IFSA Butler: University of Edinburgh

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Academic Program

Most classes are in large weekly lectures, with small discussion groups of around 10 students, called tutorials, to complement the large lecture courses. Third-year courses are much smaller and typically have 10 to 30 students per course. Students typically take 3 five-unit courses as a full load.

  • Reviewed by: M. Hatcher-Skeers, Joint Science Department
  • Fields of study: Biology, chemistry, finance and accounting, history, math, physics, social policy, sociology, classics, philosophy, politics, English. A beginning bagpiping class is availaible to study abroad students.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA (10.2 for English and History); 3-4 courses in a specific subject area with at least a B in all to be allowed in third year/honours level courses. Second-year courses are possible with 1-2 courses completed in a subject area. First-year courses are appropriate for subjects with no previous background.
  • Size of the student body: 18000

Living Arrangements

Students choose between student flats scattered throughout the city and a residence hall with a mandatory meal plan and a 25 minute walk to campus. Students in self-catered flats prepare their own meals in shared kitchens with a meal stipend provided by Scripps based on the program recommendation.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to late December
  • Spring: Early January to late May


  • Advising Tips: This program requires one faculty reference.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
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