West Highland College is keen to welcome international students and staff including EU citizens who wish to study or work here.
Students travel here from across the world to study thanks to our renowned adventure and marine related degrees and other courses. We're the fastest growing School of Adventure Studies in the UK and our teaching team includes exceptionally talented lecturers who are both highly experienced in the adventure tourism world and publish in the field.
Our location, right at the foot of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain) is perfect; we couldn’t have found a more apt location for outdoor activities anywhere else in Britain. Amazing paddling rivers of all grades flow from the mountains, which make up our ‘natural playground’; all set against the marvellous landscapes of the West Coast of Scotland and the islands of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck.
Find further advice here on University student visas and funding.
Current Information for EU Students
For EU, EEA and Swiss citizens or a family member of an EU citizen
The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, a process often known as 'Brexit'.
We are now in a transition period (also known as the implementation period) that is likely to last until the end of December 2020.
For those currently living in the UK
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you need to apply online from within the UK to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to continue living and studying here. You will also need to apply if you are in the UK on an EEA Family Permit as a non-EU family member. A successful application will result in either settled status, if you have five years’ continuous residence in the UK, or pre-settled status, if you have lived in the UK for less than five years.
You will have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the scheme, but if you intend to leave the UK during the winter break or for any other purpose before 31 December, we advise that you apply as soon as possible, as you will not be able to enter the UK after 1st January without evidence of your immigration status.
Evidence of immigration status
When you have successfully obtained EU settled or pre-settled status you need to provide the university with evidence. To prove your immigration status to the university you will need to obtain a ‘share code’, please refer to the web page View and prove your settled or pre-settled status to obtain this. You will be given further instruction on how to submit this evidence to the university from your local registry department.
For those who have not yet arrived in the UK
If you decided to study from your home country for semester one with the intention of coming to Scotland for semester two, we strongly advise you to arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff, we continue to review government guidance and will keep you updated with any relevant information.
Due to Brexit, all EU, EEA or Swiss students who arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021 will need to have appropriate immigration permission in the form of a Student Route visa or other type of valid visa. Please check the UK Government visa information which includes details of the costs involved in applying for a visa. Please note that this can be a lengthy process.
Citizens from the Republic of Ireland will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK, as they do now, but they may be required to provide a passport to some air or sea carriers for identification purposes.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our Registry team by email.
Make yourself aware of the latest government information here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families