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UVA Exchange: University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UVA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2019-2020 15-MAR-2019 25-MAR-2019 09-SEP-2019 22-MAY-2020
NOTE: Dates reflect the academic calendar for the term; arrival and departure dates may differ. Confirmation of dates will be available in the admissions documents from the host university. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 30.
Fall Semester 2019 15-MAR-2019 25-MAR-2019 09-SEP-2019 20-DEC-2019
NOTE: Dates reflect the academic calendar for the term; arrival and departure dates may differ. Confirmation of dates will be available in the admissions documents from the host university. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 30.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Off-campus, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Kathleen McLaren-Hawking
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Accounting, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architectural History, Art, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English Language and Literature, Environmental Sciences, European Studies, Foreign Affairs, French, Geography, Geology, German, Greek, Historic Preservation, History, Independent Study, Information Technology, Internship, Italian, Japanese, Kinesiology, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Nursing, Other Languages & Literatures, Persian, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Structural Engineering, Systems Engineering
Program Description:

UVA Exchange
University of Edinburgh


For over 400 years, the University of Edinburgh has been adapting and developing to meet the ever-changing expectations placed on higher education. As a result, the university is able to offer a diverse and varied student experience. It also offers outstanding facilities and disciplines for the study of Scotland-related subjects. Edinburgh offers a flexible structure that emphasizes breadth as well as depth of knowledge and allows for choices throughout the degree. There are over 20,000 students from a variety of backgrounds and from more than 120 countries. This leads to a lively and diverse student mix providing the opportunity, not just to study, but also to meet, to work and to socialize with people from all over the UK and the world. This is one of the major plus points of Edinburgh that will last far beyond the time spent at the university.

UVA Student Testimonial


Erin Haas, University of Edinburgh, Spring
“I met with my assigned personal tutor to discuss my concerns about the difference in grading style. I was surprised to find how understanding and supportive he was. He gave me great advice on how to adjust to the new learning environment and offered his assistance.”

Location IconLocation

One of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh annually attracts over 2 million visitors, not just for its architecture, but also as a city rich in social, cultural, learning and sporting facilities. Each year the city plays host to internationally renowned events such as the Edinburgh International Arts, Fringe, Film, TV and Science Festivals. Yet the "Athens of the North" is more than just a tourist attraction. Edinburgh - with a population of 500,000 - is a thriving commercial and financial center, the site of the new Scottish Parliament and a gateway to the coastline, hills and open country of the Scottish Highlands.

The Old Town provides a huge variety of shops catering to every taste, from whisky to the occult and from Highland Dress to playing cards. There are galleries, antique shops, crafts, jewelry, textiles, cameras and electrical goods, camping equipment and brushes. There are hostelries whose history goes back for centuries next door to the most cosmopolitan of restaurants. Whatever the taste, it is possible to find somewhere to enjoy eating in the Old Town. And it isn't all in the Royal Mile! For some of the most intriguing shops, the most enjoyable food, explore the Grassmarket and the Bridges and look down the interesting side streets.

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Courses IconAcademics

Arts, Culture and Environment; Divinity; Health in Social Science; History and Classics; Education; Law; Medicine; Music; Science and Engineering; Social Sciences; Literature, Languages and Cultures; Management
University Course Finder

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Semester 1: September - late December
Semester 2: early January - late May
2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

When you are offered a place at the University of Edinburgh, you will need to research the University's accommodations and complete accommodation application form online. The University's accommodation policy guarantees to provide an offer of accommodation to all full-year visiting students from outside the EU, provided that their application has reached the Allocations Division by 1 September. Consult the Division's homepage for additional information.

If you have been allocated a student flat, the lease will normally commence on the Friday before the start of Fresher's Week, while the leases for University residences usually begin on the Saturday before Fresher's Week. If you require accommodation prior to the start of the lease on your allocated accommodation you must contact Accommodation Services in order to obtain details of private guesthouses. It is generally not possible to move into your allocated accommodation early.

Cost IconCost

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Edinburgh Estimated Program Expenses

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.