Study abroad in Edinburgh

Re-sits and the Overseas Examination Service

Information about the University of Edinburgh’s re-sit diet and overseas exam provision.


Re-sits are for students who have failed a course – they are not available for students who wish to improve their grade.

Visiting Students are eligible to re-sit any first or second year courses which they fail during the re-sit diet, which could take place in April/May or August.

Students will automatically be registered for a re-sit exam (if necessary) - there is no need to formally apply.

Students will not be individually notified of the resit date and location of resit exams and they must take accountability for checking the re-sit timetable on Student Administration's website and ensuring they are present for the exam.

Student Administration

Visiting Students are entitled to request a re-sit for Honours level (third and fourth year) but approval is not guaranteed.

To request an honours re-sit, students should contact their Personal Tutor/their School/the Visiting Student Office as soon as they receive confirmation of their fail grade (below 40%).

All re-sits incur a reassessment fee.

Please see the following page for more information on the re-sit diet please see the Exam FAQs:

Timetabling and Examinations FAQ

Overseas Exam Service

Visiting students may be able to take August re-sit exams in their home country (at specific universities or at a British Council Office).

There is a fee per exam and specific arrangements must be made and agreed upon by the student’s home institution. However, there is no guarantee that the University of Edinburgh’s examination team will approve a re-sit request, even if consent is provided by the student’s home university.

Please note the following:

  • Students must apply by the deadline if they wish to utilise the Overseas Exam service
  • Several subject areas do no offer overseas re-sits

See the following webpage for more information about the Overseas Exams Service and how to apply:

Timetabling and Examinations - Overseas Exam Service