Study Abroad in Edinburgh


Edinburgh has high culture, lofty ideals, philosophy, the arts, the sciences, and loads of festivals. It’s also a medieval city–the Royal Mile leads from Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock, down to Holyrood Palace, the home of Queen Elizabeth II.

Energetic and youthful due to its universities and colleges, the capital of Scotland is as much a modern and cosmopolitan city as it is a living reminder of its ancient roots, made famous through Scottish legend and literature. It is the administrative, legislative, and financial hub of Scotland, and serves as the country’s cultural center.

Living in Edinburgh

The city is connected with an excellent city bus, tram, and train system and is a brilliant city for walking. There is an extinct volcano –Arthur’s Seat by name– within the city limits, too, and it is easy to hike to the top. Our program includes enough time for you to get to know this city well, to make new friends, to intern part-time, to take University courses–called ‘modules’ at Edinburgh Napier University– and to live with other EPA students in a flat in the Newtown neighborhood, which was laid out in the 1760’s


Students take classes in English and are placed in professional work environments where they are required to speak, read, and write in the language. Non-native speakers must have a B2 skill level or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).


Students are housed in apartments centrally located in a splendid 18th century part of the city known as “Newtown”. It is within very easy walking distance of Princes Street, the main shopping area of the city. Newtown is full of restaurants and bars that are very popular with the large student population and we have had excellent feed-back from students on recent programs.

Contact with Local Students

EPA students are able to make use of the full campus facilities at Edinburgh Napier University, and they can get to know their Scottish peers by participating in the many student societies and clubs.


You must have a passport valid for the duration of your stay abroad.

To apply, go to the County Clerk’s Office in your area. Call ahead to find out if there are any regulations or fees specific to your area. The processing of a passport application can take 12 weeks or more. If you don’t already have one, apply now!


A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for period of time. To study in the UK and take on an internship, participants will need to obtain a UK Tier 4 Visa. This visa cannot be applied for until 90 days before the start of the program. For more information visit.

Educational Programmes Abroad has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Internships and Classes in Edinburgh


The main orientation for all students takes place during the first few days the program. Orientation includes informational, cultural, and social activities to acquaint students with each other and with life and business culture in Edinburgh. All aspects of the program are covered in detail during these meetings. In addition, students will attend orientation sessions at the Edinburgh Napier University as well. Internships and classes begin after orientation.


Unpaid, Academic Work-Placements

EPA has developed a strong network of placements across many industries. All students work at their internships for 20 hours per week. EPA is proud to be among the first providers of internships with Members of the Scottish Parliament, and we also offer placements with cultural, charitable, and business organizations. We are always expanding our offerings, and we pride ourselves on our personalized approach.

Computer Science/Technology Internships

Edinburgh is home to many technology companies and start-ups. Internship positions are competitive so expect a Skype interview and assignment to complete before being accepted by an organization. Edinburgh Napier University is the only university that EPA works with that offers many course modules in computer and data science as well as several engineering fields. It is a great chance for semester students to gain invaluable hands-on experience and complete relevant coursework as well.

Healthcare Administration Internships

Healthcare internships are available at non-profits dedicated to health issues such as Alzheimer’s or Multiple Sclerosis as well as organizations promoting health and nutrition education. Due to strict privacy regulations, one-one-one patient care is normally not available.

Marketing/Public Relations Internships

Internships are available in marketing departments for businesses as well as advertising/PR firms. Students with good writing skills have written social media and blog posts and articles for local magazines.

Museum and Tourism Internships

Museum internships offer extraordinary opportunities to work as research and administrative assistants: preparing, mounting, and researching the history and background of objects; recording and cataloguing; as well as designing educational materials, leading school tours and planning and promoting exhibits for arts festivals. EPA has a strong track record with several local museums and galleries for individuals with the right resume. A detailed knowledge of experience in a specific field should be noted in the cover letter.

Political Science/International Relations Internships

Working for a Member of Scottish Parliament provides for an extraordinary immersion into the heart of Scottish politics. Parliamentary interns are engaged in research, correspondence, and constituency casework. Students research local, national, and international issues, and write reports, press releases, subject briefs, and speeches. Those in constituency offices correspond with local constituents through email, letters, and at one-one-one meetings with constituents called, “surgeries”.

Semester Classes

When you study at Edinburgh Napier University, you’ll be part of a global community of almost 9,000 international students from over 100 countries. With a multitude of course modules are available, students have a wide array of choices available. EPA semester students choose two course modules from the same school at level SCQF 08 or 09. Please visit Edinburgh Napier University’s website for details.

(Edinburgh Napier, 2012)

Summer Session

EPA does not offer a summer session in Edinburgh. Students who desire to intern during the summer may wish to consider London or Brussels.


Dates & Fees

The price of the program includes: tuition and housing, internship placement and oversight, pre-departure and visa application materials, comprehensive on-site orientation, welcome and farewell dinners, on-site student support, and on-site program management. Grade reports and supervisor evaluations are also sent to schools upon completion of the term. The fees listed are for students directly enrolled with EPA. These fees do not include academic credit. The school granting the credit will charge an additional fee.

Academic credit, air travel ($1000+), visa fees ($500+), meals, and commuting cost are NOT INCLUDED in the program fees. Please budget $200-$300 per week for expenses depending on your lifestyle and the value of the US Dollar.


Please plan to arrive before noon on the first day of the program. This means that you will likely make reservations to depart from the US the day before. Accommodation is only provided from the start date to the end date of the program. Students who wish to arrive early or stay late must find their own accommodations.

The UK Visa only allows students to arrive 7 days before the program begins and depart 7 days after the program ends.
2020 Spring Friday 10 January until Sunday 10 May 2020 $17,400
2020 Summer NO SESSION NA
Due to academic calendar changes and fluctuations in exchange rates, all dates and fees are subject to change, but will be set before the application deadline.

Scholarships and Aid

A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad from the United States. The following websites provide a good starting point for research on the many scholarship opportunities available.

Edinburgh Details

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