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API invites you to study abroad with API in Scotland at the prestigious University of Edinburgh. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, the University of Edinburgh offers courses in the arts, business, engineering, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and much more!

Enroll in classes alongside students from Scotland and across the world, earn valuable academic credit toward your degree, and experience life in spectacular Edinburgh, with its stunning architecture and its vibrant cultural scene of live music, performing arts, festivals and sporting activities!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

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


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 Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 10, 2024 - May 25, 2024 $23,900 Oct 17, 2023 No Extension Nov 14, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Edinburgh programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Loch Katrine & the Trossachs

    The Trossachs refers to the romantic area of sparkling lochs, crumpled hills, sleepy forests and welcoming villages east of Loch Lomond and west of Stirling. It is sometimes known as the “Highlands in miniature”. It is packed with interesting corners for us to explore in Scotland’s great outdoors! The group will take a bike ride around beautiful Loch Katrine (weather permitting), and learn the process of making whisky at Glengoyne Distillery!

  • Isle of Skye & Loch Ness

    Our two-night/three-day excursion to the Isle of Skye is bound to be a highlight of your time in Scotland! Just like the folk song, we will be heading “Heading Over the Sea to Skye” where we will have the chance to explore some of the island’s most iconic spots. We will also be venturing through the Scottish Highlands with an opportunity to spot Nessie on the banks of Loch Ness. With plenty of photo stops along the way, I hope you are ready for an adventure!

  • Glasgow

    As Scotland’s largest city, a visit to Glasgow is not to be missed! This is a city with striking architecture, contemporary art spaces, fascinating museums, and one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. We will start our visit with a walking tour with a local expert to show us the main sites and introduce us to some of Glasgow’s famous murals. You will have free time in the afternoon to grab some lunch and explore on your own, before we return to Edinburgh.

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.

  • Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program!


  • Madison Rolls

    Madison Rolls

    Madison will be a great resource for you while you are in Scotland!


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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.

Courses at University of Edinburgh

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Courses at University of Edinburgh

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at University of Edinburgh

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

  • 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 programs in Scotland
  • Top-rated Music programs in the U.K.
  • One of the oldest universities in the U.K. (1583)
  • Founding member of elite Russell 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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