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Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest universities in Scotland with almost 4,000 international students from over 100 countries studying in Business, Creative Industries, Science and many more innovative areas. The setting of Edinburgh is itself an incredible asset for enhancing programs in unique and dynamic ways. The excellent support services for international students make the journey to Edinburgh and beyond an unforgettable one!

Edinburgh Napier is situated within Scotland's beautiful and cosmopolitan capital city of Edinburgh. In addition to being home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh hosts the largest international arts festival in the world, and offers numerous cinemas, theatres, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops. At the heart of the city is the famous Edinburgh castle. Edinburgh is a good communications hub for travel to other parts of the UK, Ireland and continental Europe.

Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP Direct academic year or semester programs

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Very Limited.
ISEP Direct chance of placement is generally Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: early September to early May; Semester 1: early September to late December; Semester 2: early January to early May.

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $26,500
Semester 1 16-17: $14,750
Semester 2 16-17: $14,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 15, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (pop. 500,000)
Student Enrollment: 17,000
Language of instruction: English
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Accounting, Financial Services & Law; Business Management & Economics; Marketing & Languages; Tourism, Hospitality, Festival & Events Management; Computing & Digital Technologies (Business Information Systems, Interactive Media Design, Digital Media, Software Engineering, Web Design & Development); Creative Industries (English, Film, Communication, Graphic Design, Interior & Spatial Design, Product Design, Music, Television and Photography); Engineering & Built Environment (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electronic/ Timber/ Polymer/ Energy & Environmental Engineering, Building Surveying, Architectural Technology, Construction & Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Real Estate Surveying, Transport Management); Life, Sport & Social Sciences (Animal Biology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Forensic Biology, Environmental Biology, Microbiology & Biotechnology, Marine & Freshwater Biology, Sports & Exercise Science, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology).

Academic Notes
Edinburgh Napier University has particular strengths in the fields of Business and Management, Biological and Health Sciences, Digital Technologies, Sports & Exercise Science and Communication Arts (Communication, Photography & Film, Design, and Music).

Edinburgh Napier’s graduates have a high record of employment, demonstrating the university"s achievement of its primary mission: preparing students for the world of work.

Edinburgh Napier has a flexible modular structure allowing visiting students to devise programs tailored to their own needs. Modules (classes) in most undergraduate disciplines can be combined with one another. Participants are required to carry a normal workload of three modules per semester, but should also choose 2-3 backup classes for their application in case some modules are not available.

There is limited availability for student placements in the following fields: Journalism, Design, Music, Photography and Film. For consideration, students who wish to take classes in one of these fields while at Edinburgh Napier must:

1) Be majors in the subject at their home institution
2) Have junior or senior-level status
3) Provide a portfolio, audition, or interview where appropriate to demonstrate prerequisite knowledge and skills
4) And be willing to commit to studying all their modules at Napier per semester within that field (for example, a request to combine one design class, one business class, and one Scottish studies class would likely be denied because the subjects are spread across multiple departments).


Certificates are issued automatically. Students are asked to sign a data protection form at orientation to allow Edinburgh Napier to send transcripts directly to ISEP. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no component below 5.5 (6.5 is required in some areas). Pearson and other UKBA recognized tests are also accepted. Please contact studyabroad@napier.ac.uk for further details. Please note that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not accept TOEFL as proof of English ability for any student visa application.

Special Academic Conditions
ISEP Exchange and Direct students may study at the undergraduate level only.

Please note that there are LIMITED places to study in the academic fields of Journalism, Design, Photography, Film and Music.

For students taking courses within the field of Music, specifically instrumental courses, it will be the student's responsibilty to pay any extra fees associated with these courses.

Hints for Researching Courses
Students can refer to the Guidance Notes For Students Applying to Study at Edinburgh Napier University on an Exchange for information on selecting classes.

For information on modules (classes) available at Edinburgh Napier University, please visit our Module Guide.

Using this catalogue you can search by subject, school or faculty to see which modules we offer. Once in the module descriptor you will be able to see if a module is offered in semester 1, 2 or both. You can use the catalogue to find modules offered within our faculties that would be approved by your home University. Students who come to Edinburgh Napier through ISEP have the flexibility to study on modules from across all 3 of our faculties., except in the cases outlined above. Please note Level 7 modules = Freshman, Level 8 = Sophomore, Level 9 = Junior and Level 10 = Senior. Level 11 classes are postgraduate and NOT available to ISEP students.

All Edinburgh Napier classes are 20 credits = approx 5 US credit hours.

Housing and Meals
University housing is available and is situated within easy reach of the city center. It is mainly composed of modern apartments with individual study bedrooms and a shared lounge/kitchen for cooking and socializing. A stipend is provided to ISEP exchange students to purchase or prepare meals. Please note that ISEP students DO NOT use the online application form for Housing. Edinburgh Napier will contact you directly with application instructions.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: Approximately £200 (minimum) to cover laundry, mail, toiletries, local travel, entertainment, telephone and books. Estimated meal costs: £40 per week.

Orientation is held within the first week of official arrival at Edinburgh Napier University and is mandatory for students. Students will officially matriculate (register) as Edinburgh Napier University students during this week, which will allow students to enroll in classes. In order for students to enroll in modules (classes), students will be assigned an “advisor” who will discuss the module selections and enroll the student in the agreed modules.

Matriculation week will provide students with an opportunity to sign up for organizations, register with a local doctor, and become familiar with transportation. Matriculation week is also a time to meet fellow international students by participating in events organized by the University and Napier Student Association.


Airport pickup will be available to students, and students will need to arrange this as per instructions given by the host. Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Students at Edinburgh Napier International Club (SENIC) organises trips around Scotland throughout the semester. Students can join SENIC for £2, and are eligible for a discount on all trips. Students can still join in any of the excursions without joining SENIC. SENIC gives all students the opportunity to meet new international students and participate in events such as ceilidhs, explore the highlands and islands of Scotland, and to socialise with other International students. During Induction week the Student Association organise several events for all new students.

The Student Association run the many Sports Clubs and Societies on offer to our students. For further details please see http://www.napierstudents.com.

Edinburgh Napier University was founded in 1964 and achieved university status in 1992. In just three decades it has progressed from a first-class polytechnic to a major Scottish university and one of the top new universities in the UK. Edinburgh Napier is a multi-campus university with three main sites in the city of Edinburgh: Craiglockhart, Merchiston & Craighouse. Each campus has its unique culture and sense of community, while benefiting from being part of a major university. Edinburgh Napier University’s four faculties offer a wide range of professionally-oriented programs designed in consultation with commerce and industry. Many programs allow students to integrate study and work experience. Total enrolment: 18,000 (including over 4000 international students).

What Past Students have to Say
“From its rich history and wonderful people, Edinburgh exceeded my expectations. Imagine waking up every morning with a view of King Arthur’s Seat. Walking through the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh was like walking through history, with new stories and sights surrounding your every move. Imagine sitting in a lecture hall, seeing the magnificent Edinburgh Castle behind the professor, this is the way to have class! This is the daily life you live when you attend Edinburgh Napier University as an ISEP participant. I would highly recommend Edinburgh Napier University for any study away experience.”

Ashley Ryan, Spring 2010 student from Missouri State University