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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 05/24/2019

** 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
Cumulative GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:


A Semester in Scotland

Check out Brannan's blog about his semester in Scotland!

Semester in Scotland Photo Album

Program Features

ScotlandWhy Edinburgh?

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”.




Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and second largest city (pop. 598,000). It is one of Europe’s most exciting cultural centers and the second most visited tourist destination in the U.K. It is a beautiful city steeped in history and cultural significance.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in the world (QS World Universities 2013/14 Rankings). It is one of the U.K.’s largest and most prestigious universities, with a student population of over 25,000. UE has been attracting students from all over the world for over four centuries. It is one of Europe’s leading institutions in terms of quality of teaching and research.



ScotlandWhat courses will I take?

The 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

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: Parliament Program


Cost and Scholarships

ScotlandHow much?

The ISU Program Fee for the Fall 2018 is $13,100. 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.

For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

Scholarships can be found here.

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



ScotlandWhere will I live?

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


Dates and Contacts


Program Dates for Spring 2018 semester:
January 9, 2018: Depart the US
January 10, 2018: Accommodation Move-in
January 10-14, 2018: January Welcome Week/Orientation
January 15, 2018: Classes begin
April 6, 2018: Classes end
April 9-20, 2018: Spring Break
April 30, 2018: Final exams begin
May 25, 2018: Final exams end
May 26, 2018: Depart Edinburgh
For additional information on this program, please contact Ben McKelfresh, Marketing & Program Coordinator in ISU’s Study Abroad Center. Ben’s email address is  You may also schedule a meeting with him through this link: 


How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

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)

Host University Links:
University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh's Study Abroad Guide

Please note, not all students are required to get a visa; contact the Study Abroad Center for more information.
Visa Information

Travel Links:
City of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Guide
National Museum of Scotland
The Museum of Edinburgh
National Galleries of Scotland
Edinburgh based Newspaper "Scotsman"
City Views
Great Britain
Studying in Britain
Time Out Edinburgh