University of Edinburgh

Future Project - Edinburgh's official Canadian partner.

Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 6th ranked in the UK and 21st in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group and 3rd in research endowments after Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Notable alumni include, Charles Darwin – naturalist and author of “Origin of the Species”, David Hume – philosopher and leading figure of the Enlightenment, and J.K Rowling – author.

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 and currently offers over 500 first degree programmes, spread across some 100 academic disciplines. More than 30,000 undergraduate students study here and are drawn from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds.

World renowned and well respected, a degree from the University of Edinburgh will be recognised wherever you go. The University of Edinburgh’s success is not limited to Scotland, or even the UK. Edinburgh has a well-deserved international reputation for excellence, as demonstrated by its partnerships with other key institutions worldwide.

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and one of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Northern Europe. Students come not only for the architecture, but for a city rich in social, cultural, and sporting facilities. The University itself hosts over 260 student societies, 65 sports clubs, 9 galleries and museums and 17 libraries.

Edinburgh and Canada
The University of Edinburgh has been welcoming Canadian students for hundreds of years and has very well established academic links with Canada, with exchange partners such as:

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Queens University

The Canadian education system has been heavily influenced by the Scottish model and this familiarity of structure can help ease the study transition between Canada and Scotland.

The University of Edinburgh offers a four-year undergraduate degree in a liberal arts style as well as more than 100 majors within our College of Science and Engineering.

Students may study a number of subjects in their freshman and sophomore years, before selecting their major and specialising in one or more academic disciplines as they would in Canada.

– Gillian Dabbs, BCom, LL.B (Ordinary with Distinction), DLP, Solicitor (Scotland), (Edinburgh, 2008)

Future Project has a cache of fantastic information and resources for Canadians wanting to study in the UK – and all for free! Students can get advice from persons who have gone through the journey. Anyone looking to study in the UK should contact Future Project.

Colleges and Schools
The University of Edinburgh’s Academic structure is based on 3 Colleges containing a total of 22 Schools.

You can view any of the printed prospectuses online:

For information on international student fees (non-EU), click here.

To learn more about the University of Edinburgh’s international scholarships, click here.

Over 30,000 students and 7,500 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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Accommodation is located at around 25 sites in Edinburgh, all within walking distance or a short bus ride of the main University locations and the city centre. All new undergraduates from outside Edinburgh are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation. A wide range of options available, from shared rooms in self-catered flats to large ensuite rooms with full catering provision

There are 17 libraries covering different subject areas. The centre for sport and exercise has several state-of-the-art gyms, a swimming pool, sports halls and a climbing wall. A complete range of exercise classes is available in addition to the 63 sports clubs on offer.

The business school in Buccleuch Place is located at the heart of the university campus. The state-of-the-art building houses all school staff, features eight lecture theatres, multiple syndicate rooms, an education suite, cafe, and spaces for students and staff. Two landmark buildings with a total value of more than £80m are home to the vet school and the Roslin Institute at the Easter Bush campus. The university’s MRC centre for regenerative medicine is at Little France, and its centre for sport and exercise has approximately 1,900 sq./m of state-of the-art physical activity space.

The University is spread throughout the city, with the majority of buildings within walking distance. Edinburgh has the excellent transport links you’d expect of a capital city. Edinburgh airport is eight miles away.

Living in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. With a population of approximately 450,000 (1 million in the city region), “Auld Reekie” (Edinburgh) manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by the imposing castle, the symbol of the city, Edinburgh combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, Gothic churches with amazing museums and galleries. Scotland’s throbbing night-life centre, Edinburgh, “the Athens of the North”, is also a feast for the mind and the senses, playing host to great restaurants, shops and an unequaled programme of city festivals throughout the year.