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Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English
  • Ranked 13th in the U.K. and 2nd in Scotland (Guardian)
  • Top in the U.K. for Chemistry and Civil Engineering (Guardian)
  • 1st in U.K. for Chemical and Electrical Engineering (National Student Survey)
  • Top 10 in the U.K. for Accounting & Finance, Building and Town & Country Planning, Business, Management & Marketing, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics (Guardian)
  • Named “Scottish University of the Year” 2012 and 2013
  • Top ‘100 under 50’ 2014 – (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
  • Honored with “Scottish Student Union of the Year”
  • Great location for S.T.E.M. and business students

Requirements

  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents

Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2018
Early Sep, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
$16,480
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 2, 2017 - May 19, 2018
$31,780
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 6, 2018 - May 19, 2018
$16,480
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Sep 2, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
$16,480
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Early Sep, 2018 - Mid-May, 2019
$31,780

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2018

Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Edinburgh programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

ISLE OF SKYE AND LOCH NESS

Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland are one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There is nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes and legends to savor. You will find beautiful sites such as Glencoe with its Three Sisters, a trio of iconic stunning mountains. Also there is Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years but you can make up your own mind!

Sitting off Scotland’s west coast is the Isle of Skye. With a fairtyle-like atmosphere, the imposing Cuilins (pronounced koo-lin) dominate the southern end of the island with the Fairy Pools, which are said to give eternal beauty to whoever bathes in them, sitting at their foot. The Fairy Glen is like many of Scotland’s great geographical features in miniature and is said to be the entrance to the ancient fairy kingdom. There are small fishing towns and stunning geographical features and formations to discover on this island. We challenge you to not be amazed!

LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK

Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater lake in the UK and Scotland’s second most famous loch after Loch Ness. You may be familiar with the loch from the song “Loch Lomond”. The loch certainly lives up to the description it is given in the song – that is as having “bonnie, bonnie banks” (bonnie is a Scottish word for pretty!). At the south end the landscape surrounding the loch is fairly flat but as it reaches the north banks the landscape becomes more mountainous and imposing, meeting with Scotland’s Highlands. There are various viewing points and charming little villages surrounding the loch. Part of the West Highland Way, a 96 mile walk undertaken by many visitors to Scotland, which goes from just outside Glasgow up to Fort William runs by the banks of the river.

SAINT ANDREWS

Saint Andrews is a stunning medieval city and home to the oldest university in Scotland where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied and met. It is also of course the home of golf. There are several golf courses in the town including the world famous Old Course and the town also has its own Golf Museum – great for those of us maybe not keen to play but who want to find out more about this famous sport! On top of all this is a stunning medieval cathedral and a beautiful ruined castle, which both played an important part in the reformation here in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful blue flag beaches!

STIRLING

Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland, laying at the heart of the nation’s history and linked to two of its best known heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Occupying a strategic position in the cultural heartland of Scotland, it is surrounded by glorious countryside and yet under an hour away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The cobblestoned streets of the Old Town wind upwards towards the Castle, set on a craggy outcrop 250 feet above the surrounding landscape. Past activities have included, Stirling Castle or the Wallace Monument.

Fall

GLASGOW*

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is home to an outstanding variety of museums, galleries and performance venues. Once the 2nd city of the British Empire and a major centre of trade with the USA, Glasgow now wears its Victorian splendour with pride. Everything from impressionistic paintings to medieval armour is on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Other attractions are the Gallery of Modern Art, the social history museum Peoples Palace, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, the bustling Merchant City and the Provands Lordship.

ISLES OF MULL AND IONA

Although perhaps not as famous as some of Scotland’s other Western Isles, Mull is certainly not to be missed. The largest settlement on the island is Tobermory, the location used for the filming of the BBC Children’s television programme Balamory. Many brightly colour painted houses sit around the harbour and the town boasts a famous single malt whisky distillery. The rest of the island is a mix of landscapes, with the island’s largest hill Ben More, the beautiful Calgary Bay and impressive geological features such as the Carsaig Arches. And of course what would a Scottish island be without a few castles thrown in for good measure as well?

Iona lies to the southwest of the Isle of Mull. Although having only a population of less than 200, the island is of great historical importance as it is home to Iona Abbey which has history dating back to the 8th century. The island is surrounded by crystal blue water and covered in lush green grass. It is an ideal peaceful and tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s mainland.

THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

Covering about eighteen hundred square miles, the valleys and forests of the Scottish Borders stretch from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. The visit will include plenty of amazing scenery and castles, abbeys and stately homes, as well as entrances into some sites such as Melrose Abbey (the resting place of Robert the Bruce’s heart) and / or Abbottsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott.

STIRLING

Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland, laying at the heart of the nation’s history and linked to two of its best known heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Occupying a strategic position in the cultural heartland of Scotland, it is surrounded by glorious countryside and yet under an hour away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The cobblestoned streets of the Old Town wind upwards towards the Castle, set on a craggy outcrop 250 feet above the surrounding landscape. Past activities have included, Stirling Castle or the Wallace Monument.