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The University of Edinburgh is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Scotland and was founded in 1583, making it one of the oldest universities in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is amongst the largest and most prestigious universities in the world and is currently ranked in the top 20 in the QS World University Rankings.
A total of 22 schools make up the University, with around 6,000 of the 27,500 students currently enrolled international. Academically, Edinburgh holds a strong reputation for medicine and science, being home to numerous discoveries and inventions such as anaesthetic, penicillin and the telephone. The University also has the oldest Department of English Literature in the UK, and scores highly for humanities.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is currently ranked first for veterinary science in The Guardian’s University Guide 2020 and also has full accreditation for the next seven years from major international councils on education. The accreditation recognises its strong educational programme, underpinned by a commitment to an outstanding student experience.
The International Office at Edinburgh has numerous programmes and branches to provide support for international students. The Integrated English for Academic Purposes course combines pre-sessional English tuition with a postgraduate degree. The International Student Centre runs numerous events and provides a central location for international matters.
A welcome service is provided at Edinburgh airport on arrivals weekend in September and January for new international students, and on arrival at halls the Resident Life service will ensure organisation of events and social events to help new students integrate into the university and city.
Two schemes, the International Buddy Scheme and Hospitality Scheme, allow international students to get to know local residents and current students at the university in order to help them settle in and further experience the culture of the city and University.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 83% of the University of Edinburgh’s submitted research was classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The subject areas of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science and General Engineering particularly excelled.
All first year students from outside Edinburgh are guaranteed an offer of University of Edinburgh accommodation. Accommodation is based at over 25 sites, all located within a short walk or bus ride of Edinburgh's centre. 1,900 catered rooms are available in Pollock Hall 2km from the city centre. These have an option of en suite, standard and shared rooms. Self-catered accommodation is also available in a mixture of halls and flats around the city, generally housing up to six students per flat.
The University of Edinburgh runs an accommodation advice service at the start of each academic year to help students if they wish to find private accommodation.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and listed as a world heritage site. It is considered one of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Europe and its beauty and reputation for science since the 18th Century has earned it the nickname ‘the Athens of the North’. University of Edinburgh plays an integral role in the city, contributing to its vibrant atmosphere.
Since 2001, Edinburgh has consistently been voted ‘Favourite UK City’ by Observer, Conde Naste (Award Winner for Best City) and Guardian readers. Excellent road, rail and air transport links make Edinburgh accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.
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