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Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is home to forward-thinking people inspired by the world around them. It is a professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive university situated in the prosperous capital of Scotland. A modern, multi-campus university equipped with cutting-edge, industry-standard facilities, it is one of the largest higher education institutes in Scotland.

The University serves almost 20,000 students from more than 150  countries. It attracts more than 3,500 on-campus international students and is recognised globally for its teaching, internationalisation and employability - scoring five stars in each category in the QS Stars international university rankings.

Edinburgh Napier is committed to ensuring its academic portfolio meets the needs of learners, employers and the economy. Its focus is on education and research directly relevant to enabling its graduates to secure and prosper in employment and that supports sustainable economic growth in Scotland and overseas.

The University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Global Online which can be studied entirely online, and a variety of distance learning courses.

The University is made up of six schools:

  • Business School
  • School of Applied Sciences
  • School of Arts & Creative Industries
  • School of Computing
  • School of Engineering & the Built Environment
  • School of Health & Social Care

Edinburgh Napier is the only UK higher education institution to offer a programme, titled Confident Futures, developing employability skills for the workplace. Supporting more than 500 start-up-businesses, Edinburgh Napier University thrives on entrepreneurship. Bright Red Triangle is an extra-curricular enterprise which offers business support, consultancy services and social innovation projects, giving students, graduates and staff the opportunity to work with local businesses and community organisations.

The university is based in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, which has been voted the best city to live in the world (Arcadis, 2018). The city offers students a vibrant and dynamic city to study. With hundreds of restaurants, clubs, shops and arts venues, it's safe to say that Edinburgh has something for everyone.

If you would like to find out more information on Edinburgh Napier University scholarships, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.


Edinburgh Napier University is proud to have invested £100m to provide some of the very best teaching and learning facilities in Scotland. Based over three campuses, it offers a variety of innovative facilities and resources, from state-of-the-art recording studios to multimedia language labs, an environmental chamber to a 500-seat 24-hour computing centre, and excellent research labs and sports centres.

The university’s support services help students make the most of their time at Edinburgh Napier. There is an international support team dedicated to advising and supporting international students before arrival in the UK.

Once enrolled, students will be able to take advantage of academic and study support, which includes in-session support for all international students to help with academic English and to allow them to become more familiar with the expectations of the UK education system. Students can also access a range of personal support services including counselling and mental wellbeing, faith and spirituality, and disability and inclusion.

The university’s careers service provides a range of support services and advice to students including one-to-one sessions, help with resumes, access to current graduate vacancies and more. Students can also take advantage of the study abroad opportunities and study for a trimester or year abroad at a partner institution.

 [EN]GAGE is the university’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities offering affordable student memberships. Facilities include a fitness suite, sports hall and access to weekly classes. Students looking for team sports can join a sports club through Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA) while those looking for something different can join one of the many other societies on offer, supporting students throughout their university experience.

The university’s student accommodation sites contain hundreds of self-catered apartments and are home to around 1,500 students, with rent from £98 a week. They are all new (built between 2014 and 2016), central and offer great value for money.

There’s also the option of a private apartment, and the university can still help with that, with advice from how to deal with contracts to making sure you’ll love your neighborhood.

Get in touch with one of our Across the Pond Advisors to find out more about studying at Edinburgh Napier University.

Student population: 14,500 on-campus students

Number of international students: 3,750 on-campus international students

City population: 535,000

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city

Closest airports: Edinburgh Airport

Date of establishment: 1964

Areas of expertise: publishing, journalism, festival and event management, film, tourism and ecotourism

Cost of Tuition per year: from £13,770 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: starting at £100 per week

Notable alumni:

  • Renowned photographer Dr David Eustace
  • Sky Sports presenter David Tanner
  • Journalist, broadcaster and producer Catriona Shearer, best known as a presenter on BBC Scotland’s national news program
  • Athletes Lynsey Sharp and Stephen Payton

Chris Fletcher

I most appreciate Edinburgh Napier University’s commitment to provide its students with the best learning experience.

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Corrine McAndrews

Edinburgh is a university city through and through. I felt at home the moment I landed, thanks to finding it easy to make friends.

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