University of Edinburgh

Program Availability: Fall and Spring Semesters

Hampshire students have the opportunity to study in Edinburgh, Scotland through our institutional affiliation with The University of Edinburgh. Studying at the University of Edinburgh places you in the heart of the city, as the university is an integral part of the city's character and history.

Photo of Victoria Street by Genna Rose Nethercott 09F
"Victoria Street" Photo by Genna Rose Nethercott 09F, AY2011-2012 program participant

About the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the U.K.'s leading universities. It was founded in 1583 and has been attracting international students for over four centuries. In terms of the quality of its teaching and research, it is considered one of the leaders not only in the U.K., but in Europe and beyond. Edinburgh is also one of the U.K.'s larger, more diverse universities, with a current student population of over 23,000 (roughly 16,000 undergraduates and 7,000 postgraduates). Nearly 5,100 of these students are international and are drawn from more than 130 different countries.

As a visiting student you can choose any courses from those offered by the College of Humanities and Social Science (classes in Arts, Divinity, Education, Law, Music, and Social Sciences) or Science and Engineering (classes in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics). For more information, please see the Visiting Student Course Finder.

Visiting students are also eligible to apply to the University of Edinburgh's unique Parliamentary Programme. Students chosen to participate in this selective program complete three academic courses that are classroom-based, followed by a research project supervised by a member of the Scottish Parliament and an academic from the Institute of Governance.

Photo of the view from the top of Arthur's Seat by Genna Rose Nethercott 09F
"View from the Top of Arthur's Seat" Photo by Genna Rose Nethercott 09F, AY2011-2012 Program Participant

Term Dates

Semester 1: September-December
Semester 2: January-May

Housing and Meals

Students arrange their own housing and board through the Edinburgh University Accommodation Services. Dormitory-style housing and apartment options, generally with single-room accommodations, are available. Varied meal plans or self-catered options are offered. For more information, please see Visiting Student Accommodation.

Program Costs

Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy and how financial aid may apply.

  • Tuition Fees: Paid to Hampshire
  • Housing Fees: Paid to the University of Edinburgh
  • Other expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of  meals; passport and visa fees; international and local transportation including airfare; books and supplies; travel insurance; and personal expenses. Students will receive a travel stipend to offset airfare costs.


This Hampshire exchange program is open to qualified Hampshire College students who are in good academic and behavioral standing. Detailed information on Hampshire eligibility requirements and policies is available under the Eligibility Requirements in the Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Course section of the Hampshire College Handbook.

How to Apply

  1. Meet with the GEO: Students are required to meet with the GEO program manager for this exchange program before submitting an application. Call 413.559.5542 to make an appointment.
  2. Review Applying to a Hampshire Exchange Program: Includes deadlines, application instructions, requirements, and procedures.
  3. Apply now: Students apply online through HampGOES (Hampshire's Global Experience System).


Contact the GEO program manager:

Heather St. Germaine

Blogs from Scotland

Read blogs from students studying in Edinburgh through this program.

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With The Global Education Office (GEO)
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Global Education Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Fax: 413.559.6173