University of Edinburgh
Fall/Spring Semester Program
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
University of Edinburgh’s website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international
|| Official program dates are released once course offerings for the semester are released (see below).
|Course Offerings Released
||Many universities in the UK do not release their semester 1 (fall semester) course offerings until July. Courses offered in the fall may be released sooner, but are typically not listed on the website until closer to the departure date.
||USD online and paper application
||Students who hold a US passport will NOT need a visa to study in Scotland for one semester. Students who hold a passport from a country other than the US should use the UK Embassy Visa and Immigration page to determine if a visa is needed prior to travel.
After the application deadline, the study abroad advisor will email students details of how to obtain a visa
|Language of Instruction
||Students can only take 3 classes (4 units per class) for a total of 12 units per semester.
||Consult the Study Abroad Advisor
|Working in Edinburgh
||Students are not eligible to legally work in Edinburgh on a student visa
||Class sizes at University of Edinburgh are generally large, and students are enrolled in courses with local students as well as other international students from all over the globe.
|Class Schedule Confirmed
||Students will pay the University of Edinburgh directly for housing fees. All students are guaranteed housing in a student residence on campus. There are self-catered (no meals) or catered (meals included) options.
||Consult Study Abroad Advisor
|Transcripts Received from Edinburgh
||2 months after the program ends
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is situated on Scotland's East Coast on the south side of the Firth Of Forth. Home of the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh is enriched with culture, fine architecture and hosts of one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom, The University of Edinburgh. The most well-known attractions are Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Holyrood Palace and The National Gallery of Scotland. With a population of 435,790 in 2005, Edinburgh is Scotland's second largest city after Glasgow.
The University of Edinburgh's primary campus built around George's Square, with its views of Edinburgh Castle and the great craggy rocks of Arthur's seat, is composed of Georgian stone buildings in keeping with the history of Edinburgh's Old Town. The city is a real student town and you can move easily between your classes and life in the city within a matter of minutes.
The University of Edinburgh, with its ancient and modern buildings, its long and storied history, and its lively student atmosphere, is a very popular choice for study abroad students. Against the backdrop of elegance and striking beauty of the city it calls home, the university hosts a population of over 20,000 students. It offers an extensive range of courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, languages, divinity studies, education, law, medicine and veterinary medicine, and music.
HOW DO I FIND WHICH COURSES ARE OFFERED?
Select classes by comparing the host institution’s online course listings for the term you wish to study to the USD list of Pre-Approval Courses (PDF file).
IMPORTANT COURSE SELECTION NOTES:
BEGIN THE COURSE SELECTION PROCESS
- Make sure that the courses you select will be offered during the term you will be studying. If you are applying for the Fall semester, you should select courses offered for Semester 1 (S1); if you are applying for the Spring semester, you should select courses that are offered in Semester 2 (S2).
- Students can take a maximum of 3 classes that will transfer back as 4 units each (check the Pre-Approved Course list to verify). It is very important to select at least 4 alternate choices so that in the event you are not approved to take a course or there is a schedule conflict, you have back up courses available.
- Many universities in the UK do not release their semester 1 (fall semester) course offerings until July. Courses offered in the fall may be released sooner, but are typically not listed on the website until closer to the departure date. Students should take this into account when working with their academic advisor and study abroad advisor in regards to having a flexible course schedule.
- Class sizes at University of Edinburgh are generally large, and students are enrolled in courses with local students as well as other international students from all over the globe.
- Courses available to study abroad students are located on the Edinburgh website:
- This URL will take you to the Visiting Student Prospectus
- Click on your appropriate period of study
- Courses are listed by school and subject
- Click on a course name to view the delivery period, normal year taken, requirements, credits, and a brief description
- Students can generally only take THREE courses at Edinburgh at 4 units each for a total of 12 units
TRANSFER EVALUATION PROCESS:
Students who choose courses which are NOT listed on USD’s Pre-Approved Course List are responsible for completing the transfer evaluation process prior to departure to ensure that credits will transfer back to USD. This process can take 3-5 weeks to complete and should be started immediately. Students should only submit courses once they have selected a university.
- Compare the Institution’s course offerings to the USD Pre-Approved Course list (Pre-Approved Courses list are classes that have been approved or denied for USD credit in the past) : Edinburgh Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to Pre-2017 core only.
- Build a class schedule (3 classes, 4 backup classes) of courses on the University of Edinburgh’s course catalog that match the Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
- If there is a course offered on the Institution’s website that is NOT listed on the USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalency list that you would like to take, email your Study Abroad Coordinator to begin the transfer evaluation process
- Email the program advisor the course code and title for each desired course. It is also helpful if you indicate what type of credit you hope to receive (i.e. Literature Core requirement or MGMT 307)
- The advisor will submit the course to the appropriate department chair for approval along with the corresponding syllabus from the University of Edinburgh
- The student will be notified once the course has been evaluated via email.
***Students are encouraged to meet with both their Academic and Study Abroad Advisor before the application deadline to ensure their class schedule abroad meets their academic needs at USD***
Students pay University of Edinburgh directly for housing fees. All students are guaranteed housing in a student residence on campus. There are self-catered (no meals) or catered (meals included) options, as well as single, double, twin, or studio apartments. To view University of Edinburgh housing options and prices, click here
For more information on accommodation options at the University of Edinburgh, visit the Accommodation website.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
USD Cost includes a nonrefundable application fee and USD tuition, both of which are billed to the student’s USD account.
Housing fees are paid directly to the University of Edinburgh.
Additional estimated expenses may include the following (varies per student):
- Roundtrip Airfare
- Personal Expenses
- Personal Travel
Students who hold a US passport will NOT need a visa to study in Scotland for one semester. Students who hold a passport from a country other than the US should use the UK Embassy Visa and Immigration page to determine if a visa is needed prior to travel.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
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