THE CITY OF EDINBURGH
The city of Edinburgh, one of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities of Europe, stands high on the list of the visually exciting cities of the world. With a population of 500,000, it is a thriving commercial and financial center, the site of the new Scottish Parliament and a gateway to the coastline, hills and open country of the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh annually attracts over 2,000,000 visitors, not just for its architecture, but as a city rich in social, cultural, learning and sporting facilities. Each year the city plays host to internationally renowned events such as the Edinburgh International Arts, Fringe, Film, TV and Science Festivals.
The University of Edinburgh, founded in l583, is the first post-Reformation university in Scotland and is the sixth oldest in Britain. Throughout its 400-year history, the University's strong innovative tradition in the arts, medicine and the sciences has attracted an impressive roll call of intellect, including David Hume, Walter Scott, James Young Simpson, Joseph Lister, James Clerk Maxwell and Edward Appleton. Currently, over 20,000 students read for degrees in one of the three Colleges: Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering. The University of Edinburgh enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence in most traditional subjects of study and is in the forefront of research in many new fields. The University Library system contains approximately 2,275,000 volumes. Situated on the south side of the estuary of the River Forth, Edinburgh offers easy access to the surrounding unspoilt countryside; the Scottish Highlands are within fifty miles to the north and the rolling Border country is a similar distance to the south.
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The academic year comprises two semesters and a normal workload is usually three courses per semester. Science and engineering courses follow a different pattern and a full year's curriculum is generally less than three full courses. Each student is assigned a Director of Studies who will advise on a suitable pattern of courses as well as on other academic or personal matters. A complete course guide providing course descriptions and prerequisites is available on the University of Edinburgh Website. Courses generally consist of formal lectures complemented by small group tutorials and seminars
or by laboratory and practical classes in scientific disciplines. The number of weekly contact hours will be considerable in science courses but may be relatively few in other fields. In the latter case, students are expected to be self-motivated and to devote a significant amount of time to private reading and research.
Higher education in the United Kingdom does not follow the liberal arts tradition common in the United States. Therefore, students will normally concentrate study in their majors or in major-related fields for which they have an appropriate background. It is nevertheless usually possible to take some elective courses.
Courses are available in the following subject areas:
School of Arts, Culture and the Environment: *Archaeology, Architectural History, Architecture, *History of Art, *Music
School of Divinity: *Biblical Studies, *Christian Ethics and Practical Studies, *Ecclesiastical History, *Religious Studies, *Systematic Theology
School of Health in Social Science: Nursing Studies
School of History and Classics: *Classics, *History, Economic History, *Scottish History
School of Law: *Law courses
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures: *Celtic and Scottish Studies, *Chinese, **English Literature, *French, **German, *Hispanic Studies, **Islamic and Middle East Studies, *Italian, *Japanese, *Russian, *Sanskrit, Scandinavian Studies
Management School and Economics: *Accountancy, *Business Studies, *Economics
School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Studies: **English Language, *Linguistics, **Philosophy, *Psychology
School of Social and Political Studies: Canadian Studies, *Politics, Science and Society, *Social Anthropology, *Sociology
College of Science and Engineering: **Artificial Intelligence, *Biological Sciences, *Chemical Engineering, *Chemistry, *Civil and Environmental Engineering, **Computer Science, *Earth Science, Ecological Science, **Electronics and Electrical Engineering, **Geography, Geophysics, **Informatics, **Mathematics, *Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology, *Physics and Astronomy
Departments with a "*" received either a 4 or 5 out of 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise conducted in 2001 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Departments with "**" received a 5*. Rankings depend on how much of the research work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence. Students are encouraged to consider applying to departments with 4, 5 or 5* rankings.
Participants must maintain a full course load for their period of study abroad. The standard course load at the University of Edinburgh is usually three courses per semester. Credits must be discussed with the appropriate faculty members at Cornell before studying abroad.
Methods of assessment vary from department to department and, while professors usually take account of tutorial essays and practical work, greater emphasis are placed on performance in end-of-term class examinations and, above all, end-of-year degree examinations in all courses. Cornell students are required to register and sit for all degree examinations. All approved courses earn Cornell residential credit and are recorded with grades on the permanent transcript. Mark 70-100 = A, 65-69 = A-, 60-64 = B+, 55-59 = B, 50-54 = B-, 40-49 = C, 35-39 = D, 0-34= F. As on all Cornell-sponsored programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not added into the grade point average. Students must take the final examinations in all courses.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR (approximate)
Fall Semester: mid-September - mid-December
Spring Semester: early January? - late May
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students. Information about applying for lodgings through the University of Edinburgh Student Accommodation Service will be distributed to exchange participants soon after notification of their selection. The accommodation consists mainly of a variety of self-catered housing in flats and university residences, together with catered halls of residence. There is a wide variation in the amenities provided in halls of residence and students are advised that it is unlikely that all of the services to which they are accustomed at Cornell will be available (i.e. phones in rooms, ethernet connections).
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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