International applicants

International and Exchange Student Society (IESS)

The International and Exchange Student Society (IESS) is open to all students.

Whether you are returning or new, home or international, undergraduate or postgraduate, through the IESS you can meet and interact with people from all over the world.

What is the IESS?

The IESS is a social and support society for all Edinburgh University students, especially from abroad or on exchange in Edinburgh. 

Staffed by a volunteer student committee, the IESS runs regular activities designed to create new friendships, experience the best of Scotland and beyond, and to make every student's time at Edinburgh an unforgettable one.

What does the IESS do?

Throughout the year, the IESS organises:

  • weekly themed events representing different countries (eg: Japanese Night, Mexican Night)
  • weekly subsidised trips around Scotland and England
  • movie nights and pub nights
  • campus-wide events such as International Desserts Night and International Evening


To stay updated with what’s going on at the IESS:

IESS on Facebook