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From week long courses to honours degrees, the courses provided by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are both practical and relevant. The College is unrivalled in its approach to teaching through the medium of Gaelic and you won’t find a more suitable place to improve your Gaelic skills.


Individual courses have their own entry requirements and you will find further information on 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/colleges, 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. All prospective students can apply online.


  • Institution Name: HIP
  • Code: H49
  • Campus: 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 until mid-September.

Once an application has been processed by UCAS, the College will request an interview, either at the College or on the phone. Interviews are primarily to assess students’ ability in Gaelic, to ensure they are applying for the appropriate course. Applicants for the BA Gaelic and Traditional Music course will also be required to undertake an entrance audition.

Students will be notified of the College’s decision by UCAS. After accepting an offer, prospective students will be sent further information about accommodation and finance.

If you are not a school leaver and wish to apply for a course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig you can contact the Registry & Admissions Office for an application form:

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Application Process ‘A guide for prospective students’

For those applying from overseas, UCAS forms will be available from the British Council. All prospective international students can also downlaod, complete and return the UHI International Students application form.


Postgraduate research applicants for the MSC Material Culture & Highland History should apply through the link below.

Our Registry & Admissions Office will be happy to answer any questions you may have on +44 (0) 1471 888 304 or by email to

Lifelong Learning

Applications for part-time study and for distance learning and access programmes should be made directly to the College.  For an application form, please contact the Lifelong Learning Department on +44 (0)1471 888449 or email

Short Courses

Applications for short courses should be made through the Short Course booking system.  For further information and a course prospectus contact the Short Course Team on +44 (0) 1471 888 240 or email

Our Registry & Admissions Office will be happy to answer any questions you may have on +44 (0) 1471 888 304 or by email to



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