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Virtual Open Afternoon for Applicants

As we are all at home given the current situation, and are unable to offer an Open Day at the College as planned, we are going to hold a Virtual Open Afternoon for Applicants on Friday 8 May and we would like to warmly invite you to attend.  This will take place via Zoom from 2.30 – 4pm.

Through this virtual open afternoon, you will get the opportunity to meet members of the academic team and you will receive information about the 1st Year courses from the course leaders, followed by Q&A.  There will be a session about Student Living at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, led by our Students Association, Comann nan Oileanach, and others, and you will also get information about accomodation on campus.

To book your place, please e-mail (before 10am Friday 8th May).



Timetable for the Afternoon

14:30 Welcome from the Principal and Director of Studies

14:40 Meet with Programme Leaders

14:55 First year Course Information / Questions and Answers Session

15:20 Student Life with the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Student Union

15:40 Information on Student Accommodation

15:50 Q&A Session, Thanks and farewell


Welcome from the Principal


First year - An Cùrsa Comais and Gaelic and Communications

The first year courses, An Cùrsa Comais & Gaelic and Communications, place an emphasis on achieving fluency in Gaelic and students will be encouraged to speak and use Gaelic on a daily basis. Not only will you have the opportunity to improve your confidence in the language you will also benefit from unique features on the courses which will develop your practical and social skills. Thereafter you can specialise in modules leading to degrees in Gaelic Language & Culture, Gaelic & Development, Gaelic & Education and Gaelic & Traditional Music.

For full information on these courses including modules, please visit the An Cùrsa Comais and Gàidhlig is Conaltradh web pages.


Student Life

Whether you crave cosy campus living, foot stomping ceilidhs or a jaunt in the great outdoors, SMO will not disappoint. The campus is small and friendly, so getting to know everyone is easy. There’s always something going on and the College boasts a vibrant and diverse community with plenty to keep you entertained, inspired and busy. Life in Skye is different from life in an urban setting. It offers a distinctive cultural experience, a stunning location and a great environment – a truly unique place to live.

Skye has a reputation for great food and drink, stunning wildlife and a wide range of outdoor pursuits, with the Cuillin mountain range practically on our doorstep. Whether you’re into going to the pub, a gig, for food or a chilled-out wander, there’s plenty to enjoy nearby with friends. Music is a major part of life at SMO and out with the epic ceilidhs that take place on campus in the Talla Mhòr, there are regular music sessions in the nearby hotels and pubs, where you’re more than welcome to go along and join in. You can get involved in some of the student groups and activities based on campus or through UHI, such as Comann nan Oileanach or HISA.


Student Accommodation

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig offers modern, comfortable student accommodation sited in spectacular surroundings overlooking the Sound of Sleat.  There are 84 study bedrooms, all of which are en-suite and 3 of which are wheelchair accessible, with free wi-fi access.  Bed linen and towels are provided and rooms are serviced weekly if required by the student. Each of the accommodation blocks has a kitchen area and common room and there are laundry facilities on-campus.

Full board catering is included in the accommodation package and the College is happy to cater for those with special dietary needs.  Students and staff eat together in the College canteen so you will have the chance to get to know everyone.

The College now has self catering accommodation but due to limited availability this is currently only being offered to students on first, second and third year.  In the instance where self catering is still available, this may be offered to 1st year students afterwards.

All full-time students are guaranteed a place in College accommodation upon acceptance on to their course of choice.




Individual courses have their own entry requirements and you will find further information in the course section. All full-time courses are taught through the medium of Gaelic, therefore a level of competence in the language is required on entry. In widening access to its courses, the College provides a clearly defined course progression system from the short course programme to distance learning options through to undergraduate and postgraduate study.If you are applying for a degree course and you are a school leaver or are applying to multiple universities, then you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

This is the central admissions service for all universities and colleges of higher education in the UK.

Institution Name: HIP
Code: H49Campus: K

There are various deadlines for UCAS applications depending on the choice of course, entry year and country of domicile. The College encourages prospective students to submit applications as early as possible but may consider late applications. Applicants will also have the opportunity to secure a place through clearing, depending on the number of available places on the chosen course. Clearing usually runs from  mid-July.


For the Dip HE in Gaelic Media course you should make your enquiries directly to the course leader at


For the MSc Material Culture & Highland History please contact the Admissions Office at


For an application form please contact the Admissions Office at