International Studies Director
Sean B. Lawing
Bryn Athyn College's newest direct study program takes students to Edinburgh, Scotland to study in one of the United Kingdom's oldest and most prestigious universities—the University of Edinburgh in the historic Old Town section of Scotland’s capital city.
The University of Edinburgh has been educating students since 1583, with scores of notable alums including Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The university offers a wide variety of courses, with a primary focus in Medicine, Science & Engineering, and Humanities & Social Science. Rigorous academics and commitment to innovative research make it a member of the Russell Group, which is similar to the Ivy League.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Edinburgh is one of the United Kingdom's oldest and most prestigious universities. Founded in 1583, the university is attended by 26,400 students, 7,000 of which are international students hailing from 132 different countries.
Often called the Athens of the North, Edinburgh has been an intellectual and industrial center for hundreds of years. The city’s long history provides many opportunities for both recreational and educational opportunities. Walking the world-famous Royal Mile should be among your first excursions. This bustling series of streets is packed with shops and restaurants and stretches between two historic Scottish sites, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Abbey. Old town is a vestige of medieval Scotland and the country’s history is palpable in the remaining buildings—many of which are owned by the University. While touring the city’s many architectural and historic masterpieces, don’t forget to go to Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious series of hand-carved passages thought to have harbored Edinburgh’s underworld in the 18th century.
For some rewarding exercise, hike Arthur’s Seat. This extinct volcano is located within the city limits and, at 822 feet, it is a fairly easy way to see the city in panorama. If you manage to exhaust Edinburgh’s many shops, museums, gardens, and castles, there are even more opportunities in the surrounding area.
Studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh will enhance any Bryn Athyn College area of study. The University’s prestigious academic course and its culturally rich location offer a uniquely rich experience. And, hey, you already speak the language!