Small and independent, Scotland holds a unique place in the history of the British Isles. CCSA's 2018 program combines city and country as it provides students with a variety of two-week classes that explore various aspects of Scotland's romantic past and dynamic present. Participants will experience Scotland's two great cities –Edinburgh and lively Glasgow– and gain a richer understanding of Scotland's distinctive geography and culture in the beautiful Highlands.
The schedule includes six full days in Edinburgh, four days in the Scottish Highlands, and four full days in Glasgow. Urban accommodations will be in university residence halls with en-suite rooms, while hotels will be used during the Highlands journey. The program ends just as the London Summer Program begins, so students may continue to London for another CCSA course.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
CCSA Central Office
Stephen Farley - Applications
Robert Bedard - Payments
Robin Byerly - Travel
Group or Individual Travel Allowed
Option One - Group Travel
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.
You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
Option Two - Individual Travel
If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.
Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).
Regular Application Deadline February 23, 2018 App Fee Currently $250
Earth & Environmental Science / Geography / History
James Hutton and the Scottish Roots of Modern Geology
Course Description: Scotland is the most ancient landscape in Britain
and considered to be the birthplace of modern
geology. James Hutton was one of the most
creative scientists of the 18th century Scottish
Enlightenment, and his theories about earth's
evolution over geologic deep time are basic to
modern geology. This course will expose geology
and geography students to famous sites, such as
Siccar Point and Salisbury Crags Sills, on which
Hutton based the revolutionary and influential
concepts that are the foundation of modern
geological thought. We will also visit his farmhouse
at Slighhouses and his grave in Edinburgh, as well
as relevant museums.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Geology/Earth
Science/Physical Geography and completion of
basic university writing requirements.
English Language and Literature / Creative Writing / Interdisciplinary
Scribes in Scotland: Wandering, Wondering, Writing
Course Description: Designed for creative writers, English majors, and humanities students, this class will engage in the art of
flanerie (immersing ourselves in our surroundings to hone our critical, observational, and writing skills) to
create a Scottish travelogue including both creative and expository writing. Before we set off we will read
and reflect on flanerie, Scotland's influence on the world, and the work of other flaneures. In Scotland, we
will write in stimulating locations from the Princes Street Gardens to the Writers' Museum in Edinburgh and
Glasgow Green to Mitchell Library in Glasgow with castles, cafes, and Highland adventures included.
Prerequisite: Completion of basic writing requirement at student's home institution.
Film and Media Studies / Communication / English Language and Literature
Understanding Scotland through Popular Film
Course Description: Throughout this program, we will gain an
understanding of what it means to be Scottish,
and what Scottish art and culture are like. We will
study Scottish films and visit such classic sites as
Edinburgh Castle, the Western Highlands, and the
Piping Museum. We will attend multiple bagpipe
and Scottish dance shows, taste Scottish treats
like haggis and shortbread, and talk to the locals
while attending the Edinburgh Film Festival. At
the world-famous film festival, we will attend
screenings and Q&A sessions with directors, and
learn what features make a film likely to be picked
up for distribution at a festival.
Prerequisite: One semester of a writing or