The University of Edinburgh

Why Study Here?

  • We are one of the most diverse universities in the UK, with students from over 150 countries.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • The following minimum requirements apply. Please note that some courses have higher requirements (details on the website).
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 or above with minimum 20 in each section.
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with 5.5 in each component (IELTS academic module).

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £16,700 £17,400
Mixed - -
Laboratory £21,900 £22,500
Clinical £49,600 £37,200

Bursaries and Scholarships

The following scholarship programmes are available for international undergraduate students:

  • Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarships.
  • Deutsche Post DHL Undergraduate Scholarships.
  • University of Edinburgh Coca-Cola Scholarships (EU).

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Prior to commencing their studies, students are sent information and materials and directed to the 'New Students' website which provides specific advice and assistance for international students as well as general information for all new students.
  • There is a welcome service provided at Edinburgh Airport over the Arrivals Weekends in September and January for all new international students, and a tailored International Day at the start of Freshers Week offering a range of information and events.
  • Those staying in university accommodation are provided with a range of online induction information prior to arrival including FAQs covering support, welfare and medical matters.
  • On arrival, the specialist Residence Life services ensure a range of appropriate social and induction events to support familiarisation with and integration into the university and the city.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All new undergraduates are guaranteed an offer of university accommodation for their first year of study.
  • The university provides a wide range of accommodation options, both catered (45% of the undergraduate stock) and self-catered (65%); catered option includes two meals each day (breakfast and dinner).
  • All undergraduate residents are spread evenly amongst UK/EU students throughout the estate.
  • The majority of university accommodation is around 1.5 km from the university, a 15–20 minute walk.
  • Students may stay in their accommodation during vacations.
  • Accommodation costs (2015–16): single study bedrooms, catered from £174 to £253 per week; self-catered from £90 and £158 per week. Rents include internet provision, utilities, and contents insurance.
  • Some shared room options are available at lower prices.

Organisations for International Students

  • The university has nearly 300 student societies and many of these cater for international students – including country specific societies, religious societies and those that cater for exchange students.
  • The International Students Centre provides space for students with international newspapers and offers opportunities for students to meet socially and explore Scotland – with weekend trips, parties and country-specific nights.