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A Semester in Scotland - University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Study Abroad Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/11/2017 05/26/2017
NOTE: January 11 is the first day of Welcome Week. Students will likely need to arrive in Edinburgh on January 10 or earlier. Do not book your flight until you have an offer letter from University of Edinburgh. Please only book your flight when you are sure of your arrival date. May 26 is the last day of exams, and students can start departing Edinburgh on May 27.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory
Class Status: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior Cumulative GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Iowa State
ISU Course:
Program Description:
Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
A Semester in Scotland

Semester in Scotland Photo Album

Program description
The Semester in Scotland program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at the University of Edinburgh (UE), one of the top universities not just in the U.K. but also in the world. It is located in the heart of the historic Edinburgh Old Town, just minutes away from culture sites including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and St. Giles Cathedral.  Watch this video about this world class university in a world class city!

Given the prestige of the university, the Semester in Scotland program is a particularly good match for Honors students or those who are “honors-eligible”.

  • Ranked 17th in the world (QS World Universities 2013/14 Rankings)
  • One of the U.K.’s largest and most prestigious universities, with a student population of over 25,000.
  • International atmosphere; UE has been attracting students from all over the world for over four centuries.
  • One of Europe’s leading institutions in terms of quality of teaching and research.

  • Capital of Scotland and second largest city (pop. 598,000).
  • One of Europe’s most exciting cultural centers and the second most visited tourist destination in the U.K.
  • A beautiful city steeped in history and cultural significance.

  • Jumping in the HighlandsThe University of Edinburgh offers courses in both the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Engineering.
  • Students will take 3-4 classes, earning 12-15 ISU credits.
  • Classes tend to meet less frequently than at U.S. universities and are generally held twice a week.
ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED.
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here:
Transfer Credit Contacts

For more information on UE's courses:
UE Course Catalog

  • Accommodation options for students include self-catered apartment-style flats and catered residence halls.
  • Most options are conveniently located near campus and other central locations.
  • Students are responsible for securing their own accommodation and paying the deposit. This can be done by applying online on UE’s website.

For more information on housing:
UE accommodations

Scottish Parliament Internship Program
The University of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to intern with a Member of the Scottish Parliament for a semester or a summer.

For more information:Map Program Fee
The ISU Program Fee for the Spring 2016 is $13,100 and for Fall 2016 is $12,900. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.
The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.
Click the "budget sheets" tab above for more details.

Scholarships for study abroad
Specifically, students should check out the BUTEX scholarship.  The University of Edinburgh is an eligible institution for BUTEX awards. 

More information

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment: email or phone 515-294-6792.

Edinburgh Presentation (PowerPoint)
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United Kingdom visa links: Please note, not all students are required to get a visa; contact the Study Abroad Center for more information.

Visa Information

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