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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Travel Day, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 08/05/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Course Disciplines: Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, History, Public Health, Religion, Sociology
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $2,899 - $3,199*
Estimated Airfare: $1699 – $1899
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)
Dates: Jun 13, 2019 – Jun 28, 2019
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)

Program Description:

Small and independent, Scotland holds a unique place in the history of the British Isles. CCSA’s program combines city and country as it provides students with a variety of two-week experiences that explore various aspects of Scotland’s romantic past and dynamic present.

Participants will visit Scotland’s two great cities – Edinburgh and lively Glasgow – and gain a richer understanding of Scotland’s distinctive geography and culture in the beautiful Highlands. The program will be based in Edinburgh, with day trips to Glasgow and the Highlands. A Scottish rail pass will be provided.

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


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The price of this CCSA program includes:
  • Accommodations will be in en suite twin rooms at University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Course(s) Offered:


Scotland: Modern Myths and Historical Reality
Course Description: Are modern media depictions of Scottish history in Braveheart, Brave, Highlander, Rob Roy and Outlander historically accurate? This course will compare modern conceptions of Scottish history and culture to the reality of the medieval, early modern, and Victorian eras. We’ll visit castles such as Edinburgh Castle, historical homes of the rich and poor, churches, and museums to learn if Scots really painted themselves blue for battle and loved or hated England, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. We’ll explore the historical divide between the highlands and the lowlands, learn why so many Americans claim Scottish heritage, and separate myth from fantasy in the history of kilts, tartans, bagpipes, oats, and haggis.
Cynthia Resor | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Public Health / Biology / Earth & Environmental Science / Sustainability

Scottish Sustainability: Environmental Landscapes and Community Health
Course Description: Scotland is a country with a natural landscape sculpted by glaciers, changing coastlines, and towns built by immigrants from various lands. Though a part of the United Kingdom, Scotland has a rich culture all its own. While meeting with local scientists and practitioners in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this course will explore the natural history of the country, its past and present environmental health, and some current global-leading sustainability initiatives. We’ll focus on the relationship between environmental sustainability and human public health and compare American with Scottish trends in such areas as wind farms, invasive species, and public cycling programs.
Prerequisite: 28 hours of undergraduate course credit.
Shannon Galbraith-Kent | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Sociology / Religion

Mystical Scotland: Stone Circles and Fairy Pools
Course Description: Explore sacred sites and natural beauty in Scotland. This class will visit ancient landscapes with links to the pagan past as well as medieval cathedrals and chapels that illuminate the Christian tradition. We will walk through standing stone circles, attend a service at Glasgow Cathedral, tour the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, and journey to the oldest Yew tree in Europe. Mystical Scotland examines the sociological and spiritual commonalities linking different faith systems. We will distinguish between fundamentalist, religious, spiritual, and metaphysical perspectives as students embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.
Bernadette Barton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U