This environmentally-focused study abroad program takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, in one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities, students will spend five weeks studying urban history and sustainability. Class lectures, guest speakers, and frequent field trips will introduce students to key concepts relating to urban planning and governance, infrastructure design and management, resource provisioning and conservation, urban ecology, and social and environmental justice.
With more than half the world's population living “urban” already, and the movement from rural to urban accelerating rapidly, it is imperative that “we design our new cities - and retrofit our old ones - so that they are more efficient, just, and livable places,” according to Program Director Dr. Geoff Buckley. Anyone interested in environmental studies, urban planning, and sustainability will be interested in this program, especially as it takes place in Edinburgh, a city renowned for its reputation as a leader in the worldwide effort to “green” our cities.
“I studied Edinburgh city and environment program. I think my favorite part was kind of the juxtaposition of being in a really scenic and beautiful area that’s really green and really lush also with the architecture, like the Medieval city and the structure of it, it’s kind of a clash between people and nature and how that they’ve managed that. Their sustainability and urban planning efforts were really interesting. If you’re interested in the environment and also the way people live in cities and how cities develop this is a good program.”
-Christy Wiseman (right) on her study abroad experience.
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