Study abroad in Edinburgh

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Advice for Study Abroad and Exchange (visiting student) applicants

Updates on Study Abroad and Exchange (Visiting Student) Applications  

We are closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a result we are being as flexible as possible to help you apply to the University of Edinburgh during this difficult time.  We can confirm that applications for 2020/21 remain open, and we are continuing to process applications. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis, and we aim to get back to you within 4-6 weeks of applying.  

Semester 1 (Autumn) 2020/21

For 2020/21 the University of Edinburgh is planning a hybrid approach to teaching: a blend of on-campus teaching and digital elements. This means that if you cannot make it to Edinburgh for part of the semester, you will still be able to access teaching and learning materials remotely, until you are able to join us in person later on. For those who will be here in Edinburgh, there will be some face-to-face teaching, supported by expanded digital resources. You will all have plenty of opportunities to meet classmates and use the University’s support services, in person and online, so it will all be familiar by the time you join us on campus.

We have reviewed our individual course options and adjusted them where appropriate, to ensure high quality delivery during this period. Details of which courses are running in 2020/21 will be released in the summer. Courses will be assessed via appropriate methods and you will be awarded credit.

Our commitment is that, no matter where in the world you are in September, we will be ready to teach you & engage with you as closely as we can. We will ensure you have a rich educational experience that is safe and protected, to help you get the most from the University and the city.

Deadline Extension

We understand that many students may not have been able to make our original deadline of 31 May as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, therefore we have extended our deadline for affected students to 31 July. Please be aware that we will be as flexible as we can following this extended deadline.

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 be accommodating to students who need extra time to submit supporting documents, and as flexible as possible.

If your university is unable to provide you with an official transcript due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we can accept the following:

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 a reference letter – 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.

Spring 2020 transcripts

We will accept Pass/Fail instead of grades, for semester GPA and/or courses completed in Spring 2020 – this will be accepted towards admissions entry requirements as well as individual course pre-requisites. Supporting documentation regarding to an applicant’s individual course grades or overall GPA may also be required, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.