North East Scotland College welcomes students from all over the world!

NESCol has international students studying in departments across the College, many choosing to study within our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department. With students from China to Venezuela and Kazakhstan to South Africa, our student population very much reflects the cosmopolitan nature of Aberdeen.

Guidance and Support

Our modern campuses are equipped with top of the range facilities and resources to make your learning experience the very best it can be. Whilst you study at the College you'll be well supported by lecturers and support staff, as well as our team of Student Information Advisers, who should be your first point of contact for any enquiries. Our Advisers will be more than happy to help you on a range of matters related to living and studying in the UK. Some common requests for information include:

  • Student Visa information
  • College fees (home and overseas fees status)
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with a doctor or dentist
  • Council tax
  • Comparison of international qualifications
  • Conversion of English language qualifications or certificates
  • Living and studying in the UK
  • Full-time application requirements

To speak to a Student Information Adviser, you can call, email or arrange an appointment with our Student Advice Centre team at any of our Campuses:

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Choosing a course

We have a range of full–time, part–time and distance learning courses available, meaning that you are able to study at a time, place and pace to suit you. A range of subjects are on offer — from Hairdressing, Construction and Beauty Therapy to Photography and Automotive Engineering — and can be started at a variety of levels, from basic introductory courses for those with no formal qualifications to advanced level Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNC/HND).

Information on course options is available here

Alternatively you can contact the Student Advice Centre to request a copy of our Full-time Prospectus or Part-time & Distance Learning Course Guide.

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English Language Requirements

Any international students coming to North East Scotland College should be reasonably fluent in spoken and written English to perform well on our courses. You will therefore be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept a range of internationally recognised English language certificates and qualifications such as:

  • International English Language Test (IELTS)
  • Cambridge (PET, FCE or CAE for example)
  • City & Guilds

For all courses our English Language Requirements PDF can be used as a guide. Our Care courses require a higher level of English, however, so for more information please view the English language requirements on a particular course page or contact our Student Advice Centre.

If you do not hold any of the English qualifications mentioned above, North East Scotland College does offer an alternative English test. For more information please contact the Student Advice Centre.

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Student Visa

It is likely you will need a visa to study in the UK if you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

You can check whether you need a visa to study by visiting the UK Government website. If you are already in the UK, your current leave to remain status may allow you to study.

For more information on how to apply for student visa and what documents you will need to submit with your application please see our student visa guide:

Applying for a Student Visa PDF, 323.01 KB


For more information on admissions to North East Scotland College, please contact the Student Advice Centre.

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The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU citizens studying a further or higher education course in Scotland in the 2020/21 academic year will be charged the same tuition fees and will get the same fee support as Scottish students for the duration of their courses. Further details are available on the Scottish Government website.

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For all international student enquiries, please contact:

Student Advice Centre
Telephone: +44 1224 612284

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