Prospective postgraduates

Information for visiting students

How to apply to the School of History, Classics and Archaeology as a visiting postgraduate student.

Visiting Students

The School of History, Classics & Archaeology welcomes visiting research students, whether from other UK HEIs or abroad, for specialist research or fieldwork. We also welcome taught visiting students from outwith the UK. If you are interested in visiting study, we recommend that you initially contact us at GradSchool.HCA@ed.ac.uk  

Please note that students who require a visa must submit their formal application at least eight weeks before the intended start date. Those who don't need a visa must apply at least six weeks in advance of their start date. This is so we can make sure the application is processed in time.

Types of visiting student

There are two categories of visiting postgraduate student:

Visiting Taught Postgraduates

Please read the guidance in the link below carefully.

Visiting Student Office guidance

The guidance above includes details of the supporting documents you must submit with your application. 

If you are admitted for one semester, you will be charged 33% of the relevant degree programme annual fee. Please see the Tuition Fees link below for details of the relevant fees.

Visiting Research Students 

If you are a research student, you need to make contact with our academic staff in your field and identify someone willing to supervise you before applying.

Academic staff in our School

Please read the guidance in the link below carefully.

Visiting Student Office guidance

The guidance above includes details of the supporting documents you must submit with your application. Please note that Visiting Students must meet the University’s standard admissions requirements, which can be found in the University’s Degree Finder.

Unless the duration of the visit is less than two weeks, all visiting students to the University must be registered on the University’s student record system. 

If you are admitted to the University for less than or up to twelve weeks, you will not be charged a tuition fee. If you are admitted for more than twelve weeks and up to and including twelve months, you will be charged a flat fee rate.  Please see the Tuition fees link below for details of the relevant fees.

If your research proposal is approved by the chosen academic member of staff, the Graduate School Office will then provide you with the application form.

​​​​English language requirements

Taught visiting students normally meet the same English language entry requirements we specify for full time programmes:

School Application Guidance - English language requirements 

Visiting research students who will attend the University of Edinburgh for no more than 12 weeks and who will not be enrolled on a credit-bearing course do not require a Tier 4 visa and are not required to meet University English language requirements set out in this policy. Academic Schools will assess English language competency for these students to meet any health and safety requirements, and to ensure that the students are able to fully engage with their Edinburgh experience.

Tuition Fees

University tuition fees information

International and Erasmus+ exchanges

Exchange programmes 

Contact

If you have any questions please contact the School of History, Classics and Archaeology Graduate School Office on gradschool.hca@ed.ac.uk.

Useful Links

Visiting Student Office

University Policy and Procedure for Visiting and Non-Graduating Students

International Office