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SCOTLAND - ISEP Edinburgh Napier University

Explore Scotland, famous for its historic castles, traditional Highland games, and beautiful lochs.

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and the Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Edinburgh Napier University was founded in 1964 and achieved university status in 1992. In just three decades it has progressed from a first-class Polytechnic to a major Scottish university and one of the top new universities in the UK. Edinburgh Napier is a multi-campus university with three main sites in the city of Edinburgh: Craiglockhart, Merchiston & Craighouse. Each campus has its unique culture and sense of community while benefiting from being part of a major university. Edinburgh Napier University’s four faculties offer a wide range of professionally-oriented programs designed in consultation with commerce and industry. 

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.  

Learn more about Edinburgh Napier University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


Edinburgh Napier is situated within Scotland’s beautiful and cosmopolitan capital city of Edinburgh. In addition to being home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh hosts the largest international arts festival in the world and offers numerous cinemas, theatres, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops. At the heart of the city is the famous Edinburgh castle. Edinburgh is a good communications hub for travel to other parts of the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe.

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the ISEP Country Handbook for the United Kingdom. 


Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest universities in Scotland with almost 4,000 international students from over 100 countries studying in Business, Creative Industries, Science and many more innovative areas. The setting of Edinburgh is itself an incredible asset for enhancing programs in unique and dynamic ways. The excellent support services for international students make the journey to Edinburgh and beyond an unforgettable one!

Edinburgh Napier University has particular strengths in the fields of Business and Management, Biological and Health Sciences, Digital Technologies, Sports & Exercise Science and Communication Arts (Communication, Photography & Film, Design, and Music). 

Edinburgh Napier’s graduates have a high record of employment, demonstrating the university”s achievement of its primary mission: preparing students for the world of work. 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Edinburgh Napier has a flexible modular structure allowing visiting students to devise programs tailored to their own needs. Modules (classes) in most undergraduate disciplines can be combined with one another. Participants are required to carry a normal workload of three modules per semester, but should also choose 2-3 backup classes for their application in case some modules are not available. 

There is limited availability for student placements in the following fields: Journalism, Design, Music, Photography, and Film. For consideration, students who wish to take classes in one of these fields while at Edinburgh Napier must:

1) Be majors in the subject at their home institution
2) Have junior or senior-level status
3) Provide a portfolio, audition, or interview where appropriate to demonstrate prerequisite knowledge and skills
4) And be willing to commit to studying all their modules at Napier per semester within that field (for example, a request to combine one design class, one business class, and one Scottish studies class would likely be denied because the subjects are spread across multiple departments).

For students taking courses within the field of Music, specifically instrumental courses, it will be the student’s responsibility to pay any extra fees associated with these courses.


For information on modules (classes) available at Edinburgh Napier University, please visit our visiting students module portal.

The new module choice portal has been designed to allow for easy navigation of the available modules and by clicking onto a module you will find a brief description of the module’s content. The page defaults to showing all modules available, however by clicking on a module choice group, the view will be amended to show only the available modules within that group or subject area (e.g. accounting or biology). You can find popular modules, Scottish Culture & Society and Wine Studies, in the general group.

Please read the guidelines listed while finding your classes*

A full-time student in the UK will normally carry 60 credits/semester, which is usually equivalent to 15 US credits/semester or 30 ECTS credits/semester.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation. Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Student Life


Orientation is held within the first week of official arrival at Edinburgh Napier University and is mandatory for students. Students will officially matriculate (register) as Edinburgh Napier University students during this week, which will allow students to enroll in classes. In order for students to enroll in modules (classes), students will be assigned an “advisor” who will discuss the module selections and enroll the student in the agreed modules.

Matriculation week will provide students with an opportunity to sign up for organizations, register with a local doctor, and become familiar with transportation. Matriculation week is also a time to meet fellow international students by participating in events organized by the University and Napier Student Association.


Airport pickup will be available to students, and students will need to arrange this as per instructions are given by the host. The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.


Students at Edinburgh Napier International Club (SENIC) organizes trips around Scotland throughout the semester. Students can join SENIC for £2 and are eligible for a discount on all trips. Students can still join in any of the excursions without joining SENIC. SENIC gives all students the opportunity to meet new international students and participate in events such as ceilidhs, explore the highlands and islands of Scotland, and to socialize with other International students. During Induction week the Student Association organize several events for all new students.

The Student Association run the many Sports Clubs and Societies on offer to our students. For further details please click here

Housing and Meals

University housing is available and is situated within easy reach of the city center. It is mainly composed of modern apartments with individual study bedrooms and a shared lounge/kitchen for cooking and socializing. A stipend is provided to ISEP exchange students to purchase or prepare meals. Please note that ISEP students DO NOT use the online application form for Housing. Edinburgh Napier will contact you directly with application instructions. 

Students on ISEP Direct receive housing and insurance, but do not receive the meal stipend.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Edinburg Napier University includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week. The Direct fee includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, plus insurance.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost for Southern Hemisphere programs, as that starts a new academic year.



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Confirmation and Application Fees



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance, which may be instead of, or in addition to, ISEP insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)



Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office