University of Edinburgh

Rank 13
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Established 1583
International Students 27.3%
Famous For MBA, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering
International Fees £18,800-24,600
Key Information
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Established 1583
Famous For MBA, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering
International Fees £18,800-24,600


The University of Edinburgh is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Scotland and was founded in 1583, making it one of the oldest universities in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is amongst the world's largest and most prestigious universities, and Edinburgh is currently ranked in the global top 30 in the QS World University Rankings 2025.

The university has 22 schools, with around 6,000 of the 27,500 students currently enrolled internationally. Academically, Edinburgh holds a strong reputation for medicine and science, being home to numerous discoveries and inventions, such as anaesthetics, penicillin, and the telephone. The University also has the UK's oldest Department of English Literature, scoring highly for humanities.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is currently ranked second in the UK for veterinary science (Guardian’s University Guide 2024). Also, he has full accreditation from major international councils on education for the next seven years. The accreditation recognises its strong educational programme, underpinned by a commitment to an outstanding student experience.

Services for International Students

The International Office at Edinburgh has numerous programmes and branches supporting international students. The Integrated English for Academic Purposes course combines pre-sessional English tuition with a postgraduate degree. The International Student Centre runs numerous events and provides a central location for international matters.

A welcome service is provided at Edinburgh airport for new international students arriving at the weekend in September and January. On arrival at the halls, the Resident Life service will organise events and social activities to help new students integrate into the university and city.

Two schemes, the International Buddy Scheme and Hospitality Scheme, allow international students to get to know local residents and current students at the university. This helps them settle in and further experience the culture of the city and University.


  • 13th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 14th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 27th in the QS World University Rankings 2025
  • 30th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024
  • 38th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023

96% of the University of Edinburgh's research was classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent, with 55% classed at the highest level of world-leading in the REF 2021.


All first-year students from outside Edinburgh are guaranteed an offer of University of Edinburgh accommodation. Accommodation is based at over 25 sites, all located within a short walk or bus ride of Edinburgh's centre. 1,900 catered rooms are available in Pollock Hall, 2km from the city centre. These have an option of en suite, standard, or shared rooms. Self-catered accommodation is also available in a mixture of halls and flats around the city, generally housing up to six students per flat.

The University of Edinburgh runs an accommodation advice service at the start of each academic year to help students if they wish to find private accommodation.


Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is listed as a world heritage site. It is considered one of Europe's greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities. Its beauty and reputation for science since the 18th Century has earned it the nickname ‘the Athens of the North’. The University of Edinburgh is integral to the city, contributing to its vibrant atmosphere.

Since 2001, Edinburgh has consistently been voted ‘Favourite UK City’ by the Observer, Conde Naste (Award Winner for Best City) and Guardian readers. Excellent road, rail and air transport links make Edinburgh accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.


  • Charles Darwin (Naturalist)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author)
  • David Hume (Philosopher)
  • Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor of the telephone)
  • James Wilson, John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush (Signatories of the US Declaration of Independence)
  • Chris Hoy (Triple gold medal-winning cyclist)

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