Our exchange programmes let you pursue your studies and immerse yourself in new cultural experiences.
Edinburgh has been a leader in student exchanges around the world since its foundation, and offers many opportunities to gain an international experience through study or work.
Visit our 'Go abroad' website to find global study, work and volunteering options.
Our exchange programmes will give you transferable skills which will look great on your CV. A 'Go abroad' experience can offer you:
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.
MA (Hons) German, who spent a year at the Free University of Berlin
We offer outstanding international exchange opportunities, with more than 40 exchange destinations in the Americas, Asia and Australasia, and almost 160 Erasmus programme partners in Europe.
Last year around 250 students studied at one of our international partners in countries as diverse as Australia, Canada, the US, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea.
A further 350 students studied or worked in Europe, either with our Erasmus exchange partners or through the Erasmus Work Placement Programme.
Our partners include world-class institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, the Universities of Melbourne, Toronto and Hong Kong, ETH Zurich, Leiden University in the Netherlands and Sweden's Uppsala University.
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 their second year and study abroad during their third year. The majority of students go abroad for a full year, but some semester-only options are available.
Credit achieved while on exchange is credited towards your Edinburgh degree.
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.
This article was published on Mar 6, 2014