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Last updated May, 2020

Academic information

Course information

  • The Parliamentary Programme is not available to exchange students.

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 / maximum course load: 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

Exchange experiences

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The University, city and region

The University

  • The University of Edinburgh is an ancient university, founded in 1583, located in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital city.
  • Ranked 19th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016-17).
  • The University has approximately 35,000 students, with over 14,000 international students from more than 150 countries.
  • Famous alumni include Charles Darwin (Naturalist), David Hume (Philosopher), Joseph Lister (Surgeon), Piers Sellers (NASA Astronaut), and writers Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin and J K Rowling.
  • About the 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