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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Residence Hall
Areas of study: African Studies, Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemistry, Child Development, Chinese, Classics, Computer Science, Culture, Development Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, French, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, Geology, German, Greek, History, Humanities, International Relations, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Urban Studies, Zoology Class standing: 2 - Junior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid GPA: 3.0
Program Description:
Edinburgh*Attention: This program has been suspended for fall 2022. Please reach out to the IDPO if you have any questions.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland since the 11th-century and home to the recently-formed Scottish parliament, is a compact city with a medieval core. The city has a population of roughly 440,000, and the university rests largely within the city centre. Often described as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Edinburgh offers rich and distinctive cultural opportunities.

The University of Edinburgh, over 400 years old, is divided into three self-administered colleges. Pomona students have access to the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Engineering. Efforts are made by each College's visiting student advisor to match students to the best available courses in Edinburgh. Normally students take two to three courses in one College, and none or one in the other College, for a total of three Edinburgh courses.

Academic Program
The Pomona College Edinburgh Program consists of the following academic components:
  • The Pomona Core Course – 1.0 Pomona credit
    • The Pomona Core course on modern Scottish history is taught by Martha McGill, a Scottish History specialist and PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh.  This course is organized by Pomona, and is taught outside of the regular University of Edinburgh course offerings.
    • The course starts with an intensive teaching week in early September. Once the Edinburgh semester gets underway, the course will have a weekly seminar, field trips, and a personal project. The final papers/exams will be scheduled for the regular Edinburgh exam weeks. There is no CR/NC option for this course.
    • The course includes required summer reading assignments, and Pomona will provide you with those books by mid-May.
  • University courses
    • A minimum of three university courses at 20 credits each (1.0 Pomona credit). These are integrated university courses at the University of Edinburgh. In order to make your course selection, you should consult the course finder on the University’s website. The university usually posts their fall course offerings around mid-February.  As many courses are offered consistently from one year to the next, the Office of Study Abroad recommends reviewing the current fall course offerings if next year's offerings are not yet available.
    • A list of subject areas that are in high demand or have limited space can be found on the University of Edinburgh site. As spaces are limited on these courses,
      students will often be limited to pre-enroll for one or two courses only (depending on the subject)
      and invited to fill any remaining spaces on a first-come, first-served basis on arrival in Edinburgh.
    • Architecture/Landscape Architecture and Art and Design studio based courses are not available.
    • Study Abroad students are restricted to enrolling in a maximum of 20 credits worth of Computer Science courses, if eligible.
 Level of Instruction
  • Please note that first and second year courses generally have no specific prerequisites. These courses are listed in the first half of the booklet. Pomona recommends that students select at least one third or fourth year level course (called “honors” at the University of Edinburgh). This course usually will be in your major, as there are specific prerequisites.
The University of Edinburgh Calendar
  • The Pomona College program at the University of Edinburgh starts in early September. The program begins with a required orientation and students will participate in a one-week intensive teaching week in early September.
  • The University of Edinburgh semester starts with Induction Week, which is commonly referred to as “Freshers’ Week.” This is a week of University specific orientation activities designed to help new students navigate the many offerings at the institution, including registering for clubs, societies, and athletic teams.
  • Classes begin in September and ends with the last day of exams in December.  Pomona students may NOT make arrangements for early exams.
  • A calendar of program dates, including the official program start and end dates, will be provided in a separate document, and to students who have been offered enrollment on the program.
  • To carry a full load, students normally take three courses at the University of Edinburgh. Most courses carry 20 Edinburgh credits, although a few carry 10. In any case, your total credits should be 60 Edinburgh credits.

Living Arrangements
The University of Edinburgh places Pomona students in Pollock Halls of Residence for the pre-session period. Students have a choice between remaining in Pollock Halls, a fully catered housing option, for the university semester period, or they may choose self-catered accommodations. The Edinburgh housing office will contact admitted students directly via e-mail with housing information. Students will complete the housing form via e-mail online. The University of Edinburgh posts information about the self-catered accommodation options here

Number of Students
Up to 15 for the fall program. Total university enrollment: 20,000.

Host Institution
University of Edinburgh

Faculty Liaison
Richard Mawhorter

  • Junior standing required.
Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with British content.

Internet Links
Course finder:
Live Chat, Visiting Student Office at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: 

Student Experiences

Click here to read Danielle Schickele's (PO'16) reflections on her semester in Edinburgh.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/20/2022 03/11/2022 TBA TBA