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.
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.
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;
(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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