With its around-the-clock buzz of activity, Edinburgh has a youthful energy in an historic city. On Semester in Edinburgh, you’ll study at the top-ranked Edinburgh Napier University, located in the heart of the old city. The city of Edinburgh will fascinate with its combination of medieval Old Town, neoclassical New Town, and award-winning modern architecture. You’ll live, study, and socialize with international students from Scotland and 100-plus other countries. With courses ranging across hard sciences, health sciences, engineering, business, and more, you’ll reap the benefits of studying in one of Scotland’s largest universities. All the while, Edinburgh Castle, visible in the background, will remind you that you’re making memories in a city full of history.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: May 1
- Avg Course Load
- 3 courses (15-16 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Kitchen facilities in all housing, so you can cook for yourself
- Centrally located in the UK, with easy access to air, train, and bus travel
- Mid-sized student body, with international students from over 100 countries
- Vibrant campus life with numerous sports, clubs, and volunteer opportunities
- Stunning campuses with buildings dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Edinburgh
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. In the first few days you’ll take part in both the University and CISabroad orientation program where you’ll learn practical tips for living in Scotland like where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop. We will also take you to explore the capital, Edinburgh and you’ll enjoy a CIS welcome meal.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Many alumni stay in touch, and some revisit Scotland with friends and family. Going back home after being abroad and the personal growth during that time can be a shock to your system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We never say goodbye in Scotland, so before you go we share a ‘haste ye back’ meal to celebrate your time here and make sure you know the ‘Scottish welcome is always open.’
Semester in Edinburgh offers a range of University-owned housing in the center of the city and within easy reach of the campus. From your ”flat,” you can easily reach shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas, and sports facilities. You’ll share your flat and its kitchen, living room, and bathroom with four to eight other students, but you’ll have your own bedroom.
- Private room with full bed, closet, desk and bathroom
- Standard kitchen appliances including a microwave, oven, and refrigerator
- Upon arrival, you’ll be issued a “bedding pack”—linens and a pillow.
- Dishes, pots and pans, and cutlery can be purchased at low cost at nearby stores
- All flats have broadband internet access, at an additional cost
- Volunteering: Meet locals and your wider community in one of the many volunteer opportunities. There is, for example, the John Muir Trust, a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places.
- Farmer Markets and Food Festivals: You’ll find weekly local markets with fresh local produce, and regular food and drink festivals countrywide.
- Skiing and snowboarding: Scotland’s five ski centres offer a very different experience to mainstream Europe.
- Hiking: A popular weekend pursuit with 283 separate mountains (now known as the Munros) reaching over 3000 feet.
- Ceilidh: A traditional Gaelic social gathering, which involves playing folk music and dancing.
- Live music: Music sessions pop up regularly in most bars and clubs. Some traditional sessions go back years.
More About Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a quirky mix of historic meets modern. Life is booming here in Scotland, which means you'll walk along cobblestone streets and gaze upon cutting-edge, modern architecture. You'll step into a wifi hotspot with the Edinburgh Castle as your backdrop. The city is also making waves for its commitment to "green" and sustainable practices. You'll never be far from Edinburgh's expansive parks and craggy cliffs, where you can take in amazing views, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
The Scots in Edinburgh adore their festivals, and you'll love them, too. To name a few, you might enjoy the International Science Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival, or the Festival Fringe. You can tour the Edinburgh Castle that's been dominating your view, or visit attractions like the Camera Obscura, the Royal Museum, or the Royal Yacht Britannia. Unwind and chat with the locals at a pub, where you can work up your courage to take a bite of haggis, the national dish.
From Edinburgh, you can explore the highlands and other haunts of Scotland, or you can even hop over to England or Europe for the weekend!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site
Wander through the Old Town or explore the majestic terraces of the New Town. You'll want to bring your camera to capture these UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Mountains and Lochs
Towering mountains, glittering lochs, thick woodlands, and miles upon miles of golden beaches—Scotland's landscapes really will take your breath away. Tour the rolling hills and lush farmland of the Lowlands and drive through deep glens surrounded by mountains in the Highlands.
Hebridean and Outer islands
These Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of interconnected islands with their own unique way of life. So stunning are the beaches that the Thai Tourist Board used pictures of them in their own tourist material!
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Course descriptions and catalog:
Please click here to view available courses. From here, you can search A–Z or check out the sidebar on the right and search by Faculty, School, or Subject.
Timetables: Information is available on the module listing.
How to read the Edinburgh Napier University course catalog
Edinburgh Napier University calls its course catalog a “module guide.” There are 4 levels of study at Edinburgh Napier. Module levels are equivalent to the year of study. When choosing your courses keep the following in mind:
SCQF 7 = First Year (Freshman)
SCQF 8 = Second Year (Sophomore)
SCQF 9 = Third Year (Junior)
SCQF 10 = Fourth Year (Senior)
SCQF 11 = Graduate Level (Not available to Study Abroad bachelors students)
Important note if you are interested in the Music or Film and Creative Arts programs:
The University offers only a few spaces in the Music and Film and Creative Ars programs to study abroad students. You must be a major in these programs at your home university and take all of your coursework in the programs (i.e., you can’t take any gen eds). You’ll also need to submit a portfolio of your work with your application. For select Music courses, you may be required to submit a CD of performances. Musical instrument courses may have additional instruction costs. Please contact us if you have any questions about requirements for entry into these programs.
IMPORTANT: Edinburgh Napier University has three different Faculties and each Faculty has a different way of approving course selection. It’s important that you read the following information before you start to choose your courses:
Every visiting student that studies at Edinburgh Napier is assigned an academic member of staff from one of the University’s three Faculties. The three Faculties are “Business,” “Health and Social Sciences,” and “Engineering, Computer Science, and Creative Industries.” Although courses (called “modules”) are available to students from any and all three of these Faculties, they work differently with students and their course requests.
The Business Faculty (located in the Craiglockhart Campus) and Health & Social Science Faculty (located in the Sighthill Campus) does not pre-approve your module choices or register you for your modules ahead of time. This means that you will be registering for your modules in these Faculties during your orientation at Edinburgh Napier University, and will need to be flexible enough with your module needs to register for modules upon arrival. However, these Faculties typically have a lot of modules available for study abroad students, and you will be registering very early in the semester, so getting the modules you would like to take should not be a problem.
The Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science, and Creative Industries is located in the Merchiston Campus, and they do pre-approve and register students for modules ahead of time. This means that if you choose to study modules offered by this Faculty, you will be contacted by Faculty members and your modules will be confirmed before you arrive.
Students can choose modules from across the three Faculties (you’re not kept to only the one of your major, say), but you will be assigned a Personal Development Tutor (PDT) and attend the Academic Induction offered by one Faculty at the start of the year. If you are taking modules from within all different Faculties, you will be assigned to the Faculty that corresponds to your home school major.
For all visiting students, course selection cannot be confirmed prior to the first week of each semester when the module timetable is confirmed.
Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest universities in Scotland and was recently rated one of the top two "new" universities in the UK. The four main sites of this multi-campus university are linked by bus, with quick access to the city center. The modern University is grounded in tradition, as evidenced by the grand 16th century architecture that merges with cutting-edge facilities. Students respect the University for it's innovative and enterprising approach to learning.
Edinburgh Napier University was founded in 1964. It offers a diverse range of courses in business, computing and creative industries, engineering, health, and life and social sciences. All of these courses will be available to you. The University prides itself in providing students with personalized learning that connects research, community, and industry. The community is as diverse as the course offerings; over 30 percent of the University’s more than 15,000 students are international. You’ll meet people from all over the globe. Enjoy the vibrant campus life with numerous sports, clubs, and volunteer opportunities.
Accreditation(s): Recognized by the Privy Council and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU and the European University Association (EUA)
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Programs Team Assistant Manager - England, Ireland, Scotland
Site Director in Scotland
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalSeptember 2OrientationSeptember 4 - 8Classes StartSeptember 11Classes EndDecember 15DepartureDecember 16PRICE$15,990
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 2 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 5 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 8 (Estimated)Classes EndMarch 23 (Estimated)DepartureMay 5 (Estimated)PRICE$15,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Predeparture orientation
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Airport pickup
- Onsite orientation
- Student Union fees
- Edinburgh Napier University official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program