International Relations Office

University-Wide Partner Universities


The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK


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Institution Profile

The University of Edinburgh is an ancient university founded in 1583. It is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is the sixth university to be established in the British Isles and is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in many world rankings.

It played an important role leading the city of Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the north. Its famous alumni include Charles Darwin, David Hume, Joseph Lister, Piers Sellers, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin and J K Rowling.

There are two campuses, one is in George Square (Central) and the other is at The King’s Buildings. The University provides free shuttle bus service for students to travel between the Central campus and the King’s Buildings.

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: Early September to Late December
Semester 2: Mid-January to Late May

Freshers’ Week is not compulsory but NUS encourages all students to participate in Edinburgh’s Freshers’ Week to meet their Personal Tutor and finalise their courses.

Medium of Instruction for Classes


SEP Application
Exchange Compatibility

Suitable for students from the following faculties:

  • SoC
  • Computer Science
  • FASS
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • FoS
  • Chemistry
  • Bio Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • FoE
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

Honours courses (or 3rd year classes) with limited places:

  • FASS
  • English Literature – extremely popular and oversubscribed. Exchange students should consider Edinburgh’s first and second year English Literature courses
  • History
  • History of Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Law

General information about course selection:

IMPORTANT: Students should not take more than 30 ECTS (60 University of Edinburgh credits) of courses per semester. Not more than 60 ECTS (120 University of Edinburgh credits) per full year. NO EXCEPTIONS.


English Proficiency

Students are expected to provide proof of English language proficiency as per the requirement of UK Visa and Immigration (

NUS students have to provide photocopy of Singapore-Cambridge GCE “O” level certificate with minimum Grade C or better for English.

Otherwise the English language minimum requirements for exchange students are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic module) overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component; or
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

However, if you wish to take third year level (honours) courses in humanities, arts or social sciences then you will need one of the followings scores:

  • IELTS (Academic module) overall 6.5 with 6.5 in each component; or
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 23 in each section;
  • Edinburgh’s English Language test with minimum 60% upon arrival at Edinburgh

More information can be found here.

Application Deadlines and Procedures

Please check with the SEP Administrator in your Dean’s Office for the actual internal application dates.

Only students nominated by NUS can proceed to apply via Edinburgh’s online application system. Nomination for exchange to Edinburgh should be sent before 1 June for semester 1 exchange and 1 October for semester 2 exchange.

Students are expected to complete Edinburgh’s online application by 1 July for semester 1 exchange and 1 November for semester 2 exchange.

Edinburgh’s application procedures, online application system as well as the course finder listing can be found at

Students are encouraged to upload the following supporting documents:

  • 1. Scanned copy of their official academic transcript – please approach NUS Registrar’s Office for the latest transcripts
  • 2. A personal statement
  • 3. Academic reference (optional)
Housing Options

Accommodation by University Services is guaranteed to new single visiting students who meet Edinburgh’s criteria and application deadline. The final deadline for receipt of accommodation applications for semester 1 exchange is 16 August and for semester 2 is 30 November.

For more information about the criteria, please visit:

Information and support provided by Edinburgh’s Res Life team can be found at

University accommodation will be available from Saturday 12 September 2015 before Freshers’ Week in semester 1. The accommodation arrival date for semester 2 will be Thursday 7 January 2016.

Exchange Students who are in Edinburgh for only one semester and who stay in private (non-University) accommodation may be required to pay Council Tax. Information about Council Tax can be found at

Visa & Insurance
Consular/Visa Regulation

If you intend to travel to the UK to enrol on a course of studies which lasts 6 months (or more), you must obtain a Tier 4 (General) student visa before travelling to the UK.

If you are a Singaporean citizen or a citizen of another country on the UK non-visa nationals list, and if your course of studies is less than 6 months, you can apply for entry to the UK as a student visitor either prior to leaving your home country, or on arrival at UK immigration at the port of entry.  If you are a citizen of a country not on the non-visa nationals list then you still must obtain a Tier 4 (General) student visa before travelling to the UK.

Please refer to Edinburgh’s visa information page:


Students may like to purchase medical insurance to cover medical costs and travel insurance to cover personal items such as baggage, books, personal computers before arriving at Edinburgh for exchange.

Cost of Living
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses
University room in halls
(shared /single/catered/non-catered)
Private flat (shared /single)
GB£344 - GB£972
GB£340 - GB£400
GB£140 - GB£250
GB£200 - GB£350
Usually included in rent
GB£40- GB£80
Usually included in rent
GB£12 - GB£24
Mobile phone
GB£28 - GB£40
GB£28 - GB£40
GB£32 - GB£40
GB£32 - GB£40
Local Transportation (Bus)
GB£52 - GB£60
GB£52 - GB£80
Printing, stationery, books
GB£25 - GB£50
GB£25 - GB£50
Total per month
GB£621- GB£1,412
GB£729 - GB£1,064

Please refer to the Useful Links Section for the relevant links.

Additional Information
Useful Links
More Questions?

Module Mapping, Course Selections & Application

Please check with your SEP Administrator/Coordinator in the Dean's Office.