University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Utrecht University School of Law.


Student experiences

Student experience Edinburgh


Law Faculty

Exchange students

Online Information Sessions

Welcome week

Academic calendar

Semester 1: September up to and including December
Semester 2: January up to and including May

Should you want to go on exchange to Edinburgh in semester 2, please check your schedule very carefully as the UU schedule normally runs until January 31st whereas UE starts half January!

Academic Calendar



Minimum grade requirement: 6.7,  GPA 3.0

English language: B2, please note the differences between:

  • Standard Visitor (students coming for one semester)
    Standard Visitors only planning to take courses within the subject area of their Erasmus exchange agreement and any other 1st / 2nd year level courses do not need to provide evidence of their English level. Though the expectation is that nominated students will have B2 Level English.
    You need to provide an English certificate C1 if you want to take 3rd/4th year level courses outside of the subject area of the Erasmus agreement (Law), or if a visa is required to study in the UK.

  • Student Route Visa (students coming for the full academic year)

    If you are coming into the UK on a Student Route visa then as part of the immigration process you will need to provide evidence of English level that meets the Edinburgh minimum entry requirements. You will need to provide a certificate from one of the following exams: IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Cambridge CAE/CPE or Trinity ISE which meets our minimum entry scores listed here. The English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the start date of your studies in Edinburgh.

Thus, there are cases where you need to hand in a language certificate. For these cases, please look at their website.

Students who are of a nationality outside of Europe will be required to provide a proof of an official English Language certificate. 

Areas of study open for exchange students

Students applying to the University of Edinburgh under a Law exchange must take 2/3 of their courses in Law, they can take the final course in any subject area as long as they meet the relevant pre-requisites for the final class, there is space in that class and it timetables well with the Law courses.


Courses at Master level

There are no courses at master level available.

Estimated living costs per month

More information



You can apply for accommodation once you have been offered and accepted a place to study here in Edinburgh. Full year European exchange students are guaranteed accommodation.

Students on exchange for one semester are not guaranteed accommodation. However we would advise that you still submit a university accommodation application in case there are spaces left.
Please do not rely on being allocated a spot in University accommodation. If there are no rooms available, you will need to look for private accommodation.
Finding semester only private accommodation in Edinburgh can be difficult, therefore students should be prepared to spend time researching their housing options.
Useful information about Private Housing can be found here:

Exchange Students who are here for only one semester and who stay in private (non-University) accommodation may be required to pay Council Tax. Information about Council Tax is available from The Advice Place:


The Erasmus+ Grant is no longer available for exchange students who are going to the UK. The British Universities Transnational Exchange (BUTEX) is offering a scholarship opportunity which students can apply to. You can read more about the scholarship on their website  Read more about other grants on our website.


Find more information on the University of Edinburgh's student immigration website.

Check if you need a visa on the website of the UK government.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table


There are limited places in the honours courses, taught at level 10. Students are advised to take care when selecting courses and observe any prerequisites. They must also ensure that they register for courses before the deadline. Registration for particular courses is not guaranteed, even if you applied before the deadline. although Edinburgh will try to ensure that tey are allocated at least some.

Course levels: In the first two years of study, level 8 courses are followed. In years 3 and 4, courses are level 10.

The standard workload for a full year of study is 120 Edinburgh credits.

We have no cap on numbers in level 8 courses, other than the size of the lecture theatre. Within this boundary, each student will be guaranteed a place on these courses and, as far as Edinburgh is concerned,
there is no restriction on the number of credits which can be taken at level 8.
Level 10 courses have restricted numbers of students, as explained above.

In relation to all visiting students, we would normally expect a minimum of 1/3 of total credits to be taken at level 8, and no more than 2/3rds at level 10.
For a one semester student, this would be at least 20 credits level 8 and 40 credits level 10, and 40/80 for a full year. Furthermore, if a student is visiting for two semesters and is taking 80 credits at level 10, we would expect that student to take at least one full year (40 credit) level 10 course (rather than 4 x 20 credit courses).

Additional information

Number of places available: 2 full year places or 4 semester places.

It is better for Law students to come for a full-year exchange, if possible. The reason for this is purely because UE offers a number of full-year courses which can only be taken by students who will study in Edinburgh for the full duration. However we are also happy for single semester students to join us. 

Housing: Students studying on exchange for the full academic year are guaranteed university accommodation if they apply by the deadline of 16th August. Students studying on exchange for one semester are not guaranteed university accommodation and advised to search for private accommodation.

Compulsory Attendance: It is now compulsory for all exchange students to attend and engage fully in the classes that they are enrolled in at the University of Edinburgh. If students consistently fail to attend or engage with their studies here, then this will be escalated within their College and may result in the ultimate exclusion of the student. Students will be encouraged to speak with their Personal Tutor or the Student Support team in their school if they are experiencing difficulties (i.e. academic, personal, health).  This will enable them to support the student in improving their attendance, their wider engagement with their studies, and importantly to address any issues that may be of concern to them.

Social Media



Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

You can also follow us on Social Media: Instagram or Facebook

The information on this Utrecht University website is compiled with the greatest possible care. Nevertheless it is possible that there are imperfections in the information.
Utrecht University cannot be held liable for the content of the information on its website and / or for the consequences of its use. No rights can be derived from the information as displayed on the website of Utrecht University.