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Students majoring in Biblical Studies, Biology, Business & Economics, Psychology, 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.

Students in other majors wishing to study at the University of Edinburgh MUST file a petition for study along with the seat application.


To gain eligibility you must:

  • Have Sophomore standing or above
  • Major or Minor in Philosophy, Biology, Biblical Studies, English, Psychology, 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 maximum number of credits per semester at the University of Edinburgh. That means, three 20-credit classes constitute the maximum 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

A Global Education requirement set by the faculty members for which the University of Edinburgh is approved, is to take the opportunity to better understand Scottish culture by taking a Scottish (or UK) cultural course. One of the three courses taken at the University of Edinburgh will have to be one of these cultural courses.  A few examples:

  • History of Edinburgh
  • Visualizing Scotland
  • Celtic Civilization
  • Scottish Legal System
  • Scottish Literature
  • Intro to Scottish Gaelic


The Global Education Office will work with Student Financial Services to reassess each applicant's institutional aid for their off-campus semester. Institutional aid includes Gordon-awarded merit scholarships and grants, honors program awards, and major-or department-specific awards. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Factors in the reassessment process include financial need, GEO program flexibility within your major/minor, and program cost. SFS will provide a breakdown of costs to each student after approval has been issued by the GEO.

The cost of study at Edinburgh includes:

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

**Catered accommodation is guaranteed to all international students accepted by the university. However, students are encouraged to choose self-catered accommodation because this allows for apartment housing with Scottish students.

Fees charged by the University to maintain accommodation through the semester break are paid by Gordon.
Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Independent travel
  • Board if the student opts for self-catered housing (recommended)


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Fall and Spring seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program's application. See the University of Edinburgh's website for more information on applications and deadlines. 


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