Go abroad

Our exchange programmes let you pursue your studies and immerse yourself in new cultural experiences.

Student sightseeing on year abroad

We have been a leader in student exchanges around the world since our foundation and we offer many opportunities to gain an international experience through study or work.

Go abroad

Visit our 'Go abroad' website to find global study, work and volunteering options.

Enhance your career prospects

Our exchange programmes will give you transferable skills which will look great on your CV. The experience can offer you:

  • new perspectives on your subject
  • insights into a foreign culture
  • an international network of friends
  • exciting travel opportunities
  • new skills that could give you an advantage in the job market.

Whilst you will undoubtedly have a huge amount of fun, you will also be enhancing your academic profile and in a competitive job market – what I believe stands out is this kind of experience working and living internationally.

Oliver Worsley

Pharmacology student

A world of choice

We offer outstanding international exchange opportunities, with more than 270 destinations available to you worldwide.

You don’t need to be a language student or necessarily even know another language to go on exchange - there are opportunities for students in most subject areas to experience the excitement of a year abroad.

Last year around 300 students studied at one of our international partners in countries as diverse as Australia, Canada, the US, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea.

More than 400 students studied or worked in Europe, either with our Erasmus exchange partners or through the Erasmus Work Placement Programme.

A further 125 students participated on one of our many short-term international programmes worldwide.

Our partners include world-class institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, the Universities of Pennsylvania, Melbourne and Toronto, ETH Zurich, Heidelberg University in Germany and the Universities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

How exchanges work

Your destination options depend on what you’re studying, and securing a place can be competitive, but an exchange is possible on most of our programmes.

Students usually apply in Year 2 and study abroad during Year 3. The majority of students go abroad for a full year, but some semester-only options are available.

Credit achieved while on exchange may count towards your Edinburgh degree.

It’s a cliché but I really did have the best year of my life out there. I’d sign up for another year away in a heartbeat.

Emma Kennedy

MA (Hons) German, who spent a year at the Free University of Berlin


As an exchange student you don't pay tuition fees to your host university and you may be eligible for a reduction or waiver of Edinburgh's tuition fees.

You're responsible for all other costs such as travel and housing, but grants and scholarships may be available, particularly for the Erasmus programme.

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