The University of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to live and study in Edinburgh, Scotland, a cultural and commercial hub in the United Kingdom and one of Europe's most charming capital cities. Its dramatic site and cultural vigor helps Edinburgh regularly top the polls as the UK's best place to live.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2019
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO coordinator
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Your transcript from the University of Edinburgh should be sent to the Global Experience Office at the end of your study abroad term.
  • Official Transcript: Request on myNortheastern
  • Personal Statement
  • 1 Letter(s) of recommendation: .
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

The University of Edinburgh works according to the British credit system, which means that visiting students can take a maximum course load of up to 60 University of Edinburgh credits per semester. Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.2667 (University of Edinburgh: Northeastern)
  • 60 credits per semester at the University of Edinburgh is a full-time course load
  • University of Edinburgh courses are 10 or 20 credits each, which is indicated in their Course Finder
  • A 10 credit University of Edinburgh course will come is as 2.667 NU credits, and a 20 credit University of Edinburgh course will come in as 5.334 NU credits
  • If a student takes 60 University of Edinburgh credits abroad, they will receive 16 NU credits 
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

The course finder will be updated by June with the full list for 2018/19. Course offerings do change from year to year, but the current course finder (http://www.ed.ac.uk/global/study-abroad/course) should still give students an idea of what kind of courses are available to students studying abroad in Edinburgh.

Though students will be required to make course selections during their online application, they will be able to make changes to their course list after applying and even when they arrive in Edinburgh up until the second week of teaching. If students wish to change their course selections after the updated course list is released in June, it will be possible to do so by sending an email to studyabroad@ed.ac.uk with their course preferences, their full name and UUN.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2018
  • Deadline: October 31, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO coordinator
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Your transcript from the University of Edinburgh should be sent to the Global Experience Office at the end of your study abroad term.
  • Official Transcript: Request on myNortheastern
  • Personal Statement
  • 1 Letter(s) of recommendation
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

The University of Edinburgh works according to the British credit system, which means that visiting students can take a maximum course load of up to 60 University of Edinburgh credits per semester. Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.2667 (University of Edinburgh: Northeastern)
  • 60 credits per semester at the University of Edinburgh is a full-time course load
  • University of Edinburgh courses are 10 or 20 credits each, which is indicated in their Course Finder
  • A 10 credit University of Edinburgh course will come is as 2.667 NU credits, and a 20 credit University of Edinburgh course will come in as 5.334 NU credits
  • If a student takes 60 University of Edinburgh credits abroad, they will receive 16 NU credits 
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Destination

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.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about the United Kingdom here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • On-Campus: 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.

Host University or Organization

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.

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