University of Oregon

University of Edinburgh Exchange

Program Overview

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1582 and is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is one of the top universities in the world: the QS World University Rankings (2015) ranked Edinburgh 17th in the world, while the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015) ranked it 36th. Numerous key figures in modern history have studied at the university, including naturalist Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, and even a few signatories of the American declaration of independence.

The university has multiple campuses across the city of Edinburgh, but its main campus is nearby the central railway station and in the heart of the city. The most convenient way of getting to Edinburgh is to fly directly into Edinburgh Airport, which is located roughly 30 minutes outside of the city by bus. Travelers also have the option of taking the train from London, which can take between 5-6 hours. Edinburgh is consistently voted the top city in the UK to live in.

Academic Details

The University of Edinburgh is an international university with more than 30,000 students, of which roughly 350 are international exchange students. Edinburgh has a long history of serving students from the United States. American students currently form the second largest population of international students at the university.

As part of this exchange program, you will be studying alongside other exchange and full-degree students who may be UK nationals or international students. Students are recommended to take 3 courses per semester. The international office at Edinburgh recommends that students take no more than two honors courses (300-level or above) at a time, otherwise their course load will be quite intensive. A list of courses can be found here: Please note that this exchange is primarily for economics and business administration majors. Students will be expected to take the majority of their courses in economics or business. 

Housing Description

The University of Edinburgh will arrange for you to be housed in a wide range of accommodations, including single rooms, shared rooms, and studios, located all around the city. As long as students apply for housing in time, housing is guaranteed. The cost of accommodation varies depending on the facilities and services provided. Accommodation with en-suite bathrooms and a meal plan are often more expensive. Housing that is “catered” (or includes meals) is often selected by freshmen due to its convenience. More senior students tend to live in “self-catered” accommodation (those that do not include a meal plan) so they can cook on their own and save money.

For full details on the range of accommodation at Edinburgh, please see:

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Complete WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades B- or higher
  • 300-level Economics courses at Edinburgh require students to have already completed micro and macro economics. Completion of an econometrics course may also be required depending on the course. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester201702/01/201709/18/201712/21/2017
Academic Year2017-1802/01/201709/18/201705/25/2018
Spring Semester201702/01/201701/15/201805/25/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.