Study Abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland

Quick Facts | Why Edinburgh? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs:

  • University of Edinburgh
Eligibility Rules: click here
Academic Focus: Archaeology, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Art, Art History, Artificial Intelligence, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Business, Business in the Arts, Celtic and Scottish Studies, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classics, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Design, Divinity, Earth Science, Ecological and Environmental Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, English Literature, European Languages and Cultures, Geography, Health in Social Science, History, Informatics, International Relations, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Language Sciences, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology, Music, Nursing, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Plant Science, Politics, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Software Engineering, Sports Science, Zoology. Click here for Course Offerings
Housing: Students live in a University of Edinburgh residence hall. Rooms are single occupancy. You may choose housing without meals or housing with a meal plan (additional fee). Internet is included.


Why Edinburgh?

  • Friendly locals, famous for their humor and banter
  • Amazing landscapes and natural scenery
  • Famous for embracing the arts
  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked as one of the 20 best universities in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage City

City Description

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the second most visited tourist destination in the UK. Situated in the middle of the city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. Imposing Edinburgh Castle sits atop a hill, looking down over the city.

Edinburgh is famous for its annual festivals, the biggest of which is the Festival Fringe. It is the largest performing arts festival in the world and runs the gamut of genres: Theatre, Comedy, Dance, Musicals, Operas, Exhibitions, and more. It is at the Festival Fringe that our BITA (Business in the Arts) Summer students will have a guaranteed internship!

University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is ranked as one of the 20 best universities in the world and is the leading school for research and development in Scotland. As a study abroad student, you will receive full academic support and have access to over 250 student clubs and societies, all while living in the heart of Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh has more than 33,000 students and is divided into 19 academic schools. You will be enrolled in regular university classes alongside both local and international students!

BITA (Business in the Arts) Summer Program: Classes + Internship

This 2-month Summer program combines 4 weeks of classes at the University of Edinburgh Business School, followed by a guaranteed, month-long internship at the world-famous Festival Fringe for performing arts!  Winner of the GoAbroad “Innovation in Internship” Award, this program will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the world of Theatre Arts and Arts Management through classes at one of the world’s best universities, followed by an exciting and stimulating internship assignment!

Students attending our BITA Summer program in Edinburgh will spend the month of July earning 6 credits at the University of Edinburgh Business School. The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked among the Top 20 universities in the world. Your studies will focus on Business Policy & Strategy, Marketing, Operations Management, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Enterprise in the Arts & Culture Industry. These classes are designed to prepare you for your internship at the Festival Fringe, where you will work in any number of roles during the month of August.

All students accepted to the BITA Summer program are guaranteed a 4-week internship with an Edinburgh Festival production company! Your overall job will be to facilitate the smooth running of the show or production to which you are assigned. Tasks may include reading, analyzing, and improving scripts; reporting on productions and writing reviews; observing rehearsals and scouting for shows to bring to other festivals; participating in educational programs and networking events; working with the press to market shows; and stage-crew and event monitoring.


Students will live in a University of Edinburgh residence hall. Rooms are single occupancy. You may choose housing without meals or housing with a meal plan (additional fee). All ASA housing is located in safe neighborhoods, includes Internet, and is within a reasonable distance from the university. For full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to common questions, please visit our Housing Page!

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Edinburgh Program

  • HOUSING: Single room in Residence Hall with kitchen facilities. You may choose housing without meals or housing with a meal plan (additional fee). For further details about housing in Edinburgh, please click here!
  • TUITION: at the University of Edinburgh for a maximum of 15 U.S. semester credits per semester or 5 U.S. semester credits per summer session. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by the University of Edinburgh. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions, locations to be decided.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Edinburgh (EDI) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING:  While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM (semester programs only)

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit of £250, in the form of a credit card authorization upon arrival
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals (if you choose housing without a meal plan)
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student Visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for the detailed program itinerary.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info