The Catholic University of America

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
With Arcadia University

Dates  |  Introduction  |  City   |   Academics   |   Accommodation   |   Costs   |   Eligibility   |   How to Apply


Fall 2014:
Depart US: September 2
Arrive in Edinburgh: September 3
Arcadia Orientation: September 3-5
University Orientation: September 8
Semester Begins: September 15
Semester Ends: December 19
Return to US: December 20
Spring 2015:
Depart US: January 4
Arrive in Edinburgh: January 5
Arcadia Orientation: January 5-7
University Orientation: January 7
Semester Begins: January 12

Semester Break: April 6 - 17
Semester Ends: May 22
Return to US: May 23


This program is offered as part of the affiliation agreement with Arcadia University's College of Global Studies. The University of Edinburgh is one of the most distinguished research institutions in Europe and it is located in the heart of Scotland's capital city.


The City

Edinburgh is lively and cosmopolitan. Considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful cities, you'll find attractive public parks intermingled with magnificent historic architecture and world-class cultural attractions. The rugged natural beauty and the more manicured city-center gardens combine with the social and cultural attractions to make Edinburgh a truly unforgettable city.

Edinburgh is known as the Festival City because of the abundance of events, which are hosted continuously throughout the year. There is the International Arts Festival , which showcases an eclectic and even bizarre variety of dance, music, art, and theater. The Fringe Festival, which runs simultaneously to the Arts Festival, draws amateur theater productions from all of Europe. If that's not enough, you'll find other lively events including the Film Festival, TV Festival, and Science Festival.

While you'll love discovering all of Edinburgh's historical and cultural treasures, you'll also appreciate that the city offers easy access to other destination points such as Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as the scenery of the nearby Scottish Highlands.


Academics and Curriculum

The University of Edinburgh offers an extensive range of courses in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, Languages, Divinity Studies, Education, Law, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Music.

The College of Humanities has also devised a number of study abroad special interest programs in order to assist students in finding and selecting courses within a specialized area of academic inquiry. Examples include study programs in Pre-Law, Muslim-Christian studies, Religious Studies, and Scottish Studies.

Arcadia course selection information

View the course catalog


Accommodation and Meals

The Arcadia University of Edinburgh Program offers two housing options. Housing is included in the program fee, however meals are not.

  • Pollock Halls of Residence - A group of modern halls located just over half a mile from the University center. Accommodation is available only on a full board basis. There are about 1,940 places for men and women, almost all in single rooms, including 500 with private bathrooms. The residents are mostly “Freshers” (first-year students) but also include some International (Non-graduating) and other older students. All halls share one dining hall and student bar. Pollock Halls sit at the foot of Arthur's Seat and at the edge of Holyrood Park. The Royal Commonwealth facilities, which house a 50-meter swimming pool with diving facilities, saunas and solariums, are next door to the Halls and open to the public. If you are placed in Pollock Halls, there is a standard meal-plan. The meal plan covers breakfast and dinner on weekdays and brunch and evening meal on weekends. Please note that there is an additional fee for the meal plan.
  • Self-Catering Flats- The University controls several blocks of student flats designed for student living. Some are located between Pollock Halls of Residence and the central campus at George Square. The flats usually accommodate 3 to 6 people (occasionally 10-12 in specific areas) and are mixed gender. All bedrooms are single study rooms (w/ bed, desk and bureau). Utilities (heat/electric) are included in the rent or housing fee you pay to Arcadia. Students are individually responsible for payment of phone bills. Cooking, dining and bathroom facilities are shared. Meals are not included.

Program Costs

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable, due at the time of application

Program Cost: Full-time CUA tuition and a $5,000 program fee to cover most overseas expenses..
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to Arcadia upon acceptance and applicable toward the program fee.
  • CUA tuition and balance of program fee ($4,500) is charged to the student's CUA student account.
What's included
• Tuition
• Housing
• On-site staff support
• On-site orientation and all pre-departure advising and services in the US (through Arcadia and CUAbroad)
• Health & emergency evacuation insurance

Round-trip airfare, meal plans, passport, visa, field trips, supplementary course fees, excursions, and personal expenses are not included. Please contact CUAbroad for an estimated cost breakdown sheet.

View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program cost in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.



For eligibility requirements, please see the general eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

All applicants must follow the CUAbroad application guidelines and submit the CUAbroad online application with all required supplementary documentation. For details, please click on the How to Apply guidelines link.

Additional application materials to submit to Arcadia University: 

  • Arcadia Application form
  • One academic letter of recommendation from a professor whom you have had in class within the last year. He/She should evaluate your overall academic work. Hardcopy recommendations should be written on departmental letterhead, placed in a sealed envelope, and signed across the flap. They should be returned to you to include with your application. Alternatively, recommendations may be emailed to CUAbroad directly by the professor.
  • Arcadia Scholarship form (optional)


After Acceptance

Students are not allowed to work on a UK student Visa


111 McMahon Hall


Information Session

Education Abroad 101

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

4 p.m. McMahon 111


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • March 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1