Study abroad in Scotland
Did you know that Scotland has more world class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world? With 19 world class institutions, Scotland’s university sector offers the highest quality education and choice. Over 30,000 students from over 30 different countries choose to study in Scotland and graduates have the highest rate of employment for further study in the UK.
It is not hard to understand given the number of high calibre universities in Scotland. St Andrews University is the third oldest university in the English speaking world. It has over 600 years of academic excellence and it has just recently climbed 20 places in this years QS World Rankings 2015/2016. It is the ninth year in succession that St Andrews has made the world’s top 100 universities. St Andrews was ranked particularly high – 19th in the world – for its ability to attract students from overseas and its international faculty was ranked 77th. The University was rated highly for the reputation of its Arts faculty (67th in the world) and for its Natural Sciences departments (141).
Some of St Andrews ex alumni include statesmen, inventors, authors, political leaders and journalists. Among them are: inventor of the logarithm John Napier, James Wilson, one of the fathers of the American Constitution, Nobel Prize Winner Sir James Black, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, writer Fay Weldon, actress Siobhan Redmond, Michael Forsythe, actor Crispin Bonham-Carter, broadcaster Hazel Irvine and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The University of Aberdeen is at the forefront in many areas of art and social sciences, in science, oil and gas, renewable energy, computing, engineering and technology, and in ground-breaking disciplines focused firmly on the 21st century, such as bio-medical computing science. Five Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work started or carried out at Aberdeen and an interesting fact is the library Library is in the top 10 for ‘spell-binding university libraries in the world’ as voted by The Independent newspaper in the UK.
As well as boasting a high standard of educational institutes the natural beauty found in Scotland goes unprecedented. The country offers a great wealth of outdoor activities mostly all found in the Scottish Highlands. The Highlands offer peace, tranquility and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Scottish metropolitan cities. You can find the famous Scottish lochs and glens, breathtaking landscapes, scenic coastline and beaches, lovely small towns and villages full of character and plenty of open spaces offering more than enough for tourists to see and do.
You can find a wealth of natural parks and attractions including Cairngorms National Park, Ballindalloch Castle, Lochalsh Woodland Garden, Glenmorangie Whisky, West Highland Museum. There are a number of historic buildings, castles, museums and galleries for visitors to explore in the area. Further north you can even treat yourself to the island whiskey tours where you can travel round the famous breweries sampling all the different famous Scottish whiskeys, just make sure you don´t get too drunk.
The “ancient universities” which Scotland is so famous for include The University of St Andrews, The University of Glasgow, The University of Aberdeen, and the University of Edinburgh. These universities were all founded during the 16th century and no more universities were built in Scotland until the 20th century.This is what gives the country its great reputation for educational excellence and whatever university you decide to study in Scotland you will be joining a historical lineage in educational excellence and preparing yourself for gaining great life experience.