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.
Accommodations will be in en suite twin rooms at University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls.
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities 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.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on summer 2018 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2019.
Option 2 —Independent Travel:
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time). Check the CCSA website at https://ccsa.cc/departures for your scheduled date/time check-in.
Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.
Program Dates June 13, 2019 —June 28, 2019
(15 days) Base Price
$2,899 - $3,199*
$1699 – $1899 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
March 01, 2019 ($100 application fee discount for applications received and paid by February 15)Scholarships: OPEN Due March 08. See our scholarships page
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.
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.
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