Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cultured city that offers a unique living and learning experience. 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 majors are encouraged to apply for study at Edinburgh through the seat application process (see below). Students in other majors MUST file a petition for study along with the seat application. See the "Can I Study at Other Programs?" page.
Students from Gordon College gain entrance to Edinburgh through the Office for International Students. Please review the website before filling out the seat application to assure that details about the program are understood.
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.
Costs and Financial Options
The cost of study at Edinburgh is the same as regular Gordon tuition and fees for a semester. These costs cover tuition, round-trip airfare (up to $800), visa costs, athletic fees, and all associated academic fees. Accepted students may apply all regular scholarships to the cost of the program.
Housing and meals (catered accommodation) is guaranteed to all international students accepted by the university. However, students may choose self-catered accommodation. In the later case, no meal plan would be charged by Gordon on the student account. (Please see the GEO for additional information.) Fees charged by the university to maintain accommodation through the semester break are paid by Gordon.
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in the pre- and post-departure New Perspectives course. Lab fees apply as of Fall 2013. Visit the GEO for details or go to the GEO Global Understanding webpage.
Students should submit the online seat application by March 15 for Fall semester study, and September 30 for Spring semester study. Non-philosophy major must submit a petition form (Download at right) signed by the student's adviser. Following the approval of the seat application, students should proceed with the University of Edinburgh's application process.
Please note that the University of Edinburgh uses a "rolling admission" process and generally makes decisions on applications within 2-3 weeks of submission. For this reason, even though Edinburgh's Fall Semester application deadline is July 1 and the Spring Semester deadline is November 1, the GEO encourage you to submit your completed application by the following deadlines:
Students who submit their applications earlier will receive decisions from the university earlier and be able to begin the housing application and visa process sooner.
Dr. Cliff Hersey, Dean of Global Education
The BUTEX North American Scholarship Programme may be available to students interested in study at University of Edinburgh:
The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK university which is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange place must be for the academic year 2011/12 and your place must be for a minimum of one semester.
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Go to the British Transatlantic Exchange Association for information about eligibility and how to apply.