Binghamton University's exchange and study abroad programs with theUniversity of Edinburghprovide for participants to study at one of the United Kingdom's oldest and most-well regarded universities. Students are directly enrolled in the university, take regular university courses, live with Edinburgh students in residence halls or student houses and are welcome to join in all university activities. Students may choose to study at Edinburgh for one semester or a full academic year.
Edinburgh is Scotland's capital, and with a population of 500,000, it is one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. It is also one of the most geographically and architecturally stunning cities in the continent. Edinburgh Castle presides over the city from cliffs that look out over the North Sea. The famous avenue, the Royal Mile, extends from the base of the ancient castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's residence when she is in Scotland. Off the Royal Mile lie the stone-cobbled alleyways and courtyards and tightly clustered stone buildings that make up Old Town, site of the original medieval city. The beautiful Princes Street Gardens run along the base of Castle Hill, and beyond the gardens sits New Town, the elegant, late 18th-century Georgian neighborhood, with its broad avenues and graceful, gray stone buildings built following Enlightenment principles of symmetry and balance.
Although Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for three centuries, the Scotts have never lost their identity as a separate nation with its own values, legal system and distinct Protestant tradition. During the Scottish enlightenment the city's intellectual leaders made contributions in medicine, science, economics, and philosophy that were recognized worldwide. Today Edinburgh is the second most important financial center in the United Kingdom. In 1999, the new Scottish Parliament began its sessions in that city, an event considered a hallmark in Scottish history because it marked the first time Scotland has had its own parliament since the Act of Union in 1707. The Scottish Parliament is responsible for most aspects of Scottish life.
The cultural life of Edinburgh offers endless choices, such as the Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, King's Theater, the Royal Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The many restaurants and pubs are a key feature of this cosmopolitan city. Numerous open spaces and parks make the city comfortable. Spectator sports are popular, and opportunities for hiking, biking, sailing, and golfing abound. Edinburgh is the perfect point of departure for exploring Scotland's spectacular highlands, lowlands and lochs. The city is one hour from London by air, or five hours by train, and there are direct flights from Edinburgh Airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, and Paris.
The academic year at Edinburgh is divided into two semesters. The fall semester runs for 14 weeks, from mid- September to mid-December. The spring semester runs for 17 weeks, plus a 2-week Easter break, from early January to the end of May.
Click here for the University's academic year calendar.
The University of Edinburgh was founded over 400 years ago under a charter granted by King James VI. Among many well-known figures associated with the university have been David Hume, Charles Darwin, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and John Witherspoon, a signatory to the American Declaration of Independence. The Scottish tradition of higher education is somewhat less specialized than its European counterparts, combining breadth with depth and theory with practicality. The library is one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world.
The University of Edinburgh enrolls some 20,000 students with many coming from other parts of the United Kingdom. There are currently about 3,600 international students from over 120 countries. The student Union sponsors about 150 clubs and societies, which visiting students are welcome to join.
Upon arrival in Edinburgh, each participant is assigned a Director of Studies who provides information and advice on the courses available and approves the student’s final course selection. Students are admitted into the faculty of their major and are expected to take a majority of their courses in that major. Some areas students can take classes at Edinburgh include, but are not limited to:
Science and Society
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
English Language and Literature
Celtic and Scottish Studies
In addition to the courses listed above, the University of Edinburgh offers unique courses in Celtic, Scottish Culture and Scottish History. Full course lists and course descriptions for courses available to study abroad and exchange students can be found onEdinburgh's Course Finder web site.
Credit towards the requirements of a major or minor is evaluated by the relevant department. Students are urged to discuss their intention to participate on the Edinburgh program with all appropriate academic advisors and to seek pre-approvals and an understanding of study abroad credit policies at their home campus.
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at the University of Edinburgh and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
The University’s accommodation policy guarantees to provide housing for all exchange and visiting students from outside the EU. Students inUniversity housing live in single study bedrooms alongside Scottish, British and other international students in residential halls with meal plan or self-catered student flats. University of Edinburgh's website also provides evaluations of what students felt about living in University housing.
Additionally, there is a wide variety of ways to become involved on campus and within the communityas an international student. There is the Edinburgh University Students' Association which hosts a variety of student unions, societies, clubs and activities. For international students, the university also provides theInternational Student Centre (ISC), a great place for resources and meeting other international students. In addition, it runs different trips, tours, and events during each semester.
There are currently NO exchange spots available at this time.
However, under the study abroad scheme, Binghamton students can study at the University of Edinburgh by paying the Edinburgh tuition. SUNY tuition and a "tuition differential" together cover tuition and fees for the program. The cost for the study abroad program can be viewed as follows:
In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,467 in-state and $18,287 out-of-state.
Financial Aid: Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it to this program. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Scholarships: students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
The Edinburgh program is open to students in all majors, and students should be in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year during the time of the application. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications from other SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome.
This information is subject to change without notice. The State University of New York at Binghamton is strongly committed to affirmative action. We offer access to services and recruit students and employees without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin.