Program Type: Exchange
Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt University (HWU) has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of education around the world. As one of the most progressive and international institutions based in Scotland, students have the opportunity to thrive, both personally and academically during their time there. The School of Textiles and Design is located on the Scottish Borders campus in Galashiels, close to the heart of Scotland’s luxury textile industry and a short train ride away from the center of Edinburgh.
1-Mar: Fall Semester
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Matriculation in a Bachelor's degree program
- Textile/Surface Design students must apply online and obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department chair. Textile/Surface Design students are eligible during their 6th or 7th semester.
- Fabric Styling students must apply online and obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department chair. Textile/Surface Design students are eligible during their 7th semester.
A full-time semester credit load at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) consists of 60 UK credits. Major- and related-area credit is available. Liberal arts credit is limited to Art History, but students may also take liberal arts and other courses online at FIT at no additional expense as this is an exchange program.
Textile/Surface Design Course Information
Students study within the BA (Hons) Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) program at HWU and fulfill 6th or 7th semester major/related area and general elective courses by taking a module (focusing on weaving) worth 45 UK credits.
Fabric Styling Course Information
Students study within the BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Promotion, BA (Hons) Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) or BA (Hons) Fashion programs at HWU and fulfill 7th semester major and related area and general elective courses by taking modules worth a total of 45 UK credits.
Liberal Arts Course Information
Students may fulfill one 3-credit Art History (G7) course by taking a Critical and Contextual Studies module worth 15 UK credits.
A detailed Academic Calendar can be viewed on the Heriot-Watt website. Students are generally expected to arrive the weekend before orientation begins.
Students are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements for the duration of their stay. Students may apply to live in the Jean Muir Student Village at the Scottish Borders Campus (not guaranteed) or search for a privately-rented home with support from HWU’s Accommodation Office.
U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa in advance of arrival. Upon entering the UK with proper documentation, U.S. citizens are granted short-term study clearance by the border officer. All non-U.S. citizens must carefully review UK visa requirements as they may need to apply in advance for a short-term study visa. Supporting documentation will be provided by HWU after admission.
Health and Wellness
FIT requires all students to be covered in the U.S. and internationally for the duration of their study abroad program. Two types of coverage are required:
1. FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.
- Coverage abroad: UHC Study Abroad Insurance
Students will be enrolled and account will be billed before start of program. More detailed information about coverage and claims processes will be provided post-approval.
2. FIT requires students to be covered in the U.S. for the duration of their program. Students may waive the Haylor insurance using the standard waiver process if they already have a U.S. based insurance policy with equal or better coverage.
- Coverage in the US: Haylor Health Insurance
Wellness & Support
Heriot-Watt understands all students face challenges and is dedicated to supporting each student during their learning experience. Your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are important in helping you to make the most out of your time at the University. Staying healthy, both physically and mentally, ensures you can remain focused on your studies, achieve your full potential and enjoy the experience of being a student
To view available services available visit the Health and Wellbeing website.
A copy of this form may be brought to Financial Aid Services so that a careful review of your program costs may be completed by an assigned financial aid counselor.
Application, Instructions, and Preparations
See: How to Apply