Study abroad in Edinburgh

International Exchange

We have over 200 exchange places for students from partner universities outside Europe. You must obtain permission from your university to apply to Edinburgh under the international exchange programme.

To study in Edinburgh on a student exchange place, you need to be nominated by your home university before you can apply. So the first thing you need to do is check with your home university if Edinburgh is an exchange partner.
Although it is possible to study in Edinburgh during semester 1, semester 2 or the full year, the length of time you can study here will be dependent on the exchange agreement we have with your home university.
Course choice
Edinburgh boasts a huge range of courses to choose from. The only thing limiting your course selection is whether you meet the course entry requirements (and whether there are limits on subject areas as part of the exchange programme - check with your exchange co-odinator in your home university).
Partnership & transfer
The fact that your home university is one of Edinburgh's exchange partners means that your home university should be well informed about Edinburgh and your credits should be easily transferred.

Can I study on exchange at Edinburgh?

Before you can apply to Edinburgh as an exchange student, you must be nominated by your home university.

Please check with your study abroad advisor or International Office at your home university if it is possible to study here on exchange.

You can search '2016/17 Exchange Agreements'  to check if we have an exchange link with your university.

When can I study at Edinburgh?

Full Academic Year September - May
Semester 1 September - December
Semester 2 January - May

You will find the Semester Dates on the University Calendar.

University Calendar

What can I study at Edinburgh?

There is a huge range of courses within the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Engineering. However please note that there are course restrictions in certain subject areas:

Restricted & High Pressure Courses

Some exchange agreements are subject specific. In this case, you would be expected to take two thirds of your courses in the subject area of the exchange agreement.

Check with your study abroad advisor at your home university for advice.

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