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Students majoring in Biology, Business & Economics, or Philosophy are encouraged to apply for a semester at the University of Edinburgh. The inspiring capital of Scotland is a historic, cultured city that offers a unique living and learning experience.

Consider joining a lively academic environment in 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. Edinburgh's international reputation for excellence is well founded, with the University recognized regularly for teaching and research excellence.

Philosophy has been taught at the UE since 1583. Edinburgh has a distinguished place in the history of philosophy. David Hume was a student at the University between 1722 and 1726, and lived in Edinburgh for most of his life. Adam Smith delivered public lectures at the University between 1748 and 1751, which were sponsored by The Philosophical Society, later the Royal Society of Edinburgh (of which two present-day members of the philosophy faculty, Professor Andy Clark and Professor Duncan Pritchard, are members). Smith composed An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) at his home in nearby Kirkaldy. Adam Ferguson and Dugald Stewart, both leading figures of the 18th Century Scottish Enlightenment (along with Hume and Smith), were members of the University's philosophy faculty.

Students in other majors wishing to study at University of Edinburgh MUST file a petition for study along with the seat application. See the "Can I Study at Other Programs?" page.


To gain eligibility you must:

  • Have at least Sophomore standing at the time of application
  • Major or Minor in Philosophy, Biology, or Business and Economics
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0


Scottish universities have twice the credit hours of most European universities. Sixty-credit hours is the minimum number of credits per semester at University of Edinburgh. That means, three 20-credit classes constitute the minimum load a student may take at Edinburgh and will come back to Gordon at 15 credit hours.

10 University of Edinburgh credits = 2.5 Gordon credits
20 University of Edinburgh credits = 5 Gordon credits.

Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.


The cost of study at Edinburgh is the same as regular Gordon tuition and fees for a semester. Accepted students may apply all regular scholarships to the cost of the program. These costs cover:

  • tuition
  • room & board**
  • athletic fees
  • all associated academic fees.

**Housing and meals (catered accommodation) is guaranteed to all international students accepted by the university. However, students may choose self-catered accommodation. In the latter case, no meal plan would be charged by Gordon on the student account. Fees charged by the University to maintain accommodation through the semester break are paid by Gordon.
Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Independent travel


Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. UE's fall application deadline is May 31.

Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. UE's spring application deadline is October 31.

Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is in the United States

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)