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ENGR Exchange: University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Year (Fall-Spring)
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Katherine Schwarzentraub
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University of Edinburgh


All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Edinburgh has approximately 33,000 students and its famous alumni include Charles Darwin and J K Rowling. The University is currently ranked 21st in the world in the QS ranking and its students have been at the forefront of knowledge since the founding of the university in 1583. They're also ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on the quality and breadth of their research, Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 

They're committed to high quality, innovative teaching to help you reach your full potential. As a visiting student you’ll be taught alongside fellow Edinburgh students by inspiring professors and learn from world-leading researchers. The academic staff are leaders in their field and their research directly informs their teaching. All students benefit from the strong research environment that informs the academic programmes. The inspiring teaching is complemented by their investment and development in cutting-edge teaching and research facilities.

In Edinburgh you'll join a lively, close-knit community with hundreds of student clubs and societies on offer. Meeting other students is always important to visiting students and you will have many options available to you here to help you build up your social network, such as the buddy scheme, +240 student societies and +70 sports societies on offer.

Host City
Edinburgh has the size of a town but the social and cultural assets of a city, making it one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations. It is the capitol of Scotland and an extremely vibrant city, home to top art venues, a myriad of cafes and new restaurants, and beautiful cobbled streets in the Old Town. The city is known as the world’s festival capital and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh is a safe student city, with a population of 500,000 there are 4 universities in the city and together students make up one tenth of the population. Edinburgh is ranked the second best student city in the UK, QS Best Student Cities 2015.

Also, get an inside look on life in Edinburgh by checking out this blog written by current international students studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh!

Universitas 21
The University of Edinburgh and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and its programs and mission on the U21 website.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • Must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Edinburgh offers a large variety of coursework and exchange students may enroll courses in the College of Science and Engineering. Subjects available are Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). 



All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at University of Edinburgh will be converted as follows:

University of Edinburgh Credit UMD Credit
1 Edinburgh credit 0.3 UMD credits
10 Edinburgh credits 3 UMD credits

 The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 10, 2014.

University of Edinburgh Grade UMD Grade
40, D, or satisfactory  C -


Exchange students are guaranteed university housing provided that they submit the accommodation application by the deadline.

You can learn more about accommodation on the Edinburgh website:

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
With over 240 student societies and over 60 sports clubs the University of Edinburgh offers many ways for students to get involved. Students may be interested in joining the International Exchange Student Society as a way to get involved on campus.

International Welcome/Orientation
The university hosts an Orientation Day highlighting the culture of Scotland and the university through events, presentations, and workshops.

Counseling & Health Services
The University of Edinburgh offers health services and resources to support mental wellbeing for students. 

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*
Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2022 03/15/2022 03/25/2022
Fall 2022 03/15/2022 03/25/2022 09/11/2022 12/23/2022
Spring 2023 09/09/2022 09/15/2022