Fall, Spring, Academic Year
• Clear Interest and Commitment
• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity
• Minimum 3.0 GPA (flexible, depending on circumstances)
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application
• Acceptance by host institution
March 21 for Fall 2017 and Academic year 2017-2018
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
This semester or academic year program offers undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University of Edinburgh, one of the finest universities in the United Kingdom in one of Europe's most exciting cultural centers. Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Scottish peers.
Before you get started, take a quick tour of Edinburgh,take a look at ten good reasons to choose to study in Edinburgh, and learn more about the undergraduate experience at Edinburgh.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers course options in Economics, Business, English, Art History, History, Classics, and Archaeology, Celtic and Scottish Studies, Law, Music, and many other disciplines.
A huge variety of STEM courses in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Immunology, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy are also available.
You can find more information about the course options open to study abroad students by exploring the University of Edinburgh's Course Finder website.
Students must take 40 of the 60 Edinburgh credits they earn each semester through a single college. They can choose the remaining credits from the same college, or from another college.
As a study abroad student, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as the local students do in order to earn transfer credit at the University of Iowa.
The grading system in the U.K. is significantly different from the U.S. system. Grades are given as 'marks', and a score of 60% is typically considered a high mark. UI does not convert British marks into U.S. letter grades. While you WILL receive academic credit for the courses you take in the U.K., you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade.
However, this does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. In order to receive credit for the course, you must receive a passing grade in the British system and, in the future, when official transcripts of your college work are requested, you will need to provide both an Iowa transcript and the British academic record – your British grades will be clear and will influence future scholarship application and graduate school admissions decisions.
Edinburgh will send Fall semester transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of February, and Spring semester/Academic Year transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of July. Students can expect their grades to be applied to their UI grade reports within 2-3 months after they arrive to the University of Iowa.
Dates for the Fall 2017 session: (Dates are subject to change)
September 11, 2017 - Arrival/Accommodation Move-in/Program Begins
September 11 - September 17 - Welcome Week/Orientation
September 18 - December 1 - Fall Semester classes in session
December 4 - December 7 - Revision
December 8 - December 21 - Exams
December 21, 2017 - Fall session ends
Dates for the Spring 2018 session (Dates are subject to change)
January 10, 2018 - Arrival/Accommodation Move-in/Program Begins
January 10 - January 14 - Welcome Week/Orientation
January 15 - April 6 - Spring Semester classes in session
April 7 - April 22 - Spring break
April 23 - April 27 - Revision April 30 - May 25 - Exams
May 25, 2018- Fall session ends
Sr. Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
The University of Edinburgh is a venerable institution -- founded in 1580 -- and has forged a special position in academia. Its national and international reputation is excellent, and it has a large, diverse, and multinational student body. Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world. Famous alumni include Charles Darwin, David Hume, Joseph Lister, and the writers Robert Louis Stevenson and J.K. Rowling. Courses are available in most disciplines, including Humanities , Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Engineering. Internships in the Scottish parliament are available.
The University has approximately 33,000 students, with over 11,000 international students from more than 130 countries.
Striking medieval and Georgian districts, overlooked by the Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, Edinburgh is a handsome European capitol city famous for the arts, its architecture, and fine museums.
The city of Edinburgh is built around its famous castle which sits atop an extinct volcanic plug. The ‘Royal Mile’ is a long street that follows the backbone of the ridge that runs from the castle down to Holyrood Palace, where Queen Elizabeth and other royals stay when they visit. Many of the buildings in this section of the city are very old and stately. North of this area is ‘New Town’, so-named because it was a planned urban area created in the Georgian architectural style. New Town is where the main shopping district of Edinburgh is located. George Square, the center of the University of Edinburgh campus, is located a little south of Edinburgh Castle, below the volcanic plug. It's a 10 minute walk to the Royal Mile from there.
Edinburgh is home to 495,000 inhabitants. The economy is largely based on the service sector – centered around banking, financial services, higher education, and tourism.
Scotland is a member of the United Kingdom, which also includes England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It features a diverse landscape, friendly people, and a rich history.
• The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.
• Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.
• British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers 'n mash, steak pie, Indian curry,'neeps and tatties, haggis and more!
• The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'Chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.
• The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.
Students live with local British students or international students from around the world. Accommodation options include university residence halls (most providing cafeterias and meal plans) or in apartments in the city (self-catering). Take a look at the Accommodation page office for information about the complete range of housing options.
Students are free to make their own travel arrangements after being officially accepted into the program. Although there is no specific 'group flight', you will receive contact information for all of the program participants which will allow students to find a travel partner to Edinburgh. You will receive information about traveling from the airport to your accommodation as part of your acceptance packet from the University of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh has an excellent public transportation system, though many students navigate the main areas of the city on foot or by bike (when the weather cooperates). Taxis are available throughout the city, but they can be expensive. Edinburgh is also well connected to the rest of the UK and Europe by bus, train, and a major airport just outside the city.
The Regents’ Semester in Scotland is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:
Applications for the Spring 2018 will be available by August 2017.
Applications are due on March 21 for the Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017 - 2018 sessions.
The course fee for the Fall 2017 session is $11,988.
The course fee for the Spring 2018 will be available by mid-October 2017. The course fee for the Spring 2018 session is expected to be within $300-$500 of the course fee for the Fall 2017.
The course fee includes all educational/tuition fees, orientation, and some cultural activities.
The course fee is charged to the student’s University of Iowa Ubill shortly before the program begins.
The following items are not included in the course fee:
University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.
The Fall 2017 cost sheet can be found below. A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Spring 2018 will be posted here by mid-fall 2017.
The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to U.I. as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.
Interested students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the Iowa Regents’ Semester in Scotland, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process.
The application process consists of three steps:
Applicants are notified of their official acceptance status by Edinburgh by late October/early November for the Spring session, and by late March/early April for the following Fall/Academic Year.
Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa (amounts based on Fall 2017 fees- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).
Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline||Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $100
|10-19 days past the confirmation deadline||Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($1018 for IA Residents, $2784 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
|20-44 days past the confirmation deadline|| Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% (($1018 for IA Residents, $2784 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
|45 or more days past the confirmation deadline|| Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($1018 for IA Residents, $2784 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 100%
In general, financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. In most cases the Office of Student Financial Aid can adjust financial aid to cover additional costs incurred by study abroad. Moreover, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on need, merit and/or diversity that are awarded by Study Abroad. Complete information is available on the Funding Your Study Abroad Experience page.Before applying for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of our website for valuable tips on making a successful application.
For help writing scholarship essays, please contact the UI Writing Center.
The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. Take a look at the following links for Semester or Academic Year scholarships offered through our office:
1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)
2- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (See web page for details)
3- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)
4- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)
5- Iowa Abroad Scholarship (For Iowa-resident students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)
6- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)
(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)
14- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.
After you have reviewed the final cost sheet and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:
First, read, download, complete, and return the Confirmation of Participation document, sign it, and submit it to the Study Abroad office no later than Monday, May 1 at 4:59pm.
Please note that if this document is not submitted by the confirmation deadline on Monday, May 1, 2017, your application will be automatically withdrawn and your acceptance rescinded.
Next, download the Healthcare Preparation Guide, and complete it with the help of your doctor. This document should not be submitted to our office.
Finally, thoroughly review the following sections of text:
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While the UK is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.
OCAS - UK: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.
If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.
Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.
Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.
Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen email@example.com for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
Program participants are required to have a visa to enter the UK. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.
Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the UK’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the Application tab above and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course. If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the process.
As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.
If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan. If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com.
Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until
Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.
If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for the UK. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343