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The dramatic and romantic appeal of Edinburgh is endless, set atop its volcanic crags with medieval cobble-stoned streets, a majestic castle and a skyline of turrets, domes, and spires. It is easy to see where the inspiration for Harry Potter came from! The elegant Georgian facades of the New Town are a contrast to the winding, twisting alleys and hidden courtyards of the medieval Old Town. Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is not just a historic city, it is also forward-looking, the seat of the Scottish Parliament and boasting a vibrant cultural scene of live music, performing arts, galleries and museums and plenty of buzz. It is a great place for students, who make up 20% of the population and is home to one of the largest arts festivals in the world. Overlooked by the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, sitting in the open parkland of Holyrood Park, Edinburgh is one of the greenest cities in the U.K.

Students who study abroad in Edinburgh have two great options through API:

Heriot-Watt University dates back to 1821 and was a pioneer in equal opportunities in education. It has a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research. They are a vibrant and forward-looking university, known for their ties to industry and potential employers and are one of the top UK universities for business and industry. The friendly and welcoming campus is set on a beautiful estate of parkland just 20 minutes from the center of Edinburgh. Transport links into Edinburgh are easy and frequent. There are excellent facilities on campus, including fantastic sports amenities, and the center of Edinburgh offers outstanding social, cultural and leisure opportunities. Heriot-Watt is often referred to as Scotland’s International University, as one in three students come from outside the UK.

The University of Edinburgh is considered one of the world’s top universities (17th overall according to QS World University Rankings). The university offers a varied curriculum, with specialties across disciplines such as arts, business, humanities, and the natural sciences. Some of the university’s most famous alumni include Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin, Gordon Brown, Peter Higgs, and Winston Churchill!

“It was nice to be a part of API during my experience abroad because I felt that, even though I was living in a new city and country, I had a base there and was able to make friends immediately."

Savannah C. University of Georgia
  • Discover More Small Scotland Edinburgh Reviews

    Cultural Activities

    • Walking tour of Edinburgh
    • Curry tastings
    • Edinburgh Dungeons
    • Harry Potter trail
    • Afternoon tea
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Edinburgh have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including participating on a local archaeological project.

  • Discover More Small Scotland Edinburgh To Do

    Things to Do

    Hike up to Arthur's Seat for amazing views

    Board the Royal Yacht Britannia

    Walk up and down the Royal Mile

    Use your API-included Historic Scotland Tourism Card to see even more great things!

  • Discover More Small Scotland Edinburgh Food

    Food

    Haggis (sheeps innards)

    Mutton (sheep meat)

    Rowie (buttery bread)

    Cullen Skink (Scottish fish chowder)

  • Discover More Small Scotland Edinburgh Festival
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    University Highlights

    Herriot-Watt University has been ranked among the world's top universities in 12 subjects in the QS World University Rankings, including linguistics, computer science and information systems, civil/structural/electrical/mechanical engineering, physics and astronomy, statistics and operational research, and business and management studies. It was also named the International University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018.

    The University of Edinburgh is considered one of the world's top universities, sitting at #17 according to the QS World University Rankings. Famous alumni include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin, and Winston Churchill.

On-Site Staff

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Clare Hayward

Clare Hayward will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.