Exchange Program - Heriot-Watt University

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In 2013, Heriot-Watt was named Scottish University of the Year for the second year running by the London Sunday Times University Guide. This impressive distinction recognizes Heriot-Watt’s innovation, teaching excellence, research and first-rate facilities, as well as the employability of its graduates. The university is also an exciting and dynamic place — voted UK University of the Year for Student Experience, also in 2013.

Heriot-Watt is located in Edinburgh, home to the Scottish Parliament and the center of Scottish law, government and politics. Its many achievements include pioneering scientific research, from Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone to the cloning of Dolly the sheep.

Edinburgh offers you a wealth of entertainment from sports and cinema, to gardens, historic sites and clubbing. The city has magnificent architecture and a cosmopolitan feel — particularly during its world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Heriot-Watt’s park-like, state-of-the-art campus, is ideal for study, living and recreation.  You are just a short bus ride from the city center. 

UNH Exchange programs are suitable for students with strong leadership skills who want an immersion experience studying with local students, relying on local services with no management or oversight by UNH or other U.S. provider. 


students at Heriot-Watt UniversityAcademics: Civil or Environmental Engineering majors must take two or three required and one or two elective courses. The recommended course load is four Heriot-Watt (H-W) courses.  Civil and Environmental Engineering students formulate a plan of study with Faculty Coordinator, Professor Ray Cook.

Housing and Meals: Room and meals are paid in country.  On campus housing is available to students, but it's very important that you submit an early application.  All undergraduate halls are conveniently located near the Student Union, sports facilities and academic buildings allowing you to make the most of living on the Edinburgh campus.

Extra-Curricular Activities: The H-W University Students Union is very active and plays a key role in bringing students together through a wide range of student-run clubs, societies and events. From the Computer Games Society to the Dance Club, there is something for everyone. The Center for Sport and Exercise (CSE) at the Edinburgh Campus is recognized as one of the best university sports centers in the UK. Facilities include sports halls, playing pitches, squash courts, gyms, fitness classes, physiotherapy, podiatry, sports massage, and sports science testing services.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid: UNH students pay their normal tuition and some fees.  UNH currently allow allows federal, state and institutional aid — except work study — to transfer for all UNH Managed, UNH Exchange and UNH Approved programs abroad. You will be able to factor in airfare as an educational cost and consider the cost of living in your host country for your estimated expenses.

In addition, there are study abroad scholarships available! Please visit the Scholarships & Fellowships page for information about UNH and external funding for study abroad.

view of Edinburgh Castle in ScotlandTravel and Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit Int’l Polices and Travel Resources section of the UNH Global website for information about International Insurance.

Eligibility: Students must meet the UNH study away eligibility requirements. Visit the Start section of the UNH Global website for details. Civil and Environmental Engineering students must confirm eligibility with their academic advisor and the appropriate faculty exchange coordinator.

Application Deadlines: A spring semester exchange.  Submit exchange application in Via by September 25 (for spring study abroad.)

What next? To find out more details about exchanges, attend a Study Abroad Information Session, held every Tuesday at 12:45PM, locations vary.   After you’ve attended an information session and researched the exchange, set up an appointment with Catherine D’Auteuil in myWildcat Success or come to our walk in advising hours. 

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