Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has roots in Scotland but its reach is global, with over 30,000 students studying worldwide. It has campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia, as well as 150 learning partners around the world. Students can take advantage of opportunities to transfer their study between campuses through the Go Global programme, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet the world.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

2,355 international students in 2016–17

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 two–three 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 169-175 or FCE grade B, HWU Academic English programme grade C (or grade B for some programmes). Note, Actuarial Science requires IELTS 6.5. Languages programmes require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
  • Postgraduate students: IELTS 6.5; PTE 62; Cambridge 176-184 or CAE grade C, HWU Academic English programme grade C (or grade B for some programmes). Note, Languages programmes require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • The pre-sessional Academic English course is recommended for students who are not at the required level or who wish to build their confidence in English and develop their study strategies before they start their degree. 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 two semesters, are covered by the accommodation guarantee, provided their application for accommodation is received by the publicised deadline date. The university guarantees to make an offer of accommodation, either on- or off-campus, to all students in their first year of study in Edinburgh and Galashiels. The guarantee does not explicitly apply to students who arrive in semester 2 (January), however every effort will be made to assist.
  • The majority of university accommodation is on the campus in either self-catered flats or halls of residence, with high speed broadband and with Wi-Fi across campus,
  • 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.

International 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 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 14,200 15,120
Mixed 14,200 -
Laboratory 17,960 18,120
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.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.