Program Overview

On your Semester in Edinburgh, study at Edinburgh Napier University, a top-notch rigorous institution with three distinct campuses: focus on applied sciences in the new sleek buildings of Sighthill Campus, daydream about the Scottish highlands (and your studies) in the turreted Merchiston Campus building with humanities classrooms at the top of a winding staircase, and plan your financial future gazing out of the large windows of the Craiglockhart business school. The charm of this enchanting hilly city, romanticized by poets and ghost stories, will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: May 1
Avg Course Load
3 courses (12-15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Learn from industry professionals alongside local students in project-based classes
  • Explore the buzzing city of Edinburgh, home of the Fringe Festival
  • Vibrant campus life with numerous sports, clubs, and volunteer opportunities
  • 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
  • Live, study and socialize with students from Scotland and 100+ other countries
  • Stunning campuses with buildings dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



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 three main sites of this multi-campus university (Sighthill, Merchiston, and Craiglockhart) are linked by free shuttle, 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 its innovative and enterprising approach to learning.

Edinburgh Napier University was founded in 1964 by John Napier, inventor of logarithms and the decimal point. The university’s origins as a technical college have given it a foundation in applied learning, deep relationships with industry, and responsiveness to the job market. 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. And the university’s connected interlibrary loan system (with knowledgeable librarians ready to help you navigate their electronic resources) means students rarely need to purchase textbooks.

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 as well as local Scottish students. 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)


Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. 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.


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.


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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

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.’

Housing Options

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 en-suite 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

Local Life

  • 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program Edinburgh City view

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.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program scotland mountains lochs

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!

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Latin America, Scotland, & Italy

Travel Tip: When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Learn more about Hadley

Jeanna Brady
Site Director in Scotland

Travel Tip: Plan ahead of your program! Do your research and reach out to our Alumni to make the most of your time in Scotland. There are so many free and affordable activities, including public galleries and museums, live music sessions, open-to-roam landscape, and a great range of clubs and societies on and off campus!

Learn more about Jeanna

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 10
    May 10
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    September 6 (Estimated)
    December 22 (Estimated)
    $16,190 (Estimated)

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

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
  • Housing
  • 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program