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The University of Edinburgh


Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


The University of Edinburgh, the 6th oldest university in Great Britain, was founded in 1583 and has a world-wide reputation for excellence. Its current student population of more than 22,000 (around 17,000 undergraduates and 5,400 postgraduates) is enrolled in 8 Faculties: Arts, Divinity, Law, Medicine, Music, Science & Engineering, Social Sciences (includes the Department of Business Studies), and Medicine. Approximately 5,100 of the total population are international students from over 120 different countries. The university is located on 2 main sites within the City of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, which is home to the Scottish Parliament and a huge number of galleries, museums, not to mention some 9 annual international festivals.
Student perspectives on studying in Edinburgh

Academic Areas of Expertise/Focus:

not specified


BCom only

Available Spots:

4 semester spots/academic year

Special Admission Requirements:


Approximate Term Dates:

Semester 1: September - December
Semester 2: January - May

Summer Program Option:

University of Edinburgh Summer School


Full-time Course Load: 60 credits/3 courses per semester (equivalent to 15 UofA credits)

Language(s) of Instruction: English

Course Restrictions: As our agreement with the University of Edinburgh is a "subject specific" one for Business, exchange participants are required to take 2/3 of their courses in this field and will be allowed to take 1/3 non-business courses from other faculties.


General Information for Exchange Students

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Special Funding:

BUTEX Student Scholarships - open to all undergraduate students accepted on an official exchange program for a minimum of one semester at a BUTEX affiliated institution in the UK. Valued at £500 to be paid upon arrival & registration at the host university. Please visit the BUTEX homepage for more information.

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Destination Overview (averages based on 8 reviews by past participants):

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"University of Edinburgh was a fantastic experience. Get involved with as much student groups as possible to meet people!"

"The Edinburgh University academics are excellent. The professors were top notch, and the course work was interesting. However, it was much easier than expected compared to the Alberta School of Business. But it will look excellent on the final transcript!"

"Great experience, I would love to go back!"