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Title: Information for International applicants and prospective students

Information for International applicants and
prospective students
The University
An ancient university, founded in 1583 One of
the largest universities in the UK Over 30,000
students, more than 20,000 undergraduates Over
11,000 international students from more than 150
countries 8,000 staff 3 Colleges, 22
Schools Merged with Edinburgh College of
Art Located in the heart of Scotlands capital
city Numerous networks and global partnerships
The University of Edinburgh rated as the best
place to be in the UK by international students
ISB Survey
The University Historic Prestigious
One of the top UK universities and study
destinations within Europe Ranked 5th in UK, 6th
in Europe by THE World University Rankings
2012 Ranked 21st in the World by QS World
University Rankings 2012 One of the worlds
leading research universities (Research
Assessment Exercise, RAE 2008) Excellent
reputation for teaching research - over 80
academic staff active in research Innovative and
quality assured teaching standards Associated
with 15 Nobel Prize winners - in areas such as
Physics, Medicine, Economics

The City of Edinburgh
Europe's Leading Destination in 2012 World
Travel Awards 2012 Population around 500,000,
students make up over one tenth Historic,
cosmopolitan, safe, cultured city One of the
most vibrant cities in Europe and most desirable
places to live in the world Worlds first UNESCO
City of Literature UNESCO World Heritage Site
12 annual festivals, including the worlds
largest arts festival Financial
centre Excellent transport network

Edinburgh isnt so much a city, more a way of
life I doubt Ill ever tire of exploring
Edinburgh, on foot or in print. Ian Rankin,
best-selling crime writer and University of
Edinburgh alumnus
Edinburghs Climate
Edinburgh enjoys a moderate year-round climate

Warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
Same annual rainfall as New York and Rome...
The University in the city
Scale 0.5 mile
Distinguished Alumni
Charles Darwin, Naturalist David Hume,
Philosopher Joseph Lister, Surgeon Piers Sellers,
NASA Astronaut Gordon Brown, previous UK Prime
Minister Adam Smith, Economist James Clerk
Maxwell, Physicist Sir Walter Scott, Writer Ian
Rankin, UK's bestselling crime author JK
Rowling, Writer John Witherspoon, Clergyman,
signatory of US Declaration of Independence Sir
Chris Hoy, the UKs most successful Olympian

Academic Structure
3 Colleges College of Humanities Social
Science College of Medicine Veterinary
Medicine College of Science Engineering 22
Schools All research-active 119 academic
disciplines 500 Undergraduate degrees 160
Postgraduate taught courses 130 Research degrees

You are now in a place where the best courses
upon earth are within your reach such an
opportunity you will never again have. Thomas
Jefferson, Founding Father and US President
speaking to his son-in-law as he began his
studies at the University of Edinburgh in 1786
College of Humanities Social Science
Schools Business Edinburgh College of
Art Divinity Economics Education Health in Social
Science History, Classics and Archaeology Law Lite
ratures, Languages and Cultures Philosophy,
Psychology Language Sciences Social and
Political Science Average first year UG intake

College of Medicine Veterinary Medicine

Royal School of Veterinary Studies School of
Biomedical Sciences School of Clinical Sciences
and Community Health School of Molecular and
Clinical Medicine Average first year UG intake
College of Science Engineering
Schools Biological Sciences Chemistry
Engineering Geosciences Informatics
Mathematics Physics Astronomy Average first
year UG intake 1,500
UK Undergraduate Degrees
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the
majority of Honours degrees are 3 years in
duration with specialisation from the outset In
Scotland, the majority of degrees are 4 years
(Honours) This is because Scottish degrees have
lots of flexibility and choice of subjects to
study in lower years, with specialisation by
third year Often this gives students the
opportunity to sample several subjects before
choosing in which to specialise Ancient
universities confer Master of Arts (MA) for
undergraduate degrees in social sciences

Degree structure
England Scotland USA (Liberal Arts)
Apply to Single / Joint Major Possible Major Core curriculum
Year 1 Degree Major 2-4 subjects Core curriculum
Year 2 Degree Major 2-4 subjects Declare Major Declare Major
Year 3 Honours Year Dissertation/ Research project Degree award BA/BSc Honours Year Study Abroad Major
Year 4 / exit qualification Degree award MSc Honours Year Dissertation Degree award MA/BSc Major Degree award BA
Example Humanities undergraduate degree structure
Year One English Language 1 / English
Literature 1 / Other Subject A Year
Two English Language 2 / English Literature 2
/ Other Subject B Options English Language,
Single Honours Degree English Literature,
Single Honours Degree English Language
Literature, Joint Honours Degree Year
Three English Language Year Four English Language
Example Science undergraduate degree structure
Year One Biology 1 / Chemistry 1
/ Other Subject A Year Two Biology 2
/ Chemistry 2 / Other Subject B Options
Biological Sciences (or Biochemistry,
Biotechnology, Cell Biology,
Development Cell Biology, Ecology,
Evolutionary Biology, Genetics,
Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Medical Biology,
Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience,
Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant
Science, Reproductive Biology or Zoology), 
or Chemistry, (or Chemistry with
Industrial Experience, with 
Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, with
Materials  Chemistry, Medicinal and
Biological Chemistry) Year Three
Neuroscience Year Four Neuroscience
Edinburgh degrees
Encourage independent thinking, reasoning and
research skills Emphasis on independent study,
self-motivation and critical thinking Taught
through lectures, seminars, tutorials Contact
hours vary by subject Humanities average 12-15
hours per week Science average 20-25 hours per
week Normal study week around 40 hours
Assessment by coursework and examination Study
abroad option often available in 3rd
year Academic year is divided into 2 semesters
Semester 1 17 Sep - 14 Dec 2012
Semester 2 14 Jan - 25 May 2013

Example Humanities first year timetable
Psychology Single Honours
Time/Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10.00 Philosophy 1 (lecture)   Philosophy 1 (lecture)   Philosophy 1 (lecture)
11.10 Core course Psychology 1 (lecture)   Core course Psychology 1 (lecture)   Core course Psychology 1 (lecture)
12.10      Italian (seminar)2 per semester   Philosophy 1 (tutorial)
13.05     Sports Societies          
14.00   Sports Societies       Core course Psychology 1 (fortnightly tutorial)
15.00   Sports Societies       Italian (tutorial)  
16.10  Italian (tutorial)  Italian (tutorial) Sports Societies        Italian (lecture)  
Example Science first year timetable Mechanical
Time/Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00 Economics 1 (lecture)   Core course Maths for Sci Eng (tutorial) Economics 1 (lecture)  
10.00 Core course Engineering 1 - Mechanical (lecture) Core course Engineering 1 - Sustainability (lecture)     Core course Engineering 1 - Electronics (lecture)
12.10 Core course Maths for Sci Eng (lecture) Core course Maths for Sci Eng (lecture)   Core course Maths for Sci Eng (lecture) Core course Maths for Sci Eng (lecture)
14.00 Economics 1 (tutorial) Core course Engineering 1 - Mechanical (laboratory) Sports societies Core course Engineering 1 - Mechanical (tutorial)  
15.00   Core course Engineering 1 - Mechanical (laboratory) Sports societies    
16.10   Core course Engineering 1 - Mechanical (laboratory) Sports societies    
17.00   Core course Engineering 1 - Mechanical (laboratory) Sports societies    
Exchange Partners
Australia University of Melbourne University of
New South Wales University of Queensland
University of Sydney Canada University of
British Columbia Carleton University McGill
University Queen's University University of
Toronto China Fudan University Hong Kong
University Peking University ERASMUS 180 links,
20 countries
India University of Delhi New Zealand University
of Auckland Massey University University of
Otago South Korea Konkuk University Korea
University Singapore National University of
Singapore South America Universidad de San
Andres, Argentina Universidad de las Americas,
Mexico Pontificia Universidad Catolica de
USA Barnard College CalTech University of
California University of Chicago Georgetown
University George Washington University
Haverford College Iowa State University
University of Miami Michigan State University
University of Mississippi University of North
Carolina Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond University of Austin
Texas University of Virginia University of
Washington Washington University St Louis

Undergraduate Tuition Fees
Annual fees for academic year 2012-2013 Most
courses 12,650 (non-lab / class based)
16,650 (laboratory / studio
arts) Medicine 20,600 (Years 1 2) 34,850
(Years 3, 4 5) Veterinary 19,950 to
26,400 Medicine (varying for each year) Cost
of living 8,000 (estimate) For up to date
information on course fees and any additional
programme costs
Scholarships for the 2013-2014 session

University scholarships awarded on the basis of
academic merit Edinburgh Global Undergraduate
Scholarships 15 worth 2,000 Deadline 1 April
2013 Applicants should already have been offered
a place at the University and should have firmly
accepted that offer or be intending to do
Very popular and competitive study
destination Over 40,000 applications for c.4,000
undergraduate places in September
2011 Approximately 15,000 offers were made for
2011 undergraduate entry Admission statistics
are available on our website
Admissions and Fee Status
  • International Students
  • Seeking to attract similar calibre of
    international students.
  • International student applicants who meet or
    are predicted to meet the minimum entry
    requirements are likely to be made an offer for
    all programmes
  • gt minimum entry requirements
  • gt rolling admissions
  • "Home" students
  • There are a limited number of places funded by
    the Scottish Government for students from
    Scotland and European Union countries.
  • Applicants from The Rest of the UK RUK 9,000
    Tuition Fee per year. Some relaxation on the
    quota based on academic excellence.
  • gt popular programmes competition
  • gt gathered pool

Exception Medicine The number of medicine places
for international students is limited by UK
Government restrictions to 7 percent of the total
medicine entrants. Consequently, international
entry to medicine is also extremely competitive.
Admission requirements and How to Apply
Encourage applications from well-qualified
students Recognise a wide range of
qualifications for entry Entry requirements vary
from programme to programme Details of specific
country requirements can be found
Undergraduate applications are made through
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions
Undergraduate Applications
All full-time undergraduate applications to the
University are made through UCAS (Universities
and Colleges Admissions Service) One
application for up to five courses Note four
for Dentistry, Medicine and Vet Medicine
UCAS Important Dates
  • 15 October
  • Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine,
    veterinary science courses and all courses at the
    universities of Oxford and Cambridge
  • 15 January
  • UK/EU deadline for all other courses and art and
  • 30 June
  • International applicants (with exceptions and
    provisos for competition)

University Accommodation
Guaranteed housing for first year Over 6,000
residential places for students Centrally
located, easy access to teaching facilities and
city centre 95 single rooms / en-suite or
shared Flats / apartments Catered /
self-catered residences 24-hour residential
wardens / ResLife team After first year,
approximately 1,000 University places for
returning students Majority choose to live in
private accommodation after first
year Applications open February to

Learning Facilities
17 libraries Main library undergoing a 60
million refurbishment Special collections UKs
largest campus computer network Located close to
key learning resources, including the National
Library and National Gallery of Scotland Well
established links with professions and
industry State of the art facilities and the
opportunity to work with top academics

Careers Service
Provides an online database of employers offering
temporary, part-time, summer internships and
volunteering opportunities for students, in
addition to graduate vacancies Helps students
develop career plans, provides advice and
guidance on interview techniques, CVs and
application forms Hosts a wide range of employer
presentations on campus, careers seminars,
workshops and careers fairs Provides
information for international students who want
to work in the UK or to return to their home
country after their studies
Student Experience
Over 260 student societies 65 sports clubs, 5
rated sports facilities Student radio station,
weekly newspaper and the UKs oldest student-run
theatre company The University has finished in
the top 5 in the British Universities and
Colleges Sport rankings every year for the last 5
years 5 student union buildings International
students centre

The University of Edinburgh voted the best UK
university for clubs and societies by
international students ISB Survey
A-Z of Student Societies
Aberdeen FC Supporters Club (EU) African
Arabic Dance Society African Caribbean Society
African Relations Circle AIESEC Air Squadron
Amnesty International Anime and Animation
Society Archaeology Society Architecture Sans
Frontier Society Art Society Baha'i Society
Ballroom Dance Society Barnardos
SocietyBhangra Crew Big 2 BioSoc Bisexual
Lesbian or Gay (BLOGS) Brass Band Bridge Club
Bright Futures EdinburghBuddhist Bulgarian
Society BUNAC Capoeira Society Catholic
Students' Union Celtic Supporters Club Chamber
Choir Chamber Orchestra Changeringers (Guild
of) Charity Fashion Society Cheerleading Society
'The Vixens'
Chemical Engineering Society Chemical Society
Chess Club Chi Soc Childrens Holiday Venture
Chill Out Society Chinese Cultural Society
Chinese Students' Association Choc
Soc Christian Union Classics Society Clinical
Psychologists in TrainingComedy and
That Composers' Orchestra Computer
Society Confucianism Study Society Conservative
Unionist Association Create Society Debates
Committee Diabetes Society Diagnostic Society
Dirty Weekenders (Conservationists) Drumming
Society Duke of Edinburgh Award Economics
Edinburgh Exchange Support Society Edinburgh
Global Partnerships Edinburgh Worshippers of
Cthulhu Society Engineering Engineers Without
Borders Edinburgh English Language and
Linguistics Society English Literature Society

Entrepreneurial Society Exmoor Pony Trekking
Section Exped Fair Trade Café Film Society
First Aiding Society Flamenco Folk Song Society
Fonelisco Orphanage Project Society Football
Supporters Association Footlights Formal Attire
Running Club of Edinburgh Frequently Asked
Questions Society Fresh Air (Student Radio)
GameSoc GEAS (Roleplaying) Geography Society
Geolsoc German Society Goth and Rock Society
Hellenic Society Highland Society History
Society Hitch Hong Kong International Society
Humanist Society Hung Ga Appreciation
Society iCUE Indie Ink Magazine International
Relations Forum

A-Z of Student Societies continued!
Snooker SocietySouth Asian Society Spanish and
Latino Society Standing Ovation Stop Aids
String Orchestra Student Action for
Autism Student Action For Refugees (STAR)
Student Cancer Fund Student Christian Movement
Student Newspaper Student Scout and Guide
Organisation Students Supporting Street Kids
(SSSK) Studio Opera Swahili Club Swing Dance
Society Tai Chi Chuan Taiwanese Society Tango
Tennent's Lager Appreciation Society Theatre
Company (Bedlam) Tibet Society Trading
Investment Club Travel Society Twisters
Association Untapped Talent Vedic
Society Veterinary Zoological Wargames Water of
Life Welsh Society Yoga Society
Irish Islamic Society Italian Society Japanese
Jazz Orchestra Jewish Society Juggling Society
Korean Society Labour Club Law Society
Liberal Democrats Malaysian Students Marrow
Society Mathematics Statistics Mature Grad
Medics Mature Law Students' Society Meadows
Half Marathon Medics Mediterranean Gastronomic
MedSIN-UK Mexicanos En Edimburgo Middle
Eastern Society Model United Nations Modern
Dance Society Movie Production Society Music
Society Musical Medics Society New Scotland
Country Dance Nightline Nomad Magazine Nursing
Society Officers Training Corps
Oxvol (Oxfam Volunteers) Palestine Solidarity
Society People Planet Persian Society
Philosophy Society Photographic Society Physics
Society Pizza Hereos Poker Society Politics
Society Pool Society Portuguese Brazilian
Society Postgrad Society Pro Evolution Soccer
SocietyPsychology Society Reeling Club
Renaissance Singers Revelation Rock Gospel
Choir Romanian Society Russian Society Save
the Animals Campaign Savoy Opera Group
Scandinavian SocietyScience Fiction Fantasy
Scottish Ethnology Society Scottish Romanian
Language Link (SCROLL) Scottish Socialist
Students' Society Self defence Society Shekter
Soc Sign Society Singapore Students Singers (EU)

Student Sports Clubs
Archery ClubAssociation Football Club
MAssociation Football Club FAthletics
ClubBadminton ClubBasketball ClubBoat
ClubBoxing ClubCanoe ClubCricket Club Cross
CountryCurling ClubCycling ClubExmoor Pony
Trekking S.Fencing Club Gliding ClubGolf
ClubHare Hounds
Hillwalking ClubHockey Club (Male) Hockey Club
(Female) Hot Air Balloon ClubIce Hockey
ClubJudo ClubJu Jitsu ClubKarate Club
(Shotokan)Karate Club (Shukokai)Kendo
ClubKorfball ClubLacrosse Club FLacrosse Club
MMotor Sport ClubMountaineering ClubNetball
ClubOrienteering ClubRifle Club
Roller Hockey ClubRugby Club (Male) Rugby Club
(Female) Sailing ClubShinty ClubSkydiving
Club Snowsports ClubSquash ClubSub Aqua
ClubSwimming Water Polo ClubTable Tennis
ClubTennis ClubTrampoline ClubTriathlon
ClubUltimate Frisbee ClubVolleyball
ClubWeightlifting ClubWindsurfing Surfing Club

International Student Support
Pre arrival advice and guidance Visa and
immigration advice Airport welcome Personal
Tutor Study support Careers service MyEd Social
events programme Global Horizons Hospitality
schemes International Student Centre Chaplaincy
centre On campus health centre
Were Here to Help

The International Office The University of
Edinburgh 33 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh EH8
9JS Scotland, UK E-mail international.enquiries_at_ Call 44 (0)131 650
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