Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


University of Edinburgh

Posted on July 22, 2010


The University of Edinburgh, with a student enrollment of over 20,000, is a dominant presence in one of Europe's most attractive cities. Founded in 1583, this Scottish university boasts a tradition of excellence in eight major Faculties. The University's classroom and research facilities, libraries, Student Union and residence halls are located throughout Edinburgh, making this a true university city. Among its graduates are notable scholars, statesman and literary figures: David Hume, Walter Scott, J. M Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Darwin and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Advancements in science and medicine, biotechnology and computer-based disciplines contribute to the University's international reputation.


Located in eastern Scotland, Edinburgh is the capital city and seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city is both ancient, with its 12th century castle dominating the cityscape, as well as modern and cosmopolitan with an impressive range of cultural venues and events. Edinburgh is called the Festival City, as host of the world’s largest arts festival each summer. The music scene is eclectic – from big name performers at Edinburgh Castle to jazz and blues, hip hop and folk performances, from opera and concerts to local entertainment in pubs and cafes. Students can explore the Scottish Highlands, the many beautiful lochs or the Isle of Skye; venture to the rest of the UK or travel from Edinburgh’s International Airport to European destinations.


Students may enroll for the Academic Year or One Semester.

Program Dates (including examination periods)

Fall: September 14 - December 21, 2015
Spring: Janualy 11 - May 20, 2016

Courses & Credits

A full-time normal course load for a Full Year is 120 U. Edinburgh credits, and will earn 8.0 Wheaton credits; a Single Semester is 60 U Edinburgh credits, which will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits.


Minimum GPA – 3.0
Students should have completed Foundation courses in their major (4-5 courses) to be considered for upper level (3rd year) courses.

Housing & Board

Students arrange their own housing and board through the University Accommodation Services. Dormitory-style housing and apartment options, generally with single-room accommodations, are available. Varied meal plans or self-catered options are offered. Students handle housing applications and payment, including deposits. You can learn more at the accommodations site.


Wheaton Tuition Fees only. Expenses covered by Wheaton include: tuition, one round-trip airfare from Boston or NY area to Edinburgh and an ISIC card.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for the costs of housing and meals, $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, supplemental overseas health insurance and personal expenses. Vacation Break expenses are not covered under Wheaton fees and students must make independent arrangements for housing, meals and travel, as needed.


Guidelines are available in the Center for Global Education; this is an on-line application process.


Make an appointment to see Janet Ray in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

Over 300 degree courses. Most undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh are four year degrees; 1st with 3rd and 4th year considered honors levels.

  • Arts, Culture and the Environment
  • Divinity
  • Management School and Economics
  • Education
  • Health in Social Science
  • History and Classics
  • Law
  • Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
  • Social and Political Studies
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • GeoSciences
  • Informatics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Not all courses may be open to Visiting Students. For 3rd and 4th year courses students are expected to have substantial background in the subject (4-5 courses to the 300 level).

For complete list of courses, check the Visiting Students Course Finder, the Edinburgh site or their page about studying abroad.

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