Building on North American links

The University is building on its strong relationship with North America with a series of new initiatives.

On January 23, the University is launching a North America office within its International Office in Edinburgh in order to build on its long-established links with the US and Canada.

Led by Prof Francis Cogliano and Prof Brendan Corcoran, the University’s joint Deans for North America, the office will seek to strengthen connections both with US and Canadian alumni, as well as academic and business partners.

To support the launch, the University is also offering five new undergraduate scholarships, worth £5,000 per year, to students from North America.

The University has such a strong relationship with the US and Canada, both today and stretching back through centuries. The formation of this office will help us to build on this legacy, ensuring that our friendship with North America becomes even deeper in the future.

Prof Francis CoglianoJoint Dean for North America

New scholarships

The Principal’s North America Undergraduate Scholarships 2012 are available in any subject offered by the University.

Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens who are normally resident in and have completed their secondary education in the US or Canada, and they must be accepted for admission on a full-time basis for undergraduate study.

The closing date for applications is 2 April 2012. For further details, see:

The University has been, and will continue to be, an immensely popular destination for students from the US and Canada. The new office will help us keep in contact with our North American alumni, make new connections with leading research institutions and businesses, and keep attracting the best staff and students from across the continent.

Prof Brendan CorcoranJoint Dean for North America

University and North America

The University has very strong historical and research connections with North America. Two signatories of the Declaration of Independence, John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush, were Edinburgh graduates.

Our alumni today include physicians, academics, lawyers, Congressmen, the co-founder of TiVo, a Vice-President of Chevron, an Emmy award-winning actor, a Group Vice President of Unilever and many more.

Recent University honorary degree recipients include businessman Bill Gates, economist Alan Greenspan and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

The University welcomes over 1,700 North American students each year, one of the largest concentrations in the United Kingdom.

It has an established alumni network in North America, with active Alumni Clubs in New York City, Washington DC, Toronto and Atlanta.

Informal alumni groups also exist in Boston, Vancouver, Colorado, Texas, Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area.

For details, see:

"You are now in a place where the best courses upon earth are within your reach… such an opportunity you will never again have."

Thomas JeffersonFounding Father and US President (speaking to his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph, as he began his studies at the University of Edinburgh)