A University of sanctuary

Supporting staff and students impacted by distressing global circumstances.

The University of Edinburgh was the first university in Scotland to be accredited as a University of Sanctuary. We seek to promote a welcoming culture within the University and our wider communities for those seeking sanctuary. 

We are a global University and we have always had a commitment to diversity and a community in which students and staff feel valued and welcome.

Our international students represent 44% of our total community, coming from 180 nations. We are an active member of international networks including Una Europa, the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the Coimbra Group, Eurolife, UNICA, Universitas 21, and the U7 Alliance of over 30 universities from G7 countries. 

We have a long history of supporting scholars impacted by conflict or displaced by distressing global circumstances.

We work closely with other sector groups, Universities of Sanctuary, Scholars At Risk and the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara) to provide support now and in the future.

Edinburgh Global website

Emergency fund

Existing international students who have previously started courses in Scotland and who are experiencing hardship will be eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Scottish Government’s newly created £1 million International Students’ Emergency Fund. Please note that this still remains subject to parliamentary approval so full details have not yet been confirmed.

Further details about the fund will be made available by the Scottish Government shortly:

International Students’ Emergency Fund

Ukraine flag

We understand that the invasion of Ukraine will be distressing for many people in our community.

Our response on Ukraine

Programme structure

Find out about the work Edinburgh Global has carried out to support staff and students during previous global events.

Previous campaigns

Student tutors help refugees find their feet

Further academic training for doctoral students whose research studies have been affected by conflict.

Sanctuary Scholarships

Aerial view of The University of Edinburgh Central Area. Photo by Chris Close

Find out about the University's activities with local and global communities.

Community support