- 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.
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.
What our students say
Learning to Live Independently from Home
The History and Culture of Scotland
Why it is Essential to Live by Experiencing
From Part-Time Student to Full-Time Study Abroad
Music, Identity, and Belonging in Scotland
Dealing with Family Loss While Abroad
Academics Abroad: It’s Not Better It’s Just Different
Making the Best out of Academic Opportunities Abroad
4 Differences I Noticed on My Homestay
A Homesick Student’s Guide to Spending the Holiday Season Abroad
Cheers to Edinburgh
Sense of Direction in Edinburgh
Edinburgh vs. Boston: 3 Differences
Edinburgh: 4 Friends and Their Families
How I Used Fitness to Immerse Myself Abroad
How Not to Get a Prescription in Edinburgh
How to Get Involved in Theatre at the University of Edinburgh
Sights and Society: Remembering the History as a Tourist
Studying Abroad as a Sophomore
U.S. Election: A Perspective from Abroad
Why I Chose to Make Friends Outside Edinburgh’s Queer Community
Mythbusters: Will Study Abroad Interfere With Getting a Summer Internship?
Finding Friendship with the Edinburgh Bhangra Crew – A Digital Story
Interning with Parliament – A Digital Story
A Night of Terror
Coming Back Feels like Culture Shock Too
Discovering My Darlings in Edinburgh
The Benefits of Joining Clubs at your Host University
Stereotyping Can (and Does!) Happen to Anyone
The Unexpected and Everlasting Benefits of Study Abroad
The Intern Life: Scottish Parliament
Mind the Gap
Overcoming Anxiety Abroad
Dancing Through Scotland
5 Tips for Making Friends Abroad
How to say “Yes” and “No” in Scotland
Skydiving In Scotland And Why My Parents Couldn’t Say No
How One Semester Changed My Life
6 Things Every Celiac Should Know (and Consider) About Study Abroad
Transferring Again? Are You Crazy?
Communal Living Rooms – A Digital Story
Discovering the City: A Digital Story
The IFSA Difference
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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The IFSA Team
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