This linguistically-focused study abroad program is concentrated in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, a city that is both medieval and international.
Students will spend five weeks studying the history of Scotland - its clans, its population movement patterns, its language history and its culture. In addition, program participants will investigate, via an Historical Linguistics course, language change and shift that has contributed to the language variety spoken in the Appalachian region of the U.S. The history and culture of Edinburgh specifically and Scotland in general will be studied through classroom sessions, field trips and workshops offered by local staff who specialize in the music, art, language and naming traditions of the region.
In light of the fact that one language dies every two weeks (just recently the world learned of the death of the last fluent speaker of Cromarty fisherfolk, an obscure English dialect on Scotland’s Black Isle), we are called to study and document the linguistic culture of our environments while they remain accessible. Students interested in language, history, culture and the evolution of Appalachian traditions will be interested in this program.
Discover more about the summer 2013 program.
Be sure to check out this Interactive iBook introduction to "The History of Our Language: Why Schotland Matters to Apalachia" or the PDF version!
May 26 - June 27, 2014
Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University who are interested in history, language and culture.
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or obtain permission from the Program Director to be eligible to apply. Applicants must complete a pre-departure orientation as well as an interview with the Program Director. Included in the pre-departure orientation are 3 required readings: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, A Good Hanging by Ian Ranin, and Scotland: A Very Short Introduction by Rab Houston.
This program is NOT available to non-OHIO students.
Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. Students who apply early therefore have a better chance for acceptance for one of the limited slots in the program.
We recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Students will stay in on-campus housing at the University of Edinburgh. A variety of rooms are available, including standards singles en-suite, standard doubles and doubles en-suite. Rooms are all within convenient walking distance of the university and include a “full Scottish breakfast.”
Courses and credits
Successful completion of the program will earn 7 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits.
LING 4850 Historical Linguistics (3 cr)
LING 4900 Independent Study in Linguistics (1 cr)
LING 3880 Special Topics in Lingustics - Creating Scotland: An Ethnographic Survey (3 cr)
LING 5850 Historical Linguistics (4 cr)
LING 5900 Independent Study of Linguistics (1 cr)
LING 5880 Special Topics in Linguistics - Creating Scotland: An Ethnographic Survey (4 cr)
Additional Information on SCOTLAND
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program. (Link to Ed Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form).
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html.
US citizens won’t need a visa to enter the country for the length of this program. The Office of Education Abroad will provide a letter for you to carry when you travel that will explain your reason for entry into the country. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information, contact:
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840