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API students in Edinburgh can enroll in an innovative co-curricular summer school experience offering a variety of educational and cultural immersion experiences to complement the academically rigorous curriculum. The summer school aims to challenge and inspire students with a key theme of enhancing employability prospects, cultural education and reflecting on the big issues and global challenges of today with a unique Scottish twist. There are also innovative tracks focusing on immersive, hands-on learning in the city, and an internship focused on business in the arts!
Learning Across the Curriculum - On Foot Through Edinburgh: $6,380
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Edinburgh programs. All excursions are subject to change.
Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland, laying at the heart of the nation’s history and linked to two of its best-known heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Occupying a strategic position in the cultural heartland of Scotland, it is surrounded by glorious countryside and yet under an hour away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The cobblestoned streets of the Old Town wind upwards towards the Castle, set on a craggy outcrop 250 feet above the surrounding landscape. Past activities have included, Stirling Castle or the Wallace Monument.
Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland is one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There are nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes, and legends to savor. Also, there is Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years but you can make up your own mind!
TOTAL CREDITS - 2-4 credits per session (up to 8 total)
API students receive their transcript from the University of Edinburgh upon completion of their program.
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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Rachel will be your Resident Director in Leeds and will be a resource for you while you are in England!
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!
Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.
Each summer term, the University of Edinburgh offers courses in the following subject areas: art, business, economics and politics, interdisciplinary, language and culture, philosophy, and education. Course times, course descriptions and the session in which a course is offered are subject to change and no course is guaranteed.
Most summer courses at the University of Edinburgh are worth 20 SCQF credits. 20 Edinburgh credits are roughly equivalent to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), or approximately 4-5 U.S. credits.
This course debates the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system and their application to current issues in world affairs. The course is divided into two parts. Part one examines a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and radical approaches to International Relations, as well as contemporary debates on power‐ structures and globalization. The second part discusses a number of current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, global trade and finance, the environment and poverty and development
Language of Instruction: English
Course Level: Lower Division
Recommended US semester credits: 4
Contact Hours: 20
Course Level: Lower Division
Sport, Heritage and Global Affairs recognizes that sport connects with people and places all over the world. It provides an informed practical insight into how sport is increasingly being used as a cost effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world's social and humanitarian global issues. The Global Impact of Sport is built around two broad themes: (i) Sport, Heritage and Scottish Culture examines the contribution that Scotland has made to different worlds of sport. It takes the learner on a critical journey from St Andrew's and the home of golf, to the National Football Museum and the oldest international fixture in the world, to unique sports settings in the borders, the western isles and the Highlands, to Braemar and the Royal Highland Games but also where Scottish sporting culture, icons have travelled and why; and (ii) Sport and Global Affairs which identifies and analyses the way in which sport is being used today by the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and transnational NGOs as a cost effective social tool that can contribute to global challenges of health, justice, conflict resolution, social inclusion, education for all, sustainability and international development. The learner will gain an insight into many social interventions through sport such as Peace, Players international; Soccer Across Borders, The Mighty Girls Programme and Magic Bus. Learners are provided with a unique insight into what works, what isn't working, successes and failures.
Edinburgh has an amazingly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh's most celebrated literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors.
Alongside works by among others Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh, the course will explore these writers' presence in the city through manuscript collections and objects in the National Libraries and Museums of Scotland and the Edinburgh Writers' Museum.
We will also follow their footsteps through the city and see how their presence has been marked with monuments, plaques and other forms of cultural heritage. We will consider how these writers represent the city in their works and how it has shaped their writing.
Language of Instruction: English
This course covers the history of Scotland from the eleventh century to the early sixteenth. Students will explore the relative dynastic stability during reigns of Malcolm III and his descendants to Alexander III, they will look at the Great Cause and the Wars of Independence, followed by Bruce kingship and then the Stewart dynasty, ending with the reign of James IV. After considering politics and kingship in this chronological framework, the course will take a thematic approach, looking at the religious, military, cultural and economic history of the period, and placing Scotland in the wider context of medieval Europe. The course will encourage students to consider medieval Scotland through broader questions about identity, ruler ship, gender, belief and international relations.
Business Communication and Social Media recognizes that understanding the main functionalities of social media and how it can be used by an international company has become a necessity, not only for students of business and law, but for other disciplines too. The course is divided into two interconnected sections. The first section considers social media functionalities and social media strategies for marketing and corporate dialogue. You will look at a range of the major social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube, and their influence and use in business contexts. In the second part of the course, you will be introduced to the most relevant Internet standards to support data and interactions between users, both internal and external to a company or organization.In the second part of the course, you will be introduced to the most relevant Internet standards to support data and interactions between users, both internal and external to a company or organization.
You will consider how contemporary sociologists work with key concepts and thinkers in engaging with the social world in these ways and will gain an understanding of the key purposes, concepts, methods and areas of inquiry in contemporary sociology. The course will introduce you to the principles - as well as some in-class experience - of core methods of social scientific research: survey research, qualitative interviews, ethnography and textual analysis. We will look at examples of research from a range of countries across a range of areas, including the body, young adults, gender, inequality, violence and the environment.
This course will let you explore the culture and society of 18th century Edinburgh and how this context led to the major developments in the Scottish Enlightenment. You will be introduced to the social, political, and religious thought of the period and investigate key areas of development in the Scottish Enlightenment, including philosophy, aesthetics, medicine, and literature. Special consideration will also be given to the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking.
All University of Edinburgh semester programs and regular summer school programs are in self-catered, apartment style flats. Apartments are typically made up of 4-6 single bedrooms surrounding shared living and kitchen areas. Meals are not provided, but kitchens are equipped with standard appliances so that students may cook meals at home. Co-ed housing is common in the UK. Most apartments will be within a 10-30 minute walking commute from campus. Between-term housing is included for full academic year students at no additional cost.
Bedding packs are included for all Edinburgh programs.