About the Program

Come join us to live and study for two weeks in historic Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and UNESCO City of Literature and home to two World Heritage Sites. Come walk the same streets as did historic figures as Mary, Queen of Scots, Adam Smith, and William Wallace, and see the sites that inspired such literary figures as Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, John Rebus, and Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Once known as “Auld Reekie,” Edinburgh today is world renowned for its architecture, university, and castle as well as for producing some of the world’s most well-known writers such as JK Rowling, Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson. In addition to such historic sites as the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, and Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh also boasts wonderful restaurants, lively pubs, a thriving theatre and music scene, and serves as the center of Scottish politics. Students can enjoy street performances, stroll parks such as the Meadows or Princes Street Gardens, watch a local rugby or football match, listen to local music and comedians, or brave the summit of Arthur’s Seat (the site which inspired James Hutton, the founder of modern geology.) In addition, students in the program will also may visit cities such as Glasgow, Stirling, and St. Andrews as well as the Scottish Highlands, lochs, glens and whisky distilleries. Students can also take advantage of Edinburgh’s location and rail, bus and air transportation opportunities to visit places such as Aberdeen, the Orkney Islands, Manchester, York, Newcastle or even London. As the French writer Voltaire once wrote, “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization,” and now you can, too.

The group departs for Edinburgh May 11th and returns to Atlanta May 25th, 2013.  The program will depart from Edinburgh on May 24th to Frankfurt, Germany where students will spend one night. Courses on offer will be completed through both onsite lectures, walking tours, and group discussions coupled with readings, writing assignments and online lectures. Coursework will begin in the weeks before we leave, and will continue after we return via online content. Students can take either one or two courses can be taken, for a total of 6 credits.

On the first weekend, the program offers an introductory walking tour of Edinburgh that acquaints program participants with the city. Students will also a free weekend in order to explore Edinburgh, other parts of Britain, or Europe.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in day excursions to other parts of Scotland, including a ghost tour walk.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities with be available.

Students with special medical needs may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. No special immunizations are needed to enter Britain, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to Britain must have a valid passport. Participants who have expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight weeks to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for directions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Britain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

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The package cost of $2995 for the two week program includes: Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Edinburgh, transportation to and from the Edinburgh airport, lodging at Edinburgh Central Hostel, required field trips and walking tours, and a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses.

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, meals, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $200 per week for meals. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Optional excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees during the mandatory student orientation.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Courses in the 2013 Scotland Study Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid.

Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid. The cost for the Scotland 2013 program is $2995.

Payment Schedule:

March 1, 2013

Application form and $200 application fee due

March 8, 2013

First payment of $1397.50 due

April 8, 2013

Final payment of $1397.50 due

Students’ application fee, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that $100 of the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the following schedule:

Withdrawal before Feb 1

all but $100 will be refunded

Withdrawal between Feb 2 and Feb 18

all but $300 will be refunded

Withdrawal between Feb 19 and March 1

all but $750 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 2 and March 30

all but $1,900will be refunded

Withdrawal after March 30

No money will be refunded

All withdrawals must be made in writing to the program office at Valdosta State University in order for refunds to be processed.

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees to some field trips that are not included with cost of program, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Please take immediate note of important deadlines:

-2 passport photos due April 8th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date)

-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-*Mandatory* planning meeting on May 18th

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to London sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare. If you chose to do this, $1200 will be deducted from your SECOND payment. All deviation and own airfare request must be submitted by April 8th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. Flight deviation and separate airfare request will not be accepted after April 15th, 2013.

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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Film (LD)- Dr. John Countryman (Berry)

Introduction to the appreciation and critical analysis of film, with some discussion of the historical development of film production and film form. This summer’s course will focus on representations of Ireland on film. We will look at documentaries, a silent film, and feature films over the years (But principally contemporary films). This course will instill a recognition and appreciation of how Ireland has been represented on film from its inception to the present with an emphasis on contemporary cinema. Students will also acquire a working knowledge of film history and analysis (film “language” and conventions) and the overall scope of film studies.

Intro to Psych (LD)- Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (W. GA)

The fascinating topic of psychology explores the human mind and behavior. In this course, students will learn about the history of psychology and gain a unique understanding of the different ways in which psychologists have tried to understand human behavior and thought. Over the course of 5 weeks, students will learn about psychoanalysis, behaviorism, social psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology and humanistic and transpersonal psychology as illustrated and informed by examples in Irish culture.

Psychology of Irish Mediumship and Ghosts- Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (W. GA)

Ireland is a melting pot for myths, folklore and a variety of anomalous or exceptional experiences. There are stories of mythical creatures, miraculous healings, and sightings of ghosts, religious figures and folkloric characters. In more recent history, several famous mediums have emerged from Irish culture, whose experiences include entering altered states of consciousness, claims of contact with those who are no longer living and the production of creative works. This course will critically explore the psychology of these anomalous experiences, including personality and other correlates of experiences, dissociation and altered states, creativity, synesthesia, hallucinations, environmental anomalies, etc.

Prerequisites : Intro to Psych

Gothic Literature (UD)- Ms. Susan Barron-LaPlant (VSU)

This course covers the development of Gothic fiction from the late 18th through the 19th centuries. With its castles, ancestral homes, “haunted” buildings” and striking scenery, Ireland provides a fitting backdrop for reading novels and short fiction by the great gothic writers, including the Irish authors Charles Maturin, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and Bram Stoker. Given that gothic fiction was such a popular genre in the 19th century, we will also examine the cultural context. What characteristics of Irish and European society gave rise to interest in the gothic and supernatural?

World Literature (LD)- Ms. Susan Barron-LaPlant (VSU)

This course is a survey of world literature from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. Fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction will be studied within the context of historical, intellectual, and cultural environments in which they were written as well as their cross-cultural influences. We will discuss how Irish writers such as Jonathan Swift, W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce represent their culture and country but will also explore their positions within a broader global perspective of literature.

Irish Drama in Performance- Dr. John Countryman (Berry)

The course will be a study of modern and contemporary Irish dramatists and theatre practitioners and their influence on the culture, the history, and the politics of the country as well as the impact they’ve have had on the international theatre scene. We will watch performances on film of most of these plays. We will visit theatres to see productions and tour facilities on field trips. Purpose of the Course: To immerse students in the world of modern and contemporary theatre in Ireland and to instill an appreciation and familiarity with the dramatic and theatrical achievements of the Irish people. The course will expose students to the major “players” and “movements” that have shaped Irish theatre for the last 125 years, and how the prolific and influential achievements of Irish theatre artists have earned them worldwide recognition. There may be additional costs for theatre courses due to the costs of the theatre tickets.

Prerequisites: Theatre Appreciation or the equivalent

The Irish Philosophical Tradition (UD)- Dr. Bill Eaton (GASOU)

Ireland has a rich legacy of philosophy that has been unappreciated and largely ignored. But since the time of the Irish Augustine, a 17th century monk, Ireland has been a consistent source of significant contributions to the history of philosophy. Though nearly forgotten today, Lismore was once one of the leading education centers of the world, supporting the work of students and scholars from all over Europe. This course will focus on an important aspect of the Irish enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries: the Irish contribution to modern empiricism in the work of Katherine Jones, Robert Boyle, William Molyneux, and George Berkeley. Empiricism, the view that knowledge is ultimately based on experience, was a driving force behind the scientific revolution that directly led to the modern, technological world in which we live. Building on the ideas of Bacon and Galileo, Boyle created a sophisticated empirical method that Berkeley developed to surprising consequences. Their work also deeply influenced many other great philosophers including Locke, Newton, Hume, and Kant.

The Introduction to Philosophy (LD)- Dr. Bill Eaton (GASOU)

What is the meaning of life? What is the ultimate nature of reality? Can we know anything with absolute certainty? Is the world one or many? Does the soul exist as a separate entity from the body? What is the nature of consciousness? Does free will really exist or are the events in our lives unavoidable? Does God really exist? Should one be just if he can or she can get away with being unjust? These and similar questions form the foundation of philosophy, which can be defined as the love of wisdom, or if you prefer, the use of reason to find truth. This life-changing, three-credit hour, core curriculum course is an introduction to the study and significance of philosophy. It surveys the ideas of many of the great philosophers of the western world, focusing on issues about religion, ethics, reality, and ways of knowing. There are no perquisites for this course.

Art Appreciation- Margee Bright-Ragland (GPC)

Please join us in our study of the visual arts in Ireland. We will be visiting the outstanding castles, churches, gardens, and museums of Ireland. We will learn about the rich heritage of the region by exploring ancient sites, medieval castles, graceful 18th century buildings as well as many museums with art treasures from prehistoric times to the present day. Let art and architecture come alive for you in Ireland. Watercolor- Margee Bright-Ragland (GPC) Experience painting in watercolor in the beautiful city of Waterford, the countryside, and seaside of Ireland. Join our watercolor class as we capture in paint the parks, gardens castles, churches, museums, landscape and people of Ireland. This course will give students a basic foundation in the watercolor medium as we record the images of our experiences in Ireland. This course is designed for all levels of students. Beginning painters as well as experienced artists are welcome. The course will culminate in a group exhibition of student work

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The Scotland Study Program is based at Edinburgh Central Hostel in the Leith region of Edinburgh. The hostel is within walking distance of all the major sites. In addition to several bus stations that are within a walk of 5-10 minutes, local taxis are readily available. The hostel is surrounded by grocery stores, cafes, pubs, restaurants, two shopping malls, several neighborhoods and parks, and the historic Edinburgh Playhouse.

Students will stay in double rooms at the Edinburgh Central Hostel with private bath and toilet facilities. Additional restrooms and bathing facilities on each floor. Access is restricted to pass keys. A security guard is always on duty when the building is open and the front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day. Wifi is available for a small fee, and communal computers are available in the lobby area. The hostel also features a bistro, restaurant, laundry facilities, and a community kitchen complete with stoves and refrigerators.

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Apply to the Program

Download Application Here

Kennesaw students! Please contact your campus representative, Jan Morian, prior to paying the application fee. You can contact her at (770) 794-7629 or at .

Pay Application Fee here (must be paid before application will be processed)

Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia are admitted on a space-available basis and must enroll as transient students at a participating institution.

An application form is available on the European Council Website; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.

Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee at the program office. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program. The application deadline for 2013 programs is March 1, 2012.

Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.

The package cost of $2900 for approximately two-week program includes: 
The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, and travel to Atlanta. Students may, or may not be reuqired to purchase entry fees for some of the mandatory course excursions.
-1st payment of  $1350 due March 8th, 2013
-2nd payment of $1350 due April 8th 2013
-2 passport photos due April 8th  ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date)
-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)
-*Mandatory* student orientation on May 18th

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If you do not have a campus contact or are unable to obtain the information that you need, please write or call Valdosta State University, the coordinating institution for the European Council, at the following address:

European Council

Beverly Vantine, EC Coordinator

Center for International Programs 

1500 N Patterson Street

Valdosta, Georgia 31698 

PH: 229-259-2591 or 229-333-7410 

FX: 229-245-3849


Program Directors:

David Nelson-

Bainbridge College

For more information or a program booklet and application, please contact the European Council Representative from your home campus. If you are from a school that does not have a campus representative, please contact Beverly Vantine, the Coordinator of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. You may obtain more information from the European Council website.

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