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Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, & Highlands

June 4 - 24, 2014 (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $4,870

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Program Location:

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! 

Program Description:

The Scotland program offers several courses and each includes immersion in the Scottish culture. Courses in English, Philosophy, and Administrative Medical Terminology are among the options. Students will have the opportunity to learn through scheduled excursions and will have free time to explore on their own in several locations as we travel around Scotland.   

Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least 2 or 3 miles each day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities. In Edinburgh, there is a bus service and taxis are available if your personal budget allows for transport.

Excursions:  We’ll travel to Oban, a beautiful seaside city, and then farther into the Highlands to the Isle of Skye. Skye, famous for its fairy pools, wildlife watching, and castles seen in movies such as Made of Honor and Highlander, is the perfect place to learn about clan culture and history and experience the rustic beauty that has made Scotland so famous.  On the way to Skye, we’ll stop at Inveraray Castle, which fans of Downton Abbey will recognize from the 2012 Christmas episode. At Urquhart Castle, we'll stand on the shores of Loch Ness before we venture to St. Andrews, home of golf and the university where Prince William met Kate Middleton. After St. Andrews, we’ll venture to Glasgow, known for its arts scene and vibrant night life. On the way to Glasgow, we’ll spend a day in Stirling, known for William "Braveheart" Wallace, where we'll see the historically significant Stirling Castle and Braveheart's sword. Finally, we'll spend several nights in Edinburgh, a cosmopolitan city that still retains its old world charm with its centuries old architecture and cobblestone streets. While in Edinburgh, students may decide to hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat, take a ghost tour around the haunts of the infamous body snatchers Burke & Hare, try cuisines from around the world, or have coffee in the café where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel.  

Classes: Classes will be held at the lodging facilities and on location during excursions. Days and hours will vary, depending on individual teachers.

Accommodations: Student accommodation will be in group apartments or same-sex dorm rooms in hostels. Wireless internet is available.


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In Scotland, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

ADMINISTRATIVE:  Medical Terminology I (4 Credit hours - No Prerequisite)
Are you ready to begin a medical educational journey? Whether you are wanting to enter nursing, healthcare administration, physical therapy, become a physician, or any other allied health discipline, all fields of medicine use a structured vocabulary that is based on anatomy and physiology, diseases, diagnostic procedures, and related treatments. Over the centuries, did you know that every country has developed their own health care system? By studying medical terminology in picturesque Scotland, which offers the opportunity to explore a culture that employs a different healthcare system, you will be studying the building blocks of medical communications. We will also examine the healthcare system structure, processes, classifications of disease pathology, symptoms, and treatments, as well as diagnostic surgical procedures under the Scottish NHS and United States systems.  We will also examine the methodology used in the NHS Scotland’s 14 Health Boards system, in comparison to differing health care delivery systems utilized in the United States, as time permits. See course syllabus

ENGLISH: British Literature II (Prerequisite English 1020)
If droning bagpipes stir your blood, then this is the class for you. We’ll walk in the footsteps of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and breathe the air where they helped gain Scotland’s independence. If you have Scottish heritage—or if you’re a wannabe Scot—then join us for a study of British Literature emphasizing the literature of the Scottish Enlightenment, which revived interest in the history, heroes, and cultural heritage of the Scottish people. We’ll read selections from three of the most recognizable authors—Robert Burns (author of “Auld Lang Syne” and and “Tam O’Shanter”), Sir Walter Scott (author of Ivanhoe and Rob Roy), and Robert Louis Stevenson (who created Long John Silvers in Treasure Island). Academic content will be enhanced by walking tours of landmarks in Edinburgh and in other significant locations throughout Scotland. See course syllabus

ENGLISH: Themes in Literature and Culture (Prerequisites: English 1010 & 1020)
Award winning author Neil Gaiman once said, “Fairy tales are more than true-not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten". Through the lens of literary science fiction and fantasy, this course will examine the ways in which both classic and contemporary writers address universal truths about the world in which we live. Scotland, a country that is simultaneously inspirational and haunting, historic and modern, is the perfect setting to study literature that focuses on the battle between heroes and villains and how we define those terms. This discussion driven course will trace Scotland’s many inspirations for Sherlock Holmes, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and works of 21st century literature, including horror stories and graphic novels, that are influencing popular culture. If you like television shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who or movies like X-Men and Harry Potter, join us in bonny Scotland in June!  See course syllabus

PHILOSOPHY: Introduction to Ethics (No prerequisites)
The Scottish Enlightenment produced four important contributors to our understanding of ethics: Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746), Thomas Reid (1710–1796), David Hume (1711–1776), and Adam Smith (1723–1790).  These thinkers put great emphasis on the importance of sentiment in moral thinking.  In the environment that gave birth to this view, we shall explore multiple approaches to the nature and possibility of moral knowledge and will examine abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, affirmative action, and the environment from a moral perspective.  We shall visit the haunts and gravesites of the Scottish thinkers when possible, and generally draw on the history and environment to enrich the content of our study.  See course syllabus