Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University is based in Edinburgh and was established in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh. It became a university in 1961 by royal charter and took its name from inventor James Watt and philanthropist George Heriot. Along with its main Edinburgh campus it has campuses in the Scottish Borders and Orkney as well as Dubai and Malaysia.

It hosts around 7,000 students and a third of these are international students from more than 150 countries around the world. It has been ranked in the top 300 global universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023. It’s also in the top 50 UK universities from the Complete University Guide and guides from The Guardian and The Times/Sunday Times.

What is the Heriot-Watt University acceptance rate for International Students?

The Heriot-Watt University acceptance rate is 80-85%.

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 Whether you are based in the stunning Scottish borders region or in the heart of Scottish capital Edinburgh, there’s plenty to see and do here. Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 20 student cities and is home to so much history and culture for international students to explore.

International Focus

Heriot-Watt University was named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. It has also won an award from the Scottish Council of Development and Industry because of its international focus.

Research Excellence

86.8% of Heriot-Watt University’s research and 88.6% of its research outputs have been ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent according to REF 2021. Its world-leading research focuses on finding solutions to major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business.



95% of Heriot-Watt students are in employment or further study within six months of graduation and the university is ranked joint 17th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for graduate salaries. This is from The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Heriot-Watt students and graduates benefit from professional, impartial and confidential careers advice and guidance from specialist Careers Advisers. The Careers Advisory Service can help international students find a part-time job while they study, or seasonal employment for the holidays. It can also offer advice on work experience, placements and internships.


The Heriot-Watt University acceptance rate is between 80-85%.

The Heriot-Watt University employability rate is 95%.

The Heriot-Watt University is ranked 270th in the QS World University Rankings, 35th in The Guardian University Guide and 351-400th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


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