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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat
Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:


A Summer in Scotland: University of Edinburgh

Program Features

ScotlandWhy Edinburgh?

The University of Edinburgh has a newly expanded Summer School designed to combine world class teaching and an extensive social/cultural program in historic setting.

Check out this video on the University of Edinburgh Summer School!

From its first year, Edinburgh has been educating people to exceptional levels, innovating and inspiring real changes around the world. Set in the heart of a vibrant and historic capital city, the University of Edinburgh maintains its academic reputation with 96% of academic departments producing world-leading research. The University of Edinburgh is a proud and diverse institution which draws together people from around the world, forging friendships and connections for life.

• Ranked 17th in the world (QS World Universities 2013/14 Rankings)
• One of the U.K.’s largest and most prestigious universities, with a student population of over 25,000.
• International atmosphere; UE has been attracting students from all over the world for over four centuries.
• One of Europe’s leading institutions in terms of quality of teaching and research.




Beyond academia, Edinburgh is a city which embraces culture and diversity. It became UNESCO's first City of Literature in 2004, is a city bursting with vibrancy, and is home to the biggest arts festival in the world every summer. Studying at the University of Edinburgh Summer School means you can embrace and immerse yourself in the festival culture as well as build upon your studies.

• Capital of Scotland and second largest city (pop. 598,000).
• One of Europe’s most exciting cultural centers and the second most visited tourist destination in the U.K.
• A beautiful city steeped in history and cultural significance.



ScotlandWhat courses will I take?

The University of Edinburgh Summer School offers a range of new and innovative courses. Many of the courses are inspired by the festivals found in the city over the summertime.  A few examples are Film Studies & the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Translating plays at the Edinburgh Festivals: Theory and Practice of Drama Translation.  They have been designed to give you the chance to study unique and interesting subjects over the summer and benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities the University has to offer. 

For more information, check out the list of courses available by subject area. 

The courses are offered over three different sessions.  Unfortunately, the third session conflicts with the fall semester at ISU, and therefore won't be relevant for most students.  For 2016, Session 1 runs from 6/6/16 to 7/1/16 and Session 2 runs from 7/4/16 to 7/30/16. You can do either session or both.  To decide which session(s) to do, please look at the summer course schedule.

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED.
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts


Cost and Scholarships

ScotlandHow much?

The ISU Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $4900. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

Click the "budget sheets" tab above for more details.



ScotlandWhere will I live?

Students have a few options regarding accommodation, bathrooms, and meals (provided or not). You can find detailed housing information and pictures on UE's Summer School Accommodation page.


Dates and Contacts


Program Dates for Summer 2018 term:

The Summer School at the University of Edinburgh has three different sessions you can choose from. It is possible to do one or multiple sessions.
Session 1: June 2018
June 4, 2018: Classes Begin
June 29, 2018: Classes End
Session 2: July 2018
July 2, 2018: Classes Begin
July 27, 2018: Classes End
Session 3: August 2018
Please note that the courses offered in Session 3 are not for credit and are 2 weeks in duration.
July 30, 2018: Classes Begin
August 10, 2018: Classes End

For additional information on this program, please contact Ben McKelfresh, Marketing & Program Coordinator in ISU’s Study Abroad Center. Ben’s email address is  You may also schedule a meeting with him through this link:

How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Social & Cultural Program
As mentioned above, this program gives students a great opportunity to get to know Edinburgh, Scotland, and other students.  Several activities are included in the program cost and examples can be viewed on-line.  In addition, if student's wish, they may join optional trips at an additional fee to visit places such as Loch Ness, St. Andrews, or the Isle of Skye.

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment: email or phone 515-294-6792.

Travel links:
City of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Guide
National Museum of Scotland
The Museum of Edinburgh
National Galleries of Scotland
Edinburgh based Newspaper "Scotsman"
City Views
Great Britain
Studying in Britain
Time Out Edinburgh