IFSA University of Edinburgh Partnership

Edinburgh, Scotland


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About 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.

University of Edinburgh Benefits

  • Known for its academic excellence, Edinburgh is a renowned university founded in 1583 in a glorious city dominated by Edinburgh Castle
  • The university is a member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • More than 270 societies and 63 sports clubs, including trampoline club, a cappellla groups, a baking society, tea society, women in STEM, composers' orchestra and much more
  • Faculty at the forefront of their disciplines conduct much of the departmental teaching
  • Edinburgh has it all - beautiful, spacious parks, urban convenience, transportation links to the UK & Europe, and an unrivaled historical atmosphere.

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Edinburgh Partnership


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Edinburgh Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

View up-to-date course options on the University of Edinburgh's course catalog.

To find courses that will give you a unique introduction to Scotland: 

  • Scottish History can be found in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Celtic can be found in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • The Highland Bagpipe can be found in the Edinburgh College of Art

Credit Conversions

A full course load for one semester is 60 SCQF (University of Edinburgh points), or 15 U.S. semester credit hours.

1 SCQF credit = .25 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Special Curriculum Options

The Highland Bagpipe: History, Context and Performance
The University of Edinburgh offers a beginning bagpiping class for study abroad students. The class includes group piping lessons, as well as coursework on the history of the bagpipes. Students taking this class will need to purchase a chanter from the department for a cost of £40. Please note that this course is extremely popular; there are only 10 spots available, and priority is given to students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Course Restrictions
There are a number of restricted and/or competitive courses at the University of Edinburgh. A full list is available here.
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE: Students who want to take third-year courses in the English department must be in their third year when they arrive and have taken four English literature courses for grades of B or better. Edinburgh does not count interdisciplinary, composition, creative writing, or comparative literature classes, workshops, or freshman year seminars toward this pre-requisite. 
  • ECONOMICS: Visiting students should usually have an equivalent of at least 4 semester-long Economics courses at grade B or above for entry to Entry into 3rd year Economics classes at Edinburgh. This MUST INCLUDE courses in Intermediate Macroeconomics (with calculus); Intermediate Microeconomics (with calculus); and Probability and Statistics. If macroeconomics and microeconomics courses are not calculus-based, then, in addition, Calculus (or Mathematics for Economics) is required. It is not suitable for students to take this course alongside 'Economics 2'. (Some 3rd year Economic classes may also require Econometrics).
  • EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART: Students can take architecture history, history of art and music courses at Edinburgh College of Art, but studio art classes are not open to study abroad students. 
  • INFORMATICS: Visiting students may enroll in a maximum of 20 Scotland credits in this department per semester.
  • PHILOSOPHY: To be considered for third-year philosophy courses, students will need to have taken at least three philosophy courses for grades of grade B or better. Students can be pre-approved for only two third-year (honours) philosophy courses prior to arrival. After arrival, students can request that the university consider them for a third course.
  • BUSINESS: Students wishing to take first-year business courses at Edinburgh will need to have already taken an introductory level business course and received a grade of B or better.
  • POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: In order to be considered for third-year politics or international relations courses, students will need to have taken four previous politics or international relations courses and received grades of a B or better.
  • GEOLOGY: EASC09029 Geology 3rd Year Field Course has mandatory spring break travel as part of the course, so please don't make spring break plans if you take this course. Also note that this course has an additional fee because of the travel.
  • SPORT SCIENCE: These courses are typically not available to visiting students.
  • LAW: These courses are typically not available to visiting students.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Edinburgh Partnership
Accounting African Studies Ancient History Animal Science Anthropology Archaeology Architecture and Design Art History Asian Studies Astronomy Astrophysics Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Science Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Chemical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Civil Engineering Classics Community Studies Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Foreign Language, Other French Geography Geophysics German Health Administration/Management History Human Services Immunology Industrial Engineering Industrial and Organizational Psychology Information Technology International Business Italian Jewish Studies Landscape Architecture Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Management Management Information Systems Marketing Materials Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Medieval History Medieval History Meteorology Microbiology Molecular and Cellular Biology Music Music Business/Technology Music Composition Philosophy Philosophy of Science Physics Poetry Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Religious Studies Secondary Education Social Justice Social Justice Social Policy Social Work Sociology Special Education Studio Art Sustainability Studies Theology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory
Most meals included
Students living in Pollock Halls of Residence have a meal plan (two meals per day included), while students living in the self-catered flats will not.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 4, 2019
Program End Date
December 21, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on a shared room with a shared bathroom in self-catered housing (Darroch Court, Kincaid's Court, and New Arthur Place). Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in a single room with shared bathroom at College Wynd/East Newington Place/Hermit's Croft/New Arthur Place/Warrender Park Road ($825), a single room with a shared bathroom at Darroch Court/Fraser Court/Kincaid's Court/Robertson's Close/Sciennes/South Clerk Street//Warrender Park Crescent ($1,200), a shared room at South College Street ($1,200), a standard room at Riego Street/Bridge Street ($1,400), a single room at South College Street ($1,400), a studio at Shrubhill ($1,400), a twin at Pollock Chancellor's Court ($1,550), a single room with an ensuite bathroom at Abbeyhill/Shrubhill ($1,775), a standard room at UNITE Bridge House ($1,775), a single room with an ensuite bathroom at Deaconness ($1,850), a twin room with an ensuite bath in catered Pollock John Burnett House ($1,850), a single room with an ensuite bathroom at Murano ($2325), a studio at Salisbury Court ($2,325), a single room with a shared bath at catered Pollock Baird House/Ewing House/Grant House/Lee House/Turner House ($2,575), a single room with an ensuite bath at catered Pollock Chancellor's Court/Holland House ($3,300), a large room with a shared bath at catered Pollock John Burnett House ($3,400), a single room with an ensuite bath at catered Pollock John Burnett House ($3,975), or a superior room with an ensuite bath at catered Pollock John Burnett House ($4,175).

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 6, 2020
Program End Date
May 23, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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