Few areas in the world can rival what Scotland’s capital city offers to students. Edinburgh is proud of its universities and colleges offering a wide variety of further education opportunities across key industry sectors presenting students with in demand skills and knowledge which they can transfer to fulfilling and rewarding careers.
With a city centre that is beautiful, buzzing, compact and safe – it’s the perfect place for a fantastic student life. Year-round sporting and cultural activity includes comedy, theatre, literature, film, dance, music, rugby internationals, football, ice hockey, tennis and much more – including Edinburgh's world-famous festivals. Numerous bars, pubs, clubs and cafes provide a never-ending choice of places to meet friends.
This cosmopolitan city is surrounded by a dramatic landscape of mountains, valleys and lochs, edged by a stunning coastline.
The huge choice of student accommodation ranges from elegant period flats in lively areas to modern halls of residence.
Edinburgh has won an impressive 12 Best City awards in recent years, including the UK's Favourite City in The Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.
More than anything, it’s our reputation for the highest standards of education that proves to be the strongest attraction for students. The area is a global influencer in education and research and development. Strong links between academia and business ensure a real vocational advantage when you complete your studies in Edinburgh; the area is also a world-leader in business, arts, science and technology.
Scottish education is highly-respected throughout the world and Edinburgh’s reputation as a world-influencer in education is justly deserved.
- The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University are famed for their global 5* research institutions
- The University of Edinburgh was ranked 17th in the QS World University Rankings.
- Edinburgh’s Royal College of Surgeons is one of the world’s oldest medical professional institutions
- Edinburgh College is one of the UK’s largest regional colleges.
Over the centuries, colleges and universities here have supported many famous sons and daughters including: Alexander Graham Bell, Gordon Brown, Charles Darwin, Judge David Edward, David Hume, Joseph Lister, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson. Honorary degrees have also been awarded to the likes of Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Michael Palin and Alexander McCall Smith.
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