• Welcome to the European Council Edinburgh, Scotland program information page!

    Welcome to the European Council Edinburgh, Scotland program information page!

Scotland

About the Program

Accommodations

Costs

Deadlines

Course Descriptions

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In addition to spending two weeks in Scotland, students will have an overnight stay in Frankfurt, Germany on their return back to Atlanta. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Study Overlooking CityCome join us to live and study for two weeks in historic Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and UNESCO City of Literature and home to two World Heritage Sites. Come walk the same streets as did historic figures as Mary Queen of Scots, Adam Smith, and William Wallace, and see the sites that inspired such literary figures as Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, John Rebus, and Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Once known as “Auld Reekie,” Edinburgh today is world renowned for its architecture, university, and castle as well as for producing some of the world’s most well-known writers such as JK Rowling, Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson. In addition to such historic sites as the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, and Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh also boasts wonderful restaurants, lively pubs, a thriving theatre and music scene, and serves as the center of Scottish politics. Students can enjoy street performances, stroll parks such as the Meadows or Princes Street Gardens, watch a local rugby or football match, listen to local music and comedians, or brave the summit of Arthur’s Seat (the site which inspired James Hutton, the founder of modern geology.) In addition, students in the program will also visit cities such as Glasgow, Stirling, and St. Andrews as well as the Scottish Highlands, lochs, glens and whisky distilleries. Students can also take advantage of Edinburgh’s location and rail, bus and air transportation opportunities to visit places such as Aberdeen, the Orkney Islands, Manchester, York, Newcastle or even London. As the French writer Voltaire once wrote, “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization,” and now you can, too.

 

Program Dates, Structure and Course Structure

The group departs for Edinburgh May 16th and returns to Atlanta May 30, 2015.  Courses on offer will be completed through both onsite lectures, walking tours, and group discussions coupled with readings, writing assignments and online lectures. Coursework will begin in the weeks before we leave, and will continue after we return via online content. Students can take either one or two courses can be taken, for a total of 6 credits.

 

On the first weekend, the program offers an introductory walking tour of Edinburgh that acquaints program participants with the city. Students will also have a free weekend in order to explore Edinburgh, other parts of Britain, or Europe.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in day excursions to other parts of Scotland, including a ghost tour walk. On the return flight, there will be a layover in Frankfurt, Germany in which students will spend the night in shared hotel rooms. 

Program Costs

LookoutThe package cost of $2995 for the two week program includes: Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Edinburgh, transportation to and from the Edinburgh airport, lodging at Edinburgh Central Hostel, required field trips and walking tours, and a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses.

 

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad.

Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. 
No special immunizations are needed to enter Scotland, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

Bagpipe PlayerPassports and Visas

Everyone who travels to Scotland must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it of takes more than 3 months to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Britain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 16, 2015 to avoid a late fee (please see "Deadlines" for deatils).

http://travel.state.gov/passport/

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS

The Scotland Study Program is based at the Smart City Hostel in the Old Town historic district of Edinburgh. The hostel is in the heart of historic Edinburgh, and is within walking distance of all the major sites. In addition to several bus stations that are within a walk of 5-10 minutes, local taxis are readily available. The hostel is surrounded by grocery stores, cafes, pubs, and restaurants.


Students will stay in twin rooms at the Smart City Hostel with private bath and toilet facilities. Additional restrooms and bathing facilities are on each floor. Access is restricted to pass keys. A security guard is always on duty when the building is open and the front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day. Wifi is available for a small fee and is free in the restaurant, and communal computers are also available in the lobby area. The hostel also features a bistro, restaurant, laundry facilities, and a community kitchen complete with stoves and refrigerators.Bangers and Mash

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COSTS

The package cost of $2995 for the two week program includes: Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Edinburgh, transportation to and from the Edinburgh airport, lodging and breakfasts at the Smart City Hostel, required field trips and walking tours, overnight lodging and breakfast in Frankfurt, Germany for the return flight, and a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses.

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, all other meals, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $200 per week for meals. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Optional excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students of such fees during the mandatory student orientation on April 18, 2015.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Courses in the 2015 Scotland Study Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid.

Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid. The cost for the Scotland 2015 program is $2995.

Payment Schedule:

 

Feb 2, 2015
Application form and $300 non-refundable application fee due
Feb 6 2015
First payment of $1397.50 due
March 9, 2015
 Final payment of $1397.50 due

Big ChairStudents’ application fee, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Refunds

Application fees and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at bbreeland@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

 

Withdrawal before Feb 2
all but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between Feb 3 and Feb 18
all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between Feb 19 and March 2
all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 3 and March 30
all but $2000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after March 30
No money will be refunded

Ladies with a scenic viewThe package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees to some field trips that are not included with cost of program, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Important Deadlines

Application Due- Feb 2 (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)

First Payment- Feb 6th 

Final Payment- March 9th

-2 passport photos due March 16th (late fees apply, see below for details). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.

http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html

Hiking-An electronic copy of your passport is due March 16th. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

 

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on Saturday April 18th, 2015 in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Late Fee Schedule for Photos & Passports:

  • Photos received between March 17 – March 25: $50 late fee
  • Photos received between March 26 – April 5: $75 late fee
  • Photos received between April 6 – April 12: $100 late fee
  • Photos received on April 13th or after will be charged the $100 late fee and an additional $5/day.

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Europe sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare; however, in order to keep our group rate, only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare,there will be a deduction from your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted byMarch 16th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 16th will be denied.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

All courses with are 3 credit hours and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution.

Students can chose to take one OR two courses.

Lower Level Courses:

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Rebels, Kings and Witches: US and Scotland Before 1865

Dr. Dave Nelson (Bainbridge State College)

Scotland’s past is overcrowded with stories of witches, plagues, rebellions, and wars. Yet Scotland has also made huge contributions to both the United States and Western Civilization. Come explore Scotland’s journey from a small, struggling country suffering through wars with England, witch crazes and rebellions to its ultimate emergence as a leader in literature, science, and the Enlightenment. This course is designed to be taken as either Western Civilization II or US History 1.

 

Art, Design & Visual Thinking (Art Appreciation)

Prof. Elizabeth Martin-Malikian (Southern Polytechnic State University) 

Using Scotland as our guide, this course offers an introduction to the concepts used in the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies and offers students ways to research how the tourism industry attempts to build a cultural image for its destinations. From art museums and historical sites to architecture and monuments, students will learn about visual cultural studies in its many forms, as well as ideas of artistic and urban entrepreneurialism in order to describe and analyze it.

 

Upper Level Courses:

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From Witch Burning to Body Snatching: The Transformation of Scotland, 1550-1850

Dr. Dave Nelson (Bainbridge State College)

Help us decipher how Scotland transformed from a poor, violent and largely illiterate country to one Europe’s leaders in science, education, Enlightenment ideals, and medicine.

 

Curating the City: A Case Study of Edinburgh

Prof. Elizabeth Martin-Malikian (Soutern Polytechnic State University)

This course will encourage students to see at the city itself as a museum. Students will understand firsthand, what brings life to a city. This survey course will provide students with the opportunity to experience a concentrated examination of studying various aspects of one city not only in relationship with their field, but also in relationship to cultural issues. 

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Apply to the Program

Download the application form here.

Directions on how to apply: 

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable application fee.

caricature*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $300 deposit.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

 Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.  Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

An application form is available online (please see above); copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $300 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 application fee are received.

Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2015 program is March 2, 2015.

Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 

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CONTACT US

Bagpipe GroupBeverly Vantine

European Council Coordinator

bbreeland@valdosta.edu

229.259.2591

 

Dr. David Nelson

Scotland Program Director

david.nelson@bainbridge.edu

 

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