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Course Opportunities

The College of Science & Engineering at the University of Edinburgh has an outstanding reputation and offers a vast range of subjects, from materials chemistry to geophysics, to differential geometry. The School of Mathematics is excellent and has been rated highly in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Operational Research. 
The Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) (School of Art) pursues the innovative practice, research, analysis, and communication of visual, material, and sensual culture.
  • You enroll in Studio Practice (24 quarter UC units). During the application process, Art majors apply to the ECA with the regular Edinburgh application, and they select one of four study areas (painting, photography, intermedia, sculpture). Students will know if their application was successful by early/mid-June.
View the UCEAP flyer for the School of Art program option.
Note: The prerequisites for this program are not exactly specified, but participants are entering the UK third-year level, and background knowledge is required. Contact your campus advisor for further information.

The Edinburgh College of Art is making 8-quarter-unit courses available to non-Art majors via the College of Humanities and Social Science. These courses, however, are highly impacted and for Fall applicants enrollment cannot be guaranteed until July. Students with no art background would need to select Year 1 courses, while students with some relevant background could possibly take Year 2 courses.

Highland Bagpipe: History, Context and Performance (SCET08010) - An introduction to the history and performance of the Great Highland Bagpipe for Visiting Students. The course is free of charge, but space is limited and strictly monitored. See the course finder for more information.
Veterinary Medicine Experience (fall only) - an intensive ten-week rotation that provides work experience for students who want to study veterinary medicine. (This experience will be documented on your UC transcript.) 
Use the following resources to learn about courses at the University of Edinburgh:
  • Make sure to check the Academic Guide for all Scottish Universities to see if the University of Edinburgh offers the subject areas you want to study.
  • Search the University of Edinburgh online Course-Finder to learn more about courses available to you on UCEAP. You will be considered a 'visiting' student so be sure to check whether particular courses will be open to you. Confirm the semester in which the course should be offered as not all courses are offered in both fall and spring terms.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists University of Edinburgh courses previously taken by UC students. Many additional courses are available, and not all courses listed may still be offered.
Students can now select courses without unit restrictions from either the College of Humanities and Social Science or the College of Science and Engineering.
The University of Edinburgh offers semester-long and year-long math courses.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.  
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required.  UCEAP students have joined the Edinburgh University Young Scientific Researchers Association (EUYSRA) to broaden their horizons and gain valuable experience in original and degree independent research.
University of Edinburgh 
The University of Edinburgh has top ranked departments of anthropology, art history, biological sciences, business, classics, chemistry, computer science, earth and marine science, economics, engineering, English, Scottish Studies, history, mathematics, Middle Eastern and African studies, philosophy, physics, political science, religious studies, and sociology.
Founded in 1583, The University of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s oldest universities and consistently ranks among the top ten in the country. Science, or “natural philosophy” has been studied at Edinburgh since the university was established. Famous alumni include Charles Darwin; Daniel Rutherford, who discovered nitrogen; Alexander Graham Bell; and James Hutton, the founder of our modern geology.
Humanities and social sciences courses are held on the main campus in the city center. Most science and engineering courses are held in the King’s Buildings, located about 20 minutes south of the main campus.​

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance.  The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.   

1. Internships found through the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Center

Become engaged in internships through the resources of the Edinburgh Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the Edinburgh Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.

2. Student - initiated internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources. 
Additional Information: Explore the University of Edinburgh's Careers Service for more information on advertised internships, unadvertised internships, and campus internships. In addition, Edinburgh festivals are great opportunities for gaining work experience. Many of the festivals, however, take place over the summer. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Student Experiences:
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)

UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice.  Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses.  All universities have resources to help you find private housing.

University housing (traditional halls of residence and flats) is guaranteed if you submit the housing application along with the host university application. Students say there is a good selection of private housing in the community.

Past UCEAP participants say different options appeal to different expectations. For example, College Wynd, Robertson’s Close, and Kincaid’s Court are conveniently located close to campus and the city center. However, they can be very noisy at night and on weekends due to freshers and nearby bars.

Fraser Court, East Newington Place, Sciennes, Sciennes Place, and South Clerk Street are convenient if you are taking classes in King’s Buildings, but are a distance from the city center.

Warrender Park Road and Warrender Park Crescent are in a pleasant residential area and well liked. Students are often concerned about the 15-minute walk across The Meadows at night to return from the central campus. However, The Meadows is a beautiful park for the daytime walk to class.

Past students have recommended Kitchener House, Hermit’s Croft, and St. John’s Hill (next to the sports center), as well as Darroch Court and New Arthur Place, which are centrally located.

Pollock Halls include meals, and are recommended if you do not want to deal with grocery shopping and cooking. However, Pollock Halls house about 1,800 students, predominantly freshers and international students, are very noisy, and have had numerous room break-ins and thefts.​​

Scotland's capital, Edinburgh (population 500,000), is a lively and easily navigable city, with a large university student population that brings a youthful buzz to daily life. The city architecture encompasses both the old and the new with its famous 12th century Edinburgh castle at one end of the Royal Mile and the modern Scottish Parliament building at the other end, overlooking the Queen’s Palace. Over half of the city is covered by public gardens and parkland, making it a perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts. From museums and art galleries to a great clubbing and music scene, Edinburgh has something for everyone.
Edinburgh is also home to the largest cultural festival in the United Kingdom, which the city hosts every summer.​

​Edinburgh is the site of the 1999 reestablishment of the Scottish Parliament, and the city prides itself on being the center of Scottish culture. With rich offerings in music and theater, it has become a European cultural center as well.

The university operates the Bedlam Theatre, which is the only entirely student-run theater in the U.K. The university also hosts a popular series of on-campus lunchtime concerts with visiting artists as well as student performers.