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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $2,945
Estimated Airfare: $1,700 - $1,900
Dates: June 23- July 8, 2017
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)


Program Description:

Small and independent, Scotland holds a unique place in the history of British Isles. CCSA’s 2017 Scottish program combines city and country as it provides students with a variety of two-week classes that explore various aspects of Scotland’s romantic past and dynamic present. Participants will experience Scotland’s two great cities – with six-night stays in picturesque Edinburgh and lively Glasgow – and gain a richer understanding of Scotland’s distinctive geography and culture during a three-day excursion into the beautiful Highlands. Urban accommodations will be in university residence halls, while hotels will be used during the Highlands journey.

The program ends just as the London Summer Program begins, so students may continue to London for another CCSA course.

The price of this CCSA program includes:

  • accommodations in en suite twin rooms in Chancellor’s Court at University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls and en suite singles at Glasgow Caledonian University; en suite twin hotel rooms will be used during the Highlands Excursion
  • local transport pass in Edinburgh
  • Scotland Rail Pass
  • health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • most program excursions, course-related activities and entrances
  • breakfast and some additional meals

Optional Group Travel:

A GROUP TRAVEL OPTION through CCSA is available at additional cost and includes:

  • Round trip air transportation from one of CCSA’s designated US departure cities.
  • Round trip ground transportation between the destination/departure airport(s) and the accommodation sites.
Travel with friends and other participants on this program as a group all the way to your destination! If this is your first time abroad (or even flying!) we highly recommend you travel as part of the group. Round-trip air transportation from cities other than CCSA-designated airports MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.


Course(s) Offered:


Scottish Natural History, Health, and Sustainability

Scotland is a country with a natural landscape sculpted by glaciers, changing coastlines, and built by immigrants from various lands. Scotland has a rich culture built upon the great number of medieval castles, to the history of the rugged Highlands region, and the two major cities (Edinburgh and Glasgow) with very different personalities. This course will explore the natural history of the country, environmental health, and some of the current global-leading sustainability initiatives in Scotland. There will be a great emphasis on comparing topics (e.g., wind farms) between Scotland and the United States and also between the two Scottish cities.

Prerequisite: Completion of 28 hours of college credit.


Exploring Scottish Cities as Text

In this course, students will be introduced to two exciting cities celebrated as urban rivals. Using the "City as Text" model, students will explore Glasgow and Edinburgh: cosmopolitan v. Old Town, pubs v. sophisticated cuisine, guttural v. singsong speech. Through mapping, observing, listening, and reflecting, students will see first-hand how Scotland's mixture of rich history and culture lend to fascinating traditions within a geographic context. This course is designed to accommodate geography and social studies majors, P-12 teachers, and geographers in the Master's Level program.


Exploring the Scottish Roots of Modern Geology

In the 18th and 19th centuries, study of Scotland's landscapes and rock outcrops stirred the creative thinking of scientists, prompting controversy about the origins and development of the Earth. By visiting some of these classic field sites as well as modern museums, participants will gain a richer understanding of the contributions of Scottish pioneers in geology, such as James Hutton who deduced the igneous nature of crystalline rocks. Other fundamental geologic concepts such as the immensity of deep geologic time will be examined in the context of fascinating localities near Edinburgh and Glasgow and in the Scottish Highlands. This course is designed for anyone interested in geology, the history of science, or the Scottish Enlightenment.


Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Scottish Enlightenment

Eighteenth-century Edinburgh and Glasgow were the focal point of an intellectual blossoming known as the Scottish Enlightenment. Edinburgh, 'Athens of the North,' and Glasgow, 'Second City of the Empire,’ played host to many whose influences are felt today, from Adam Smith, father of free markets, to David Hume, founder of modern philosophy. In this course we'll examine the Scottish Enlightenment through immersive field trips. From Edinburgh's New Town city center, home to several of the era's most notable figures, to the ancient University of Glasgow, where Adam Smith taught, these are just a few of the fascinating places we'll explore.

Prerequisite: One lower division history course or consent of instructor.


Daily Life in Medieval and Victorian Scotland

Imagine living in medieval and Victorian Scotland! We will compare daily life in pre-industrial medieval Scotland to life in the 19th century industrial era. We will go back in time to visit medieval sites in Edinburgh's "Old Town," such as St. Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle, as well as other medieval sites in the Scottish Highlands (more castles!) and evaluate the myths portrayed in modern movies like "Brave" and "Braveheart." Then we will travel to 19th century Glasgow, the center of the Industrial Revolution in Scotland, and see the historical sites where Scottish Victorians lived, worked, and died. We will assess why the Victorians sought to revive the medieval era in literature and architecture.


Studying Scottish Business Management with a Focus on Sustainability

If you are interested in international management and sustainability, this class is for you. We will be studying economic, social, political, and cultural elements of international management, looking in particular at how organizations strategically integrate sustainability into their efforts. We will examine the Sustainability-in-Action in key industries in Scotland and visit "green" businesses, including manufacturing, energy, food production, and golf sites.

Prerequisite: One International Business course or permission of instructor.


Theatre in Scotland - Taking the High Road

Performance Art! New Work! Revisioning of Classical Work! How many Scottish actors have you seen on screen or stage? Discover their homeland! Embrace the new in Edinburgh, a city founded more than nine hundred years ago, and discover why Glasgow is one of UNESCO's nine Creative Cities. Experience live theatre and explore location sites of movies made in both these iconic cities.