Study abroad in Edinburgh

Why choose Edinburgh?

Hear what our students like most about studying here in our latest video about Study Abroad in Edinburgh, along with our top ten reasons for choosing Edinburgh.

Ten good reasons to choose to study in Edinburgh 

1. University rankings

The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 19th in the world in the QS ranking and our former students have been at the forefront of knowledge since the founding of the university in 1583. We're ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on the quality and breadth of our research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

2. Rich array of courses on offer

We offer a huge variety of subjects and individual courses for visiting students. The university has over 42 different key subject areas and within these there are over 1500 courses.

3. High student satisfaction

We welcome over 2000 visiting students every year. 95% of our students would recommend the University of Edinburgh as a Study Abroad Destination (13/14 results).

We have experience welcoming international students who come from two-thirds of the world's countries.

The support for exchange students was very good at UoE and they were ever so lovely and helpful. Any questions I had were dealt with in a professional way and were responded to very quickly.”

Erasmus exchange student from the NetherlandsSemester 1 2014

4. Vibrant, historical & cosmopolitan city

Edinburgh has the size of a town but the social and cultural assets of a city, making it one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations.

Edinburgh is a safe student city, with a population of 500,000. We have four universities in the city and together students make up one tenth of the population. Edinburgh is ranked the second best student city in the UK by QS Best Student Cities 2015.

5. International Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a great place to study for international students. International students from the four universities in the city talk about their positive experiences of living and studying in Edinburgh.

Watch the video on YouTube

The International Student Centre is a student-run arm of the Edinburgh Global and organises events and trips for international students, as well as being a place to socialise and have a coffee with fellow students.

International Student Support

6. A lively community of students

In Edinburgh you'll join a lively, close-knit community with hundreds of student clubs and societies on offer

Meeting other students is always important to our visiting students and you will have many options available to you here to help you build up your social network, such as the buddy scheme, +240 student societies and +70 sports societies on offer.

7. Inspiring teaching

We're committed to high quality, innovative teaching to help you reach your full potential. As a visiting student you’ll be taught alongside fellow Edinburgh students by inspiring professors and learn from world-leading researchers. Our academic staff are leaders in their field and their research directly informs their teaching. All our students benefit from the strong research environment that informs our academic programmes.

Our inspiring teaching is complemented by our investment and development in cutting-edge teaching and research facilities.

The teaching here was eye-opening to me… the teachers here were always well-prepared, engaged, enthusiastic, helpful and shared their knowledge and interested in students thoughts

German Erasmus Exchange studentFull Academic Year 2014/15

8. A supportive environment

There is a wealth of support and help available to visiting students at the University. Edinburgh Global and College Visiting Student Offices are here to help you from your initial enquiries, throughout the application process through to your time here in Edinburgh. We have a dedicated team who can help with visa enquiries and once in Edinburgh you will be allocated a personal tutor, a dedicated academic member of staff who will be able to support you throughout your studies.

9. Invest in your future

You'll experience the very best in teaching and research. A study abroad experience at the University of Edinburgh will equip you with the skills, insights and perspectives to enhance your employability and career prospects.

We're ranked 23rd in the world for the employability of our graduates by the latest Emerging Global Employability University Ranking.

10. Accommodation guarantee

All students who are coming from outside of the EU are guaranteed a place in University Accommodation, as well as Erasmus students coming for the full academic year. We have a range of university accommodation available to visiting students from catered university halls to self-catered apartments which the majority are within walking distance of the central university campus.