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									Reference Guide to Services 2008-2009                                                             International Office

                                        International Office

The International Office works both at home and               Students who complete an approved programme
abroad to ensure that students from the outside               of studies as a non compulsory part of their degree
of the UK who have good academic backgrounds                  programme at an exchange institution will be
can obtain access to the University. In addition              granted credit for the work successfully completed
to attending recruitment events overseas to                   and will progress to their next year of study. The
meet potential students and their advisers, the               grades students obtain at the host university will
Office acts as a focal point for enquiries from               not be converted into Edinburgh equivalents and
abroad and can provide assistance in interpreting             the classification of their degrees will be based on
overseas qualifications and education systems.                the work completed at the University of Edinburgh.
Most international exchange programmes, which                 Most heads of schools will expect students to
offer Edinburgh students an opportunity to study              be able to select courses in the host institution
abroad as part of their degree, are co-ordinated by           of similar content and difficulty to those they
the office. As a welfare and advisory service for             would have taken here. The College of Medicine
international students (both those in Edinburgh               & Veterinary Medicine does not participate in
and domestic students spending a portion of their             international exchanges and the School of Law also
studies abroad), the office organises orientation             has its own programme, for which enquiries should
programmes and welcome events, it provides                    be addressed to the School Office. Details of all
advice on issues such as immigration and the law              centrally organised exchange programmes are sent
and it maintains resources (prospectuses, notice              to Directors of Studies at appropriate times during
boards and newspapers) of interest to students with           the academic year.
an international outlook. Three annual publications
are produced by the International Office. (1) The             • The Erasmus programme offers similar
Study Abroad Guide which is a general brochure                opportunities for full-year or part-year study within
about the visiting student programme (usually                 Europe. The International Office acts on behalf of
American JYA or European exchange students).                  the whole University as the institutional coordinator
Full details of courses available are also on-line            responsible for liaison with Brussels and the UK
at students; (2)               Erasmus Office. Each participant subject area has
the Pre-Arrival Guide provides key information                its own co-ordinator responsible for promoting the
required by international students preparing to               exchange opportunities, liaising with the partner
come to Edinburgh for the first time. and (3) the             institution regarding appropriate courses and the
International Postgraduate Guide, which is a                  selection of outgoing students. Financial support
concise version of the Postgraduate Prospectus for            from the scheme is routed through the International
international and European students. The Office               Office, as are the funds allocated and the paperwork
also maintains a web page at:              associated with individual students and their A variety of recruitment materials covering          mobility grants. In addition to student exchanges,
issues such as funding and English Language                   the Erasmus programme supports staff exchanges,
requirements are also produced by the office, and             curriculum development, intensive programmes
our area desk staff can also offer advice to Schools          and language training. As with the International
on the content of recruitment publications for use            Exchange, work successfully completed at the host
overseas. We now work with a number of agents                 university will be credited towards the student’s
overseas, details of which can be found on our                Edinburgh degree.
website: (click the                • Some Schools/Subject Areas offer subject-specific
link to Our Agents’ in the “Links for Applicants”             exchanges which are generally managed at School
section). Student Exchanges are managed by the                level. Informal or ad hoc exchanges or study abroad
International Office. There are three main routes             arrangements are not encouraged for students
for students to study abroad:                                 undertaking study abroad as a non-compulsory
• The International Exchange offers a full year of            part of their programme. Non-compulsory students
study in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,             should generally only be permitted to undertake
Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Korea, Singapore or Hong            study abroad on one of the university’s formal
Kong principally for third year undergraduates.
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International Office                                                        Reference Guide to Services 2008-2009

Directors of Studies should note that providing       The International Office can provide advice, but all
immigration advice is now strictly regulated by the   decisions on such matters will be made at school or
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner       College level.
and only the University’s designated advisers are
permitted to offer advice:                            Head of Office:
                                                      Mr Alan Mackay
Ann McKay (650 4294, and
Euan Fergusson (650 3476,       Location:
uk) are authorised to assist students in this area    57 George Square
as are staff within EUSA’s Advice Place. Directors    Edinburgh EH8 9JU
of Studies may, however, continue to provide
information.                                          Office Hours:
                                                      Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
General matters relating to overseas recruitment      Telephone:
should be referred to the Head of Office, Alan        0131 650 4296
Mackay (50 4299, International
exchanges enquiries should initially be addressed     Fax:
to Sandra Morris (650 4300,      0131 651 1236
uk). Visiting Student enquiries or policy matters
should be directed to Rebecca Gaukroger (650 4301),   Email: or Clare Swindells

The International Office assists visiting students
and their ‘home’ universities on a range of issues.
The office is open throughout the year and staff
and students are free to call into Reception within
office hours.

Particular Points for Directors of Studies

Visiting students: Matters concerning admission,
concessions or on-course enquiries are not dealt
with by the International Office and should
bedirected to:

CHSS: Ms Alexandra Baker Weblink: www.hss. Undergraduate/
Email enquiries:

CS&E: Contact: the Admissions Officer for
Visiting Students Weblink:
uk/Undergraduate/Visiting.asp Email: email:

Similar matters for full-degree overseas students
will be dealt with by the appropriate College staff
in the undergraduate or postgraduate sections.

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