Program Overview

Heriot-Watt University, founded in 1821, is a large university in Edinburgh with over 11 000 students enrolled. This private university combines exceptional learning opportunities with a safe, creative and diverse environment. Highly ranked for its knowledge transfer and level of engagement with students, this university will expand your independence while building your work-readiness skills.

Known for its pioneering research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and design, this university has been ranked in the top 250 universities in the world. With its career-focused courses, applied teaching and links with business, Heriot-Watt University will give your resume that extra boost for workplace readiness. And with one third of its student population coming from countries outside of the UK, this diverse community will enrich your intercultural skills.


Situated on 380 acres of parkland near Edinburgh city center, the Heriot-Watt University is the perfect place to grow personally and professionally. From fitness trails and a cycle path that leads all the way to the city center, to the many sports and student clubs, music and dance groups on offer, you are bound to discover new hobbies and grow your international network.

The active Student Union organizes weekly entertainment and events, and with the help of the Student Union Advice and Support Centre, your time at Heriot-Watt University is guaranteed to be a highlight of your student life.


  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript.
  • Valid passport until at least 6 months after your program end date. Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • Most students will be required to obtain a study visa. The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!


Ranked as the best city in the world in 2022, Edinburgh is brimming with history, ancient architecture and beautiful scenery. When you’re not in class, explore the narrow alleyways and historic pubs of the old town, or soak up the vibe of its renowned nightlife and cultural scene. If you want to explore further afield, the scenic regions of West and East Lothian and the coastline of Fife are a short bus or train trip away.


The student accommodation at Heriot-Watt University is located within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities and the Student Union. The university has over 2,000 residential places available on campus with a range of room types and prices. All their student accommodation is self-catered and single occupancy, where students have their own study bedrooms, most of which have en-suite bathrooms.

Life in Edinburgh

With a unicorn as the national animal of Scotland, the capital city of this fey country will capture your imagination. Edinburgh hosts 12 festivals each year, including the world’s largest arts festival, so there is always plenty to do and see in this city of museums, castles and festivals.. Immerse yourself in the bustling daily life of this enchanting city, as you wander its cobbled streets, take in the panoramic views and imbibe its ancient history and modern buzz.

You can also use Edinburgh as your base to explore the UK and the rest of the world.

Support whilst in Scotland

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!


Academic credit and transcripts are issued by Heriot-Watt University after the successful completion of the program. Heriot-Watt University is a fully-accredited, state-recognized institution of higher learning, whose teaching will help you develop the skills you need to succeed, with a mix of lecture-style tuition and practical experience.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.


Applicants to study abroad with World Endeavors must have completed high school (or equivalent), and, in most cases, must be at least 18 years of age. While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

Courses at Heriot-Watt University are lecture and seminar-based, with significant independent study expected. We recommend students take only four courses per semester. Students may take five courses per semester with approval from their Academic or Study Abroad Advisor first.

What's Included/ Costs


  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from Heriot-Watt University 
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • Access to university facilities
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number


  • Round-trip transportation to Edinburgh
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in Scotland (Heriot-Watt University) |
Cost: $15,990

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Term 2024: September 9 - November 29

*Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Winter Term 2025: January 13 - April 4

*Application Deadline: October 1, 2024

Summer Term 2025: May 5 - July 25

*Application Deadline: February 1, 2025

Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Please check your home university deadlines as they could differ from the abroad university. Admission may still be possible after the deadline so please contact us directly!

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


In your spare time in Scotland, there are numerous activities and experiences to enjoy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Visit Lochs and Castles: Explore the picturesque lochs such as Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, and discover charming castles like Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle.
  • Hike in the Highlands: Embark on hiking adventures in the Scottish Highlands, exploring picturesque landscapes, serene lochs, and dramatic mountain peaks, with popular routes like the West Highland Way.
  • Enjoy Scottish Cuisine: Indulge in traditional Scottish dishes like haggis, neeps and tatties, and Scotch pies, while savoring fresh seafood like salmon and oysters.
  • Enjoy Live Music: Take in the lively music scene by attending traditional folk music performances or supporting contemporary artists.

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Scotland FAQs

Is Scotland in the UK?

Scotland is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (UK), along with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh. While Scotland has its own legal, educational, and religious institutions and limited self-governance through the Scottish Parliament, it is still part of the UK and represented in the UK Parliament.

What Language Do They Speak in Scotland?

In Scotland, the predominant language spoken is English. However, there are two notable indigenous languages: Scots, with its various dialects, is widely understood and spoken by many, while Scottish Gaelic, primarily found in the western Highlands and the Western Isles, has fewer speakers but is the focus of preservation efforts. The distinct Scottish accent in English and the diversity of its cities also mean that different communities speak numerous other languages.

What Currency Does Scotland Use?

Scotland uses the British pound sterling (often referred to as the “pound”), which is denoted by the symbol “£” or the ISO code “GBP.” While banknotes issued in Scotland might look different from those in other parts of the UK due to Scottish banks having the right to print their designs, they are still pound sterling notes and hold the same value as their counterparts in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Scotland?

The optimal time to visit Scotland is from late spring to early autumn (May to September), offering milder weather and longer days, especially in May and June. While July and August draw the most tourists, especially with events like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it’s also the best period for wildlife spotting. However, if you prefer a picturesque countryside adorned with fall colors, autumn (October to November) in the Scottish Highlands is incredibly captivating, though the weather starts to cool.

Is it Safe to Travel to Scotland?

Scotland is generally considered a safe destination for travelers, with a relatively low violent crime rate, especially in rural regions. Significant cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow might experience occasional petty crimes like pickpocketing in tourist-heavy areas. Travelers should be cautious on narrow and winding rural roads, especially in the Highlands, and be prepared for unpredictable weather if engaging in outdoor activities.

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