Can Canadians Study Acting In Scotland?

Can Canadians Study Acting In Scotland?

Although you may have good acting opportunities in your own country, there is one spot in the world which has seen more than its fair share of successful actors: Scotland. No one knows why; maybe it’s the air, or the shortbread, the haggis - or some other cultural stereotype - but this jewel of a country is exceptional at producing first rate actors. If you live abroad and you are wondering if you can study here, the answer may be complicated depending on where you’re coming from. If you are a Canadian and you want to study acting in Scotland, the answer is more simple - yes. Let’s have a look at they ways this may be possible.

The visa that you will need is called the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa for the United Kingdom. There are a few things that you will need in order to be eligible:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen.

  • You must be aged 18-30 (you can apply aged 17, but you must be 18 on or before the visa start date. Similarly you can arrive in the UK at age 31, as long as you were 30 on the date of the application).

  • You must have no dependents for whom you are financially responsible.

  • You must have a minimum of £1890 ($3245 as of 2017) in your bank account.

  • You must not currently be in the UK.

It is very easy to apply for this type of visa; just do it online, like most everything these days. Here is what you will need in order to apply:

  • Current passport and all previous passports, if any.

  • Dates of all your previous international travel, including previous visits to the UK.

  • Birth dates and birth places of your parents.

  • UK postcode to collect your permanent work/residence permit.

  • Credit cad to process payment for all the things you will need (Visa fee, Immigration Health Surcharge, User Pay Office).

  • Proof of funds (a recent bank statement should do it).

And that’s it! It’s pretty simple to apply; just go online and find the appropriate forms, and fill them in exactly as you are asked to. It’s best to fill it in all in one fell swoop; in some cases you have to enter information within 30 minutes of opening the page otherwise you will have to start all over again.

Once you have filled in your forms and paid your fees, you will need to make an appointment with VFS Global Application Service, to which you need to bring:

  • Passport

  • Proof of funds

  • Appointment confirmation, Visa Fee receipt and User Pay service fee receipt

  • Immigration Health Surcharge Number

  • Your hand and face (I like to think you take these with you everywhere you go, but have included them on the list in case you forget)

When you have had your appointment, your documents checked and sent off to be processed, you will have the option of having your visa posted to you or collecting it yourself from Toronto. Your fingerprints and photograph will be taken, and then you will be sent on your way.

The whole process, although it seems tedious, is very quick - you can have your visa to study in the UK as quickly as a fortnight, then you can join the host of successful actors being created in Scotland. And if you don’t make it as an actor, then at least you get a chance to try some authentic haggis and shortbread.


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