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University of Edinburgh

Program Overview 

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Culture: Student-centric, outdoorsy
Neighborhood: Scenic, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus apartment
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

SAF Scholars who enroll in this program will find a lot to adore about the university and the city of Edinburgh. Firstly, the University of Edinburgh is known for its renowned faculty. Their celebrated teaching is complemented by the university's investment in and development of cutting-edge teaching and research facilities. As such, the academic professors are leaders in their field and their research directly informs their teaching. In this way, SAF Scholars enrolled in this program may be taught by world-leading researchers, while they study abroad alongside degree-seeking students.

Secondly, the university offers a wealth of support for international students that complements SAF's outstanding student support services. Edinburgh's Global and College Visiting Student Offices help guide SAF Scholars through the duration of their time abroad.

Lastly, but not least, Edinburgh is a stunningly beautiful city! The medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town are said to makeup the world's most beautiful cityscape, inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. With a population of 500,000, Edinburgh is the size of a town, but boasts the social and cultural assets of a metropolis, making it one of the UK’s leading travel destinations.

Student Profile

The right-fit SAF Scholar would be a student who is looking to continue their studies in their subject/major, since students will be expected to have met course prerequisities when choosing their study plan. Given the program offers more than 1500 courses in 42 different subject areas, there is sure to be a course of study that meets scholars’ goals and interests.

Other Programs at University

Summer Session; Academic (CAHSS);
English Language Education (ELE)

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (Mid September - December)
Spring (Mid January - Late May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

There are no progression or concurrent options at Edinburgh.

Program Strengths

University of Edinburgh’s Academic Program strengths include its wide variety of classes offered within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science and Engineering

# of Credits (per term)

60 credit hours (3-5 courses) per semester

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Registration occurs during Orientation

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Some courses and departments have competitive and limited access. Therefore, SAF Scholars must wait to seek enrollment in the following courses until they arrive:
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Architecture, Art and Design
The following courses are high pressure courses for registration and are given priority to degree-seeking majors:
  • Art & Design elective courses
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Law

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are not currently available at University of Edinburgh


Housing Type

University-owned flat



Type of Room

Standard room; self-catered residence 
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

In Edinburgh, SAF Scholars will be immersed in a lively, close-knit community with hundreds of student clubs and societies on offer. Meeting other students is always important for visiting students, and there will be various options available to SAF Scholars to help build up their social network, such as the buddy scheme, more than 240 student societies and more than 70 sports societies on offer.

Life on Campus

SAF Scholars have access to the International Student Centre on campus. The ISC is a student-led entity of Edinburgh Global that organizes events and trips for visiting student. The centre is also a favorite place for international students and their local friends to socialize, relax and enjoy casual coffee chats.

Last Updated: 1/9/19