Studying abroad

Information about the option of studying abroad in 3rd year.

Covid-19 related news

  • Exchanges in the current academic year 2020/21
    • Optional student exchanges scheduled to run in Semester 1 of 2020/21 have been temporarily cancelled for health and safety reasons.
    • Exchanges due to start in semester 2 are yet to be confirmed.
    • For details, please see  Update - Semester 1 exchanges and placements (Go Abroad office webpage)
  • Go Abroad Fair (for 2021/22 exchanges) this year is cancelled.

The University of Edinburgh is involved in a number of international exchange schemes, details of which can be found from the Student Exchanges page of the Edinburgh Global website. There are basically two categories, "University-wide exchanges" and "Subject-specific exchanges". Students who wish to take an optional year abroad programme in Year 3 need to apply online in Year 2. Online application for study abroad in 2021/2022 will open on 2nd November and close on 25 November 2020 at 12 noon. 

  • University-wide (general) exchanges

The University has exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including universities in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. 

  • Subject-specific exchanges

The School has agreements with universities in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and USA. From exchange studies for 2021/2022 onwards,  the following new partners will be available - CMU; Cornell; Illinois; Maryland; and Pennsylvania (USA). NB: there will be possible delays due to Covid-19. 

Credit transfer

Students spending a year abroad are expected to take courses that correspond reasonably closely to the courses they would have taken in Edinburgh, both in terms of content and credit weighting (e.g. 60 European Credit Transfer Scheme points correspond to 120 Edinburgh University points). Because of the difficulty of mapping an overseas mark to an Edinburgh mark, the Senatus has ruled that students will be allocated the appropriate credits for the period spent abroad but that these will be zero-weighted in terms of the final degree classification (unless the period abroad is a requirement of the course). So for students of four-year degree programmes in Informatics who spend their third year abroad, their degree results will be based on their final year marks only. 


Information and FAQ for Informatics students (restricted access)

Further Information

Why go abroad? (Edinburgh Global website)

Exchange destinations (Edinburgh Global website)

Application information (Edinburgh Global website)

Exchange Coordinator - If you have any queries regarding studying abroad please contact  the Informatics Exchange Coordinator, Hiroshi Shimodaira.

Information for Personal Tutors (restricted access)