About Edinburgh

Historic Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and home to its Parliament. The city has a natural scenic setting and has been described as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Home to many historic buildings, the most famous attraction is Edinburgh Castle, drawing many visitors from around the world. This compact city of half a million is known for its hilly setting, history and tradition while also hosting a thriving contemporary arts and culture scene. The city hosts a number of international festivals, and its art galleries, unique shops, and restaurants that give it a very cosmopolitan flavor. It is also a university town, enrolling 100,000 students in many universities across the city.

The Program

This program is based at Edinburgh Napier University, a modern institution spread over three campuses enrolling 18,000 students. ENU is known for its practical bent, with a focus on curricula and training for 21st-century employment. HWS and other international students will study alongside local Scottish students for an integrated learning experience. As do other British universities, ENU provides students with the opportunity for self-directed study and research under the guidance of faculty mentors and instructors. To enhance the cultural experience, study abroad students may join any student society, club or sport offered by ENU and may also sign up for outings to arts and cultural events in the city through the Student Union.


Students who participate in this program can select courses from a variety of subject areas, including but not limited to computer science, English literature, history, music, physics, sociology, criminal justice and women’s studies. Note that admission to most courses in music is by portfolio. The standard course load is comprised of three ENU course modules, for which students will receive 4 HWS credits. Students may mix and match classes from different faculties and academic fields across any of the campuses.

For specific information about courses, please consult the ENU course catalog. Note that you must ensure that the course you want to take is offered in the semester for which you are applying. Students applying for the fall semester should look for courses offered in Trimester 1 while those applying for the spring should look for courses offered in Trimester 2. Please note that there are various restrictions on courses that visiting students can take so be sure to read the guidance notes so that you know which courses are restricted. For instance, students may not take SCQF 11 courses because these are graduate courses.

Academic Focus

Due to the wide range of courses offered through ENU, this program can accommodate students from a variety of disciplines. It will be of particular interest to those interested in computer science and technology, physics, English literature, sociology, criminal justice and music.


This program is open to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.


Students live in residence halls with other international students about a 15-min walk or short bus ride to the Merchiston campus, a bus ride away from the other two campuses and about a 20 - 25 minute walk or short bus ride from the center of Edinburgh. A typical residence provides fully-furnished single rooms grouped around a shared kitchen. bathroom and common room. While students typically prepare their own meals, there are a number of places to eat on campus as well.


ENU is not a "study abroad program" in the traditional sense in that HWS students will be directly enrolled at the university. While there will not be excursions designed specifically for HWS or study abroad students, ENU does plan some outings in and around Edinburgh for international students and there are student travel agencies nearby to assist those planning their own travel. In addition, the university has an extremely active student union which plans a variety of educational, cultural and travel opportunities to which all students are invited to participate (fees will vary). Independent and self-starting students will have a multitude of opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture and to explore Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond.

Going Abroad With the CGE

Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees, room fees and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover credit for a four credit semester, airport arrival services, housing and orientation program. Note that no HWS board charge is included. Students should plan to bring their board fee to Scotland to cover meal expenses. While these expenses will vary according to individual tastes we estimate that about $2000-2300 should be sufficient for students who typically prepare their own meals (during the spring semester, students should bring $2400—$2700 for meals due to the longer semester). Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1100—$1300 from the East Coast and books at $250. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of student expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1500 above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.


  • This program is offered every semester.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office at a selected date in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs). For specific date contact the CGE.

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.

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