The University of Edinburgh has been welcoming overseas students since its foundation in 1583. At present, out of total student population of 27,244, we have nearly 7,880 international students from over 144 different nations studying at the University. We are justifiably proud of the international nature and diversity of our student population and the contribution that you make to life at the University. It not only provides opportunities for social contacts but also serves to enhance our learning.
The International Office exists to support international students with their transition to the University and city and to provide guidance and support whilst you are a student here. We look forward to meeting with you in the coming weeks and helping you adjust to your new life here in Edinburgh. The International Office is centrally located at 57 George Square which is in the main University area and we encourage you to come and visit us if you have any issues or concerns that you wish to seek assistance with.
Settling into a new environment and adjusting to new situations can be initially daunting but there are a variety of support services on hand at the University that are here to assist with this.
Our main wish is that you enjoy your time at the University of Edinburgh and in Scotland. We sincerely hope that you find, as many have in the past, that Edinburgh becomes your home from home!
Head of the International Office
The University of Edinburgh
Source: University of Edinburgh www.ed.ac.uk/studying/visiting-exchange
Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city and is famed for its beauty, history, and for playing host to the world's largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival. Edinburgh's captivating cityscape makes it one of Europe's greatest capitals. The city boasts dramatic views, from the neo-classical columns of Calton Hill to the 12th century castle which sits high above the centre, the city creates a striking first impression. The city is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live, and has been listed as a World Heritage Site.
Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. The medieval old town sits beside the elegant Georgian new town creating a unique blend of ancient and modern architecture. The vibrancy of a capital city, which attracts over two million visitors per yea, is complemented by the tranquility of the parkland and public gardens that cover half the space in the city. Edinburgh might wear its history on its sleeve, but the city has a great clubbing and music scene, which is very much geared towards the large student population.
The University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's most prestigious universities. It was founded in 1583 and has been attracting international students for over four centuries. In terms of the quality of its teaching and research, it is considered one of the leaders not only in the UK but also in Europe and beyond.
Edinburgh is also one of the UK's larger, more diverse universities, with a current student population of over 25,000. More than 5,800 of these students are international and are drawn from 137 different countries. Yet the University does have a very Scottish character, and a wide range of courses in Scottish, Celtic, and Gaelic Studies is available. Studying at the University of Edinburgh places you in the heart of the city, as the University is an integral part of the city's character and history. These buildings, both historic and modern, are some of the city's best-known landmarks.
Visit this website for information on available courses for the Fall 2008/Spring 2009 semesters or Academic Year.
Fall Program: September 12, 2010 to December 17, 2010
Spring Program: January 9, 2011 to May 27, 2011
Please also see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/semester-dat
For new international students three different types of University housing are available: (source: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/accommodation)
- catered residences
- flats (apartments)
- self-catered residences
Click here for a detailed description of each housing option and the services associated with those complexes.
The regents program fee for fall 2010 is $9,900. The program fee includes: Tuition, orientation, pre-departure advising,.
Program fee does not include: Airfare ($1,200), housing ($6,000) meals ($2,000), personal expenses ($4,000), passport ($100), and health insurance ($300).