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Higher education – The Scottish system

Two students from Glasgow School of English on a hill overlooking the city

The higher education system in Scotland is slightly different to the system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For example, in Scotland, many students move into higher education at the age of 17 (rather than 18 in other parts of the United Kingdom).

The Scottish higher education system also favours a four-year undergraduate degree programme, which has been replicated in the United States and Hong Kong. The four-year degree offers students enhanced flexibility and academic breadth.

Tuition fees in Scotland are also different from other parts of the UK. In Scotland, there are no direct course fees for undergraduate students from a country within the European Union. First degree students from Scotland or the rest of the EU studying in Scotland are entitled to have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

For more details about the cost of studying in the UK, see Costs and fees.

Please visit Study in Scotland for more information about studying and living in Scotland.