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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
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Program Description:


University of Edinburgh Winter School

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Program dates: 14 January 2019 – 8 February 2019
Application deadline: 31 October 2018
Duration 4 weeks


Studying at the University of Edinburgh Winter School is the perfect way to broaden your academic and cultural horizons at a world-leading institution. The innovative and inspiring courses at the University of Edinburgh's Winter School have been designed to give you the chance to study unique and interesting subjects and benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities the University has to offer.

Edinburgh's immersive courses provide at least 18 hours of supported academic teaching time per week, along with the chance to take part in development sessions to make the most of your international experience. Your Winter School will include a full induction and a graduation event for your course.

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Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: International relations
Academic credit: 10ECTS
General Conversion: 7.5 ECTS = 6CP Sydney credits

Students will have to have a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent and completed 1 year of undergraduate study at the start of the course.
Course Description
The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, you will examine a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to international relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalisation.
You will then be able to apply these theories to current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development.
The second part will focus on the current role of Scotland and the UK within the context of international relations. With the recent Brexit referendum decision – where the UK voted to leave the European Union – special focus will be given to examining how this major relationship shift will affect systems within the UK, the EU, and internationally. You will gain a deep understanding of the EU’s development as a political system, and explore issues surrounding the Union’s recent enlargements as well as its general role in international relations.

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Useful Information 

Location overview
Edinburgh is a compact and bustling capital city which has so much to offer. The small size of the city means that you can explore most of it on foot. In 2016, Edinburgh was voted the best place to live in the UK for the second year in a row!
The city boasts the largest collection of historic buildings, museums, art galleries and theatres of any city in Scotland. With its stunning architecture and winding streets, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh both our neo-classical New Town and medieval Old Town have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Both Grove Street and Morrison Street apartments have twin rooms available. Each apartment has one or two bedrooms, a shared kitchen/lounge and a shared bathroom. Apartments will be mixed sex but you will be allocated a same-sex roommate to share a twin room with for the duration of your Winter School. You can request a private twin room for single occupancy.

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The University of Edinburgh's useful information weblink.

Contact for more information
T: +44 (0)131 650 4400


This is a non-exchange program and all fees are paid to the University of Edinburgh. 

Program fees: 2372 GBP (approx. $4250)
Program fee inclusions: Tuition, 2x Social events (Ceilidh & walking tour)

Scholarships: Sydney Abroad is offering 5x $1500 Vice Chancellor's Mobility Scholarships available to applicants of this program.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, accommodation, meals, other travel expenses.
Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Edinburgh.
OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Applications for the University of Edinburgh Winter School have now closed for 2019.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application ('Apply Now' below) > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (October/November) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.


Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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