With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry.
Heriot Watt is set in beautiful parkland surroundings on the outskirts of the city of Edinburgh, providing you with a perfect mix of country and city lifestyle and offering a unique environment for studying and socializing. Edinburgh is an exciting city to live in and explore, and has been voted several times as the UK's number one city for students to live in.Steeped in history, a walk down the Royal Mile, the oldest street in the city, takes you from the Castle, parts of which date to the 12th century, to Holyrood Palace – a royal palace since before Mary Queen of Scots and still used by the Royal Family today. From King Arthur to Alexander Graham Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle, the city buzzes with stories and tradition. Home to over 15 festivals each year, including the Hogmanay New Year celebrations and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh's streets are constantly filled with music, dance and performance art. Heriot Watt is close to the city airport, giving you access to many major cities in the UK and other European capitals.
As a visiting student, you can choose a combination of courses from across any of our six academic Schools. A full semester course load is 60 UK credits. Courses are 15 UK credits (4 US credits) each. Explore the course catalogue.
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is conveniently located within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, dining facilities and the Student Union. There are about 1,700 residential places available , with a choice of self-catering flats or rooms available. You will have your own study bedroom, the majority of which have en-suite bathrooms, and access to home comforts – broadband, a communal lounge, laundry facilities and 24-hour computer labs. Each hall also has a warden who is there to help you settle in and sort out any problems you might encounter.