International Students

Are you looking to study at college in Scotland?

West Lothian College provides a diverse range of courses to study- offering international students a variety of subjects to choose from.

Why West Lothian College?

We welcome international students to embark on an educational journey in our accessible and inclusive learning community.

Based in Livingston in the local authority area of West Lothian Council, on the outskirts of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh- the college offers a wide range of further and higher education courses to over 8,000 students each year.

Catering to the varied interests and aspirations of students from around the globe, we have dedicated faculties in Access, Employability and Schools, Business, Creative and Enterprise, Care, Health and Sport, and Computing, Engineering and Built Environment.

Our vision and goals hold students at the centre of everything we do, inspiring and enabling success for all by providing opportunities for education and training that help people take a step towards their ambitions.

And being welcoming to all means we embrace equality, diversity and inclusion, always striving for better with commitment to continuous improvement.

Do you want to study with us?

We have a number of courses available to start in January 2024, and we are offering a range of short full-time and part-time courses.

Running from January to June, our courses will help you develop new skills, offering you the opportunity for progression into full-time courses starting in August, or furthering your knowledge in your own field of work.

Visit here to see what courses we have available

International Fees

International, or overseas students, are those students who were not born in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

If you were born in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and have not lived in the UK or Republic of Ireland for the last 3 years, please get in touch as you may be classed as an international student and we will require to ask additional questions.

International students currently in the UK can enrol at West Lothian College only if their purpose for being in the UK is not solely for education. West Lothian College cannot sponsor any form of student visa including any student visa, standard visitor visa or short-term study visa.

Individuals who have been resident in the UK for over 3 years and are currently resident in Scotland are eligible for ‘home’ fees. Home fees are those fees charged to Scottish nationality students which are displayed on the course information page of our website for part-time courses and are £1285 for full-time HNC/HND courses.

If you do not meet the residency requirements above we are required to charge an “overseas” fee.

Full-time course fees at West Lothian College are £6,000 per year. Part-time course fees are set at £3,000 per year.

Refugees or asylum seekers in the UK are eligible for 'home fees' provided they have the necessary proof of their status.

EU Applicants

From January 2021, if you are a national of a country out with the UK, it is most likely you will need a visa to study in the UK.

You can check if you require a visa by visiting the UK Government’s website here.

If you require a student visa, further information can be obtained at the following link.

For the latest information about EU nationals studying in the EU, you should visit the UK Government’s website.

For more information about studying with us, email