As a leading research higher education institution, the University actively welcomes and encourages visiting students from other British higher education institutions and from higher education institutions around the world.

Visiting students have the opportunity to take taught courses and/or conduct research at the University for a short period, i.e. for less than or up to one year. Credit gained and/or research conducted at Edinburgh will transfer back to the home institution and may count towards the student's final qualification.

Your Application Checklist

1. Check Your Eligibility

You must be registered on a programme at another higher education institution (your home institution), from which you plan to ultimately graduate.

See Eligibility Requirements
2. Find a Supervisor

Contact the supervisor you are interested in working with for confirmation they are willing to accommodate your research visit.

Browse Our Faculty
3. Check Fee Status

If you are admitted to the University for less than or up to 12 weeks, you will not be charged a tuition fee. If you are admitted for more than 12 weeks, you will be charged a flat fee rate.

See Visiting Student Fees
4. Submit Your Application

To apply, you must download and complete our application form. Before your application can be completed, you will need to supply required supporting documents.

See Required Documents Guide

Important Points to Remember

  • It takes 2-3 weeks for applications to be processed.
  • If any of your documents are not in English, we require both an official copy of the original and an official translation into English. An official translation must be stamped and signed on each page to signify it is a true copy and can be done by the awarding institution, the British Embassy or a professional translation service.
  • Visiting Research Students cannot study for longer than 12 months.
  • Fees are charged in whole months so we advise you to join us at the beginning of a month and leave at the end of a month, otherwise you will be charged the flat fee for any portion of calendar month you are in attendance.

Ready to Apply?

Download Application Form

Once you have completed your application form, please email it to:

Looking for More Information?

Visiting Student Office Website