Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have sophomore standing by the start of the program.
10/8 for Spring
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Piper on the Scottish Highlands
Photo by Tim Riess
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.Take a look at what is in store for you in Edinburgh.
University of Edinburgh Law College
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers degrees in Art History, Architecture, Archeology, History, Celtic & Scottish Studies, Foreign Languages (including less commonly taught ones such as Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, and Gaelic), Economics, Business, Politics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Law, Education, Divinity, and Music.
The College of Science and Engineering offers over 100 degree programs, including Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Informatics & Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Geology, and Electronic, Chemical, Electrical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering.
The City of Edinburgh is renowned for its lively arts, theater, and music scenes. It is a cosmopolitan capital city, with national museums, theaters and galleries to rival the best in Europe. Getting out of town is easy. Whether it’s a trip to the Scottish Highlands, a train ride to London, or a direct flight to a continental European destination, students can take advantage of holidays and breaks to explore to their heart’s content.
Arrival: No later than 8 September 2013
Housing contracts begin: 8 September 2013
Orientation week 9 - 13 September 2013
Classes begin: 16 September 2013
Exams end: 20 December 2013
Arrival: No later than 11 January 2014
Orientation week: 12 January 2014
Spring vacation: 7 April - 18 April 2014
Exams end: 23 May 2013
Gate House on the Royal Mile
Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
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The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
George's Square, University of Edinburgh
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.
The University of Edinburgh is Scotland's leading research university and is ranked 5th overall out of 115 U.K. institutions.
Arthurs Seat from Edinbugh castle
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.
Edinburgh is home to 480,000 inhabitants. The economy is largely based on the service sector – centered around banking, financial services, higher education, and tourism.
Pipers at Holyrood Castle
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.
Students are housed in university halls of residence (with cafeterias and meal plans) or in apartments in the city (self-catering). Click here for a map of housing locations. The Accommodation Services office offers a complete range of housing options.
Pollock Hall Room
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.
Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have sophomore standing by the start of the program. The Iowa Regents Semester in Scotland program is particularly suited for Honors students, or those who are 'honors-eligible'.
Scottish Parliament Building
The program fee for fall 2013 is $11,799 for Iowa residents and $13,395 for non-residents. The program fee includes all educational and administrative costs, orientation, and some cultural activities.
The program fee does not include the $50 application fee, round trip airfare (approximately $1,500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (approx. $135), housing ($4,500), food ($2,500), textbooks (approx. $500), local transportation ($500+), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approx. $120) or any personal expenses ($3,000+).
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.
Here is a the cost sheet detailing all of the estimated program costs for Fall 2013.Regents Scotland cost sheet- Fall 2013
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 to obtain application materials.
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.
The application deadline for the spring semester is October 8.
Website for visiting students
Courses available to visiting students
Information on choosing courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Edinburgh accommodations locations
University of Edinburgh Accommodation Services Office
The Scotsman newspaper online
1111 University Capitol Centre
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