International work

We engage with international partners offering articulation routes to our courses, and exchange opportunities for students and staff to broaden their view of the creative industries.

With over 1,700 students from more than 15 countries studying at our Merchiston campus, we’re a vibrant and cosmopolitan community in Scotland’s creative capital. We’re an outward facing school and believe having an international perspective gives our students, graduates and staff a creative edge. Many of our courses include a European trip, for example our design students recently visited Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin as part of their studies.

Our overseas partners

International collaborations, projects and exchanges are embedded in many courses and the School is engaged in partnerships and exchange programmes with institutions across the world. Zhengzhou University of Light Industry

Collaborations include:

  • Delivering a BA (Hons) in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations at Hong Kong University SPACE.
  • A long-running exchange programme with Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, which includes student exchange and Edinburgh Napier design staff teaching in China.
  • Articulation agreements with five Chinese higher education institutions for entry into courses in publishing and journalism.

Exchange programmes

The School offers a number of international exchange opportunities including:

  • Trimester exchange opportunities for journalism, photography and film students at Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Trimester exchange for design students in Zhengzhou University of Light Industry (ZZULI), China and other international institutions
  • Exchanges for music, photography and film students at various US institutions

Find out more about our international exchange programmes which offer students the chance to study in Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand or the USA.


The Erasmus+ programme gives students and staff the opportunity to study, train or teach across Europe. Opportunities within the School of Arts and Creative Industries include:

Find out more about our Erasmus+ programme.

International students

Edinburgh Napier is home to over 9,000 students from outside the UK. You can study with the School of Arts and Creative Industries for a trimester or your full course, giving you a global perspective.

Distance learning

We offer many of our courses as distance learning programmes. This means you can study in your home country at pace that suits you and get a degree awarded by Edinburgh Napier University.