International Relations Office

University-Wide Partner Universities


The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK


NUS Student Testimonial (1)

NUS Student Testimonial (2)

NUS Student Testimonial (3)


Institution Profile

The University of Edinburgh founded in 1582, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is the sixth university to be established in the British Isles, making it one of the ancient universities of the United Kingdom.

The university is amongst the most prestigious in the world and is consistently placed in the world's top 25 in many 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. Alumni of the university include some of the major figures of modern history.

Academic Calendar

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

Medium of Instruction for Classes


SEP Application
Restrictions for Exchange Students

Semester based exchange from AY2014/15 onwards. Please check here carefully for courses suitable for semester-based exchange before you applied.

Suitable for students from the following faculties:

  • SOC (Computer Science)
  • FASS (Geography, Psychology, Social Work)
    - Limited Honours (Third Year) courses quota available for  Political Science, English Literature and History)
  • FOS (Chemistry, Bio Sciences, Mathematics)
  • FOE (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • FOL (limited quota and full year only)

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.

Please be sure you can map courses with sufficient NUS credit before accepting the SEP offer.

Contact relevant Visiting Student Office for more detailed course information:  or

Students are expected to provide proof of English language proficiency as per the requirement of UK Border Agency ( As of AY2013/14, students have to provide photocopy of GCE “O” and “A” level, IB or IGCSE certificate with no grade lower then “B” for English.

Please read the academic guide provided by University of Edinburgh.

NUS Application Deadline

Please check with SEP Administrator in the Dean’s Office for actual dates. Only students nominated by NUS can proceed to do the online application. Nomination for exchange to Edinburgh should be sent before 1 July.

Housing Options

Accommodation by University Services is guaranteed to new single visiting students who meet Edinburgh’s criteria. 

For more information about the criteria, please visit:

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.

Cost of Living
Estimated Weekly Living Expenses
University room in halls (shared /single)
University self-catering room
Private flat
GB£154 - GB£237
GB£84 - GB£138
GB£75 - GB£85
GB£18 for lunches
included in rent
included in rent
GB£9 - GB£15
included in rent
included in rent
GB£3 - GB£8
Mobile phones
GB£7 - GB£10
GB£7 - GB£10
GB£7 - GB£10
Total per week
GB£144 - GB£270
GB£122 - GB£206
GB£152 - GB£172

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.