Fishing boat on Lake Malawi

International students Malawi


Strathclyde has a long history of welcoming students from Malawi, and there are currently eight Malawians studying with us on our campus in Glasgow. Students from Malawi study across the University at both undergraduate and postgraduate level; popular subjects include Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Economics.

Our connection with Malawi is over 150 years old, beginning with the explorer and missionary David Livingstone, who was a graduate of one of the institutions that formed the University of Strathclyde. We have been collaborating with the University of Malawi since the 1990s on a range of projects in civil engineering, hydrogeology and education.

The University of Strathclyde offers a range of scholarship opportunities for international students and also participates in a number of major international scholarship schemes that are open to Malawians, including the Chevening Scholarships, the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Beit Trust Scholarship Scheme.


At Strathclyde, we have a long-standing commitment to our partnership with Malawi. The Scottish explorer, David Livingstone studied in our founding college before he travelled through the countries that are now Malawi and Zambia.

The Malawi Millennium Project raises funds from staff and alumni to support the David Livingstone Scholarships for students who are studying in the University of Malawi. These scholarships are awarded to the best students in Engineering, Environmental Health, Applied Sciences, Journalism and Nursing at the Polytechnic University and at Kamuzu College of Nursing.

Malawian students who have won these scholarships have gone on to win further Commonwealth scholarships to study for Masters degrees at Strathclyde.

You can also learn more about the research programmes the University of Strathclyde collaborates on in Malawi in the following areas:


Hydrogeology & water



Strathclyde International Society

Run by students, for students, the International Society is the first stop for all international students arriving at Strathclyde.

It's the perfect place to meet new people and learn about many different countries and cultures. You can learn more about Glasgow and Scotland too.

There are weekly international pub, movie and games nights which are regularly attended by more than 100 people from countries across the world.

The International Society loves to get out of the city for a bit of sightseeing too. Recent trips have included:

  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Isle of Arran
  • Stonehaven
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter trip)

If you're joining us here at Strathclyde, you can add the Strathclyde International Society as a friend on Facebook to keep up to date with what they're doing and where they meet. You can also email the team for any other information.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Strathclyde!

Spiritual life

Strathclyde has a multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre that caters for the spiritual needs of the entire University community, providing students of all religions with opportunities to worship, reflect and interact socially. In addition, Glasgow is home to many African churches, and the largest mosque in Scotland is less than 15 minutes walk from our campus.

Entry requirements


The Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) isn't normally sufficient for direct entry to Strathclyde undergraduate programmes and students with this qualification will usually need to take a Foundation Programme.

Successful completion of the Foundation Programme allows students to progress to the second year of most Strathclyde bachelor’s degrees.

Students with IB, A-Levels or the American High School Diploma can be considered for direct entry. Please see individual course pages for requirements. Students with American qualifications should refer to the guidance on our USA page.


We'll usually consider applications for postgraduate study from students with an Honours degree from a prestigious institution in Malawi, and who've achieved minimum overall grade of 75%/Pass with Distinction. Some Master’s programmes may also require students to have completed postgraduate study at a recognised institution in Malawi, and/or relevant postgraduate work experience. Please check the detailed entry requirements for each course.

If you wish to apply for a research degree you'd normally have to have a Masters degree and some experience of research work.

For further information on entry requirements, please contact our representative Christopher Crame (

English language requirements

Students from Malawi are not normally required to take an IELTS test in order to study at Strathclyde. It is a UK visa requirement that all international students must submit some proof of the English language ability, regardless of whether English is their first language or not, but we can usually accept Malawian students’ previous educational qualifications to fulfil this requirement.

Some academic departments may request additional evidence of English-language proficiency, particularly where previous qualifications are more than 10 years old. Additional evidence may include proof that students have studied at a university where English is the main language of instruction, or that they have worked in an English-speaking environment.

Degree preparation courses

The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers international students, who do not meet direct requirements for a course, the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation, International Year One or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, students will be able to progress to a degree level course at the University of Strathclyde.

How to apply

Apply through our course pages.

Get in touch

If you're in any doubt about the entry requirements, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

While you're here

Glasgow has so much to see and do while you're here.

Shopping & entertainment

Our music scene, bars and restaurants are renowned and we've one of the best shopping experiences in the UK.

There are museums, numerous sporting venues and more than 90 parks, with the oldest - Glasgow Green - a 10-minute walk from our campus.

Glasgow is also a great base for exploring Scotland's beautiful lochs and mountains or for flying to some of Europe's most attractive destinations.

Student union

The student union here at Strathclyde is a great place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with friends between classes.

Like us, it's based in the middle of the city centre and is an array of events, clubs and societies that you can join.

Eating out

There are loads of places to grab a quick sandwich or have a longer, relaxed lunch or dinner around here. Keep an eye on The List for places to eat.


Individual academic departments and faculties offer a range of scholarships for international students on their programmes, with awards of up to 50% of tuition fees.

Strathclyde also participates in a number of major international scholarship schemes that are open to Malawians, including:



Check out our scholarships database to find out more about all scholarships and funding opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Current students