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1 Counsellors’ Familiarisation Tour

2 The University An ancient university, founded in 1583 One of the largest universities in the UK Over 30,000 students, over 20,000 undergraduates 36% students from outside the UK 140 different nationalities 8,000 staff 3 Colleges, 22 Schools Merged with Edinburgh College of Art Numerous networks and global partnerships:

3 The City of Edinburgh Population around 500,000, university students make up over one tenth Historic, cosmopolitan, safe, cultured city Favourite UK city 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

4 The University in the city

5 Top ranking international centre of excellence in research and teaching Over 80% academic staff active in research 5 th in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings ) Consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world 1 st in Scotland and 5 th in the UK for research (UK Government’s Research Assessment Exercise 2008) Located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city Why choose Edinburgh?

6 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

7 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

8 College of Humanities & Social Science Business School Edinburgh College of Art School of Divinity School of Economics School of Health in Social Science School of History, Classics and Archaeology School of Law School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences School of Social and Political Science The Moray House School of Education Average first year intake: 2500

9 College of Science & Engineering School of Biological Sciences School of Chemistry School of Engineering School of Geosciences School of Informatics School of Mathematics School of Physics & Astronomy Average first year intake: 1500

10 College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Royal School of Veterinary Studies School of Biomedical Sciences School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine Average first year intake: 300

11 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 For A Level / IB holders, 3 year Honours degrees are often possible Ancient universities confer Master of Arts (MA) for undergraduate degrees in social sciences

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

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

14 Medicine (5/6 years) Veterinary Medicine (5/6 years) Architecture Law Engineering International Accreditation Undergraduate Degrees in the Professions

15 Undergraduate Degrees Encourage independent thinking, reasoning and research skills Emphasis on independent study, self- motivation and critical thinking Taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials Assessment by coursework and examination Study abroad option available for many degrees Academic year is divided into 2 semesters: Semester 1 17 Sep - 21 Dec 2012 Semester 2 14 Jan - 24 May 2013

16 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 Exchange Partners

17 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). Assessed by coursework, examination and a dissertation MPhil, 2 years in duration Assessed by thesis PhD, 3 years in duration Assessed by thesis

18 Admissions Very popular and competitive study destination Over 41,000 applications for 4,000 undergraduate places in September 2011 Admission statistics are available on our website: recruitment/admissions-advice/admissions- statistics

19 Admission Requirements Encourage applications from well- qualified students Recognise a wide range of qualifications for entry Entry requirements vary from programme to programme Details of undergraduate entry requirements can be found on our country specific webpages

20 "Home" students – Scottish/EU and RUK o There are a limited number of places funded by the Scottish Government for students from the UK and other European Union countries. = > popular programmes = competition = > gathered pool International Students o Seeking to attract similar calibre of international students. o International student applicants who meet or are predicted to meet the minimum entry requirements are likely to be made an offer for all programmes = > minimum entry requirements = > rolling admissions Admissions and Fee Status Exception: Medicine The number of medicine places for international students is limited by UK Government restrictions to 7 percent of the total medicine entrants. Consequently, international entry to medicine is also extremely competitive.

21 Undergraduate Applications All full-time undergraduate applications to the University are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) One application for up to five courses Note: four for Dentistry, Medicine and Vet Medicine

22 UCAS Important Dates 15 October Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, veterinary science courses and all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge 15 January UK/EU deadline for all other courses and art and design 24 March Art and design courses except those with a 15 January deadline 30 June International applicants (with exceptions and provisos for competition)

23 How to Apply Study Abroad Admissions requirements: Good academic record ‘B’ average / GPA min. 3.0 Ac.uk Online application: Apply/ upload & track Personal details Personal statement Academic reference Transcript

24 What Happens Next? If an offer of admission is made, you can choose to accept or decline the offer If the offer is accepted, the University will issue a joining pack with: your admission letter further details of your degree programme and the School you have applied to accommodation information 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 International students from outside the EEA and Switzerland will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK

25 Tuition Fees Annual fees for academic year Undergraduate£12,650 (non-lab) / £16,650+ (lab & studio) Medicine£20,600 (Y1&2) / £34,850 (Y3,4&5) Veterinary Medicine£19,950- £26,400 (varying for each year) To determine whether you will pay tuition fees at the home or overseas rate:

26 Scholarships and Finance The University offers a number of scholarships for international students, all of which are awarded on the basis of academic merit Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Scholarships 15 worth £2,000 Online application, deadline 1 April Further information can be found on our website: student-funding

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

28 Student Support Pre arrival advice and guidance Visa and immigration advice Airport welcome Social events programme: Global Horizons Director of studies Study support On campus health centre Chaplaincy centre MyEd

29 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 Catered / self-catered residences En-suite rooms/ shared facilities 24-hour residential wardens Applications can be submitted from February, deadline for applying is August, accommodation allocated from June onwards

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

31 The University of Edinburgh Self Catered  Accommodation for over 2,000 first year students in 14 blocks of flats – all centrally located  Mix of purpose built and recently renovated accommodation  On average 150 students per block of flats with 3-6 people per flat  Students share bathroom & kitchen / living room – some twin rooms available

32 The University of Edinburgh Self Catered  2011/12 rents =  £81.20-£ per week (single rooms);  £56.42-£58.45 per week (twin room):  based on 37 week lets (including Christmas & Easter)  Rent includes central heating, phone /data facilities, cleaner and contents insurance  Flat Managers in charge of maintenance and welfare of students, helped by Resident Assistants (older students)

33 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

34 The University of Edinburgh  2011/12 rents =  £ £ per week (for twin ensuite room);  £ £ per week (single room, shared/ensuite)  34 week let (including Christmas but not Easter)  Rent includes central heating, electricity, cleaner, phone and data facilities, personal contents insurance & 14 meals a week Catered Accommodation

35 University Accommodation Cost per week depends on the accommodation you choose: £57 - £102 for self-catered £110 - £216 for catered All rents include central heating, regular cleaning and personal contents insurance Rooms have 24 hour access to the internet After first year, there are approximately 1,000 University accommodation places for returning students Majority choose to live in private accommodation and the Accommodation Office can offer guidance and advice on finding a place to live

36 Student Experience Over 260 student societies 65 sports clubs Student radio station, weekly newspaper and the UK’s oldest student-run theatre company 5* rated sports facilities 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

37 African & Arabic Dance Society Amnesty International Anime and Animation Society Architecture Society Art Society Astronomy Society Baha'i Society Ballroom Dance Society (EUBDS) Barbershop Society BioSoc Bisexual Lesbian or Gay BLOGS Brass Band Bright Futures Edinburgh Bruneian Edinburgh Society Buddist Society BUNAC Catholic Students' Union Chamber Choir Chamber Orchestra Charity Fashion Society Chemical Engineering Society Chemical Society Chess Club Chinese Cultural Society Chinese Students' Association Choc Soc Christian Union Clinical Psychologists in Training Composers' Orchestra Debates Committee Diagnostic Society Dirty Weekenders (Conservationists) Drumming Society Economics Edinburgh Language Ambassadors Edinburgh Global Partnerships Engineering English Language and Linguistics Society Fair Trade Café Film Society First Aiding Society Football Supporters Association Fresh Air (Student Radio) GameSoc Geography Society Geology Society German Society ‘Deutsch Macht Spass’ Goth and Rock Society Hellenic Society Highland Society History Society Hong Kong International Society International Development Society International Relations Society Student Societies

38 Irish Sociery Islamic Society Japanese Society Jazz Orchestra Jewish Society Juggling Society Korean Society Law Society Malaysian Students Mathematics & Statistics Medics Mexicanos En Edimburgo Middle Eastern Society Model United Nations Modern Dance Society Movie Production Society Music Society Officers Training Corps Orthodox Christian Student Society Paintball Society Persian Society Philosophy Society Photographic Society Politics Society Polish Society Postgrad Society Revelation Rock Gospel Choir Romanian Society Rubik’s Cube Society Russian Society Salsa Society Savoy Opera Group Scandinavian Society Self defence Society Shakespeare Company Singapore Students Slavic and Baltic Society Social Anthropology Society South Asian Society Spanish Society Stop Aids Society String Orchestra Student Action For Refugees (STAR) Student Cancer Fund Student Newspaper Swahili Club Taiwanese Students’ Society Tango Society Theatre Company (Bedlam) Untapped Talent Vegetarian Society Veterinary Zoological Wargames Society Yoga Society Student Societies

39 Aikido Club American Football Club Archery Club Association Football Club Athletics Club Badminton Club Basketball Club Boat Club Boxing Club Canoe Club Cricket Club Curling Club Cycling Club Fencing Club Gaelic Football Club Gliding Club Golf Club Hillwalking Club Hockey Club Hot Air Balloon Club Ice Hockey Club Judo Club Ju Jitsu Club Karate Club Kendo Club Kickboxing Club Korfball Club Lacrosse Club Motor Sport Club Mountaineering Club Netball Club Orienteering Club Polo Club Riding Club Rifle Club Roller Hockey Club Rugby Club Rugby Fives Sailing Club Shinty Club Skydiving Club Snowsports Club Squash Club Sub Aqua Club Swimming & Water Polo Club Table Tennis Club Taekwondo Club Tennis Club Trampoline Club Triathlon Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Volleyball Club Weightlifting Club Windsurfing & Surfing Club Sports Clubs

40 Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) Freshers’ Week The Advice Place Academic Support Peer Proofreading Nearly 300 student-led societies Diverse entertainment programme Volunteering Centre Language Exchange Programme Student Council

41 Performance Academic courses Bedlam Societies Festivals om/watch?v=iHcR5m9 lmA0 Student Experience Arts

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 Information regarding previous graduate destinations

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

44 Find out more about the University using these links Webpages for international students Country specific information Undergraduate degree finder Postgraduate degree finder Edinburgh Global University videos

45 Questions?


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