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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."
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.
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!
Haggis (sheeps innards)
Mutton (sheep meat)
Rowie (buttery bread)
Cullen Skink (Scottish fish chowder)
International Festival (August)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August)
Edinburgh International Science Festival (March-April)
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.
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
Email: [email protected]
Rachel will be your Resident Director in Leeds and will be a resource for you while you are in England!
Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!