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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering

Study at one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the UK and take classes with local and international students across its historic city campuses. The College of Science & Engineering is globally renowned, boasting key developments in cloning, vaccination production, smartphone technology, and robotics. Courses offered in the biological sciences, computer science, and engineering often align with UC's curricula and are therefore popular with UC students. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide range of exciting courses, including Scottish-themed courses in Celtic studies, history, and literature. 

Unique study opportunities

  • A Veterinary Medicine Experience (fall only) for students who want to pursue veterinary science
  • Courses in biomedical sciences for qualified students
  • A studio practice program for art majors at the Edinburgh College of Art, offering courses in painting, photography, intermedia, or sculpture, and a personal studio space
  • At the Edinburgh College of Art, design majors can choose courses in areas such as fashion, jewelry & silversmithing, film & TV, product design, textiles, animation, illustration, graphic design, and interior design.
  • Independent research with University of Edinburgh faculty. Organized in collaboration with UCEAP on-site staff.
  • You can add an internship to accompany your coursework at the University of Edinburgh. To explore this option, visit our Intern: Scotland program page. If you can secure an internship, you apply to this program.


Language of Instruction: English

Foreign language study available. Notable options: Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Check host institution catalog for additional offerings.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete the program:

  • You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: Three to six courses of 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester.
  • A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units is required per year.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

After arrival, on-site staff will help you find and enroll in classes to fulfill degree or general requirements. Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Edinburgh Course Catalog: Find a full selection of courses offered at the university. Open each course to see a description that states whether it is open to visiting students.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Academic Offerings: See an overview of academic offerings at all Scottish partner institutions.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

Studying abroad in Scotland helps you develop an independent learning style, with strong writing skills and active participation in your own learning.

  • Many lower-level courses at Scottish universities are equivalent to upper-division UC level. Third- and fourth-year courses are specialized and demand significant background knowledge.
  • There is more emphasis on writing and independent reading than at UC, and your participation can influence the final grade.
  • Differences in teaching style may include less detailed instructions, fewer in-class sessions (except science classes), and fewer in-term assessments.
  • Many courses are taught with lectures and seminars; lecture class sizes can be quite large and seminar groups are smaller.
  • Faculty (called lecturers) do not often hold office hours, but welcome individual questions and are eager to help visiting students. Several instructors may teach a single course, each lecturing on their specialist area.
  • Past exam papers are available and local students use them to prepare for exams. Your final grade will heavily and sometimes fully depend on the final exam.
  • Exam dates are not flexible, and UC policy does not allow UCEAP participants to retake exams (called re-sits).


Grades for the fall semester are typically available late March, and grades for the spring semester are typically available late July or early August.

Tip: If you intend to put yourself on your campus degree list for graduation while on UCEAP, consult your campus advisors before departure about possible delays in the degree verification process.