*Outbound placement for Spring 2020 may be impacted, so students should have a strong second choice if they cannot be nominated to Edinburgh Napier on SDSU Exchange. Alternatively, students may apply for an ISEP Direct placement at Edinburgh Napier with Excellent change of placement.* To review alternate options, complete an Advising Application and see a study abroad advisor for advice.
Edinburgh Napier University is a public university in Edinburgh, Scotland. Napier Technical College, the predecessor of the university was founded in 1964, taking its name from Scottish mathematician John Napier. It gained university status in 1992 and was renamed Napier University.
Edinburgh provides course materials designed to give you the global perspective you need in today's competitive marketplace. If you choose Edinburgh Napier then you will be choosing one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and iconic cities, and one of Scotland's top universities for graduate employability. As one of the top universities in Scotland for graduate employability, Edinburgh Napier equips students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.
We have three campuses in Edinburgh offering advanced facilities for learning, teaching and research. Based in an iconic, prosperous city and a stunning, ambitious forward thinking country, Edinburgh Napier is a great place to live, work and study.
The University is divided into three broad Faculties on three different campuses:
- Business School (Craiglockhart campus)
- Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries (Merchiston campus)
- Health Life and Social Sciences (Sighthill campus)
SDSU students can take modules (classes) in any faculty that meets their needs.
All courses are taught in English.
Semester or Trimester 1: Early September to Late December
Semester or Trimester 2: Mid January to Mid May
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Use the Module Search tool
to identify modules (classes) that may be a good academic fit. Look closely at when each module is generally offered, trimester 1 for fall and trimester 2 for spring. "Courses" are generally considered majors or whole degrees.
Most students take 3 modules per semester for a total of 60 Napier credits equivalent to 15 SDSU semester units. Each module is normally worth 20 credits. All students should discuss module descriptions with their academic advisors. Check under the ‘Prerequisites' section of each module description to determine if you meet the entry criteria.
SCQF 7 is the equivalent to Year 1 classes (Freshman), SCQF 8 is the equivalent to Year 2 classes (Sophomore), SCQF 9 is Year 3 (Junior) and SCQF 10 is Year 4 (Senior). SCQF 11 is postgraduate or graduate level.
Note: At Edinburgh Napier University, SDSU considers 8000+ or SCQF8+ courses as upper division.
Housing and Meals
Edinburgh Napier University has limited
on-campus accommodations, but exchange students can still apply for a space. Most housing is granted to students coming for the academic year, so all semester applicants should be prepared to search for off-campus housing if needed.
More information concerning housing is available on the Living in Edinburgh
webpage. Off-campus housing is widely available and Edinburgh Napier Accommodations office provides assistance to incoming students. Be cognizant of what campus your modules will be taught to locate the closest neighborhood.
Other information for exchange students in available on the Exchange Student FAQs
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months)
are not required to apply for a visa. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. Please see the UK Border Agency
website for more details and instructions.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State