Study abroad in Edinburgh

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice

Advice for Study Abroad and Exchange (visiting student) applicants

Updates on Visiting Student Applications 2021/22

We are closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and keeping our applicants and partner institutions updated:

The University’s Covid-19 latest guidance

September start (Semester 1 )

The University of Edinburgh will continue to welcome visiting students to the University in 2021/2022.

We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021. We are monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we will adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes. Based on current information we expect some physical distancing measures are very likely to still apply when the academic year starts in September 2021.

Supporting Documents

If possible, please submit supporting documents such as university transcripts and English language certificates with your application. However, if you are struggling with this, supporting documents can be submitted after the application deadline. We will do our best to accommodate students who need extra time to submit supporting documents.

If your university is unable to provide you with an official transcript due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we can accept an unofficial transcript or statement of results that has been signed, dated and stamped by a relevant member of staff. If you are experiencing difficulties in obtaining this, please do get in touch with us.

In this instance, we reserve the right to request an academic reference – on headed paper and signed by a relevant member of staff – to verify that you are fully enrolled at your home university and approved to study abroad and to confirm that the information on your unofficial transcript is accurate.

We will consider accepting Pass/Fail instead of grades for semester GPA and/or courses if we have a confirmation from your home institution that these grades have been awarded as a Covid-19 mitigation measure. This will be accepted towards admissions entry requirements as well as individual course pre-requisites. Supporting documentation regarding an applicant’s individual course grades or overall GPA may also be required, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.