“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
SPRING : October 15
- DATES AND FEES
Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Edinburgh Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.
View up-to-date course options on the University of Edinburgh's course catalog.
To find courses that will give you a unique introduction to Scotland:
- Scottish History can be found in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology
- Celtic can be found in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
- The Highland Bagpipe can be found in the Edinburgh College of Art
A full course load for one semester is 60 SCQF (University of Edinburgh points), or 15 U.S. semester credit hours.
1 SCQF credit = .25 U.S. semester credit hours
Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
SPECIAL CLASS OPTION
The Highland Bagpipe: History, Context and Performance
The University of Edinburgh offers a beginning bagpiping class for study abroad students. The class includes group piping lessons, as well as coursework on the history of the bagpipes. Students taking this class will need to purchase a chanter from the department for a cost of £40. Please note that this course is extremely popular; there are only 10 spots available, and priority is given to students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
There are a number of restricted and/or competitive courses at the University of Edinburgh. A full list is available here.
- ENGLISH LITERATURE: Students who want to take third-year courses in the English department must be in their third year when they arrive and have taken four English literature courses for grades of B or better. Edinburgh does not count interdisciplinary, composition, creative writing, or comparative literature classes, workshops, or freshman year seminars toward this pre-requisite.
- ECONOMICS: Visiting students should usually have an equivalent of at least 4 semester-long Economics courses at grade B or above for entry to Entry into 3rd year Economics classes at Edinburgh. This MUST INCLUDE courses in Intermediate Macroeconomics (with calculus); Intermediate Microeconomics (with calculus); and Probability and Statistics. If macroeconomics and microeconomics courses are not calculus-based, then, in addition, Calculus (or Mathematics for Economics) is required. It is not suitable for students to take this course alongside 'Economics 2'. (Some 3rd year Economic classes may also require Econometrics).
- EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART: Students can take architecture history, history of art and music courses at Edinburgh College of Art, but studio art classes are not open to study abroad students.
- INFORMATICS: Visiting students may enroll in a maximum of 20 Scotland credits in this department per semester.
- PHILOSOPHY: To be considered for third-year philosophy courses, students will need to have taken at least three philosophy courses for grades of grade B or better. Students can be pre-approved for only two third-year (honours) philosophy courses prior to arrival. After arrival, students can request that the university consider them for a third course.
- BUSINESS: Students wishing to take first-year business courses at Edinburgh will need to have already taken an introductory level business course and received a grade of B or better.
- POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: In order to be considered for third-year politics or international relations courses, students will need to have taken four previous politics or international relations courses and received grades of a B or better.
- GEOLOGY: EASC09029 Geology 3rd Year Field Course has mandatory spring break travel as part of the course, so please don't make spring break plans if you take this course. Also note that this course has an additional fee because of the travel.
- SPORT SCIENCE: These courses are typically not available to visiting students.
- LAW: These courses are typically not available to visiting students.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
Student, New Zealand
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
“I enjoyed study abroad the most when I got courage to speak at my first poetry SLAM, befriend a fanzine publisher, and speak up (in my broken Spanish) in my film class. Having the courage to own who I am made me feel good.
Unpacked: Student Stories
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