Unexpected Edinburgh

Photographs by our international students reveal the people, places and experiences that have taken them by surprise.

The University's International Office holds an annual photography competition for international students.

The theme of this year's competition was "Unexpected Edinburgh".

Students were asked to think about the things they have seen, the experiences they've had, and the people they have met that have taken them by surprise.

Winning entries

1st prize
Adam Baxter
2nd prize
Shalini Dhir
Principal’s choice
Watson Shang
People category prize
Qianwei He
Experiences category prize
Andrei Dumitriu
Places category prize
Weijia Tian
Edinburgh Abroad category prize
Marco Aqil
People’s choice
Martina Kotseva

The competition's three main categories - People, Places, Experiences - were open to all current international students at the University of Edinburgh.

Another category, Edinburgh Abroad, was open to current online distance learning students outside of the UK and students who are on, or have been on, a 'Go Abroad' experience or exchange.


You can view all the submissions on the competition's Facebook page.

Photography competition on Facebook

International students at Edinburgh

Our worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research attracts students from all over the world.

We have more than 14,000 international students from more than 130 different nationalities, giving us one of the most diverse populations of any Scottish university.