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|Restrictions:||Scranton applicants only|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Instruction Language:||English||Language Prereqs.:||No prerequisites|
|Fields of study:||Accounting, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics: Latin/Greek, Economics, Finance, History, Human Resources, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Eligibility-Class:||03 Second Semester Sophomore||Credits/Term:||12-18|
|Program Type:||Direct Enrollment||Housing Options:||Apartment, Residence Halls|
|Meals/Dining:||Dining hall/meal plan, Prepare own food|
The University of Edinburgh was established in 1583 by a Royal Charter granted by James VI and has been providing outstanding educational opportunities to students from around the world for more than 400 years. The university is ranked 6th in the UK and Europe, and 23rd in the world by the Times Higher Education World. The university has a student population of over 20,000 students.
Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan capital city, with national museums, theatres and galleries to rival the best in Europe. At the same time, it is small enough to explore on foot and with an approximate population of 500,000 is not overwhelming. New students soon feel at home in the city which, in a recent national survey, was voted the “friendliest city in the UK”.
Described as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe by independent guides, Edinburgh is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK after London. Edinburgh is famed for its ancient castle, medieval centre and elegant Georgian architecture, which have led it to be known as the Athens of the North. The entire city center, which includes many University buildings, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More than 13 million visitors are attracted to Edinburgh each year, many of them flocking to the city in the summer to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. The Fringe is just one of 12 annual festivals, testament to Edinburgh’s reputation as a world center for the arts and culture. In 2004 Edinburgh was named the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, in recognition of the city’s rich literary heritage. Professor Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels is Emeritus Professor in the School of Law. A stone’s throw from campus and a popular haunt of the University’s students, the Elephant House café was the place where J K Rowling worked on her Harry Potter novels.
The city has much to offer sports fans. Edinburgh is home to two Scottish Premiership football clubs and to Murrayfield (the national rugby stadium) which hosts the passionately contested matches of the Six Nations. For US students who would like a taste of more familiar sports, there are baseball, basketball and American football teams, all of which compete in national leagues. As Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh plays host to a variety of national and international sporting events throughout
the year, ensuring that the city’s sports facilities remain world-class. Edinburgh is paradise if you are into outdoor sports. There are great parks and routes to the beautiful surrounding countryside and coastline for cyclists and runners. The city’s location on the Firth of Forth also affords opportunities for a whole host of water sports including sailing, canoeing and even surfing.
Many students have the impression that Edinburgh will be a cold and wet place to live. In fact, Edinburgh has the same annual rainfall as New York and Rome, and has a varied, temperate climate, just a degree or two cooler than London. In the winter, snow is rare in the city (but eagerly anticipated in the ski resorts to the north) and the temperature rarely dips below freezing during the day. In the summertime, it is generally warm, with temperatures between 18 – 24°C / 65 – 75°F.
For a country of only 5 million people, Scotland is full of diversity. The dramatic Highlands of Scotland offer an ideal getaway from city living, and are just a couple of hours from Edinburgh by train or car. Popular destinations include Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Isle of Skye. Edinburgh is an ideal base from which to explore the other cultural capitals of Europe and the rest of the UK and Ireland. Many students take the opportunity to travel around Europe during vacation periods, or even for the weekend. There are many short, cheap and direct flights available to European cities and resorts.
For more on living and studying at the University of Edinburgh, please navigate to: Study Abroad at the University of Edinburgh.
Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, with laboratory work for science based subjects. The lectures form the main teaching frame-work and they provide a guide to the subject matter and set out the foundations on which you are expected to build. The tutorials will consist of a small group of students and will provide the opportunity to develop themes and discuss problems, usually on the basis of written work. The style of teaching at Edinburgh will probably differ from what you are used to at home. You may find that you have fewer hours of direct teaching and are expected to do more independent study. During the induction, guides and advice are provided to help you adapt to our academic style.
Assessment & Credits
Most courses will be assessed by a combination of essays, tests and examinations. If you are planning to study in Edinburgh for a full year you need to select courses that equal 120 credits. For each semester you should select courses that equal 60 credits. The majority of courses are worth 20 credits but there are full year courses worth 40 credits and others worth 10 credits. The number of courses you take can therefore vary but most students will find that they take three courses per semester. Note that 60 University of Edinburgh credits is worth 15 University of Scranton credits. Thus, 1 University of Scranton credit is equal to 4 University of Edinburgh credit.
Some of the disciplines offered to study abroad students include the following: Art History, Asian Studies, Biblical Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Earth Sciences, Economics, Finance, Genetics, Greek, History, Islamic Studies, Latin, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theology and Zoology. For a complete list of disciplines and courses, please navigate to: University of Edinburgh Course Finder.
There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from, including self-catering flats and halls of residence with a full meal plan. En-suite rooms are available and unless you would prefer to share, you will have a single, private study bedroom. The University will provide plenty of information and advice to help you find the right accommodation for you. The following halls of residence are available for study abroad students:
Pollock Halls of Residence
With around 1,900 single rooms for undergraduate students, Pollock Halls is our largest accommodation site. Over half the rooms at Pollock have en-suite (private) bathrooms. Breakfast and evening meals are provided every weekday, with brunch and evening meals at weekends.
Our University flats have approximately 2,500 self-catered rooms. Our flats boast some of the most conveniently located student accommodation in Britain. Our flats are in a mixture of modern, purpose-built developments and older, renovated buildings, all specially designed with students in mind. Most flats accommodate three to six students in single rooms.
For more information on the halls of residence, please navigate to: Accommodation at the University of Edinburgh.