Overseas Exchanges

If you would like to head somewhere outside of Europe for your exchange, you should consider one of our overseas partner institutions. Edinburgh Napier has links in Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand and the USA.

Depending on your degree course, you may be able to study abroad with one of our direct partners or with the ISEP programme.


How does it work?

Edinburgh Napier has created a degree structure that works with our partners so that you can study abroad without adding any time on to your degree. Any grades that you achieve at your host institution will be converted into Edinburgh Napier equivalents when you return. This does mean that if you study abroad in your third year, any grades achieved whilst abroad may count towards your final degree classification. You will also need to make sure that you take enough classes/subject at your host institution to gain the required credits.

Direct Partner Exchanges are based on agreements made between us and the partner university, with each institution deciding how many students we can send to each other every year. In some cases, these agreements may be limited to specific subjects and others may be university wide.

Another option you can consider is applying through ISEP (International Student Exchange Programme). ISEP offers a choice of over 200 institutions around the world, with options available for almost all degree programmes. There is often more up-front costs associated with ISEP, but this pays for all the additional support you get from ISEP including the provision of accommodation in most cases.


Where can I go?

Not all our partners teach the same subjects as we do here at Edinburgh Napier so you will need to check out which institutions are compatible with your degree programme. Send us an email to request a copy of the exchange portfolio which contains links to module catalogues for our partners.

International universities teach in very different ways, so you will need to make sure that you know how many classes/modules you need to take each semester to gain the correct number of credits. Your Programme Leader or Academic Study Abroad Adviser can advise on the suitability of modules if you need guidance.

Please note that the services offered to incoming exchange students vary between each institution. Some will offer you accommodation in student halls, a buddy scheme etc, while others will require you to be more independent. Follow the links in the fact sheets you can find in the exchange portfolio to find out what each institution offers.

You can always get in touch with the Global Mobility Team with any questions you have too!

Money Matters

Studying abroad can often cost more than studying here at Edinburgh Napier depending on your personal circumstances. Accommodation and other living costs can vary quite a bit between different countries and locations. Heading overseas means you may also need to get a visa and specific insurance which all add to the cost of your exchange.

The new Turing Scheme announced by the UK Government in January 2021 will offer financial assistance to students going to overseas locations as well as thorughout Europe. There is still very limited information on this new scheme but we will keep students updated as we receive more details. In the meantime, please feel free to check out the information provided by the government here.

Get in touch

If you would like more information about our direct partners, the ISEP programme, or studying abroad in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with use. Send us an email or book a 1:1 appointment.

If you are on one of our languages programmes, please feel free to email Benedicte Cebrian directly. She will be able to talk you through the options available to you and the specifics involved.