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University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Type of Program: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students, 4th year u/g students
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Duration of Program: More than 4 weeks
Program Adviser: Claire Hu
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Although fall 2021 and AY 21-22 do not appear as application options, we are currently accepting applications for select fall 2021 semester study abroad programs (until April 30, 2021)! To start an application, you must first meet with Claire Hu, the adviser for this program, to discuss international travel regulations, health and safety considerations, and program-specific information. Please make an appointment to meet with Claire via her WASE calendar as soon as possible. The Study Abroad Program looks forward to supporting and assisting you. 

Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. 

Princeton deadline: April 30, 2021

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of Scotland's ancient universities, which holds a worldwide reputation for excellence in research and teaching. While courses are offered in a wide range of subjects, the university has special strengths in computer science, economics and social history, electrical engineering, geography, natural sciences, and sociology.

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of Scotland's ancient universities. It has expanded to become one of the largest universities in the UK with over 16,000 undergraduate students, and holds a worldwide reputation for excellence in research and teaching in a wide variety of subjects, especially the sciences. Courses are offered in biology, engineering, the humanities, languages, music, physical sciences, religion/theology, and Scottish studies. The University of Edinburgh has special strengths in computer science, economics and social history, electrical engineering, geography, natural sciences, and sociology.

For more information about the University of Edinburgh and their study abroad program, read the Edinburgh Study Abroad Fact Sheet.

The Setting

Edinburgh is the top destination for overseas and UK visitors to Scotland and has been voted 'Favorite UK City' for an incredible 13 consecutive years by the Guardian and Observer newspapers. 


While the University of Edinburgh is open to all majors, it has particular strengths in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Sociology, Economics, and natural sciences.


To view the full list of available courses, please use Edinburgh’s course finder. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from September to December
Spring semester typically runs from January to May
You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar.  


On-campus housing is guaranteed to semester and year-long study abroad students who apply by the deadline. Please review Edinburgh’s accommodation application and deadline for details on the process. See below for advice from past students:
  • "Definitely request Kincaid's Court of Robertson's. While not the nicest, these two apartment complexes were centrally located to all social life, night life (the Cow Gate, a main road in Edinburgh), main streets, classes, etc. They are at the heart of the city and campus-life." 
  • "I lived in Kincaid's Court, which is an apartment building associated with the University Housing. I lived in a flat with 4 Edinburgh girls, all freshman from the U.K. Kincaid's court was a great place to live to meet Scottish students and international students alike. Your flatmates are your best resource for learning about a culture."
  • "I highly recommend living on campus housing as it gives you an opportunity to make friends outside of class. My flatmates actually ended up being my best friends on campus, and I still do and plan to keep in touch with them far into the future."
  • "Pick a living place near the main campus. I lived in Kincaid’s, and although it was noisy, it was so convenient and helped me develop my social circle. I was a 7 minute walk from campus, and living in that area was very fun. My friends who lived far from campus found it difficult."

Student Life

Study abroad students can get involved in many extracurricular activities while at Edinburgh including in Sports Clubs. To find out more about the 64 Sports clubs, visit the website of Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU). See below for testimonials from past students:
  • "If you're studying in Edinburgh starting in fall semester, I highly recommend attending Fresher’s Week activities. They're a good way to get discounted admission to lots of tourist sites around the city--and found them to be an excellent way to meet people (especially first year students, who aren't yet settled in and are looking to make new friends)."
  • "I joined the Murder Mystery Society and the Drumming Society. They were both super fun! The Murder Mystery Society is famous at Edinburgh, and it was a great way to meet new people. The drumming society was a great way to try something new and jam out."

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 10/15/2021 10/22/2021 TBA TBA
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