edinburgh dean village and river
Edinburgh, Scotland

Summer in Edinburgh

New for Summer 2024!

Study Program

Dates

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4 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

-

4 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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8 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

Spend your summer living and learning in Scotland’s historic capital, Edinburgh! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Summer in Edinburgh program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Scottish culture.    

Throughout the program, you’ll have the choice of rounding out your academics with optional credit-bearing internships or volunteer opportunities to participate actively in Edinburgh’s local community. Outside the classroom, you'll have every opportunity to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and off-the-beaten-path trips organized by CIEE to appreciate Scotland’s impressive cultural attractions and landmarks. You won’t want to miss this exciting international summer adventure! 

Unique Experiences

Taste traditional Scottish cuisine

like cullen skink, haggis, and cranachan

Tour famous castles

from Edinburgh to Stirling to the Highlands

Take trips to the Highlands and Glasgow

to participate in cultural and social activities

112

PARKS IN EDINBURGH AND MORE TREES PER HEAD OF POPULATION THAN ANY OTHER CITY IN THE U.K.

500

MILES OF THE BREATHTAKING NORTH COAST SCENIC ROUTE

40

NATIONAL SCENIC AREAS, FROM MOUNTAIN RANGES TO ISLAND LANDSCAPES

Experience
  • Edinburgh busy city street
  • Edinburgh Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park and downtown Edinburgh
  • edinburgh city famous tower aerial view

Your Destination

Edinburgh’s beauty is both staggering and inimitable. But the city is far more than just a pretty face. Take a closer look and there’s much more to discover. The capital city of Scotland and home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh is modest in size with a population of 0.5 million people, but boasts a large and diverse student population.  

Edinburgh was the center of the Enlightenment in the 18th century and was nicknamed “The Athens of the North.” Then, the city was a world leader in medical science, philosophy, and literature. Today, Edinburgh is a European center for financial services and biotech, and its universities are world leaders in fields as diverse as FinTech, AI, Celtic Studies, architecture, and biomedical and environmental sciences. The city is also a cultural hub, and home to the largest arts festival in the World, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, which takes place in August every year. And, whether you’re looking to be entertained with live music in a traditional pub or be awe-struck by a show packed with drama, when it comes to entertainment the options are endless. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Edinburgh. 

The Culture

edinburgh castle with statue at sunset

Excursions & Activities

Ample activities and excursions will be offered to immerse you in Scottish culture and Scotland’s historic heritage. On an excursion, you might: 

  • A walking tour of the city center. Popular attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Princes Street Gardens. 
  • Hike up Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano and hill located in Holyrood Park which offers superb walks and stunning views over the city. 
  • Day trips to soak up Scotland’s stunning geography, such as Stirling, Glasgow and the beautiful Scottish Highlands .

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Your Guide to Scottish Slang: Top 10 Phrases You Should Know

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

If you’re about to embark on a Scotland study abroad adventure, it’s a smart idea to familiarize yourself with the dialects, accents, and even varying languages spoken in this charming... keep reading

From CIEE

Glasgow vs. Edinburgh Study Abroad: Which is Better for You?

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

Wondering whether to study abroad in Edinburgh or Glasgow, Scotland? We've got you covered as we explore differences in the cost of living, population, featured programs, and more!

From CIEE

EAT, DRINK, EXPLORE: EDINBURGH

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

EAT The first known written recipe for haggis dates back to 1390, when the national dish of Scotland was a necessary part of the local diet. During this period's political... keep reading

Housing
Academics

Academics

All students take one three-credit course per session. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering. Courses are taught by CIEE instructors. All CIEE faculty are familiar with the U.S. academic system and culture.

CIEE Edinburgh is located at Napier University.  

GPA

2.5 

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

Students enroll in one 3-credit content course per session  

Program Credit

Students enroll in one 3-credit content course per session  

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lectures and discussions with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of the city when classes are in session and plan trips for the weekends. 

Class Format

Classes are open only to CIEE students and meet Monday through Friday. CIEE courses combine lectures, readings, films, active participation and group discussion, class-related visits, and study trips. Additional activities may be scheduled in the afternoon. While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute greatly to the students’ overall experience, attendance is mandatory for both classes and required co-curricular events. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas. 

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.   

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Summer Session I 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Summer Session II 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer Session I 2024 4 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $4,650
Program Summer Session II 2024 4 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $4,650
Program Summer Session I and II 2024 8 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $8,370

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $2,353**

Housing = $1,800

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $4,650

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $117

International Airfare = $1,300††

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $62

Personal expenses = $140†††

Total Costs = $1,694

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $350 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $2,353**

Housing = $1,800

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $4,650

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $117

International Airfare = $1,300††

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $62

Personal expenses = $140†††

Total Costs = $1,694

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $350 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,273**

Housing = $3,600

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $8,370

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $234

International Airfare = $1,300††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $124

Personal expenses = $280†††

Total Costs = $2,088

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $350 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Jacqui Bassett

Center Director

Jacqui is a born and bred Scot from Edinburgh. She has a postgraduate MSc in International Development from the University of Edinburgh and a degree in Psychology from the University...

Devon Garufi

Program Manager

Devon's passion for International Education began during her own study abroad experiences in Prague and Sevilla. Since then, Devon has dedicated her career path to working with people.

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