Scotland: Edinburgh- City & Environment
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.
May 24- June 27, 2017
Summer 2019 program dates TBD.
Eligibility and Selection Process
This program is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University who are interested in environmental geography, urban history, urban planning and sustainability.
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.
This program is available to NON-OHIO students.
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.
Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, meaning that completed applications (including letters of recommendation) are reviewed by the program director as they are received. We recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.
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
Both undergraduate and graduate students will enroll in two courses, GEOG 4560/5560 (City and Environment) and GEOG 4550/5550 (History of Planning). Both classes will satisfy requirements for the Environmental Studies certificate. They will also fulfill requirements for several of the geography major tracks. Additionally, students will earn one additional independent study credit. Undergraduates enroll in a total of 6 credit hours while graduate students enroll in a total of 8 credit hours.
Program fee includes housing, excursions, Historic Scotland passes, in-country transportation, guest lecturers/speakers and some meals.
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
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 Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destinations
Please familiarize yourself with the recommendations and requirements on the websites above prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the Department of State site for information related to safety and security at these destinations.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
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 Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities 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.
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.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.
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Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.
US citizens do not need a visa to enter these countries for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that entry/exit 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.
For more information on this program contact:
Geoffrey L. Buckley
Office of Global Opportunities