Study Abroad

University of Edinburgh

  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and the major metropolis of northern Britain, is 4 and 1/2 hours by fast train from London. With a population of around 440,000 people, it remains a compact city with numerous public parks, libraries, museums and galleries, theaters and concert halls, shopping, and other facilities. Students should be aware that, because it is so far north, during the winter months, Scotland has very few ‘daylight’ hours. The sun may not rise until 10am and may set as early as 3:15 p.m. In the summer, conversely, it is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” with only a couple hours of dark each day.

  • Visa:

    U.S. citizens entering the United Kingdom for a stay of less than six months do not need a visa. They apply for prior entry clearance as a ‘student visitor’. Students who plan to work while abroad (voluntary work, internships, placements, part-time work, or vacation work) must apply for a Tier 4 visa. If students plan to stay in the UK for longer than six months, they must apply for a Tier 4 visa.

    See the NAFSA site for information on the application process, the UK Visa and Immigration website to apply, and the UK Immigration and Visa Enquiry site with questions.

    Non-US citizens should consult with the University of Edinburgh and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

    Additional Visa Information
  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program. Students pay room and board fees directly to the University of Edinburgh.

Students must have at least a junior class standing by the start of the program. Students that are not in good health may be required to undergo a medical exam (including an HIV test) prior to being granted entry into the country.

Direct Enrollment

There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

Exchange Details


Academic Credit

The full course load for one year’s work is three full courses or an equivalent combination of full- and half-courses. A full load is 120 credits for the year and 60 credits for one semester. English Honors, Psychology, and some other departments offer shorter specialist options open to well-quali]ied majors. Science courses follow a different pattern. To receive major credit at Haverford, students must take 3rd year level courses. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.

The Edinburgh Catalog can be somewhat confusing. There are both full year and part year students and full year and part year courses. Only full year students may take full year courses and only part year students may take part year courses. Although it is possible to study for only one semester, the University asks that students recognize that the possible course of study is severely restricted with one-semester students, as they may not take any of the yearlong courses, which do make up the bulk of the course listings.


The lectures provide the foundations on which the student must build. Lectures are complimented by tutorials and seminars. The tutorial provides the opportunity to develop themes, discuss and explore problems usually on the basis of written work. Students are given an Overseas Student Adviser to help them choose courses.

Course Highlights

Accounting, African Studies, Archeology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Canadian Studies, Celtic Studies, Chemistry, Cities, Classics, Chinese Studies, Computer Science, Divinity, Economics, Education, Engineering, English Literature, French Studies, Geological Sciences, German Studies, Health Sciences, Health Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Management, Mathematics, Music, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Russian Studies, Sanskrit, Scandinavian Studies, Scottish History, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Students attend a day for International Students as well as “Fresher’s Week” activities.

Number of Students

Approximately 20,000 students, of whom about 3,000 are from overseas, representing 100 countries.

Housing/Meal Plans

Dorms or self-catering flats; only guaranteed for exchange students going for the full year.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Semester/Exchange
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to late May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: May 15
  • Semester II: October 15

Faculty Contact

Raji Mohan

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