University of Edinburgh

City: Edinburgh
Language of instruction: English
  • Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh is regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world
  • Consistently ranked in the world’s top 25 universities
  • One of the UK’s leading sports universities, offering a wide range of world-class sport, fitness and performance facilities
  • 26,000+ undergraduate students 
  • 3 Colleges containing 20 Schools
  • Home of Britain’s oldest literary awards, Dolly the sheep, and the inspiration to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes

Introduction to Edinburgh

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Fine ArtsHealth SciencesLand and Food SystemsLawManagement (UBCO)Science


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Students must have a cumulative average of at least 73% to attend this partnership
  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid September to Late December
  • Semester 2: Early January to Late May


  • Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'University of Edinburgh-COMM' on their Go Global application
  • Law: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Law students must select 'University of Edinburgh-Law' on their Go Global application

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • Edinburgh credits divided by 4 = UBC credits

Passing grade


Grading scheme

  • 70-100 A
  • 65-69 B
  • 60-64 B
  • 50-59 C
  • 40-49 D
  • 35-39 E
  • 25-34 F
  • 0-24 G

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

  • Please ensure a thorough review of course pre-reqs are done. "Honours" courses are difficult to get into unless you have completed 3-4 Upper-Level courses in the theme already.
  • Please see course restrictions
  • LFS students can only take lower level LFS courses at Edinburgh
  • English is an oversubscribed area of study at Edinburgh and registration is limited
  • Sport Science courses taught by the Moray House School of Education are generally not available to Exchange students (you must receive permission from the University of Edinburgh Course Organizers to register in these courses and space is very limited)
  • Commerce students are required to take 2/3 of their courses in Business while on Exchange at Edinburgh
  • Advanced level courses ("honours courses" taught at level 10) in the School of Law have limited space
  • There is no cap on numbers in level 8 courses, other than the size of the lecture theatre and no restriction on the number of credits which can be taken at level 8
  • Fine Arts students can study courses towards their major at Edinburgh, but only if their focus area is intermedia, painting, and/or sculpting

Full course load information

  • Normal Courseload: 60 credits per term/ 120 credit per year

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Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

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Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global Award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad travel programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

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