Elegant and prestigious, yet lively and always popular for study abroad

Scotland is a favorite study abroad destination for students and the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, is always a popular choice. It has the oldest English literature department in Britain and its alumni include Charles Darwin, David Hume and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Located in the heart of Scotland's capital city, which itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the university’s primary campus was built around George's Square, with its views of Edinburgh Castle and the great craggy rocks of Arthur's seat. There is also a King's Buildings campus for students in the College of Science and Engineering, with its own library, computer lab facilities and a free shuttle bus between the two campuses. Edinburgh is a real student town and you can move easily between your classes and life in the city within a matter of minutes.

Against the backdrop of elegance and striking beauty of the city it calls home, the university hosts a population of over 20,000 students. It offers an extensive range of courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, languages, divinity studies, education, business, law, medicine and veterinary medicine, and music. The university's business school is accredited by AACSB. 

While providing so much support, whether it be with classes, becoming accustomed to the culture, or travel plans, the Arcadia staff also provided me with enough freedom to truly learn for myself all of the wonderful things about Scotland. ”

Sarah Rosenbaum

Northwestern University Student, Edinburgh

  • You’ll have convenient support from the Arcadia Edinburgh Center, located directly on campus.

  • Independent Study: Work with an Arcadia faculty supervisor on a three credit independent research project to produce an original research paper and presentation of your findings.

  • The College of Humanities has also devised a number of study abroad special interest programs in order to assist students in finding and selecting courses within a specialized area of academic inquiry. Examples include study programs in pre-law; Muslim-Christian studies; religious studies; and Scottish studies.

  • Customize your Program! Cornerstone Course - Cross Cultural Travel Writing: Explore the history of this unique genre of writing in Scotland as well as the work of Scottish writers abroad. As part of your study, you'll create a travel blog and a final reflective presentation. Discover Scotland and the world through your own creative impressions and those of others! (This course includes a weekend excursion.)

  • University of Edinburgh is part of the Russell Group which represents 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivaled links with business and the public sector.

  • Learn more about our Arcadia in Edinburgh Center.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2021 1/5/2021 5/22/2021 12.5-15 $20,790 10/1/2020 More Info
Fall 2021 9/2/2021 12/22/2021 12.5-15 $22,560 4/20/2021 More Info
Academic Year 2021 9/2/2021 5/28/2022 25-30 $41,380 4/20/2021 More Info
Spring 2022 TBA TBA 12.5-15 $23,360 10/1/2021 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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