Student Systems

Matriculation explained

A step-by-step guide to matriculation, the process by which you are formally admitted as a student to the University of Edinburgh.

By matriculating, you are confirming your acceptance of the University’s regulations set out in the ‘Sponsio Academica’, or oath, including your agreement to pay tuition fees and other related costs.

Read about Edinburgh’s ‘Sponsio Academica’ .

Matriculation also gives you access to the University’s services and facilities.


How to matriculate

You will need to complete the steps below in the matriculation process:

1. Register online

All campus-based and online distance-learning students must first register online with the University.

Register online with the University of Edinburgh

Visa requirements and immigration advice for campus-based students

Everyone who is not a UK or Irish citizen must provide evidence of their right to study – this is known as international check-in. This involves uploading an image of your passport and visa with entry stamp and then attending an in-person check at the University.

The University has a legal obligation to make sure that all students have suitable immigration permission to study in the United Kingdom.

Find out exactly what you need to do for International Check-in here: 

International Check-in

More information about UK visa and immigration requirements, including Tier 4 General student visa and sponsorship requirements, is available on the University’s Student Immigration Service website.

Visit the University’s pages on immigration advice for new students


2. Confirm you have started your studies

Around the start date of your programme, your School will contact you with details about how they will confirm you have started your studies and ensure that you successfully join your programme. You must respond to any communication you receive about confirming attendance.

The process for confirming your attendance varies by School and may include meeting with your Student Support Team, Student Adviser or research supervisor, logging into a virtual learning environment or responding to an email. 

No action is required from you until your School lets you know how to confirm you have started your studies.

You must confirm your attendance when you begin your studies with us, and then again at the start of each new academic session or year of study.


3. Fulfil admission criteria

A few programmes have additional requirements that must be completed at the start of your programme. If this is applicable to you, your school or college will email you to let you know about any additional programme-specific admissions criteria, such as organising disclosure checks.


4. Pay fees

Pay student academic fees or provide confirmation of sponsorship/scholarship. The link below provides more details.

Matriculation - Paying Fees


Review your matriculation status

You can check your matriculation status and any further required steps by launching the My Student Record channel in MyEd, and accessing the 'Programme' tab.

Check your matriculation status in MyEd (requires your University login)




Student Systems support

Contact our team for additional support.

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Related links

Register online with the University of Edinburgh

Visit the University’s New Students website

Visit the Finance section’s page on matriculation (paying fees)

Visit Student Administration’s page on Certificates of Matriculation

Read about the University’s policies and regulations

International Check-in