply for a registration certificate to prove your right to live in the UK; however, it is not essential for you to obtain this. Further information can be found on the UKVI website.
All EEA and Swiss national students can work in the UK.For more information, please refer to our 'Working in the UK' webpage.