Summer Study in Scotland
Come join us to live and study for two weeks in historic Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and UNESCO City of Literature and home to two World Heritage Sites. Come walk the same streets as did historic figures as Mary, Queen of Scots, Adam Smith, and William Wallace, and see the sites that inspired such literary figures as Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, John Rebus, and Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Once known as “Auld Reekie,” Edinburgh today is world renowned for its architecture, university, and castle as well as for producing some of the world’s most well-known writers such as JK Rowling, Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson. In addition to such historic sites as the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, and Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh also boasts wonderful restaurants, lively pubs, a thriving theatre and music scene, and serves as the center of Scottish politics. Students can enjoy street performances, stroll parks such as the Meadows or Princes Street Gardens, watch a local rugby or football match, listen to local music and comedians, or brave the summit of Arthur’s Seat (the site which inspired James Hutton, the founder of modern geology.) In addition, students in the program will also may visit cities such as Glasgow, Stirling, and St. Andrews as well as the Scottish Highlands, lochs, glens and whisky distilleries. Students can also take advantage of Edinburgh’s location and rail, bus and air transportation opportunities to visit places such as Aberdeen, the Orkney Islands, Manchester, York, Newcastle or even London. As the French writer Voltaire once wrote, “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization,” and now you can, too.
The group departs for Edinburgh May 11th and returns to Atlanta May 25th, 2013. The program will depart from Edinburgh on May 24th to Frankfurt, Germany where students will spend one night. Courses on offer will be completed through both onsite lectures, walking tours, and group discussions coupled with readings, writing assignments and online lectures. Coursework will begin in the weeks before we leave, and will continue after we return via online content. Students can take either one or two courses can be taken, for a total of 6 credits.
On the first weekend, the program offers an introductory walking tour of Edinburgh that acquaints program participants with the city. Students will also a free weekend in order to explore Edinburgh, other parts of Britain, or Europe. They will also have the opportunity to participate in day excursions to other parts of Scotland, including a ghost tour walk.
Health Matters and Insurance
Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities with be available.
Students with special medical needs may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.
Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. No special immunizations are needed to enter Britain, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.
Passports and Visas
Everyone who travels to Britain must have a valid passport. Participants who have expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight weeks to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for directions on obtaining a passport.
Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Britain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.