IFSA: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh

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Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad at the University of Edinburgh! Whether you're drawn to Edinburgh to study literature where J.K. Rowling wrote or to pursue philosophy at the university where David Hume studied, you are sure to fin... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.5
Based on 15 Reviews
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The university and city of Edinburgh has a good mix of local and international students so you meet all sorts of people. I loved the culture and picked up gymnastics where I made friends with some great people. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned to cook and travel by myself, I learned to be more resilient with unknown academic climates and expectations, I saw new parts of the world and met interesting people. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned about Scottish culture, that I don't need a ton of stuff to be happy, and that if you show up for people they will show up for you. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Tons about being independent, balancing academics and social life, budgeting etx. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
learned how to deal with people, deal with unique experiences and difficult situations. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about being in a new place by myself. I really enjoyed the chance to travel around Scotland and Europe as well. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
May 31, 2019 Best Semester
I gained the confidence to be around a lot of people I did not know. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to become more independent. Living in a flat in the city makes the experience less student-like. It was interesting to live and attend classes in this way so I think it was a worthwhile experience. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to be an adult. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile and I would do it again in a second. I had an amazing experience and became much more independent. The city is beautiful and I was able to learn about Scotland and take a great computer science course. - Tufts University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh
I gained an entire undergraduate thesis topic/project! As well as local friends with whom I've started to feel like part of a community and can see and get to know better when I return. It was so worthwhile!! - Colorado College View Entire Review
gain so much stronger academic background/knowledge. although it was insanely busy, almost couldn't handle it. absolutely worth it - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I met all sorts of people and learned a lot about the world -- and America -- from them. I was also able to learn more about myself, too. It was sort of like living freshman year all over again, which sounds like a nightmare, but it gives you chance to explore something new about yourself, something you di... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Lot of independence Relationship management in a brand-new environment - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 11, 2022 Thumbs Up
Worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Studying abroad was definitely worthwhile. Perhaps the most significant thing I learned while abroad included how to be independent and travel on my own/with friends. I had to deal with stressful new situations, make new friends and connections, understand accents and important words in other languages, try new foods, and keep t... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
January 12, 2022 Beautiful City
I loved the city and learned a lot from the experience. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Functioning semi-independently; being exposed to new strains of thought in conversations with local and international students. Very student oriented and could have been a much worse experience had I not met the right people. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
June 12, 2019 Great
it was worthwhile i did not just learn one single thing but it was an experience of self-exploration and growth to live and prosper in a foreign place. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained confidence and independence. It was so worthwhile. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
Past Review Can't Go Wrong!
I think I gained a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to do things on my own. It was definitely worth while. - Scripps College View Entire Review
I learnt about the local culture in Scotland, and made amazing friends. I also learnt how to travel by myself, and be more independent. Even though the overall experience was great, it was not really related to the University of Edinburgh itself, as most of my classes were not taking place during the majority of the semester. Fo... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile! I learned a lot about how to face challenges on my own, and how to welcome new experiences instead of shying away from them. Living on your own in a foreign city is daunting, but makes you such a better person at the end! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This experience was incredible! I learned how to live and manage my life while exploring and pursuing academics. It pushed me outside my comfort zone as well as encouraged me to be adventurous and take on new tasks. - Scripps College View Entire Review
I gained lifelong friends, a higher level of academic intrigue, cultural understanding of the U.K., and had the support and ability to travel to many other countries and experience Europe fully, while still immersed in my community in Edinburgh. - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review

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Study abroad with the Institute for Study Abroad at the University of Edinburgh! Whether you're drawn to Edinburgh to study literature where J.K. Rowling wrote or to pursue philosophy at the university where David Hume studied, you are sure to find inspiration in the hallowed halls of the university and the cobbled streets of the city.

What the University of Edinburgh has to offer

•A renowned university founded in 1583 in a glorious city dominated by Edinburgh Castle

•A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League

•Known for academic excellence and as an international research center

•The third largest library in the U.K.

•University facilities include cafeterias, shops, bars and entertainment venues

•More than 200 societies and 60 sports clubs

•The largest student orientation in the country, Freshers' Week

•Excellent computer support across all disciplines

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Celtic Languages, Literature
  • British Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Earth Science
  • Archeology
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Health Professions
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  • Practical Nursing
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Accounting
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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IFSA Scholarships

Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000. Plus, any student attending a public institution or an MSI (minority serving institution) is automatically eligible for either the IFSA State School Grant or the IFSA MSI Grant. Both are worth $2,000 off the program price.

$2,000

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Coincides with program deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship by completing a scholarship application. This is separate from the general IFSA-Butler program application.

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