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University of Edinburgh

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Last updated March, 2019

Academic Information

Course Information

One semester exchanges are now possible at Edinburgh.

The Parliamentary Programme is not available to exchange students.

Edinburgh courses

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - May
  • Semester One: September - December
  • Semester Two: January - May

Edinburgh semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • The minimum course load is 60 credits per semester (120 credits per year).
  • The majority of courses are 20 credits each, however there are 10 credit courses and full year courses worth 40 credits.
  • Edinburgh recommends that for every 1 credit you should aim to do around 10 hours of independent study. This means that for each 20 credit course, you should be putting in 200 hours of study per semester.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Edinburgh accommodation

All exchange students are guaranteed a place in one of the University residential colleges if they apply for the programme by the deadline.

Estimated Cost of Living

Edinburgh cost of living

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

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The University, City and Region

The University

The University of Edinburgh founded in 1583 is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland, making it one of the ancient universities of the United Kingdom.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 20th in the world in the recently published THE-QS World University Rankings 2009, confirming its position as a world leader in higher education. It is ranked fourth out of the 120 UK universities and in 2009 received a rating of 5 or 5* (the highest award possible) in 25 subject areas.

University of Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh and Region

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cultured city that offers a unique living and learning experience.Yet within minutes, it is possible to escape the bustle of this thriving market town by taking one of the many paths that lead down to the riverbanks.

One of the most vibrant cities in Europe, Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

This cosmopolitan, safe and welcoming atmosphere encourages international students to feel at home quickly.

With its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, and winding medieval streets, it’s easy to see why the entire city centre has been listed as a World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and is the best known and most visited of the historic buildings.

Situated on the Firth of Forth in the central belt of Scotland, Edinburgh is ideally positioned for trips to the coast and the many beautiful beaches of East Lothian and Fife, which are half an hour away. Edinburgh has close rail links with all the major cities in Scotland for exploring further afield, and can also easily access the dramatic Highlands for more rural exploits. The University has its own recreation facility at Loch Tay, and a trip to the Trossachs or further north into the Highlands is not to be missed. London is five hours away by train. In addition, Edinburgh Airport is easily accessible from the city, and from there regular daily flights leave for the major cities across Europe, and further afield.

The City of Edinburgh

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email