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UK: Scotland: Edinburgh - City and Environment

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Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Humanities and Social Sciences

Application Deadline

February 15 at 11:59pm

For more information on this program contact:

Geoffrey L. Buckley

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu


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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. 

Living Arrangements 

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.” 

Program Dates 

May 27- June 28, 2019*  

*Students will need to depart the U.S. on May 26 in order to arrive in Scotland on May 27.  

* *Program will not be running in academic year 2020-2021.  

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic


Undergraduates enroll in a total of 6 credit hours while graduate students enroll in a total of 8 credit hours. Both undergraduate and graduate students will enroll in two courses: 

  • GEOG 4560/5560 Justice and the Sustainable City    
  • 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.  


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, Historic Scotland pass, Bus pass, excursions,  one group meal per week (for a total of 5), and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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.

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 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country. 

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here