RSC/Heriot-Watt program

Applications have closed for 2018

If you are interested in an international study experience but aren't ready to commit to a full semester abroad the RSC/Heriot-Watt University Chemistry Ambassador Program may be the ideal opportunity for you. The ANU Joint Colleges of Science are offering up to 10 chemistry undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a short program of study at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This two week immersive program in chemistry will run from 7 January to 18 January 2019. This is a pioneer program designed to foster increased communication between the ANU and Heriot-Watt University, and will include a full range of academic and social activities for successful participants.  The academic program will include lab sessions, workshops, seminars at Heriot-Watt and sessions at University of Edinburgh.  Indicative assessment includes a lab notebook, a reflection on experience and a presentation.

Prior to the program, all students will be provided with a pre-departure briefing by the ANU Joint Colleges of Science to prepare them for the experience.

About Heriot-Watt University

The main campus of Heriot-Watt University is located a short distance to the west of the Edinburgh city centre on 380 acres of scenic parkland. The university was established in 1821 as the world’s first ‘Mechanics Institute’ and has a proud history of gender diversity several decades before this was mandatory. The university also has two international campuses in Dubai and Malaysia, as well as additional Scottish campuses in Orkney and Galashiels.

The city of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has a rich history centred around a number of iconic landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and Arthur’s Seat, as well as famous tourist precincts such as the Royal Mile and Princes Street. The city is also host to the yearly international Edinburgh Festival which encompasses a myriad of cultural and artistic events.

Funding and fees

The program is restricted to first year students and selected second year students who have taken CHEM1101 and CHEM1201 or equivalent.

All accepted students will receive a AUD $1,800 grant from the ANU Joint Colleges of Science to contribute to your experience, and could cover a range of costs including travel to and from and within Scotland, meals and living expenses.  Accommodation has been booked and will be paid for by the ANU Joint Colleges of Science.  

Students will enrol and pay fees for a six unit 1000-level science ANU elective course (students must have room in their degree for a 1000-level Science course). Students will not pay further fees to Heriot-Watt University.

Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Special Category Visa holders who meet the long-term residency requirements are eligible to be considered for an OS-HELP loan which can assist with the financing of this global opportunity. For this opportunity, eligible ANU students can borrow up to AUD $7,764. Students can access further information at the ANU OS-HELP webpage.


Participants will receive ANU insurance coverage for the duration of the program at Heriot-Watt, including travel time to and from Australia.  Travel insurance for travel time outside of the program travel dates is the responsibility of the student.


Applications close on 4pm July 13 2018; apply directly through the web form. All you need to do is tell us why this opportunity will benefit your studies, and how you will contribute to the intellectual life of the program (100 words). Selection will be based on the most creative responses that meet the word limits. Applicants' GPAs may also be taken into consideration.