Concernered aunt and former St. Andrian here. My nephew was accepted at the University of Edinburgh, and attended a meet-and-greet w/ current students in DC a few weeks ago. He spoke (very briefly) to an American student who gave him the impression that coursework basically consisted of 1 or 2 lectures a week, to an audience of 100 or more; little to no student-professor interaction; no papers/essays/quizzes etc., and that grades are based solely on the outcome of a cumulative exam at the end of the year. I suspect some braggadocio on the kids part. Based on my own albeit ancient experiences at St. Andrews (weekly tutorials, several essays per term) I cannot imagine this is true. Would anyone be able to give me a brief summary of how the academic year plays out?