Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • The International Student Advisors Office arranges for students arriving at the start of Welcome Week to be met by Student Ambassadors at Edinburgh Airport, and directed to the free shuttle bus service to the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses. 
  • They also arrange the International Welcome and Information Fair, and a programme of service and orientation events including study in the UK, on-campus police registration, UK banking and adjusting to life in the UK. 
  • In addition a structured 2-3 day induction programme lets new arrivals meet other students, find out about their programme of study, and the support available within the university.

English Language Requirements

The following are a general guide but there are some exceptions: students are asked to check with the relevant academic school within the university.
  • Undergraduate students: IELTS 6.0; PTE 57; Cambridge FCE grade B, HWU Academic English programme grade C (or grade B for some programmes).
  • Postgraduate students: IELTS 6.5; PTE 62; Cambridge CAE grade C, HWU Academic English programme grade C (or grade B for some programmes).
  • There are some exemptions for students who have previously undertaken degree level study in English or who have followed a high school programme of A levels or IB.
  • Students can take a Pre-sessional Academic English course before they start their degree to build their confidence in English and develop their study strategies. Successful progression to a Heriot-Watt degree in the same academic year attracts a discount of 50% of the pre-sessional fee. 

Accommodation for International Students

  • All new, full-time students arriving in semester 1 (September) and studying for at least 2 semesters, are guaranteed accommodation, provided their application for accommodation is received by the publicised deadline date. This guarantee cannot always be offered to students who arrive in semester 2 (January).
  • The majority of university accommodation is on the campus in either self-catered flats or halls of residence, with high speed broadband and, across campus, Wi-Fi.
  • International students are spread across the accommodation so that they are able to meet students from different countries and different courses of study.
  • Students can apply for a 40-week or 51-week contract and can stay through the Christmas and Easter breaks.

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £13,770 £14,690
Mixed £13,770 -
Laboratory £17,440 £17,570
Clinical - -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?