Student exchanges

Selection criteria

The main selection criteria for participation in our exchange programmes.

Academic requirements

Our exchange programmes are competitive. An exchange place is not guaranteed, even if the minimum grade requirements are met or exceeded.  The volume and level of applications received varies from year to year so it is impossible to advise as to the chances of an application being approved before all applications have been received and considered. 

As the application process for both types of exchange takes place in Semester 1 (November) of the second year, only first year results will be taken into consideration. 

Motivation and ambassadorial qualities

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application - this gives applicants the opportunity to:

  • outline their academic motivation for applying
  • explain why the qualities they have would make them a good representative of the University of Edinburgh
  • demonstrate what they can offer the host university
  • explain how the opportunity would benefit them personally

The motivational statement will not be sent to the host institution – it is for internal selection use only.

Added value for the student

Particular consideration will be given to applicants who may be expected to benefit most significantly from the opportunities provided by an exchange period, and who may not previously have had access to similar opportunities.