Home to castles, famous festivals, leading research facilities, and the world's most renowned education system, Scotland's been leading the way since 1413 when the 3rd oldest university in the English-speaking world was founded, the University of St Andrews.
Not one to rest on our laurels, our unis and discoveries continue to surprise and astound – from University of Edinburgh Roslin Institute's first ever cloned mammal, 'Dolly the Sheep' in 1997 to the world's first computer gaming degree at the University of Abertay.
With 19 universities and 43 colleges, students from across the world choose Scotland as their home from home. And, it's no wonder why thousands of students from India come each year – a study by the National Student Survey ranked Scotland highest for student satisfaction in the whole of Britain.
Scots have a legacy of invention, creativity, innovation and education, producing the likes of Charles Darwin (Theory of Evolution), Edward Jenner (pioneer of smallpox vaccine and 'father of immunology') and Adam Smith (philosopher and pioneer of political economy).
The University of Aberdeen has produced five Nobel Prize winners while the University of Strathclyde's graduates include John Logie Baird (inventor of the world's first television) and Henry Faulds (originator of fingerprint identification).
The beautiful Glasgow School of Art, designed by one of history's most influential designers, Charles Rennie Macintosh, has produced four internationally acclaimed Turner prize winners and the University of Edinburgh counts some of Scotland's most iconic figures as alumni, including author Ian Rankin and four times British Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy.
Don't just take our word for it…
"I am from Pune, India and had decided to do my MSc in Scotland for a quality education. Glasgow is a very student friendly city, and people here are happy to meet you. It is a very good place for study as well as enjoyment. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere to concentrate on my studies is not very difficult to find.
It shows everyone that you are one step above all, and will have a huge impact on your CV and the future career."
Sarang Haval, MSc in Ship and Offshore Structures, University of Strathclyde
To put it simply, Scotland is a vibrant, creative and exciting place to study, work and live with a unique culture and rich heritage, of which universities are very much a part.
Scotland has a lot to offer and we're waiting to welcome you!