Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill at sunset.

Why Choose Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College is one of the largest colleges in the UK, with around 26,000 students across 4 campuses in the Edinburgh city region. We provide a range of course options to meet your needs, whether you are looking to progress to university, to upskill or develop your career, or to improve your English for further study, work, travel or enjoyment. 

Why Choose Edinburgh College?

Study in one of the UK's top travel and study destinations  

We have four campuses in Scotland's beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Our historic and vibrant city has an excellent public transport network within the city, and is well-connected by road, rail and flights to places across Scotland, the UK and internationally. 

A flexible pathway to university 

At Edinburgh College, you can choose a pathway that suits you. You do not need to sign up for three or four years as you would at university. At college, you can take each year at a time. Our Access and Higher Education courses give you a qualification for each year of study and we have close links with universities throughout Scotland and the UK for progression to university to top-up to a degree qualification at university. 

Vocational courses with excellent facilities and industry-seasoned staff  

The facilities we have on campus across our four faculties are industry-leading, offering opportunities for hands-on experience in your chosen subject area. Our staff are experienced with years of knowledge in their fields. They maintain strong links with industry to help bring students the latest skills, developments and opportunities to prepare you for your future.  

  • One of the largest colleges in the UK and the largest in Scotland
  • Excellent facilities across 4 campuses
  • A wide range of subjects to choose from
  • Vocational courses with hands-on learning and skills development
  • String industry connections
  • Progression routes to UK universities 


  • Located in Scotland's capital
  • Affordable tuition fees
  • Smaller class sizes and approachable staff
  • Flexible course options
  • Tailored course options for individuals and groups
  • Dedicated International student support team

Why Choose Edinburgh?

Edinburgh was named the most beautiful, walkable and best city in the world in 2022 by Time Out, and the best place to live and study in the UK by the Royal Mail. 

Discover Scotland

Edinburgh is the perfect base to explore Scotland, a country famous for its beautiful scenery, history and culture. From Edinburgh, you can easily visit other major Scottish cities such as Glasgow and Aberdeen, take a trip to see the stunning mountains and lochs (lakes) in the Highlands, visit one of Scotland’s beaches along the coastline or one of our 790 islands. 

Edinburgh is also an ideal base to explore the UK and beyond. Edinburgh International Airport has direct flights connecting with more than 140 destinations. From Edinburgh, you can fly to London in just an hour and a half, visit some of Europe’s most popular cities including Paris and Barcelona and fly to many international destinations including Beijing, Abu Dhabi and New York. With excellent rail and bus links throughout the UK, Edinburgh is the perfect place to begin your journey. 

Courses for International Students

Applications, Fees and Information

Access Courses

If you wish to progress to Higher Education courses or university, but do not currently meet the entry requirements.

Access Courses

Higher Education Courses

HNC and HND are advanced qualifications equivalent to the first two years of study at university.

Higher Education courses

English Language Courses

Improve your English language skills for further study, career development, travel or enjoyment.

English Language Courses

English Plus

Get a taste of the College experience: Learn English and explore a range of vocational subject areas to inspire further study or career ambitions.

English Plus

Summer School

Learn English and make friends from around the world. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and picturesque city of Edinburgh.

Summer School

Bespoke Programmes for Schools and Groups

We develop bespoke courses for schools and groups, for delivery in Edinburgh, online or overseas.

Professional Training and Consultancy

Professional Training

Short courses, qualifications and bespoke training for professionals and organisations looking to up-skill and re-skill.

Professional Training and Consultancy

Teacher Training

Qualifications, bespoke training and short courses for English Language Teachers.

English Language Teacher Training