EDINBURGH: University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

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  • Fall Semester - Mid September - Late December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Late May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (l.marder@neu.edu)

The University of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to study in one of Europe's most charming capital cities. Its dramatic site and cultural vigor helps Edinburgh regularly top the polls as Britain's best place to live. Students will attend regular University courses with Scottish and visiting international students.


Students may select courses from the Visiting Student Guide, http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/visitingstudent/courses/. Students must have each course evaluated by NU faculty of the respective department. Each semester-long course at Edinburgh is equivalent to one NU course (4 credits). A full semester at the University of Edinburgh is 60 points. Each student must enroll in courses that equal 60 points; this may be a combination of 10 and 20 point courses. Most students typically enroll in 3 (20-point) courses. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. Students will transfer back a full semester's worth of NU credit, between 12 and 16 NU credits. It is the students' responsibility to review their registration upon arrival, determine their NU equivalents and the number of NU credits they will transfer upon program completion.

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

Policies and Process for Evaluations

Host University

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is the fourth of Scotland's ancient universities. It has expanded to become one of the largest universities in Britain, and holds a worldwide reputation for excellence in research and teaching in a wide variety of subjects, especially the sciences. The University of Edinburgh has approximately 16,000 undergraduate students. Facilities on campus include a library that supports extensive university research, a sports center with full conditioning gymnasium, and a student union housing 150 clubs and extensive bar and catering facility.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • University of Edinburgh online application
    • Personal statement -uploaded online through University of Edinburgh application
    • Official transcript uploaded online through University of Edinburgh application
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Letter of recommendation (should be an academic reference)- uploaded online through University of Edinburgh application
    • *Please submit a copy of your transcript and academic reference to 403 Richards Hall as well
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students live in University housing with other visiting international students and some Scottish students. For more information on accommodation options, please refer to the university housing website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/accommodation-services


Situated on the south side of the River Forth, Edinburgh is a stunning, medieval city characterized by winding cobblestone alleyways, spectacular cliff-side views that appear out of nowhere, and an ancient castle perched on a hilltop in the middle of the city. Scotland's spectacular coastline, lochs (lakes), and highlands are within easy reach, and there is regular public transport into England. Scotland is currently experiencing great changes. Nearby the university is the new Scottish Parliament that was established by a 1997 Scottish referendum devolving power from Great Britain. For the first time in centuries, Scotland will have decision-making authority over its domestic issues.