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 guidance staff, who are there to guide and advise you during your time with us. In addition to this, you can also seek assistance from the College’s International Student Adviser, who 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 our International Student Adviser, please contact the Student Services team. You can call or email, or arrange an appointment by going to the Student Services reception desk, situated at the entrance to the South Block of Aberdeen City Campus or in the Atrium at our Fraserburgh Campus. Appointments are mainly held on Tuesday mornings from 10:30am – 11:45am.
Choosing a course
We have a range of full-time, part-time and self study 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.
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 the following internationally recognised exams:
- International English Language Test (IELTS)
- Cambridge (PET, FCE, CAE)
If you are from the EU, you have the option of submitting certification from the Common European Framework.
If you require TIER 4 (general) Student Visa, the list of approved English tests also known as SELT (Secure English Language Test) is available via the Home Office website.
- For introductory, non-advanced courses at SCQF Level 4, 5 or 6 it is IELTS 5.0 (across all the bands)
- For advanced level, HNC/D level courses at SCQF Level 7 or 8 it is IELTS 5.5 (across all the bands)
Alternatively you could achieve one of the exams from the above list, with an equivalent score in all four bands (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
Some of the Early Education, Childcare and Healthcare courses (e.g. HNC Care & Administrative Practice, IELTS 7.5) require a higher level of English. For more information please contact the Student Services team.
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 Information & Booking Centre.
Fees for Full-time Courses
Non-advanced courses (Introductory or NC courses at SCQF Level 4, 5, 6):
- Home Fee: £1008
- Overseas Fees: £5,900
Advanced courses (HNC & HND at SCQF Level 7 or 8):
- Home Fee: £1,285
- Overseas Fees: £10,500
- RUK (Rest of UK) Fees: £1,285
Based on the information you supply with your application form, the College will determine whether you meet the criteria of a 'home' fee payer. These criteria are complex and set down by the Scottish government legislation.
If you are an international student and you are unsure whether you qualify for 'home fees', please contact the Student Services team for more information.
The tuition fees will be detailed in your conditional/unconditional offer letter for your course.
These fees are non-negotiable and cover the cost of tuition and North East Scotland College facilities, including library and computer access. The fees do not cover any other necessary expenses such as books, notebooks and stationery.
Fees must be paid in full prior to the start of your course. We do not offer the option of payments in instalments.
Payment can be accepted in the form of cash, debit or credit card, a cheque drawn on a UK bank and made out in pounds Sterling or a bank draft made out in pounds Sterling.
For all International Student enquiries, your first point of contact should be the Student Services team:
Aberdeen City Campus Student Services Reception
Telephone: 01224 612284
Fraserburgh Campus Student Services Reception
Telephone: 01346 586129
For enquiries relating directly to course applications, you can also contact the Information & Booking Centre:
Information & Booking Centre
Telephone: 01224 612330
Please note that for international calls, you are required to dial 0044 before the main telephone number.