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, as well as our team of Student Advisers, who should be your first point of contact for any enquiries. Our Advisers 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 a Student Adviser, please contact our Information & Advice team. You can call or email, or arrange an appointment by visiting the Student Advice Centre desk, situated on the Lower Ground Floor of the Aberdeen City Campus, or visiting Student Services in the the Atrium at our Fraserburgh Campus.

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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 Student Advice 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

For all courses (with the exception of Care) our English Language Requirements PDF can be used as a guide. Our Care courses (e.g. HNC Care & Administrative Practice, IELTS 7.5) require a higher level of English, however, so for more information please view our Care English Language Requirements PDF or contact our Student Advice Centre. 

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 Student Advice Centre.

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For all international student enquiries, your first point of contact should be:

Student Advice Centre
Telephone: 01224 612284

Please note that for international calls, you are required to dial 0044 before the main telephone number.

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