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Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Check whether Heriot-Watt University is right for you as an international student.

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Uni facts

  • Edinburgh, UK
  • University type: Public
  • Rank: 516
  • Program types Bachelor's degrees, Doctorates, Master's degrees, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Programs total 173
  • Acceptance rates 66%
  • Nationalities 150
  • International Students 3140

Study abroad at Heriot Watt University

Heriot-Watt University is a public research university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The University has five campuses across the world in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia.

Heriot-Watt programs are highly regarded, and have a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences. They offer programs at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels, as well as a number of foundation degree entry programs.

Set in 380 acres of beautiful parkland, their Edinburgh campus boasts a wide variety of specialist facilities designed to help you reach your full potential. Student accommodation is located close to teaching buildings, sports facilities, dining venues and the Student's Union.

Heriot-Watt University logo

Why study at Heriot-Watt?

  • Highly ranked

    Heriot-Watt is ranked in the top 40 universities in the UK (QS University Rankings 2018/19)

  • High placement rate

    95% of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation

Life as an international student

On campus, more than a third of students are from overseas, representing over 150 countries, so you won’t be alone as an international student.

There are several groups at the University that can support and organize social and cultural events for international students; this includes specific groups for African, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Libyan, Malaysian, Polish, Saudi and Singaporean students.

Their International Student Advice is available to help you prepare to study and live in the UK. They provide advice and assistance on things like immigration, tuition fees, and general guidance on living and studying in the UK.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
    • Museum
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • No. of Badminton Courts 1
    • No. of Squash Courts 1
    • No. of Diving Pools 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
    • No. of Athletics Track 1
    • No. of volleyball courts 1
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Maternity Care
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Campus parking
    • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars 1
    • Restaurants 5
    • Cafe’s 6
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 1
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organisations 80
  • Fitness Centre
    • Swimming Pool
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Heriot-Watt University programs

Fees and funding

How to finance your education is, understandably, a big issue for students considering studying at university.

Heriot Watt University can help you to plan ahead and estimate the cost of your tuition fees as well as explore a number of options available to help support you financially while you study.

International Merit Awards

Heriot-Watt University welcomes students from all over the world. The International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Merit Awards are designed to help you fund your studies on any of the Edinburgh-based undergraduate or taught postgraduate programs at UK campuses.

Students eligible for the £1,500 - £3,000 Merit Awards will be identified as part of the academic admissions process and therefore you do not need to complete a separate application form. Successful candidates will have the award detailed on their offer letters and CAS letters. To secure your scholarship you simply accept your offer of a place to study.


Heriot-Watt University

Boundary Rd N, Edinburgh EH14 4AS

Green and peaceful with ample space to think, play and enjoy, the Edinburgh campus is an exceptional environment within easy reach of one of Europe's most exciting cities.

  • from city centre

    30 minutes

  • from Edinburgh airport

    10 minutes

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Visa requirements for Heriot Watt University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the UK, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

UK student visa requirements