University of the Highlands & Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.

We are not a traditional university. We are different. We are part of a new breed of tertiary institutions, the only one in Scotland and one of only a few in Europe.


Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

Our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum – all enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands and its communities.

We have 40,000 students at the heart of our university partnership and we are measured by their success. Our curriculum portfolio across both further and higher education is designed to meet current and future local and regional needs and to attract other students to the Highlands and Islands to study.

Open days, information sessions and visiting

Throughout the year our campuses hold a range of information sessions aimed at students considering studying with us. Joining us online or on campus are a great way to :

  • Chat to our friendly and knowledgeable staff to find out about the wide range of courses we offer
  • Hear about student life and studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Get help with your application
  • Learn more about funding, financial and student support