- Classes taught in English
- Immersive, hands-on learning
- Listed among the world’s top 20 universities
- Ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the U.K. for research (2014 U.K. Research Excellence Framework)
- Ranked 6th best university in Europe (U.S. News’ Best Global Universities)
- Ranked 12th in the world for arts and humanities (Times Higher Education 2014-2015)
- Ranked 17th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014-2015)
- 3.0 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores, juniors & 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
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.
HIGHLANDS 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. 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!
York is a charming medieval city with a Viking past where you can meander down winding cobbled streets spreading out within the original medieval city walls. It’s also the home of chocolate in the UK and home to both the largest railway museum in Britain and a Viking festival, so there really is something for everyone. The skyline is dominated by the 13th century York Minster, the oldest Gothic cathedral in Britain.
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.
London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there are no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.