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Launching careers at Edinburgh

Home to more than 9,000 international students, the University is a launch pad for careers around the world.

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More than 25,000 international students applied for places at the University last year, cementing Edinburgh’s reputation as a leading international centre of learning.

Path to success

The University has always attracted students from around the world. Today study at Edinburgh is recognised as a big step on the path to success for many of the most influential global citizens.

Recent graduates who have played key roles in their countries around the world include:

  • Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister
  • Mehmet Aydin, Turkish Member of Parliament and Minister of State
  • Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India
  • Li Wei, computer scientist and President of Beihang University, China
  • Rawdon Christie, award-winning New Zealand news broadcaster
  • Edwin Feulner, President of leading US think-tank The Heritage Foundation
  • Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Zhong Nanshan, Chinese scientist who identified the SARS virus

Unique opportunity

One recent graduate who has benefited from her time at Edinburgh is Lakshmi Raghunath, 25, who completed an MSc in Drug Discovery and Translational Biology in 2009.

She now works in the Research and Development team at leading global biopharmaceutical company Biocon, based in India.

The course offered by the University was unique as it had a blend of both science and management. This was not offered by any other University at that time. Studying at Edinburgh has helped me gain a different perspective on work. I had an opportunity to meet people from different countries. I feel my studies at Edinburgh have given me confidence to differentiate myself at work.

Lakshmi Raghunath


Support with student visas

Following changes to UK visa regulations earlier this year, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has continued to recognise Edinburgh as a top-ranked institution, granting the University ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ status.

Our status guarantees that:

  • The dependants of our international postgraduate students can work and have unrestricted access to the UK labour market.
  • Our most exceptional postgraduate talent will be able to remain in the UK for employment after graduation.
  • Our international students can work part-time during their studies.
  • Our entrepreneurial international graduate students who wish to can remain in the UK to launch businesses and drive forward economic growth.
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Support with your international career

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An Edinburgh degree is well regarded by employers around the world and our graduate employment rate is the top in the Russell Group of leading British universities.

Edinburgh ranked 26 (out of 300) in the last QS World University Rankings Employer Reputation Index.

There is a dedicated international team within the University’s Careers Service, organising employment events and providing careers support for international students.

Among the services provided for international students are video conferences with recruiters overseas, on-campus workshops and virtual careers fairs.

Support is also provided for international students looking for part-time work while they study in the UK.

More than 5000 jobs are advertised on the Careers Service’s exclusive jobs board each year and around 300 employers visit the campus each year for recruitment events. A further 90 employers from East Asia participated in our Virtual Careers Fair last year.

Alumni benefits

All Edinburgh graduates can continue to use the Careers Service for two years after graduation.

Graduates also become part of the University's alumni network, which provides opportunities to make contacts through groups and the online alumni portal.

A UK education will help you gain confidence in your own abilities and equip you with valuable language, creative, analytical and research skills that employers look for.

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