2017 Semester Program: University of Edinburgh


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Total contact hours: 225 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit.
10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 15 semester credits. Normal course load is 4 courses per semester.

Final transcript is issued by the University of Edinburgh.

University of Edinburgh – Semester Course Offerings

The normal course enrollment for one semester at the University of Edinburgh consists of 60 Scottish credits, which is equivalent to a total of 15 U.S. semester credits.

Most courses at the University of Edinburgh are worth 20 Scottish credits (5 U.S. credits), and some are worth 10 Scottish credits (2.5 U.S. credits).  Therefore, a full course load could include 3 courses worth 20 Scottish credits each, or 2 courses worth 20 Scottish credits each + 2  courses worth 10 Scottish credits each.

Please remember that it is the student’s responsibility to work with their home university to arrange credit transfer.

All students MUST get a total of 8 courses approved by their academic advisor, in case of changes in availability. That way, if a course is full or cancelled, or if 2 of the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that you can still get credit for.

Study Hours & Marks

The University of Edinburgh is ranked one of the 20 best universities in the world. Therefore, students should expect a challenging academic environment.  The University of Edinburgh’s recommendation is that for every 1 Scottish credit you take, you should expect to complete around 10 hours of independent study.  This means that for each course you take that is worth 20 Scottish credits, you should expect complete 200 hours of outside, independent study on your own, over the course of the semester.  For a 15-week semester this averages to about 13 hours of independent study per week, per class.

The grading scale at the University of Edinburgh varies considerably from U.S. universities.  The pass mark is at 40%, and it is relatively unusual for students to regularly achieve marks of 70% or above (in fact, only 10% of students receive marks this high). Most Edinburgh students would be happy with marks in the 60’s (55% of students receive marks between 60-69%).

Course Offerings

ASA students may take courses within the following schools at the University of Edinburgh. Below this list, you will be able to search for specific course offerings within these subject areas.

  • School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures
    • Asian Studies
    • Celtic Studies
    • English Language and Literature
    • French Language and and Culture
    • German Language and Culture
    • Hispanic Studies
    • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
    • Italian Language and Culture
    • Russian Language and Culture
    • Scandinavian Language and Culture
    • Scottish Ethnology
    • Spanish Language and Culture
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences
    • Language Sciences
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
  • Business School
    • Accounting
    • Business Studies
  • School of Health in Social Science
    • Nursing Studies
    • Health in Social Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Social and Political Science
    • African Studies
    • Politics
    • Social and Political Studies
    • Social Anthropology
    • Social Policy
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • South Asian Studies
  • School of History, Classics, and Archaeology
    • Ancient History
    • Archaeology
    • Classical Art / Classical Archaeology
    • Classical Literature in Translation
    • Classics
    • Economic and Social History
    • Greek
    • History
    • Latin
    • Scottish History
  • Edinburgh College of Art
    • Architecture History
    • Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    • Art History
    • Design
    • Music
    • Studio Art
  • School of Economics
  • Moray House School of Education
    • Education
    • Sports
  • School of Divinity
    • Biblical Studies
    • Divinity
    • History of Christianity
    • Religious Studies
    • Theology and Ethics
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
    • Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Informatics
    • Informatics
  • School of Mathematics
  • School of Physics and Astronomy
    • Astrobiology
    • Astronomy
    • Astrophysics
    • Physics
  • School of Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Management Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Service Courses for Biology
  • School of Biological Sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biotechnology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Immunology
    • Molecular Biology
    • Plant Science
    • Zoology
  • School of Geosciences
    • Earth Science
    • Ecology
    • Environment
    • Geography
    • Meterology

To search for courses, please click the link below.  You can easily search by Subject Area, as well as other criteria.  IMPORTANT!  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TIPS BEFORE SEARCHING FOR COURSES!

  1. You will see a drop-down menu labeled “Delivery Period.”  This means which Term the course is offered – Full Year, Semester 1 (Fall) or Semester 2 (Spring).  Full Year courses cannot be split into separate semesters, so only choose Full Year if you plan to study at University of Edinburgh for the full academic year.
  2. You will also see a drop-down menu labeled “Credit Level” – this means the degree year in which the course falls.  1st Year means a freshman course (100-level), 2nd Year means sophomore (200-level), 3rd Year means junior (300-level), and 4th Year means senior (400-level).  Note: If a course has Pre-requisites, it is listed on the course description.
  3. You will see a drop-down menu labeled “Credits” – this refers to SCOTTISH CREDITS.  A course worth 20 Scottish credits is equivalent to 5 U.S. semester credits; a course worth 10 Scottish credits is equivalent to 2.5 U.S. semester credits.  Normal course load is 60 Scottish credits per semester – so, 3 courses of 20 Scottish credits each, or 2 courses of 20 Scottish credits each + 2 courses of 10 Scottish credits each.
  4. Finally, if you want to see ALL of the available courses on one page, simply click the Search button without selecting any of the drop-downs.

Please click here to search for University of Edinburgh course offerings!