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API students in Edinburgh can enroll in a wide range of courses with Scottish and other international students at the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top 20 universities, based in one of the world’s most desirable cities. The university offers courses in the liberal arts and humanities, business, engineering, sciences, and much more!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals






Historic Scotland Tourism Card

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Program of study statement
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 5, 2021 - May 24, 2021 $20,150 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Edinburgh programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Isle of Skye and Loch Ness

    Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland is one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There is nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes, and legends to savor. You will find beautiful sites such as Glencoe with its Three Sisters, a trio of iconic stunning mountains. Also, there is Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years but you can make up your own mind!

    Sitting off Scotland’s west coast is the Isle of Skye. With a fairytale-like atmosphere, the imposing Cuilins (pronounced koo-lin) dominate the southern end of the island with the Fairy Pools, which are said to give eternal beauty to whoever bathes in them, sitting at their foot. The Fairy Glen is like many of Scotland’s great geographical features in miniature and is said to be the entrance to the ancient fairy kingdom. There are small fishing towns and stunning geographical features and formations to discover on this island. We challenge you to not be amazed!

  • Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park

    Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater lake in the UK and Scotland’s second most famous loch after Loch Ness. You may be familiar with the loch from the song “Loch Lomond”. The loch certainly lives up to the description it is given in the song – that is as having “bonnie, bonnie banks” (bonnie is a Scottish word for pretty!). At the south end the landscape surrounding the loch is fairly flat but as it reaches the north banks the landscape becomes more mountainous and imposing, meeting with Scotland’s Highlands. There are various viewing points and charming little villages surrounding the loch. Part of the West Highland Way, a 96-mile walk undertaken by many visitors to Scotland, which goes from just outside Glasgow up to Fort William runs by the banks of the river.

  • Stirling

    Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland, laying at the heart of the nation’s history and linked to two of its best-known heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Occupying a strategic position in the cultural heartland of Scotland, it is surrounded by glorious countryside and yet under an hour away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The cobblestoned streets of the Old Town wind upwards towards the Castle, set on a craggy outcrop 250 feet above the surrounding landscape. Past activities have included, Stirling Castle or the Wallace Monument.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester

API students in Edinburgh can enroll in a wide range of courses with Scottish and other international students at the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top 20 universities, based in one of the world’s most desirable cities. The university offers courses in the liberal arts and humanities, business, engineering, sciences, and much more!


API students receive their transcript from the University of Edinburgh upon completion of their program.

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    Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!



Most courses are worth 20 Edinburgh credits. 20 Edinburgh credits are roughly equivalent to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), or approximately 5 U.S. credits. Students should aim to take 60 Edinburgh credits per semester. Three Edinburgh modules (60 Edinburgh credits or 15 U.S. credits) is considered a full semester load and 6 course modules (120 Edinburgh credits or 30 U.S. credits) are considered a full year load.


Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that students have 6-8 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts. Course times, course descriptions and the semester in which a course is offered are subject to change and no course is guaranteed.

Please note that students must click on each course they are interested in for prerequisite listings. Please find course credit and restriction information HERE.

University of Edinburgh Semester Courses

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

University of Edinburgh Class Catalog

  • Ranked #6 in the U.K. (#27 in world) - Times Higher Education Rankings
    • Ranked #21 in Philosophy, #22 in Earth Sciences, top 50 in Psychology - QS World Rankings
      • Largest history department in the U.K.
        • Top-rated Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience in Scotland
          • Top-rated Music programs in the U.K.
            • One of the oldest universities in the U.K. (1583)
              • Founding member of elite Russel Group of universities

    All University of Edinburgh semester programs students will live in the Warrender Park Road/Spottiswoodie Street accommodations. Warrender Park Road/Spottiswoode Street has 108 single study bedrooms, typically sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities between 4-6 rooms in each flat. A beautiful old building just one street back from the Meadows, Edinburgh’s famous public park, it’s a great location within easy walking distance of the University’s central area, including the main library and right next to beautiful Bruntsfield, an area with its own unique blend of shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

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