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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, English, Film and New Media, Geography, History, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Humanities, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Recreation and Tourism Management, Theatre Arts
Housing Options: Residence Hall Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:

Edinburgh, Scotland: The Creative City

"Scotland is amazing, the land, the people, the culture any chance to visit Scotland is a once in a lifetime experience. So take advantage of it. Slàinte Mhath!"  
- Bryon Mackey (Summer 2016)

“This trip was an adventure of a lifetime. I learned so much from our three weeks here on storytelling, history, politics, nature, and architecture. And I’m glad that our itinerary was packed because we . . .  were constantly doing things, constantly seeing places, and that made me enjoy the trip even more.  This trip confirmed that I love to travel, and has motivated me to start saving up for the next adventure, be it foreign or domestic. I would return to this city and country so fast . . . I will never forget this experience.” 
- Matt Tornero, Theatre Arts major (Summer 2017)
“I feel very, very lucky to have been able to study abroad in such a wonderful country, and being here has really opened my eyes to not only the world of traveling but also the practice of immersing yourself into a different culture. I've learned that I don't want to be a tourist in another country, I want to be a traveler, a visitor, a researcher, a learner... I want to feel a part of the culture, and here in Edinburgh, I believe I got all of that and more!”  
- Allison Curtis, HTM major (Summer 2017)
“Where do I start? I feel like I just came back from fairyland. Or Middle Earth.  Upon entering the Highlands one feels immediately a sense of solitude that is rather hard to find these days. The ever-changing landscapes, the endless green lushness that is so enviable to a desert-dwelling San Diegan, the peace that comes from being surrounded by nature.  I could spend many pages trying to describe how breathtakingly beautiful this fairyland is, but no words of mine could truly do the justice that the land deserves. . . .  Scotland is such a beautiful, mysterious, and indescribable country. My heart aches at the thought of leaving and I desperately wish I knew when I was coming back.”
- Stephanie Kwik, Theatre Arts major (Summer 2017)
“Today is our last full day in Edinburgh and I must say that it is bittersweet.  I have learned so much about this beautiful city and about myself along the way.  My journey and experience here will forever be integrated into who I am and I am happy to have met amazing people during my stay.”  
- Laura Cervantes, Public Health major (Summer 2017)
“There are things I did with [C.J. Keith] the faculty that I wouldn’t have been able to do on my own, there‘s a lot more opportunity!”    
- Taylor Bogardus, HTM major (Summer 2017)

Summer 2018 - Application CLOSED - Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: July 16-August 5, 2018
Course Dates: July 16-August 5, 2018
Price: $4,794

NOTE: Information listed below is for 2018. Subject to change for 2019.


Through guided tours, field trips, and first-hand experiences, this international program explores the dynamic history and vibrant, colorful culture of Edinburgh. You will explore medieval foundations and castles of the ancient city through the rise of the modern Scottish Parliament. You will have the thrill of walking through castles and palaces, rediscovered underground vaults, walk the cobblestones of the Royal Mile, visit Harry Potter and Outlanderhotspots, experience music and performances including the internationally acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, hear first-person stories about Edinburgh and being Scottish from fascinating and knowledgeable local guides; and you'll have a breathtaking experience of the stunningly beautiful, mystical Highlands.

In the classroom and in the city we will examine key moments in Scottish history. In addition to our lectures and readings, we will view a variety of media including films, performances, and music and explore how they not only reflect, but reinforce and reframe Scottish and British life and identity. We will have several classroom sessions at the University of Edinburgh, established in 1583, one of Scotland's ancient universities, and consistently ranked in the top 50 best universities in the world.   
  • View a short VIDEO slideshow presentation about the Summer 2017 program in Edinburgh, Scotland! 
  • Contact the faculty leader, C.J. Keith, at for more information about the program specifics!


This program takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, a UNESCO World Heritage City.


All participants are required to register in ONE the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” courses.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GENS 450: British Life and Culture (3 units SDSU resident credit - Fulfills GE Explorations/Humanities area)
  • THEA 465: Theatre of Diversity (3 units SDSU resident credit -  Fulfills the GE Explorations Humanities area; Cultural Diversity requirement; major requirement and/or elective for Theatre and TFM majors)
  • THEA 532: Advanced Topics in Stage & Screen Performance (3 units SDSU resident credit - Satisfies upper-division elective for the major. May be taken by students in other majors. May be taken by THEA undergraduate and graduate majors.)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Participants are housed in centrally located single or double accommodations. One group welcome meal, one meal on the excursion to the Highlands, and one group tea are included in the program cost. Students are responsible for all other meals

Accommodations for Disabilities: API (the provider company partnering with SDSU for this program) will strive to ensure participants with disabilities have full access to contracted API pre-departure and on-site services, including housing, orientation activities, cultural events, and excursions. API requests that all documented disabilities be disclosed a minimum of 90 days prior to the program start date so an accommodations plan can be provided to outline any on-site limitations for the students in question. 


Working in coordination with the program provider, API (Academic Programs International), wonderful local tour guides take students around medieval Edinburgh and the Highlands--including Loch Ness, the Scottish Parliament, underground vaults, ghost walks and more! Included are visits to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Palace at Holyroodhouse which includes a ruined 12th-century abbey, the Scottish National Museum, the Real Mary King's Close, the Georgian House in 1700s "New Town." You will hear local music, see theatrical performances, walk The Royal Mile, and search for secrets in Greyfriar's Kirkyard.

All events are included in the cost of the program. A professional UK tour leader will provide full-time assistance and coordinate activities onsite for your entire experience.


Carolyn "C.J." Keith is the Head of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, teaches Script Analysis and Advanced Acting, and regularly directs for the Theatre Department. She has been a teacher and director at the acclaimed Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and for eight years she was assistant director for the Old Globe's award-winning Shakespeare Festival working with Tony-winning directors and the former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. C.J. has studied at HB Studios in New York, the Denver Center Conservatory, has her BA from UC Berkeley and received her MFA from SDSU. Travels include the (former) Soviet Union, London, and Scotland.


Payment Schedule:
   $669   Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES), to reserve your space
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration, to CES, between April 15-25
$3,030   Program second payment due to API by May 30, 2018 (instructions will be provided)
$4,794   Total Program Fee
Included in the Program Fee: 
  • 3 units of SDSU credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Accommodations 
  • One group welcome meal, one meal on the excursion to the Highlands, and one group tea
  • Ground transportation on all program activities
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Excursions
  • Coordination of cell phone rentals
  • Basic tipping and gratuities
Not Included in the Program Fee: 
  • International round-trip airfare
  • NOTE: A refundable security deposit of $150 will be invoiced for each student. The security deposit will be refunded to the student in full, provided there are no student housing damages, unpaid program fees or miscellaneous pending charges following the completion of the program. The security deposit should be remitted with the final program payment by May 15, 2018. Students will be billed for any damages that exceed $150.
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • All meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
The following applies to deposit fee paid to the College of Extended Studies:
  • Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.  For this program: 
    • Withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive a 100% refund minus processing fees. 
    • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 1, 2018. 
    • No refunds for deposits will be issued for withdrawals after April 1, 2018. 
  • The following applies to fees paid to API:
    • Withdrawals between May 15, 2018 and June 1 will be subject to a 50% refund minus the deposit.
    • For withdrawals after June 1, 2018, students are responsible for 100% of the program fee as well as any additional fees accrued. 
    • No refunds will be issued for withdraws after June 1, 2018.
Course Tuition Refund:

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Cumulative Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public
  • Open to all majors, especially majors/minors that require an international experience, and any student who has an interest in Scottish heritage or ancestry
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Accommodations for Disabilities: API will strive to ensure participants with disabilities have full access to contracted API pre-departure and on-site services, including housing, orientation activities, cultural events, and excursions. API requests that all documented disabilities be disclosed a minimum of 90 days prior to the program start date so an accommodations plan can be provided to outline any on-site limitations for the students in question. 

Summer 2018: Application CLOSED

If you are interested in attending this program in the future, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader Carolyn "C.J." Keith, at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.