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UK: Scotland: Cultural Linguistics

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This linguistically-focused study abroad program is concentrated in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, a city that is both medieval and international.  

Students will spend four 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 this  summer program .

Be sure to check out this  Interactive iBook introduction to "The History of Our Language: Why Schotland Matters to Appalachi a "!

Program dates

Tentatively offered next in Summer 2021

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University and NON-OHIO students who are interested in history, language and culture. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Application Deadline

Extended till March 1, 2019

Living arrangements

Students will stay at in shared accomodations at Pollock Halls. 

Courses and credits

Successful completion of the program will earn 6 undergraduate credits or 8 graduate credits.

Undergraduate courses to be offered:

  • LING 2750 – Language and Culture (Tier II course)
  • LING 4840 – Language Documentation (Tier III course)

Graduate courses to be offered:


  • LING 5850 – Historical Linguistics*
  • LING 5880 – Topics in Applied Linguistics*



Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Summer 2019

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet Summer 2019 

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 destination. 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.

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 accessibility accomodations

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. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here

US citizens won’t need a visa to enter the country for the length of this program.  The Office of Global Opportunities 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.

More information on VISA can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here

For more information, contact:  

Michelle O'Malley 

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu








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