For over 400 years, the University of Edinburgh has been adapting and developing to meet the ever-changing expectations placed on higher education. As a result, the university is able to offer a diverse and varied student experience. It also offers outstanding facilities and disciplines for the study of Scotland-related subjects. Edinburgh offers a flexible structure that emphasizes breadth as well as depth of knowledge and allows for choices throughout the degree. There are over 43,300 students from a variety of backgrounds and from more than 120 countries. This leads to a lively and diverse student mix providing the opportunity, not just to study, but also to meet, to work and to socialize with people from all over the UK and the world. This is one of the major plus points of Edinburgh that will last far beyond the time spent at the university. Learn more about the University of Edinburgh.
Thinking about studying abroad in Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
One of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh annually attracts over 2 million visitors, not just for its architecture, but also as a city rich in social, cultural, learning and sporting facilities. Each year the city plays host to internationally renowned events such as the Edinburgh International Arts, Fringe, Film, TV and Science Festivals. Yet the "Athens of the North" is more than just a tourist attraction. Edinburgh - with a population of 500,000 - is a thriving commercial and financial center, the site of the new Scottish Parliament and a gateway to the coastline, hills and open country of the Scottish Highlands.
The Old Town provides a huge variety of shops catering to every taste, from whisky to the occult and from Highland Dress to playing cards. There are galleries, antique shops, crafts, jewelry, textiles, cameras and electrical goods, camping equipment and brushes. There are hostelries whose history goes back for centuries next door to the most cosmopolitan of restaurants. Whatever the taste, it is possible to find somewhere to enjoy eating in the Old Town. And it isn't all in the Royal Mile! For some of the most intriguing shops, the most enjoyable food, explore the Grassmarket and the Bridges and look down the interesting side streets. Learn more about Edinburgh.
Students can find courses available for exchange students on the University Course Finder. Some subject areas are in high demand and spaces will be limited in those courses - see the Courses and Credits page for a list of these subject areas with limited availability. Students may not take courses in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Art and Design studio based courses, and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine courses.
Students typically enroll in 60 credits (30 ECTS) per semester. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. For example, third-year students, could look at level 2 and 3 courses in their major (checking prerequisites), however if they wanted to take a course outside their major (i.e. a local history or culture course), they should look at lower level or introductory courses. Courses are based on availability and are not guaranteed. Students finalize course selections once they arrive in Edinburgh at the start of the semester.
Semester 1: September - late December
Semester 2: early January - late May
When you are offered a place at the University of Edinburgh, you will need to research the University's accommodations and complete accommodation application form online. Review the University's Accommodation Guarantee. Students should complete accommodation applications well in advance of the accommodation application deadline. Learn about accommodation options and costs.
If you have been allocated a student flat, the lease will normally commence on the Friday before the start of Fresher's Week, while the leases for University residences usually begin on the Saturday before Fresher's Week. If you require accommodation prior to the start of the lease on your allocated accommodation you must contact Accommodation Services in order to obtain details of private guesthouses. It is generally not possible to move into your allocated accommodation early.
UVA Student Experience at University of Edinburgh
“I met with my assigned personal tutor to discuss my concerns about the difference in grading style. I was surprised to find how understanding and supportive he was. He gave me great advice on how to adjust to the new learning environment and offered his assistance.”
-Erin Haas, University of Edinburgh, Spring
This program is open to students from any major, but below is a list of the top five majors at UVA who choose to study on exchange at University of Edinburgh.
- Foreign Affairs
- Global Studies
- Computer Science
Would you like to contact a UVA student who has studied on this program? See our list of study abroad returnees who want to help you!
costs and Expected Expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. Additional resources are available on your host university’s website, including:
Tuition and Fees:
You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
To estimate Housing/Room and Dining/Board costs, you can take a look at the “Cost of Attendance” section on Edinburgh’s Scholarships and Student Funding website
. In that section, there is a sample Undergraduate Dependent Cost of Attendance excel document which you can download. This lists costs including rent, utilities, food, books/computer equipment, travel (local), and personal expenses. If you are studying abroad for one semester, divide the number of weeks automatically entered in half, as you would be studying abroad for half the academic year. As you budget/estimate costs for housing, be sure to include utilities, too. (Note:
While the link above to Edinburgh’s Scholarships and Student Funding website is focused on US loans and financial aid, since you will be participating in an exchange program and therefore paying tuition and fees to UVA, financial aid, including loans, will be processed through SFS at UVA so other information on that page does not apply.)
Travel and Travel Documents:
You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
- Airline Ticket prices will vary based on where you are traveling from.
- Local Transportation costs will vary but a cost estimate is included in Edinburgh’s Cost of Attendance information linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
- Luggage may be an additional cost if you need to purchase it for your travel.
- Passport/Visa/Immigration costs should also be factored into your expected expenses. Students can find information about passport costs on the State Department’s Passport Fees page. Information about visa requirements and associated costs can be found on gov.uk. Note that in some cases, students will have to pay an NHS healthcare surcharge along with their visa application.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses will vary based on the classes you take and personal spending choices, however a cost estimate is included in Edinburgh’s Cost of Attendance information linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
Education Abroad Expense Form:
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.