The University of Edinburgh welcomes students from around the world on exchange programmes. Study with us for a semester or a year.

Choosing Your Courses at Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh offers a wide choice of undergraduate business courses. Most of our exchange students will select courses from second year onwards. These would be subjects you have little or no prior knowledge of.

Superficially, the MA degree resembles a North American four-year BA, but there are very real differences. While non-honours courses (first and second year) may look like North American 'lower-division' ones, the Edinburgh courses are frequently at a higher level. Honours courses (third and fourth year) all assume particular prior knowledge and will have a pre-requisite course.

It is likely that you will be studying a mix of non-honours and honours courses. This is appropriate even if you are in your third or fourth year at your home university. Note that it is not possible to do postgraduate-level (graduate) courses.

Students studying for a full year here take three full courses or the equivalent in half-courses, where these are available. All second year half courses and honours courses are equivalent to approximately one sixth of a full student load - i.e. 20 SCOTCAT points or 10 ECTS. Therefore, if you are spending a full academic year at the University of Edinburgh you would normally select six courses (a total of 120 SCOTCAT points equivalent to 60 ECTS).

The courses are weighted according to the number of lecture hours or total class hours. In the College of Humanities and Social Science, most non-honours courses have two or three hours of lectures per week and a one-hour tutorial (small-group discussion). Honours courses are usually two hours a week, often in one single session, but this may vary.

One SCOTCAT credit point is equivalent to 10 hours of notional student effort. Therefore a course with 20 SCOTCAT points (10 ECTS) will be 200 hours.

Your Personal Tutor

A Personal Tutor is appointed to every exchange student. Your Tutor will help you to choose your courses once you arrive.

As an exchange student based in the School, you are also eligible to select those other University courses available to exchange students. The Visiting Student Guide includes a fully searchable database of all these courses.

Visiting Student Office

The University's Edinburgh Global provides very useful information for new students which contains details on things like immigration, money, and accommodation.

Edinburgh Global


Please note if your home university does not currently have an exchange link with the Business School, non-EU students can still come to study at Edinburgh as an independent Visiting Student. EU students must be nominated on an Erasmus exchange agreement.

For details on how to apply as a Business School Exchange student, please refer to the University website.

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