International students

As a new international student at Heriot-Watt University, you'll be joining one of the largest international student cohorts at a Scottish university.

Our International Student Advice, based at the Edinburgh Campus, is here to help you with your preparation for coming to study and live in the UK. We are a small dedicated team that provides both advice and assistance on a range of subjects, including immigration advice, postgraduate tuition fee enquiries, and general guidance on living and studying in the UK (protecting your Student visa, bank accounts, healthcare etc).

Global Student Orientation Events

We have an exciting programme of Global Student Events designed to help you settle into your new life in Scotland.


To help you prepare, you should read the information below and visit the Global Student Office website which tells you everything you need to know before you arrive in the UK.

Advanced tuition fee payment instalments/proof of sponsorship

If you have been assessed with international student fee status, and you are paying your own fees, you will need to pay an Advance Tuition Fee Instalment before you enrol. This instalment is an advance payment of part of your tuition fees. Alternatively, if your fees are being paid by your government or a company or other organisation, you must send us proof of this.