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Overview

Overview

We warmly welcome international and exchange students

We have a significant number of non-EU staff and students from over 20 countries at the Institute. For further infomation on studying at SAMS as an international student or an exchange student please contact the Education Coordinator, Shona Magill (Direct Tel +44 (0) 1631 559290, Fax - +44 (0) 1631 559001). Why not have a look at our Course Catalogue?

European Exchange (eg Erasmus) Students

We very much welcome exchange students from universities outside the UK - for example on an Erasmus programme. If you are interested to explore this option, please go to the 'EXCHANGE' tab. See below for informatuion on ECTS Credit Transfer Recognition of Mobility Activities and our Language Policy.

International Students

If you are an international student from outside the European Union wishing to study a course at SAMS (short courses, undergraduate or postgraduate), please go to the 'INTERNATIONAL' tab. You can also look at the UHI International pages.

ECTS Credit Transfer

The ECTS Credit system is fully recognised for the purposes of award and transfer of credit, in line with common practice in Scotland and the UK. SAMS follows the SCQF credit system. these credits equate directly to the ECTS system. ECTS credits are awarded on the basis of 1 ECTS credit for every 2 SCQF credits at SCQF levels 7-11 (1st Cycle and MSc). For instance if a student earns 15 ects credits while abroad, these would translate to 30 SCQF credits.

SAMS will recognise ECTS credits achieved from European institutes for students seeking admission to our programmes,as above. For further infomation please contact the Education Coordinator at SAMS

Recognition of Mobility Activities

it is important that student mobilty activities are properly recognised  as a vauable part of your studies, wether you are an incoming exchange student or a SAMS student studying abroad or on a placement. A Learnig agreement should establish the details of your mobility in terms of courses and/or associated credits (both SCQF and ECTS, see above). At the end of your studies or placement succesful completion of the mobility will be confimed either by us (incoming students) or the host institute (SAMS students). You will be issued with a transcript of your results automatically and free of charge. A copy of your transcript will be sent to your home institute (incomign students) or to SAMS (SAMS students). Your transcript will detail all the modules and credits gained (SCQF and ECTS credits will be detailed).

When  you graduate you will recieve recognition for all successfully completed units of your programme - including any mobility periods. These will be listed on a Diploma Supplement, which your will recieve automatically and free of charge upon graduation. All documentation will be in English.

Language

All our courses are taught in English. Students are required to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to successfully complete their studies. A guide to level of proficiency required is given below. If would like some advice on how to top up your English language skills contact your home institute or our Education department and we will try to help.

  • IELTS 6.0 (min. 5.5 in all 4 components), (6.5 for postgraduate) validity: 2 years;
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 87 or above (min. listening: 21, reading: 22, speaking:23, writing: 21) ( 90-100 for postgraduate) validity: 2 years;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C (minimum), no expiry
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B (minimum) no expiry
  • PTE Academic: 59 or above validity (62 for postgraduate): 2 years

Prospective students should contact the education Coordinator for exact certification requirements.

SAMS Students wishing to go on exchange or work placments where the language will not be English, please contact the Education Coordinator about advice on gaining proficiency in the language required. Intensive Language Course may be available to help you.


 

For citizens from EU countries the application process for studying at SAMS are very similar to a UK student application. Therefore please go to the relevant course pages and follow links from there.

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International

International

Language

All our courses are taught in English. We therefore only accept students with sufficient command of the English language to be able to successfully complete their studies. No language courses are delivered in the Oban area. For information about English language entry requirements, please click here...

Visa requirements

Non-EU students may require a visa to enter the UK for study purposes. The requirements vary for different countries and we recommend you contact the British Embassy in your country to enquire about agreements between your country and the UK. There are numerous requirements regarding course attendance which will be discussed with you in detail during the application process. Information can be found on the Home Office website or by contacting UHI World (international@uhi.ac.uk)

Tuition fees

International tuition fees for the BSc programmes is currently £9786. International MRes fees are£13200.

For more information about tuition fees, please contact  UHI World

Cost of living

Living expenses vary between countries as well as between different individuals. Click here to access a list of expenses you have to consider paying, and estimates for what students may need.

Accreditation

At the end of your studies you will be issued with a transcript of your results automatically and free of charge.  These transcripts are European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) compliant. All students will receive a Diploma Supplement automatically and free of charge upon graduation. All documentation will be in English.

Application

Full-time foreign students wishing to study for their entire degree with us should apply through the UCAS system just like home students. For specific entry requirements please click here.

Further information

There are a number of highly informative websites for international students available online:

UHI International website

UK Border Agency

Exchange

Exchange

SAMS is an Erasmus-chartered institute and can thus easily accept students on Erasmus exchange programmes. Please contact our Erasmus Coordinator, Shona Magill. Other exchange student applications will be considered. For further information please contact Mrs Polly Crooks.

Language

All our courses are taught in English. Students are required to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to successfully complete their studies. A guide to level of proficiency required is given below. If would like some advice on how to top up your English language skills contact your home institute or our Education department and we will try to help.

  • IELTS 6.0 (min. 5.5 in all 4 components), (6.5 for postgraduate) validity: 2 years;
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 87 or above (min. listening: 21, reading: 22, speaking:23, writing: 21) ( 90-100 for postgraduate) validity: 2 years;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C (minimum), no expiry
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B (minimum) no expiry
  • PTE Academic: 59 or above validity (62 for postgraduate): 2 years

Prospective students should contact the education Coordinator for exact certification requirements.

SAMS Students wishing to go on exchange or work placments where the language will not be English, please contact the Education Coordinator about advice on gaining proficiency in the language required. Intensive Language Course may be available to help you.

ECTS Accreditation

The ECTS Credit system is fully recognised for the purposes of award and transfer of credit, in line with common practice in Scotland and the UK. SAMS follows the SCQF credit system. these credits equate directly to the ECTS system. ECTS credits are awarded on the basis of 1 ECTS credit for every 2 SCQF credits at SCQF levels 7-11 (1st Cycle and MSc). For instance if a student earns 15 ects credits while abroad, these would translate to 30 SCQF credits.

SAMS will recognise ECTS credits achieved from European institutes for students seeking admission to our programmes,as above. For further infomation please contact the Education Coordinator at SAMS

Recognition of Mobility Activities

it is important that student mobilty activities are properly recognised  as a vauable part of your studies, wether you are an incoming exchange student or a SAMS student studying abroad or on a placement. A Learnig agreement should establish the details of your mobility in terms of courses and/or associated credits (both SCQF and ECTS, see above). At the end of your studies or placement succesful completion of the mobility will be confimed either by us (incoming students) or the host institute (SAMS students). You will be issued with a transcript of your results automatically and free of charge. A copy of your transcript will be sent to your home institute (incomign students) or to SAMS (SAMS students). Your transcript will detail all the modules and credits gained (SCQF and ECTS credits will be detailed).

When  you graduate you will recieve recognition for all successfully completed units of your programme - including any mobility periods. These will be listed on a Diploma Supplement, which your will recieve automatically and free of charge upon graduation. All documentation will be in English.

Visa requirements

Non-EU students may require a visa to enter the UK for study purposes. The requirements vary for different countries and we recommend you contact the British Embassy in your country to enquire about agreements between your country and the UK. There are numerous requirements regarding course attendance which will be discussed with you in detail during the application process. Information can be found on the Home Office website or by contacting Anna Kociolek, the international officer at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Tuition fees

If you are an EU student on an exhange programme you are not required to pay tuition fees. If you are unsure if tuition fees would apply to you while studying at SAMS, please contact us.

SAMS Students on EU exchange are not required to pay tuition fees to teh host institute.

Information on living expenses

Living expenses vary between countries as well as between different individuals. Click here to access a list of expenses you have to consider paying, and estimates for what fairly frugal, single students may need.


Further information

There are a number of highly informative websites for international students available online: 

 
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