Find out all you need to know about studying in Edinburgh from key dates, cost of living, accommodation, and how to apply.

Key dates

  • Academic Year: September to May
  • Semester 1: September to December
  • Semester 2: January to May


When you have completed your semester or year at the University of Edinburgh, the Academic Registry will automatically prepare your Transcript of Records. Every transcript has a key to the Edinburgh grading system and recommended equivalencies.

Cost of living

The cost of living varies depending on your lifestyle.


You may need a visa to give you permission to enter the UK as a student.


Exchange and Study Abroad students who join us for a full academic year are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation if they apply by the deadline.

Non-EU students joining us for one semester only will also be guaranteed an offer of University accommodation if they apply by the deadline. EU students joining us for a single semester are also welcome to apply for University accommodation although we cannot guarantee a place.

Working or volunteering

Many visiting students have a part-time job while in Edinburgh to get more experience, earn some spending money, and meet new people. Some students also undertake voluntary work.

Please note that there may be restrictions on the number of hours you can work.

Arrival and orientation

Welcome Week in September and the January Welcome is the period before classes begin when you have the opportunity to settle in to life as a student at the University of Edinburgh.

This is when you will officially enrol at the University and attend information sessions, orientation events, and a range of activities organised by Edinburgh University Students' Association. These are designed to help you find your way around, gain access to services, and meet up with others arriving from our global partners.

You will also learn more about the University's support services for students.

Entry requirements

You can find our entry and English Language requirements on the Study Abroad website:

How to apply

To apply to Edinburgh as an Erasmus or International Exchange student, you must be nominated by your home university. Check with your study abroad advisor or Erasmus/International Office at your home university to see if Edinburgh has an agreement in your subject area. Study Abroad students can apply directly.

Along with your application, you will need to upload copies of your supporting information including an official transcript, an academic reference, and a personal statement of about 500 words.

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