Scotland: City & Highlands

June 23, 2017 —July 08, 2017

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 –Edinburgh and lively Glasgow – and gain a richer understanding of Scotland’s distinctive geography and culture in the beautiful Highlands.

The planned schedule includes spending six full days in Edinburgh. The group will then spend three days in the Scottish Highlands, before arriving in Glasgow for five full days. Urban accommodations will be in university residence halls with en-suite twin rooms, while hotels with en-suite twin rooms will be used during the Highlands journey.

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Welcome! We're very pleased to have the Kentucky Department of Education promoting this program for our top-notch Kentucky teachers. CCSA is open to any and all participants! Those 26 years of age or above may take any course for non-credit (audit). For those that wish to receive credit for the course there are two paths:

  • Those currently registered at a US accredited higher ed institution – please mark your home school as ‘other/not listed’ and you will be admitted to Western Kentucky University as *visiting* non-degree seeking student. WKU waives all tuition and entrance fees for these participants with the exception of a $100 transcript fee. Participants are guided through this process in our applications portal.
  • Those not currently registered at a university can apply through WKU as non-degree seeking. We will then be able to grant them credit for the course. Participants will pay a $45 admissions fee in addition to the $100 fee for the transcript.

For either option above you can start your application through the CCSA website by pressing the 'Apply Now' button on this page, you will be guided through the process. For questions during the application process please contact David Nelson


  • Ground transportation between program sites
  • En suite accommodations in twin rooms (Edinburgh & Highlands) and single rooms (Glasgow)
  • All required program excursions
  • Course-related activities and entrances
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7


Participants will reside in en suite twin rooms in Chancellor’s Court at University of Edinburgh’s Pollack Halls and en suite singles at Glasgow Caledonian University. En suite twin hotel rooms will be used during the Scottish Highlands excursion.

Optional Group Travel:

Estimated Cost: $1,700 - $1,900

Travel together with other participants as well as faculty and staff from the CCSA programs with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport. Includes

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.

Quick Info

  • Program Dates: June 23, 2017 —July 08, 2017
  • Early Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
  • Location(s): Scotland
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Base Price: $2,945

Courses Offered


Scottish Natural History, Health, and Sustainability
Course Description: 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.
Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kent | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD

Education / Geography

Exploring Scottish Cities as Text
Course Description: 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.
Dr. S. Kay Gandy | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD/GR


Exploring the Scottish Roots of Modern Geology
Course Description: 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.
Walter S. Borowski | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD/GR


Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Scottish Enlightenment
Course Description: 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.
Prof. Joseph Lombardi | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD/GR


Daily Life in Medieval and Victorian Scotland
Course Description: 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.
Dr. Cynthia W. Resor | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD/GR

Management / Business

Studying Scottish Business Management With a Focus on Sustainability
Course Description: 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.
Dana M. Cosby, Ph.D. | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD

Theatre / Interdisciplinary

Theatre in Scotland - Taking the High Road
Course Description: 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.
Ms. Kathi E.B. Ellis | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD

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