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The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh

With a history going back more than 425 years, Edinburgh is one of the oldest universities in the English speaking world and ranked 15th in the world in the latest 2023 QS World University Rankings. The City of Edinburgh is ranked in the world’s top 10 of best student cities (QS Student Cities 2023)

The University of Edinburgh’s entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the globe, creating a unique Edinburgh experience.

The University provides a stimulating working, learning and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities. Edinburgh attracts the world’s best, from Nobel Prize-winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.

Fast Facts


  • Edinburgh, Scotland

Number of Students

  • 41,250


  • 13,000+


  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Science & Engineering

Notable Alumni

  • Charles Darwin – Naturalist and geologist whose radical ideas shaped modern thinking about where we come from.
  • Peter Higgs – Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate for his work on subatomic particles.
  • Gordon Brown – Former UK Prime Minister
  • James Wilson – American revolutionary leader and one of the founding fathers of the United States
  • James Clerk Maxwell – Mathematician and scientist responsible for the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation.
  • Robert Stirling – A church minister who invented an engine that was two centuries ahead of its time

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • 4th in Linguistics
  • 3rd in Veterinary Sciences
  • 8th in English Language and Literature
  • 10th in Arts and Humanities
  • 19th in Geography
  • 22nd in Medicine
    (QS World Rankings by Subject, 2023)


The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions)

90% of the university’s research activity classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

Research areas:

Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Science and Engineering and Animal research.

in the world

QS World University Rankings 2023

Nobel Prize Laureates

affiliated with the university

Top 20
Most internatoinal universities in the world

Times Higher Education, World’s Most International Universities 2022


Edinburgh is a beautiful and historic city, regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

Large enough to offer something for everyone but small enough to feel like home, this modern and sophisticated European city has a diverse, multicultural community. Parks and green spaces are abundant, and the lush Scottish countryside and coastline are just a few miles away.

It’s not surprising that Edinburgh ranked in world’s top 10 student cities.*

(*Source: QS Student Cities 2023)

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Edinburgh has various funding and scholarship arrangements in place for international students. Scholarships may be offered by the university itself, some by the British Government, whilst others are country-specific scholarships or study loans, part of an agreement with funding bodies across Latin America. Below is an overview of opportunities available to Latin American students interested in studying at  The University of Edinburgh.

For further information please do some research directly with these funding bodies, or contact the Inova Education team and we can assist you identifying opportunities available in your country. Note that in most cases you cannot apply for scholarships or study loans until after you have secured a university offer.

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