International

A warm welcome to our international students. We’re proud of our diverse college community which attracts students, staff and partners from places across the globe!

If you want to discover more, visit the rest of our pages or contact us international@slc.ac.uk and have a look at our Guide for International Students.

There’s no doubt that students with an international perspective to their studies will have many career opportunities at your fingertips when you complete your studies. You will have benefited from learning from an international perspective and from experiencing new cultures and therefore you will be attractive to many different types of employers – from multi-national companies to government embassies.

The Scottish Government has announced an extension of the home fee status guarantee to EU and associated students commencing a course of Further or Higher Education in the 2021/22 academic year. This guarantee will cover the duration of a student’s course and will provide confidence for prospective EU students considering coming to Scotland to study.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Scotland!

Principal's Welcome

South Lanarkshire College prides itself on delivering excellence. Our reputation as a high-performing provider of further and higher education is recognised right across Scotland. We are the best performing college in Scotland for overall student achievement. We are a college with a great track record in ensuring that our students grow and develop.

At SLC, we’re proud to put our students first. We want you to enjoy the best possible learning experience and we want to help you achieve your full potential. We provide all our learners with the very best learning experience in an atmosphere of respect and support. We will help you succeed in your course, and we want to see you progress in your chosen career.

Students from all over the world choose to study at South Lanarkshire College. Benefits include learning from an international perspective, experiencing new cultures and becoming more fluent in English. We know that choosing to study overseas is a big decision and I hope that we’ve provided the information that you need to help you take that step.

At South Lanarkshire College we’re here to support your learning journey. From initial advice and making a course application through to providing encouragement and support during your studies with us. We will help you shape your future.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland!

Aileen McKechnie
MA (Hons.), MBA

Why Choose SLC?

LEARNING
Our robust industry links, experienced teaching staff and work-focused courses prepare you for the working world and the ever changing economy.

EMPLOYABILITY
We help students academically and practically to develop essential transferable skills that today’s employers and global companies are looking for.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE
SLC provides a strong support system whether it’s relating to the curriculum, career planning or personal well-being.

STUDENT FACILITIES
• Well-equipped Library and Learning Centre
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
• Spacious, well equipped labs, classrooms and workshops
• Free laptop hire
• Virtual learning environment
• Coffee bar
• Café Bistro
• Food court
• On campus shop
• Quiet Room
• Student Association
• Advice Centre
• International Office
• The Salon and Spa.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
As competition for jobs increases and the economy changes, it’s more important than ever that our students gain not only specialist knowledge and skills but transferable skills to enable you to be truly global citizens. Transferable skills can include:
• Communication
• Leadership
• Time management
• Negotiation
• Problem solving
• Team building

Many employers value transferable skills as highly as they do subject knowledge, and demonstrating these talents is a great way to stand out and gain a competitive edge in the international job market.

The College helps learners to develop all of these important skills and many more, increasing your employability upon graduation.

INDUSTRY LINKS
We continually work with business and industry, allowing us to offer the most relevant, flexible and practical courses. These highly vocational programmes produce graduates with sought after employment skills.

TEACHING STAFF WITH INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
SLC teaching staff have a wealth of professional and industry experience. This experience allows learners to gain an understanding of today’s workplace and provides a valuable insight into applying knowledge in real-world situations.

COURSE DESIGN
Our courses are designed to enhance your skills and knowledge to suit the needs of employers. Learners receive valuable input from leading business and industry experts in their subject field. There are also opportunities to carry out project work and case studies for businesses that give practical, hands-on experience, teaching you invaluable skills for the future.

PROGRESSION ROUTES
When you successfully complete your studies at SLC you may wish to progress to university to complete a Degree. We have excellent university links and we’ll work with you to identify a suitable programme and can help you with your application.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
It’s important to us that all learners benefit from a positive experience while studying at SLC. Our high quality of academic support allows you to make the most of your learning environment, helping you to achieve your full potential.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
All SLC staff are approachable and lecturers are available to guide learners through their studies. Many departments operate an open learning environment – where learners can speak with lecturers on a one-to-one basis. There are guidance sessions every week, which learners can use to discuss course queries as and when they arise. Help is always on hand when needed!

GUIDANCE TUTOR
Learners are also assigned a guidance tutor who’ll be available to talk about any aspect of the course and help with course related questions. You’ll find this particularly useful as it provides a consistent and reliable solution to course related issues.

MOODLE
Our web-based learning platform Moodle provides access from any location to online course materials.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT
International students are offered English language support throughout your time at SLC. IELTS preparation and testing is offered at no extra cost to international students.

SMALL CLASS SIZES
Learners benefit from small class sizes of around 20 people meaning that you receive the support needed to achieve your goals.

ACCOMMODATION
You choose the type of accommodation that’s right for you. When you first arrive, we’ll arrange a week’s free accommodation for you at the local university’s halls of residence and during that time you can make arrangements for permanent accommodation. Many students choose to stay in the halls of residence because they’re affordable, safe and only a 20-30 minute journey from the College. Some students like to live in private, rented accommodation with other students and take a lease with a private landlord.

Contact us to talk about your accommodation options. We’re happy to advise you as much as we can.

LIVING IN AND AROUND EAST KILBRIDE

South Lanarkshire College is in East Kilbride. East Kilbride is Scotland’s 6th largest town and is around twenty minutes drive from Glasgow city centre. East Kilbride offers the best of both worlds – lots of parks and green country fields as well as excellent shopping, recreation and cultural facilities. Excellent transport links to Glasgow and Edinburgh make East Kilbride an ideal location. London is only a one hour flight away from Glasgow.

East Kilbride is home to many high tech industries and globally renowned companies such as Coca Cola, Rolls Royce and Burns Stewart Whisky Distillers. There are lots of fun things to do near the College – we have a country park right on our doorstep, a loch where you can take part in water sports and there are a number of gyms and swimming pools. We also have several golf courses, a cinema, an ice rink, a Playsport centre which includes freestyle jumping, a theatre, an arts centre and lots of restaurants and bars to choose from. The town centre is home to a large mall with 180 shops, catering and leisure outlets.

Tier 4 Sponsor

We’re delighted to be approved as a UKVI Tier 4 sponsor. You can find details about Tier 4 sponsorship on the UK Government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa

To verify our status as an approved, UK college, you can check the UK Government’s list here:

https://www.registers.service.gov.uk/registers/further-education-college-uk

The International Office

Our International Office team takes a personal interest in the welfare of our international students. We get to know all of our students and are here to help you as best we can.

We can help make arrangements for you to be picked up from the airport when you arrive, or assist you with arranging accommodation at the local university’s halls of residence. If you need it, we can help you to get a mobile phone and Wi-Fi access. We’ll help you to open a bank account and to register with a doctor. If you need assistance with anything, just ask!

Throughout your time at the College we can arrange outings and cultural activities to help you experience life in Scotland and to make the most of your time here.

Email us on: international@slc.ac.uk