International applicants and exchanges

Find out what you need to know if you are applying from outside of the UK or if you are interested in taking part in an international exchange.

The School of Divinity has a long tradition of welcoming students and staff from all over the world. We encompass a range of religions and cultures, enabling a diverse and exciting learning community.

Prospective international students

If you are thinking of applying from outside of the UK, the University website has a wealth of practical advice for international students, including, entry requirements, language skills, fees, accommodation and student life in general. The Student Immigration Service also has detailed advice on visa applications and regulations for prospective and current students.

International applicants  Student Immigration Service

Undergraduate visiting students

We welcome visiting undergraduates from other institutions to study with us for a semester or a year. As a visiting student, you will be enrolled in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Study Abroad/Exchange Programme administered by the College's Visiting Student Office.

  • Visiting students, regardless of whether they are based in our School or other schools within the University, may enrol on a wide range of courses offered by our undergraduate programmes. 
  • Visiting students based in our School may also take courses in other schools.

For help you with any administrative or practical matter and information on the courses available to visiting students, visit:

Visiting Student Office  Visiting Student Course Finder

* Please note that course availability may change, and curse enrolments depend on your eligibility, space, and timetabling.

Time abroad

Current students at the University of Edinburgh can benefit from a wide range of exchange opportunities to spend time abroad as part of their studies. The Study and Work Away Service (SWAY) supports Edinburgh students on exchanges or placements abroad. Exchanges are normally undertaken in the third year of undergraduate study as an integral component of your degree programme.

To learn about these international experiences, exchanges, eligibility, application processes and requirements, visit:

Study and Work Away Service  Student Exchange opportunities

The School of Divinity's two undergraduate exchanges

Undergraduates may go on exchange for one or both semesters of their third year. Foreign language proficiency is not required.

Students who are considering applying should talk to their Student Advisor or Academic Cohort Lead during the first semester of their second year.

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