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10 best schools, colleges and universities in Edinburgh where international students can get high-quality education

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Today, Scotland attracts a wide range of foreign students from all over the world with high-quality educational services and interesting culture. Many international students choose studying in Edinburgh as it's a great opportunity to combine effective courses with exciting rest. SMAPSE offers TOP-10 prestigious schools, colleges and universities located in Edinburgh where international students can get high-quality and balanced primary, secondary and higher education.

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Studying in Edinburgh for international students

Edinburgh's academic programs are slightly different in philosophy from elite cities in the UK. The main emphasis is not only put on narrow specialization, but rather on the wide coverage of different disciplines - this approach allows you to create a versatile personality and a specialist who is ready to try himself in related specialties.

Children go to school from 4.5 years to receive basic knowledge about the world around them. For foreign students with insufficient command of the language, it would be advisable to consider (as a variant of primary education in Edinburgh) language programs for children with zero knowledge of the language. After mastering the English language for children, the following types of schools are available:

  • general education
  • confessional
  • community based.

School programs in primary and secondary classes in each of them correspond to state standards with only one difference in religious or social component. Elite schools in Edinburgh provide an almost family atmosphere to their wards, various forms of education and leisure are provided for children:

  • own laboratories
  • language laboratories
  • libraries and reading rooms
  • pools, sports grounds.

Popular sports among modern youth in Scotland are horse riding, tennis, golf, soccer.

The cost of studying at the best private schools in Edinburgh is on average £ 7530 per semester with the possibility of living in old Victorian mansions equipped according to modern standards.

Higher Education Programs in Edinburgh Universities

More than 60,000 students study in Edinburgh annually in undergraduate and graduate programs. There are 18 universities in the city that provide a wide selection (about 100) areas of specialization:

  • business and management
  • art
  • Social sciencies
  • mathematics and computer science
  • textiles and design
  • media and communication
  • international law
  • medicine
  • finance
  • other.

The issue of admission to Edinburgh universities to foreign students is complicated by the mismatch of school curricula of different countries. In most cases, applicants will have to complete one year of study in Edinburgh under the special International Foundation program and demonstrate a high level of English proficiency ( IELTS from 6.5-7.0). The cost of studying at a university starts from 5085 £ per term + living expenses are 725-1170 £ per month.

The higher education system also includes:

  • short-term programs and summer camps
  • profile certificates (CELTA, BEC)
  • continuing education courses.

Language courses and summer camps for foreign students in Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland provides great opportunities for schoolchildren, their parents and students to learn English in an original atmosphere of colorful streets, foggy landscapes and brick castles. Prices for weekly programs are available for a wide category of people (~ 300 £) and allow you to effectively combine leisure and study abroad. Existing programs can be divided into directions:

General statistics on education in Edinburgh

General information about Edinburgh

Country United Kingdom
Region Scotland 
Region 2 Edinburgh 
Population 435,791
Visitors 1,689,000/year


Cost of living in Edinburgh

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 294 427
Food 194 403
Transportation 53 158
Communications and utilities 76 108
Clothing 21 80
Sports and leisure 27 89
Total 664 1,266


Accommodation options in Edinburgh

Shared room outside of centre 297
Shared room in city centre 432
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 491
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 653


Coordinates of Edinburgh

Time Zone Europe/London
DST +1
Latitude 55.952060000
Longitude -3.196480000
Elevation (STRM3) 66 m.


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