Study abroad in Edinburgh

Application guide and supporting document checklist

Download a useful application guide and learn more about the online application process, including what supporting documents are required.

Online application guide

The application guide is for students applying to study at the University of Edinburgh for one or two semesters on the following programmes:

  • Study Abroad programme
  • International Exchange
  • Erasmus Exchange
  • Parliamentary programme

Please note if you are nominated by your home university to study here on International/Erasmus exchange, you must still apply online to Edinburgh.

Download the step-by-step guide on how to complete an online application:

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted by the deadline. 

Dates for your Diary

Supporting Documentation - Study Abroad and Exchange

Along with your application, you will need to upload copies of your supporting information:

Official academic transcript: Lists all courses undertaken and grades received at your home university. If you have attended multiple colleges/universities, then you should submit official transcripts from all institutions. Unofficial transcripts will not be considered. Please scan your official transcript to upload it to your online application.

During the application stage, applicants to the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences will be required to provide a transcript which demonstrates that they have completed at least 1 full year of study. Applicants to the College of Science and Engineering will be required to provide a transcript demonstrating that the have completed 1 semester of study.

Academic reference (if applicable): If you're applying to the Study Abroad Programme, you must provide an academic reference from an academic or professor who has taught you at university. The letter of recommendation should be written on university headed paper and signed by the referee. It should discuss your academic ability and suitability for Study Abroad.

*If you are from a U21 university or if you are applying to the University of Edinburgh as a nominated exchange student then you are not required to submit a reference with your application. However, both College Visiting Student Offices reserve the right to request a reference from an exchange applicant at any point during the application period.

Personal statement: A 500 word essay on why you wish to study at the University of Edinburgh. You should provide any additional information (interest in and suitability for chosen courses, extracurricular activities, etc.) which you feel may support your application.

Valid English language certificate (if applicable): Please see if you need to submit a certificate by checking our English language requirements. 

The University reserves the right to request original documentation at any time during the admissions process.

Supporting Documentation - Parliamentary Programme

Along with your application, you will need to upload copies of your supporting information:

Official academic transcript: Lists all courses undertaken and grades received at your home university. If you have attended multiple colleges/universities, then you should submit official transcripts from all institutions. Unofficial transcripts will not be considered.

Academic reference: From an academic or professor who has taught you at university. The letter of recommendation should be written on university headed paper and signed by the referee. It should discuss your academic ability and suitability for the Parliamentary Programme.

External reference: From a former or current supervisor at a relevant work, internship or volunteer experience. The letter of recommendation should be signed by the referee and be a fair and accurate description of your skills and performance during their time with the organisation.

Resume/CV: A summary of education and job background. You should highlight qualifications and experience which you consider to be most relevant to the Parliamentary Programme.

Personal statement: A 500 word essay on why you would like to participate in the programme. This is the opportunity to demonstrate motivation to embark on the programme and should also discuss any voluntary or campaigning experience which you feel is relevant to your application.

Valid English language certificate: Non‐native speakers, who are not attending university in a majority English‐speaking country (such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc.), must submit IELTS or TOEFL iBT results.