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Visiting Students​


In line with the University’s Strategy to internationalise our work, the Global Mobility Team seeks to provide opportunities for both outgoing and incoming students to undertake a period of study overseas. The team provides a key source of information and support to more than 700 Visiting Students (VS) every academic year.

Who are Visiting Students? 

Visiting Students are non-graduating students who study at the University for typically either one or two trimesters. They do not articulate onto a named degree programme and instead select modules form the following module catalogue. Please note that double degree or direct entrant students who plan to graduate from Edinburgh Napier University are not part of the VS cohort.


There are four categories of Visiting Students

● Study Abroad (via a provider with whom ENU has a contractual agreement)

● Overseas Exchange (Primarily Non-EU)

● European Exchange (Primarily EU) *

● Free movers – ENU does not have a formal agreement with these students’ home universities


Who are the internal stakeholders?

● School Academic Advisers

● School Support Service

● International Recruitment

● International Support

● Admissions

● Student Administration

● Student Communication


Who are the external stakeholders?

● Study Abroad Providers

● European Partner Universities

● Overseas Partner Universities


The Global Mobility Team is responsible for:

  • Processing applications
  • Maintaining the VS Portal
  • Communication with Visiting Student cohort
  • Providing support to students and acts as a first point of contact for non-academic matters.
  • Keeping the Partners and Study Abroad providers well informed and engaged with the University
  • Organising and implementing the student welcome and induction events
  • Representing the Visiting Student cohort on relevant forums – e.g. the Institutional Mobility Forum, the Welcome Week Coordination Group


The School and the School Support Service will be responsible for:

  • Acting as a first point of contact for all academic matters,
  • Enrolling VS cohort on their modules before they arrive at the university,
  • Checking if there are any timetable clashes before student cohort arrives at the university,
  • Signing Learning Agreements if necessary,
  • Organising and implementing Academic Inductions


Every school has a designated academic adviser and administrator who support Visiting Students. Their details can be found below:

The Business School
Academic Advisor: 
Piotr Jaworski  
Programme Administrators: 
Martina Orlando & Rachel Falconer TBSVisitingStudents@napier.ac.uk  

School of Applied Sciences
Academic Advisor: 
Alex McIntyre
Programme Administrator: 
Ruth Bell

School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Academic Advisor: 
 Johnson Zhang
Programme Administrator: 
Leanne Clyde

School of Arts and Creative Industries
Programme Administrators: 
Craig McFarlane and Shona Richardson (design students only)


Application procedure

Visiting Students do not submit their applications via UCAS, but directly to the University through the Visiting Student Portal. The online application is available here​ from 15 April until 15 May for Autumn trimester applications and from 15 September until 15 October for Spring trimester applications.

English language entry requirements (non-native speakers only)

If a Visiting Student is applying only for 1 trimester, then they need to provide an endorsement letter from your home university with the following sentence: 
 ''We have assessed that that the required B2 level is met in all four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking) of the CEF as the student.. (your first and the last name)…has been taught and examined in English''.  

If a Visiting Student is applying for a full year programme, then they need to provide evidence of passing one of the following, accepted English language tests. The requirements are listed on the website.


Webpages for Visiting Students

The VS Portal

Modules for Visiting Students

Fees for Visiting Students

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Visiting Students