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2 Welcome! Why choose the University of Edinburgh?
Applicant Information Session Malaysia March 2012 Why choose the University of Edinburgh? The University The City of Edinburgh Degree structure What happens next? Accommodation Facilities Student experience 2

3 The University Influencing the world since 1583 Over 30,000 students
Over 20,000 undergraduates, 10,000+ postgraduates One of the largest universities in the UK 33% students from outside the UK 140 different nationalities 3 Colleges, 22 Schools Merged with Edinburgh College of Art Numerous networks and global partnerships: Influencing the world since 1583 – one of the UK’s 6 ancient universities Over 30,000 students – largest university in Scotland, over 20,000 undergraduates Numerous networks and global partnerships, including: The Russell Group - represents the 20 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Universitas 21 - an international network of 21 leading research intensive universities across 14 countries LERU - (The League of European Research Universities) - an association of 20 research-intensive universities, sharing the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research Fairtrade Foundation - The University has a long term commitment to the use of Fairtrade products and is proud to be Scotland's first Fairtrade University 3 3

4 The City of Edinburgh Population around 500,000, students make up over one tenth Historic, cosmopolitan, safe, cultured city Favourite UK city Guardian/Observer Travel Awards 2011 One of the most vibrant cities in Europe and most desirable places to live in the world World’s first UNESCO City of Literature UNESCO World Heritage Site 12 annual festivals, including the world’s largest arts festival Financial centre Excellent transport networks In 2011 Edinburgh won “Favourite UK City” in the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards for the 12th consecutive year. Study in Edinburgh Students make up over one tenth of Edinburgh’s population. 56,500 students are enrolled in Edinburgh's internationally recognized universities. There are 14,500 overseas students enrolled in Edinburgh’s four universities – 6,200 from inside the European Union and 8,300 from outside the EU.Edinburgh is the world's first UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) City of Literature. This title bestows international recognition on Edinburgh as a world centre for literature and literary activity UNESCO status Edinburgh is well known for its historic buildings and world-class museums. Its Medieval Old Town and 18th Century New Town both have UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Edinburgh is also the first city in the world to become a UNESCO “World City of Literature”. For more information on literary seminars and events, please visit the Edinburgh City of Literature website: Edinburgh – The Festival City During the summer festival season, the population of Edinburgh increases to over 1 million. Overall, more than 4 million people attend Edinburgh’s 12 major annual festivals which collectively generate more than £260 million for the Scottish economy. Financial Sector Edinburgh is the UK’s 2nd and Europe’s 7th most competitive financial centre. 38,300 people, or 12.2% of the city’s employees, are employed in financial services. The city has critical mass in banking, life insurance, fund management, asset servicing and support services. Connectivity Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s best connected areas with transport networks linking the city with the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. There are 40 flights each weekday from Edinburgh to London and connections to more than 20 UK and Ireland hubs and throughout the world. There are 25 train services from Edinburgh to London each weekday and the fastest service takes 4 hours and 20 minutes. 4

5 The University in the city
Map shows University locations in relation to Princes Street and the wider city George Square Pollock Halls King’s Buildings Little France 5

6 Edinburgh’s Climate Edinburgh enjoys a moderate year-round climate
Edinburgh has the same annual rainfall as New York and Rome, with a varied, temperate climate, just a couple of degrees cooler than London.

7 The University One of the top UK universities and study destinations within Europe Ranked 20th in the world by QS World University Rankings 2011 One of the world’s leading research universities, RAE 2008 Excellent reputation for teaching & research – over 80% academic staff active in research Innovative and quality assured teaching standards Associated with 11 Nobel Prize winners The University of Edinburgh: rated as the best place to be in the UK by international students ISB Summer 2011 Ranked 20th in the world by the THE-QS World University Rankings th in UK, 5th in Europe One of the world’s leading research universities, RAE % of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories (4* and 3*), of which one third is recognised as “world-leading”. Innovative and quality assured teaching standards - recent innovative teaching methods for postgraduates have included weblogs, Skype and Second Life virtual tutorials. Associated with 9 Nobel Prize winners – in areas such as Physics, Medicine, Economics 7

8 Research Profile Over 80% academic staff active in research
96% of the University’s research disciplines were rated as ‘world leading’ RAE 2008 Number 5 in the UK for research RAE 2008 Over 1,000 international research collaborations A new company is formed at the University every 2 weeks 2 Science Parks have been established at the University £248 million was awarded to the University for research in 2009 8

9 Distinguished Alumni Charles Darwin, Naturalist
David Hume, Philosopher Joseph Lister, Surgeon Piers Sellers, NASA Astronaut Gordon Brown, previous UK Prime Minister Adam Smith, Economist James Clerk Maxwell, Physicist Sir Walter Scott, Writer Ian Rankin, UK's bestselling crime author JK Rowling, Writer John Witherspoon, Clergyman, signatory of US Declaration of Independence Sir Christopher Hoy, one of the UK’s most successful Olympians 9

10 Academic Structure 3 Colleges: College of Humanities & Social Science
College of Science & Engineering College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine 22 Schools: All research-active 119 academic disciplines 600+ Undergraduate degrees 160+ Postgraduate taught courses 130+ Research degrees 10

11 College of Humanities & Social Science
Schools: Business Edinburgh College of Art Divinity Economics Education Health in Social Science History, Classics and Archaeology Law Literatures, Languages and Cultures Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences Social and Political Science 11

12 College of Science & Engineering
Schools: Biological Sciences Chemistry Engineering Geosciences Informatics Mathematics Physics & Astronomy 12

13 College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
Medical Sciences (BSc) Medicine (MBChB) Oral Health Sciences (BSc) Veterinary Medicine (BVM&S) 13

14 UK Postgraduate Degrees
Taught degrees MSc, MBA, MEd, MMus, MTheol, LLM Usually 1 year in duration, 9 months taught, 3 months research Assessed by coursework, examination and a dissertation or project Research degrees MSc by Research, 1 year in duration, 90% research a dissertation MPhil, 2 years in duration Assessed by thesis PhD, 3 years in duration 14

15 UK Undergraduate Degrees
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the majority of Honours degrees are 3 years in duration with specialisation from the outset In Scotland, the majority of degrees are 4 years (Honours) This is because Scottish degrees have lots of flexibility and choice of subjects to study in lower years, with specialisation by third year Often this gives students the opportunity to sample several subjects before choosing in which to specialise Ancient universities confer Master of Arts (MA) for undergraduate degrees in social sciences 15

16 Degree structure England Scotland USA (Liberal Arts)
Apply to Single / Joint “Major” Possible “Major” Core curriculum Year 1 Degree “Major” & 2-4 subjects Year 2 Declare “Major” Declare Major Year 3 Honours Year Dissertation/ Research project Degree award: BA/BSc Study Abroad Major Year 4 / exit qualification Degree award: MSc Dissertation Degree award: MA/BSc Degree award: BA 16 16

17 Example degree structure
Year One English Language 1 English Literature 1 Other Subject A Year Two English Language 2 English Literature 2 Other Subject B Options: English Language, Single Honours Degree English Language & Literature, Joint Honours Degree English Literature, Single Honours Degree Year Three English Language Year Four English Language The University of Edinburgh 17

18 Example degree structure
Year One Informatics 1 Mathematics 1 Other Subject A Year Two Informatics 2 (Double course) Mathematics 2 Options: Computer Science (or Artificial Intelligence/ Software Engineering/ Cognitive Science - as Informatics courses common to all), Single Honours Degree Computer Science & Mathematics, Joint Honours Degree Mathematics, Single Honours Degree Year Three Computer Science & Mathematics Year Four Computer Science & Mathematics The University of Edinburgh 18

19 Teaching and Assessment
Encourage independent thinking, reasoning and research skills Emphasis on independent study, self-motivation and critical thinking Taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials Contact hours vary by subject, average 12 hours per week Assessment by coursework and examination Study abroad option available for many degrees Academic year is divided into 2 semesters: Semester Sep – 14 Dec 2012 Semester Jan - 25 May 2013 19

20 Support for your studies
Director of Studies or Supervisor First point of contact if you have any concerns or problems Institute for Academic Development (IAD) Workshops, resources, one-to-one support for studying effectively, planning for exams, writing essays Peer Proofreading* Trained, reliable volunteers proofread assignments, spot basic grammar and spelling errors *More information from Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) 20 20 20

21 Exchange Partners Australia University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales University of Queensland University of Sydney Canada University of British Columbia Carleton University McGill University Queen's University University of Toronto China Fudan University Hong Kong University Peking University ERASMUS 180 links, 20+ countries India University of Delhi New Zealand University of Auckland Massey University University of Otago South Korea Konkuk University Korea University Singapore National University of Singapore South America Universidad de San Andres, Argentina Universidad de las Americas, Mexico Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile USA Barnard College CalTech University of California University of Chicago Georgetown University George Washington University Haverford College Iowa State University University of Miami Michigan State University University of Mississippi University of North Carolina Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond University of Austin Texas University of Virginia University of Washington Washington University St Louis Two study abroad options – international exchange/erasmus Edinburgh has Erasmus agreements with around 180 universities in more than 20 countries. Exchange links for study placements are between departments rather than institutions, so where you can go will depend on what you study. A number of other subject-specific exchanges are available (these are not part of the International Exchange programme). 21

22 Applicant links Subject Info sheets: School websites: Detailed info: 22

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24 Tuition Fees Annual fees for academic year 2012-2013 Undergraduate
£12,650 (non-lab) / £16,650+ (lab / studio) Medicine £20,600 (Y1 &2 ) £34,850 (Y3, 4 & 5) Veterinary £26,400 - £19,950 Medicine (YR1 - YR5) Postgraduate Taught £13,050 / £15,750+ Postgraduate Research £13,050 / £15,000+ Cost of living estimate £7,000 - £8,000 24

25 Managing money at university
A typical weekly expenditure by a student could include: Approximate weekly cost Self-catered flat Halls- half board Rent / Hall fees (Includes electricity, heating & contents insurance) £95 £166 Food £50 £15 (lunches etc) Phone (Landline / mobile – varies depending on package) £10 TV licence £2.80 Clothes £13 Travel Books, stationery & photocopying Laundry and toiletries £8 Fun £25 Total approximate weekly living costs £223.80 £259.80

26 Scholarships University scholarships awarded on the basis of academic merit Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Scholarships 15 worth £2,000 Deadline: 2 April 2012 Edinburgh Global Masters Scholarships 15 worth £5000, 25 worth £3000 Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so. Preference will be given to candidates who have not already had the opportunity to study in Scotland. Further information can be found on our website: student-funding 26

27 Learning Facilities 17 libraries
Main library undergoing a £60 million refurbishment Special collections UK’s largest campus computer network Located close to key learning resources, including the National Library and National Gallery of Scotland Well established links with professions and industry State of the art facilities and the opportunity to work with top academics 17 libraries – all covering different subject areas, at Edinburgh you will have access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world. The main library - is Europe’s 3rd largest academic library, Special Collections – include rare manuscripts and archives, books and photographs much of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world UK’s largest campus computer network – many locations have 24 hour access and there is wireless connection at several sites across campus 27

28 International Student Support
Pre arrival advice and guidance Visa and immigration advice Airport welcome Director of Studies / Supervisor Study support Careers service MyEd Social events programme: Global Horizons Hospitality schemes International Student Centre Chaplaincy centre On campus health centre Airport welcome – the International Office run a welcome service at Edinburgh airport during arrival weekend Social events programme: Global Horizons - Global Horizons is a festival which celebrates and promotes the diversity of our international student population through music, arts, dance and sporting events. Director of Studies - Every new student is appointed a Director of Studies who you meet in Fresher’s week, they are a member of teaching staff from your School who provides you with academic guidance. Study Support - Our Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) can help you to develop effective learning techniques and run workshops throughout the year on, for example, exam techniques, the transition to university study and writing essays. The students’ association also holds free workshops on subjects such as presentation and communication skills and teamwork. MyEd – the University’s web portal which you can access from anywhere in the world and view information at a glance about things you need to do - for example checking information on the books you’ve loaned from the library, or whether you have new waiting. 28

29 Student Experience Over 260 student societies
65 sports clubs, 5* rated sports facilities Student radio station, weekly newspaper and the UK’s oldest student-run theatre company The University has finished in the top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport rankings every year for the last 5 years 5 student union buildings International students’ centre The University of Edinburgh: voted the best UK university for clubs and societies by international students ISB Summer 2011 UK’s oldest student-run theatre company - Bedlam Theatre is the oldest student-run theatre in Britain, all aspects of the production from acting to lighting to taking the tickets are carried out by the student membership. The theatre stages over 40 shows every year. 5* rated sports facilities – one of the biggest and best equipped gyms in Scotland, including a pool and indoor climbing wall. Equipment is renewed every 2 years. £5M extension just opened. BUCS – organises sporting competitions across UK institutions for over 50 different sports. Outdoor centre in Perthshire – offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, mountain biking in summer and cross country skiing in winter International Students’ Centre - the ISC runs trips, tours and events for international students throughout the academic year 29

30 A-Z of Student Societies
Aberdeen FC Supporters Club (EU) African & Arabic Dance Society African & Caribbean Society African Relations Circle AIESEC Air Squadron Amnesty International Anime and Animation Society Archaeology Society Architecture Sans Frontier Society Art Society Baha'i Society Ballroom Dance Society Barnardo’s Society Bhangra Crew Big 2 BioSoc Bisexual Lesbian or Gay BLOGS Brass Band Bridge Club Bright Futures Edinburgh Buddhist Bulgarian Society BUNAC Capoeira Society Catholic Students' Union Celtic Supporters Club Chamber Choir Chamber Orchestra Changeringers (Guild of) Charity Fashion Society Cheerleading Society 'The Vixens' Chemical Engineering Society Chemical Society Chess Club Chi Soc Childrens Holiday Venture Chill Out Society Chinese Cultural Society Chinese Students' Association Choc Soc Christian Union Classics Society Clinical Psychologists in Training Comedy and That Composers' Orchestra Computer Society Confucianism Study Society Conservative & Unionist Association Create Society Debates Committee Diabetes Society Diagnostic Society Dirty Weekenders (Conservationists) Drumming Society Duke of Edinburgh Award Economics Edinburgh Exchange Support Society Edinburgh Global Partnerships Edinburgh Worshippers of Cthulhu Society Engineering Engineers Without Borders Edinburgh English Language and Linguistics Society English Literature Society Entrepreneurial Society Exmoor Pony Trekking Section Exped Fair Trade Café Film Society First Aiding Society Flamenco Folk Song Society Fonelisco Orphanage Project Society Football Supporters Association Footlights Formal Attire Running Club of Edinburgh Frequently Asked Questions Society Fresh Air (Student Radio) GameSoc GEAS (Roleplaying) Geography Society Geolsoc German Society Goth and Rock Society Hellenic Society Highland Society History Society Hitch Hong Kong International Society Humanist Society Hung Ga Appreciation Society iCUE Indie Ink Magazine International Relations Forum Some of the societies students can join. If you can't find something you're interested in, you can always start your own! 30

31 A-Z of Student Societies continued…!
Irish Islamic Society Italian Society Japanese Jazz Orchestra Jewish Society Juggling Society Korean Society Labour Club Law Society Liberal Democrats Malaysian Students Marrow Society Mathematics & Statistics Mature & Grad Medics Mature Law Students' Society Meadow’s Half Marathon Medics Mediterranean Gastronomic MedSIN-UK Mexicanos En Edimburgo Middle Eastern Society Model United Nations Modern Dance Society Movie Production Society Music Society Musical Medics Society New Scotland Country Dance Nightline Nomad Magazine Nursing Society Officers Training Corps Oxvol (Oxfam Volunteers) Palestine Solidarity Society People & Planet Persian Society Philosophy Society Photographic Society Physics Society Pizza Hereos Poker Society Politics Society Pool Society Portuguese & Brazilian Society Postgrad Society Pro Evolution Soccer Society Psychology Society Reeling Club Renaissance Singers Revelation Rock Gospel Choir Romanian Society Russian Society Save the Animals Campaign Savoy Opera Group Scandinavian Society Science Fiction & Fantasy Scottish Ethnology Society Scottish Romanian Language Link (SCROLL) Scottish Socialist Students' Society Self defence Society Shekter Soc Sign Society Singapore Students Singers (EU) Snooker Society South Asian Society Spanish and Latino Society Standing Ovation Stop Aids String Orchestra Student Action for Autism Student Action For Refugees (STAR) Student Cancer Fund Student Christian Movement Student Newspaper Student Scout and Guide Organisation Students Supporting Street Kids (SSSK) Studio Opera Swahili Club Swing Dance Society Tai Chi Chuan Taiwanese Society Tango Tennent's Lager Appreciation Society Theatre Company (Bedlam) Tibet Society Trading & Investment Club Travel Society Twisters Association Untapped Talent Vedic Society Veterinary Zoological Wargames Water of Life Welsh Society Yoga Society 31

32 Colours of Malaysia hosted by Edinburgh Malaysian Students Association (EMSA) 2012 – Rainforest theme Live music & dance performances Delicious food Games & prizes Traditional handicrafts Check out more photos at 32

33 Student Sports Clubs Archery Club Association Football Club M Association Football Club F Athletics Club Badminton Club Basketball Club Boat Club Boxing Club Canoe Club Cricket Club Cross Country Curling Club Cycling Club Exmoor Pony Trekking S. Fencing Club Gliding Club Golf Club Hare & Hounds Hillwalking Club Hockey Club (Male) Hockey Club (Female) Hot Air Balloon Club Ice Hockey Club Judo Club Ju Jitsu Club Karate Club (Shotokan) Karate Club (Shukokai) Kendo Club Korfball Club Lacrosse Club F Lacrosse Club M Motor Sport Club Mountaineering Club Netball Club Orienteering Club Rifle Club Roller Hockey Club Rugby Club (Male) Rugby Club (Female) Sailing Club Shinty Club Skydiving Club Snowsports Club Squash Club Sub Aqua Club Swimming & Water Polo Club Table Tennis Club Tennis Club Trampoline Club Triathlon Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Volleyball Club Weightlifting Club Windsurfing & Surfing Club Some of the sports clubs students can join. If you can't find something you're interested in, you can always start your own! 33

34 What Happens Next? Reply to your offers
Undergraduate UCAS Firm acceptance / Insurance acceptance Remember to reply by the deadlines Postgraduate As soon as you meet your conditions, update your application online (MyEd) Supply passport information when requested Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS number issued by the University) new students’ International Guide – comprehensive guide containing information about what you need to do before leaving home, when you arrive in the UK, and after you arrive in Edinburgh 34

35 What happens next? If accepting Edinburgh’s offer…
Apply for Accommodation online Whether accepting as UF, CF, UI or CI Application deadlines - UG must apply by 16 August - PG must apply by 31 July (£250 deposit payable on application) Accommodation is only allocated once an applicant’s place has been confirmed (UF) Limited time to accept the offer departments/accommodation-services 35

36 University Accommodation
Guaranteed housing for first year Over 4,000 first year students live in University accommodation Centrally located, easy access to teaching facilities and city centre 95% single rooms Flats / apartments Catered / self-catered residences 24-hour residential wardens En-suite rooms/ shared facilities Private housing alternatives Guaranteed housing for first year – (provided students apply by the deadline and are UF by 30 Aug UG / 31 July PG) 36

37 = Teaching sites = Self catered flats = Self catered houses = Catered halls

38 Catered Accommodation
Based at Pollock Halls, which accommodates just over 2,000 first year students within 9 ‘Houses’ Mixture of twin, ensuite rooms, and single rooms (with either ensuite or shared facilities) available – depending on the House selected All Houses have common rooms and shared pantries Pollock Halls’ facilities also include 2 squash courts, shop, computing micro lab, bar and cafes Resident Assistants (RAs) organise social and sporting events for residents; help new students to mingle with others 38

39 Self Catered Accommodation
Accommodation for over 2,000 first year students in 14 blocks of flats All centrally located Mix of purpose built and recently renovated On average 150 students per block of flats with 3-6 people per flat Students share bathroom & kitchen/living area Some twin rooms available Flat Managers in charge of maintenance and welfare of students, helped by Resident Assistants 39

40 Costs of Accommodation
Cost per week depends on the accommodation you choose: £57 - £102 for self-catered £110 - £216 for catered 34 week let (inc Christmas but not Easter) Rent includes central heating, electricity, cleaner, phone and data facilities & personal contents insurance Rooms have 24 hour access to the internet After first year, majority choose to live in private accommodation The Accommodation Office can offer guidance and advice on finding a place to live 40

41 What Happens Next? Accepting your offer
UCAS / University sends confirmation letter Visa requirements / applying for your visa Supply passport information when requested Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by the University University issues joining instructions: Available online / hard copy Formal letter of admission Information about the School you have applied to and the University’s services to help you prepare for life at Edinburgh Introductory meetings with your School Supply passport information when requested Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS number issued by the University) new students’ International Guide – comprehensive guide containing information about what you need to do before leaving home, when you arrive in the UK, and after you arrive in Edinburgh 41

42 Careers The Careers Service provide an online database of employers offering temporary, part-time and vacation work for students, in addition to graduate vacancies Helps students find work experience, volunteering opportunities and explore their options after graduation Provides advice and guidance on interview techniques, CVs and assessment centres Careers seminars, workshops and careers fairs Information regarding previous graduate destinations 42

43 Find out more about the University using these links
Webpages for international students Country specific information International Undergraduate Guide International Postgraduate Guide Edinburgh Global 43

44 We’re Here to Help Jenny Thacker International Officer
The International Office The University of Edinburgh 57 George Square Edinburgh Scotland, UK Call: +44 (0) 44

45 Questions? 45

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