Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

Semester in Edinburgh

Study Program Part-Time Internship

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

13 - 18 semester hours

19.5 - 27 quarter hours

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37 weeks

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19.5 - 27 quarter hours

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17 weeks

Costs

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13 - 18 semester hours

19.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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17 weeks

Credit

13 - 18 semester hours

19.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

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Overview

Spend your semester living and learning in the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Semester in Edinburgh program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Scottish culture.    

When class is in session, you'll choose from a unique mix of flexible and diverse courses in English at CIEE Edinburgh and CIEE's renowned partner institution, the Edinburgh Napier University (Napier), where you can choose courses across five different schools: Business, Arts and Creative Industries, Computing, Science, and Healthcare. You may also enroll in courses with a local flavor, like business, politics, cuisine, or sustainability initiatives.  

Outside the classroom, you'll have every opportunity to participate actively in Edinburgh’s local community. Immerse yourself in Scottish culture with optional credit-bearing internships or volunteering opportunities. Don't stop there; round out your study abroad adventure by participating in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and off-the-beaten-path trips organized by CIEE to appreciate Scotland’s impressive cultural attractions and landmarks. 

Unique Experiences

Discover the Story Behind Edinburgh’s Nickname

“Athens of the North”

Take Trips to the Highlands, Loch Ness, and Glasgow

with CIEE to participate in various cultural and social activities

Make Use of Edinburgh Napier University’s Amazing Facilities

and discover firsthand why this institution is recognized internationally as award-winning for Higher and Further Education

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Major Arts Festivals. While most people know about Edinburgh's Fringe Festival there are actually 11 unique festivals that take place throughout the year

10 %

Of Employed Residents Work in Finance and Insurance; Twice as Many as the Average Across Major U.K. Cities

112

Parks in Edinburgh and More Trees per Head of Population Than Any Other City in the U.K.

Experience
  • Edinburgh busy city street
  • students in edinburgh scotland ocean view
  • Edinburgh Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park and downtown Edinburgh

Your Destination

Edinburgh’s beauty is both staggering and inimitable. But the city is far more than just a pretty face. Take a closer look and there’s much more to discover. The capital city of Scotland and home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh is modest in size with a population of 0.5 million people, but with a large and diverse student population.  

Edinburgh was the center of the Enlightenment in the 18th century and was nicknamed “The Athens of the North.” Then, the city was a world leader in medical science, philosophy, and literature. Today, Edinburgh is a European center for financial services and biotech, and its universities are world leaders in fields as diverse as FinTech, AI, Celtic Studies, architecture, and biomedical and environmental sciences. The city is also a cultural hub, and home to the largest arts festival in the World, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, which takes place in August every year. And, whether you’re looking to be entertained with live music in a traditional pub or be awe-struck by a grounding show packed with drama, when it comes to entertainment the options are endless. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Edinburgh. 

The Culture

edinburgh nighttime aerial view city

Excursions & Activities

Ample activities and excursions will be offered to immerse you in Scottish culture and Scotland’s historic heritage. On an excursion, you might: 

  • A walking tour of the city center. Popular attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Princes Street Gardens. 
  • Hike up Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano and hill located in Holyrood Park which offers superb walks and stunning views over the city. 
  • Day trips to soak up Scotland’s stunning geography, such as Stirling, Glasgow and the beautiful Scottish Highlands .
edinburgh girl on street

Projects

Internships: There are plenty of options to earn credit and beef up your resume with international experience in the Scottish working market. Help improve logistics and customer relations, build finance reports in Excel, analyze competitors, develop marketing plans, audit local companies, and more. Students applying for an internship are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.     

Directed Independent Research: Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Center Director and home institution and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Edinburgh or Scotland.  

Service-learning Projects: Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need. 

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Academics

Academics

All students can take courses at the CIEE Center and at our partner university, Edinburgh Napier University (Napier). Students register for a minimum of two and a maximum of three courses at Napier. Students can register for up to four total courses per semester.  

CIEE Edinburgh

Edinburgh Napier University (Napier)
Founded in 1964 as Napier Technical College, Napier took its name from John Napier, who was born in 1550 in the medieval tower house of Merchiston Castle (the site of the university's Merchiston campus). His statue stands in the tower of Merchiston Castle today. In June 1992, the institution officially became Napier University, and its three main campuses are located in south and south-central Edinburgh, providing students with a metropolitan city-based experience. Today, Napier is a top-ranked institution serving around 12,500 students in engineering, computing, nursing and midwifery, science, business, timber engineering, and transport studies programs. The university offers a range of creative courses, including film, graphic design, music, acting, publishing, and product design. Ranking as the top university for student satisfaction in Edinburgh and the top in Scotland for environmental sustainability and ethics, Napier is an internationally award-winning institution that has been twice recognized by the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

GPA

2.5

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

Students are required to take 13-18 U.S. credits per semester, to include up to four courses per semester, with a minimum of two and a maximum of three courses at Napier, and the remaining credits at CIEE. Students will be assigned to a school based on the courses selected, therefore at least two courses out of the three preferred and alternative courses must be from the same school.

Program Credit

Total credits: 13-18 U.S. semester/19.5 -27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours   
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 placement hours 
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 research hours 
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 90 service hours 
  • Napier Courses: 5 U.S. semester/7.5 quarter credits; 54-72 contact hours   

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Edinburgh Napier University classes are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday, but some may also be taught on Fridays. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and quizzes.  

Students will be assigned to a school based on the courses selected, therefore at least two courses out of the three preferred and alternative courses must be from the same school. Schools are located between three different campuses, so when selecting courses from different schools, students must be aware that they may be required to commute between campuses to attend classes.  

Classes at CIEE are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are expected to complete two to three hours of independent work for every hour in class. Most courses combine lectures with local field trips and excursions to help students gain a better understanding of the local culture.   

Class Format

Classes include seminars, lectures, and sometimes labs. They will require students to do independent work outside of class.

Grading

Assessment varies by course and department. Class attendance is mandatory, and participation is part of student assessment. Students should expect to complete all assignments and exams as scheduled. Students are graded on midterm and final examinations, papers, presentations, class participation, and attendance. Numerical grades are given on a 10-point scale, which CIEE converts to recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents.  

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) courses 

Students register in two to three ENU courses per semester, and each course is 20 ENU (Scotcat) credits (10 ECTS credits). 

Napier offers an impressive option of courses for students studying abroad across the following schools/ disciplines: 

  • The Business School: Law, Marketing, Accounting, Tourism & Hospitality, Financial Services, Human Resources, Strategy & Management, Entrepreneurship. 
  • School of Arts & Creative Industries: English, Journalism, Music, Photography, Film, TV, Mass Communication & PR, Product Design, Graphic Design, Interior & Spatial Design. 
  • Computing, Engineering & The Built Environment: Building & Surveying, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Management, Electronics, Electrical, Mathematics, Computer Security and Forensics, Computer Systems and Networks, Digital Media and Interaction Design, Games, Software Engineering.
  • School of Applied Sciences: Sport & Exercise Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Biology. 
  • School of Computing: Computer Security and Forensics, Computer Systems and Networks, Digital Media and Interaction Design, Games, Software Engineering. 

Students will be assigned to a school based on the courses selected, therefore at least two courses out of the three preferred and alternative courses must be from the same school. 

Courses listed within departments including:  

  • Accounting 
  • Biology 
  • Building & Surveying 
  • Business And Management 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Computer Security & Forensics 
  • Computer Systems 
  • Digital Media 
  • Electronics & Electrical Math 
  • English 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Film 
  • Financial Services 
  • General 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Interior & Spatial Design 
  • Journalism 
  • Law 
  • Marketing 
  • Mass Communications & PR 
  • Mechanical Materials & Manufacturing Management 
  • Music 
  • Photography 
  • Product Design 
  • Psychology 
  • Soc Games 
  • Social Science 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences 
  • Television 
  • Tourism

Full list of Host Institution courses can be found online.  

Some courses may have specific requirements. These can be found listed for each module.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 15 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $19,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 37 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring 2024 17 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $19,950
Program Spring 2025 17 weeks Start Date End Date

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,956**

Housing = $4,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $19,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,400

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $0††

Personal expenses = $260†††

Total Costs = $3,360

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,956**

Housing = $4,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $19,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,488

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $0††

Personal expenses = $260†††

Total Costs = $3,448

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Jacqui Bassett

Center Director

Jacqui is a born and bred Scot from Edinburgh. She has a postgraduate MSc in International Development from the University of Edinburgh and a degree in Psychology from the University...

Devon Garufi

Program Manager

Devon's passion for International Education began during her own study abroad experiences in Prague and Sevilla. Since then, Devon has dedicated her career path to working with people.

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