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.

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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.

Alternatively you can contact the Information & Booking Centre to request a copy of our Full-time Prospectus or Part-time 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 the following internationally recognised exams:

  • International English Language Test (IELTS)
  • Cambridge (PET, FCE, CAE)
  • ibTOEFL

If you are from the EU, you have the option of submitting certification from the Common European Framework.

Visit the Council of Europe website for more information

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.

Visit 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).

Find out more on the IELTS website

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.

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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.

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