A wide range of courses is available to Study Abroad students, some requiring prior knowledge.
Edinburgh offers visiting students a range of courses in subject areas from 19 different schools. Applicants should only apply for courses which they are qualified.
If you are unsure about the prerequisites, please contact us for advice.
Some subject areas are particularly popular, which means entry can be very competitive. We try to accommodate as many students as possible.
The following subject areas have particularly high demand:
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee your first choice of courses. You should aim to select alternatives during the application process. We recommend that you don't seek to secure transfer credit from your home university until your course choices have been confirmed.
We will contact you by email should there be any problem with your course selections. Likewise, if you wish to make any changes to the courses you requested during the online application process then you should email us.
As with any large university, there is always a possibility that a course you have been enrolled on could be cancelled at the last minute (due to late confirmation of a staff sabbatical, low demand, or other issues). We will inform you of any cancellations as soon as possible. In this situation, we will do all we can to help you to select an alternative, suitable course.
Study Abroad students are welcome to select first, second or third year courses from across the College of Humanities and Social Science.
First year courses are usually introductory. Usually, no prior knowledge is required. There are exceptions, including some language courses. First year courses can be compared to 100-level classes in the US system.
Second year courses tend to assume prior knowledge equivalent to at least an introductory class in that subject. Second year courses can be compared to 200-level classes in the US system.
Third year courses at Edinburgh are usually honours level courses, some of which can be taken by University of Edinburgh students in either their third or fourth year. Honours courses have significant prerequisite study requirements. These prerequisites generally equate to prior study equivalent to at least three or four classes in that subject, with a grade of B or above having been earned. Some subject areas, for example Economics, will require that you have studied specific topics to be enrolled on certain honours courses.
Fourth year courses and postgraduate courses are unfortunately not available to visiting students.
|Academic year||120 credits|
|Single semester||60 credits|
The majority of courses are worth 20 credits but there are full year courses worth 40 credits and others worth 10 credits.
The number of courses you take can therefore vary but most students will find that they take three courses per semester.
For European students: 120 Edinburgh credits are equal to 60 ECTS credits.
This article was published on Mar 1, 2011