International students

We are delighted that you’re interested in studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Currently around 35% of our students (in 2020) come from outside the UK. Between them they represent over 69 different nationalities (in 2020) and add a rich multicultural diversity to RCS.

We understand that it all may feel quite daunting when you first arrive in Scotland. To help you during your first week here, you can take part in several organised activities that will help you to feel at home. You’ll meet many other international students and many more from the UK, who will be new to Glasgow too.

For more information about being an international student at the Conservatoire please use the links on the left hand side of the page. There is comprehensive information available about auditioning for a place outside the UK, agents, English language requirements and visa regulations.

We run a number of events and services specifically tailored to the needs of non-UK students. When an event is scheduled, details will be listed below. For further information please contact our International and Student Experience team at

Airport Pickup Service
The Conservatoire usually offers a free airport pickup service from Glasgow International airport for students arriving in Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.) Due to Covid-19 this service cannot currently run but it will hopefully resume operation in September 2022.

Family Welcome Event
Each year we hold a special welcome event for parents, family members and friends of all new RCS students about to start studying on our full-degree programmes. However, due to Covid-19 this will not take place. There will be online resources available in its place.



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