We warmly welcome international and exchange students
We have a significant number of non-EU staff and students from over 20 countries at SAMS. For further infomation on studying at SAMS as an international student or an exchange student please contact the Shona Magill. 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 information 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, whether you are an incoming exchange student or a SAMS student studying abroad or on a placement. A learning 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 (incoming 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 receive 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 you would like advice on how to top up your English language skills, please contact your home institute. Alternatively, 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 placements to an institution where the language of instruction is not English should contact the education coordinator about advice on gaining proficiency in the language required. Intensive language courses 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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