The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. Today, the university is a leading European center of academic excellence. The university's academic disciplines are structured into 21 Schools in three Colleges: Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering. The College structure underpins a broad range of courses with students able to choose their studies from more than 300 degree programs. The university's operations are spread throughout the city in an estate ranging from some of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh to modern, highly specialized facilities.
Edinburgh is one of the UK’s larger, more diverse research universities, with a current student population of over 27,500 (roughly 19,000 undergraduates and 9,000 postgraduates). The University of Edinburgh is the largest university in Scotland and, with over 6000 international students drawn from more than 130 different countries, its student body is extremely cosmopolitan. Nearly 6500 students are housed in university accommodation.
All students must enroll in 60 Edinburgh units for a total of 15 WU credits.
Edinburgh is the Scottish capital and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in northern Europe. The University of Edinburgh is more than 400 years old and an integral part of the city. Historic sites include Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
The university and the city offer students all of the intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities one would expect in European capitol city. Travel opportunities within Scotland, England, Ireland, and on the Continent are readily available too.
Through the Edinburgh Buddies program, international students can be paired with current Edinburgh students to help them adjust to life at the University of Edinburgh. The university also has its International Student Centre (ISC), which is a student-run arm of the International Office that deals with the social aspects of the international community in Edinburgh. Run completely by volunteers, the ISC aims to make every student’s time in the University of Edinburgh unforgettable.
The University of Edinburgh offers full board residence halls, self-catered dorms/houses, and self-catered shared apartments. University housing is guaranteed for full year visiting students who submit the accommodation application in a timely manner. Similarly, one semester visiting students have a good chance of being assigned university housing if they apply promptly. Otherwise, Accommodation Services [http://www.accom.ed.ac.uk/] assists students in securing suitable private accommodation.
Students can study at the University of Edinburgh for the full academic year, or in the spring or fall.
Term Dates Application Deadline
Academic Year early September – late May February 1
Fall early September - mid December February 1
Spring early January – late May May 1
Minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicant must have appropriate background of prior course work or courses in progress.