University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Language of instruction

English

   Limited places available. Unlikely to be available as a second or third preference.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked among the Top 20 universities in the world and has been at the forefront of knowledge since it was founded in 1583. Famous alumni include Charles Darwin and J K Rowling.

The University is at the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Scotland’s inspiring capital is one of Europe’s great cultural hubs and a stimulating place to study. Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival takes place each year during August.

Semester dates

UQ SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Semester 2January–May
Semester 2Semester 1September–December

View Edingburgh's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

The University of Edinburgh has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

60 credits at The University of Edinburgh is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
You are not permitted to study fewer than 60 credits at Edinburgh (8 UQ units)

Host university requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5 to study at The University of Edinburgh.

Study Options
Sem 1, 2023 exchanges and prior: Not applicable to this university (for the purpose of applying to UQ). You can choose courses from any of the faculties at Edinburgh which are open to exchange students, however, there are numerous course restrictions outlined below.
Sem 2, 2023 exchanges and later: You must choose one admission stream from either uni-wide, law or business and take the majority of courses within the chosen stream. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below. 

Semester Restrictions
Students are typically only able to participate in a single semester of exchange at the University of Edinburgh, due to the popularity of this university.

Other Requirements
3rd year Undergraduate course requirement: To study 3rd year undergraduate courses at Edinburgh, you will need to have completed at least three advanced 2nd or 3rd-year courses in a relevant study area and have received a grade B (a 5 at UQ) or above to be considered.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search Edinburgh's course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental studies
Fire safety engineering
French
German
History and ancient history
Information technology
International business
International relations
Italian
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Religion
Russian
Social work
Sociology
Spanish

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

Exchange students who comply with application requirements are guaranteed an offer of university accommodation. Edinburgh provides the list of application requirements as well as everything you need to know about visiting student accommodation.

Cost of living

Budgeting for living costs is an important part of planning for your exchange. The University provides a guide to estimated monthly costs of living in Edinburgh

The Which? Student Budget Calculator is also a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

A $4,000 Travelling Scholarship is offered by Emmanuel College. For enquiries, please contact Emmanuel College directly.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students are not required to purchase additional insurance. 

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Edinburgh provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)