University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

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Edinburgh offers a wide range of courses and you will be taught alongside students who enrolled on full degree courses in Edinburgh. We will always try to offer you a place on the courses you choose, but space may be limited in Honours level (3rd ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.1
Based on 45 Reviews
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Past Review Great Scot(Land)
My experience abroad bolstered my confidence in ways I never expected. I had to be completely self-reliant; I had to cook for myself, make my own travel arrangements, navigate a new city and culture, and be willing to ask questions. At home, I'm surrounded by family and friends in a familiar environment; I can easily lean on tho... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile-- I learned a lot about independence, solo travel, and unexpected differences in dialects of the English language. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment/Exchange
I learned a lot about living on my own, adapting to new environments, and building a life in a new place. It was very worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
To be honest, the cultural aspect was not as great as I thought -- Scots really aren't all that different from Americans. I did gain a more international outlook though, and some independent-living skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
If you want the kitchen clean, you have to do it yourself, and that's okay. Living with boys is *incredibly* annoying, and I do not miss them one bit now that I'm back at Wellesley. Edinburgh public libraries only let you check out 12 books at a time, and that's unfortunate, but there's 27 of them to explore, which makes up for ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that Scottish culture is not as different from American culture as I had expected, but that the way that we learn and the expectations of independence are. Yes, it was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
100% WORTHWHILE. It was tough deciding if I was going to stay for a year. To be honest, I miss Wellesley everyday- it truly is a wonderful place, and we are getting an unparalleled experience by living and learning there. That being said, I also love Edinburgh, but it is different, and I think that when going into any study ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained what I wanted and hoped to gain: a sense of independence, a broader view of the world, and a stronger feeling of confidence in myself and my abilities. I made good new friends and had a lot of fun traveling with old ones. It was definitely worthwhile. Having said that, I missed my family and friends every day and often ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. Learned a lot about research, developed social skill, and had a lot of fun - Barnard College View Entire Review
Life-changing; became more independent, budget-conscious, adventurous, and risk-taking. Learned to branch out socially and navigate a more adult social climate. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned a great deal for my future career and academic goals - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a sense of self worth and independence. I was abroad for the first time without a 'program' or even friends and I thrived. I gained a new global perspective and went native. Overall, I'm glad that I didn't do the traditional study abroad experience. I got to truly know the place I was staying and I was able to fully... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Edinburgh Rocks
I learned a great deal about a fascinating culture, I met many wonderful people, and I had a fun urban experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Completely different from American universities-much less rigorous, supportive - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a very new academic environment, where the student is held to a high standard of academic curiosity and self-motivation. This independence given to students allowed me to explore my coursework on my own accord, as opposed to it being required. This helped me learn about my areas of interest and change my at... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I really enjoyed living in Edinburgh and exploring Scotland, but I really was not happy with the academic experience. However, I would say I was overall happy with the experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
I had the most amazing semester. I have a hard time being away from home and I'm so happy I didn't let that hold me back from studying abroad. This city is completely magical and the people I met here and the things I experienced (three days in the Highlands, Christmas fair, friends, trip to Rome) were absolutely incredible. Wou... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I have gained only wonderful things from this program. My friends and family have noticed—I am a more confident, self-assured person. I've always been adventurous and loved to travel, but never able to visit another country, and my year abroad was everything I hoped it would be. My priorities and go... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing!
Despite Scotland being an English-speaking country I still went through culture shock and feel like I got such a different educational and cultural experience while there. It was easy to travel, but there were also endless things to do in Edinburgh, so I was constantly exploring and experiencing new things. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
There's so much to learn and experience about the world outside of the United States. Travel between European states deemed much cheaper than expected, surprisingly, so it was great to experience different cultures in such close proximity to one another. I also learned a lot about my family's heritage through a genealogical sear... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a completely different academic approach to learning, much more based on independent study and scholarly research than my American experience. I learned how to travel well, how to adjust to a new city, to bond with and relate to a group of international friends, how to be optimistic, and to be more outgoing. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Words can't even describe it! It's been the time of my life and I would come back in second. I am seriously looking into living here after graduation. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about Edinburgh, a city I now love, and I gained a sense of independence at a large university that you just can't get at small liberal arts colleges. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My experience abroad was incredibly worthwhile, and has inspired me to want to live abroad in the coming years. I learned so much just from being on my own in a foreign city. I gained a lot of insight from being in the middle of the city and getting to experience all of the culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned more how to be independent in my studies - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Edinburgh offers a wide range of courses and you will be taught alongside students who enrolled on full degree courses in Edinburgh. We will always try to offer you a place on the courses you choose, but space may be limited in Honours level (3rd year) courses in popular subject areas. If you want to take Honours courses you need to show you have prior knowledge of the subject (a minimum of 3 or 4 University courses in the subject, which you passed with good grades). Meeting these requirements does not guarantee entry to a course, but we will try and offer you a suitable alternative if space is not available.

You can apply online. In addition to your completed application we also require a personal statement, an academic reference (from a faculty member who has taught you at your home institution), and an official transcript from your home institution. Through your online account you can upload supporting documents and track the progress of your application.

Candidates are expected to have a good academic record with a good ‘B’ average (for applicants from North America this translates into a GPA of 3.0 or above).

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • International Relations
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1583
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