Due to limited accommodation space, this program has a maximum capacity. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline. TnCIS anticipates that a wait list will be initiated for the regular acceptance applicants. Contact TnCIS if you have questions.
This program will take place at various locations around Scotland, a country rich in history and culture. A variety of settings with mountains, castles, and ocean views will be our classroom as we travel to cities and villages around the country before we arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's scenic and exciting capital city. Everywhere we travel, we'll have the opportunity to explore windswept coastlines, stately homes, dramatic castles, famous museums, and medieval chapels. All of these locations and landmarks will provide a sense of Scotland’s impressive history and serve as the perfect background for studying abroad. Every day, you’ll be surrounded by the vibrant culture and centuries of history that Scotland offers!
Students in TnCIS Scotland 2017 will have the opportunity to take one of the following courses: British Literature II (ENGL 2220), Modern World History (HIST 1120), Nature and Travel Photography (PHO 2100), Principles of Management (MGT 2000), or Special Topics in Contemporary Politics: Scotland’s Politics, Nationalism, and Independence (POLS 3700). In conjunction with typical class activities, through numerous scheduled excursions students will have opportunities to enhance the course material and bring it to life. Additionally, students will have free time to explore on their own in several locations as we travel around Scotland.
We'll begin our journey in Oban, a resort town on the west coast of Scotland. Gaelic for "the little bay", Oban is best known as Scotland’s seafood capital, for its seaside views, and for the important role it played as a base during the Battle of the Atlantic. Class excursions may include the War and Peace Museum, McCaig’s Tower, or the Oban War Memorial. During their free time in Oban, students have enjoyed eating locally caught seafood, trying handmade chocolates at the Oban Chocolate Company, walking through the ruins of Dunollie Castle, or taking a ferry to the isles of Mull, Iona, or Staffa to visit Fingal's Cave.
After Oban, we'll travel to Glasgow, which is best known for its museums, concert venues, arts scene, and shopping. While in Glasgow, class excursions may include the Riverside Museum, the People's Palace, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the National Piping Centre, and Glasgow Cathedral. During free time in Glasgow, students may have the opportunity and want to shop the famous “Style Mile,” stroll through the Botanic Gardens, tour the University of Glasgow, or visit the Cathedral and Necropolis.
Following our time in Glasgow, we’ll travel to the east coast of Scotland to visit St. Andrews, birthplace of golf and home to one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Students might choose to walk among the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and Castle, observe a foursome of golfers concluding a round on the Old Course, or purchase a hoodie in the university bookstore. Other possibilities include sampling the selection of internationally acclaimed chocolate after touring nearby facilities where bagpipes are produced.
From St. Andrews, we'll venture to Edinburgh, Scotland's vibrant and exciting capital. Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan city that retains its Old-World charm with its centuries-old architecture and medieval cobblestone streets in the Old Town, and trendy shopping and beautiful parks in the New Town. Class excursions in Edinburgh may include Edinburgh Castle, The Writers' Museum, The National Museum of Scotland, a historic walking tour of the underground vaults, or the National Library. During free time in Edinburgh, students may have the opportunity and wish to hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano overlooking the city; take a ghost tour around the haunts of the infamous body snatchers Burke and Hare; solve a mystery at Rosslyn Chapel, which played a significant role in Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code; enjoy afternoon tea at Holyrood Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II resides when she visits Scotland’s capital; or have a cuppa in the café where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles a day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities.
Excursions May Include: Additional excursions may include a venture farther into the Highlands to learn about clan culture and history while experiencing the rustic beauty that has made Scotland so famous. We may also visit Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness; the heart of “Braveheart Country” for Stirling Castle, the William Wallace Monument, and the Bannockburn Battlefield; as well as the castles at Inverary, Linlithgow, Blackness, and Doune—all of which you might have seen as settings for such shows as “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Outlander,” and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Classes: Classes will be held at various locations, including museums, local campuses, and onsite at the lodging facilities. Days and hours will vary, depending on individual professors.
Accommodations: Student accommodation will be in group apartments, same-sex dorm rooms in hostels, or university housing. Each housing facility will be within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, and most major attractions. Taxis, buses, and trains are available for adventures further afield. Some meals will be provided at our housing facility, while other meals will be self-catering.