Binghamton University's exchange and study abroad programs with the University of Edinburgh provide for participants to study at one of Britain's leading teaching and research institutions. Students are directly enrolled in the university, take regular university courses, live with Edinburgh students in residence halls or student houses and are welcome to join in all university activities. Commitment of an academic year to this program is encouraged, but students may apply to study at Edinburgh for one semester.
Edinburgh is Scotland's capital, and with a population of 500,000, it is one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. It is also one of the most geographically and architecturally stunning cities in the continent. Edinburgh Castle presides over the city from cliffs that look out over the North Sea. The famous avenue, the Royal Mile, extends from the base of the ancient castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's residence when she is in Scotland. Off the Royal Mile lie the stone-cobbled alleyways and courtyards
and tightly clustered stone buildings that make up Old Town, site of the original medieval city. The beautiful Princes Street Gardens run along the base of Castle Hill, and beyond the gardens sits New Town, the elegant, late 18th-century Georgian neighborhood, with its broad avenues and graceful, gray stone buildings built following Enlightenment principles of symmetry and balance.
Although Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for three centuries, the Scotts have never lost their identity as a separate nation with its own values, legal system and distinct Protestant tradition. During the Scottish enlightenment the city's intellectual leaders made contributions in medicine, science, economics, and philosophy that were recognized worldwide. Today Edinburgh is the second most important financial center in the United Kingdom. In 1999, the new Scottish Parliament began its sessions in that city, an event considered a hallmark in Scottish history because it marked the first time Scotland has had its own parliament since the Act of Union in 1707. The Scottish Parliament is responsible for most aspects of Scottish life.
The cultural life of Edinburgh offers endless choices, such as the Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, King's Theater, the Royal Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The many restaurants and pubs are a key feature of this cosmopolitan city. Numerous open spaces and parks make the city comfortable. Spectator sports are popular, and opportunities for hiking, biking, sailing, and golfing abound. Edinburgh is the perfect point of departure for exploring Scotland's spectacular highlands, lowlands and lochs. The city is one hour from London by air, or five hours by train, and there are direct flights from Edinburgh Airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, and Paris.
The academic year at Edinburgh is divided into two semesters. The fall semester runs for 14 weeks, from mid- September to mid-December. The spring semester runs for 17 weeks, plus a 3-week Easter break, from early January to the end of May.
Last Updated: 2/26/10