About The Program

Academics & Course Information

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While in Scotland, you will find yourself an important member of our community of scholars. There is much to learn in Scotland and, as such, our expectations of you will be high. You will be expected to be an active participant in your own learning, using the local Scottish environment as a laboratory, and incorporating this learning into your classroom experience.

The Experience Scotland program offers three learning experiences:

Fall or Spring semester: As a participant in the fall or spring program you will be required to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits. 12 of these credits will be fulfilled in four 3-credit courses offered in module format throughout the semester. Courses taken in a module format run approximately three weeks. These courses are offered one-at-a-time. Your final 3-credit course will be Scotland: Society and Globalization, a wide-ranging course that explores different aspects of contemporary Scottish society. This course meets throughout the entire semester to provide ongoing context to your international experience.

Summer: Our summer program is designed as a 9-week experience, with the flexibility to participate in just a single 4-week session in either the first of second half of the summer program. You will enroll in one 3-4 credit course/4-week session. If staying for the full summer program, you will have a week break between sessions.

Upcoming Courses

Courses offered during each term of the Experience Scotland program vary based on the disciplines of the faculty selected to teach in the program. For more information on the courses offered during the term you are interested in, please click on the appropriate term below. Additional information on equivalents and required textbooks will be updated as information is received from partner schools and faculty.

In addition to the courses offered, you can structure the Experience Scotland program to fit your academic needs by utilizing the Career Exploration in an International Setting course, internships and independent studies. If you are interested in learning more about these options, please contact the Experience Scotland administrative office for more information. 

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

The answer to this question will be different for every student. The Experience Scotland program enrolls students ranging from first-semester freshmen to last-semester seniors. We encourage you to discuss your interest in study abroad with your academic advisor as early as possible (even if you are not planning to study abroad until later in college), so you can develop a plan to ensure your participation in the program does not negatively impact your on-campus degree requirements. 

Many Experience Scotland courses fulfill general education requirements at our various partner schools. Previous students have found they have the greatest flexibility for participating in the program when they have a greater number of general education requirements still left to fulfill in their degree plan. For some students this means participating in their first or second year of college, whereas other students have saved these credits for their third and fourth years to allow for this flexibility. 

With the guidance of your academic advisor, you will select your courses for the Experience Scotland program as part of your online application process. Every attempt is made to accommodate students' first choices, however no guarantees can be made. You will be notified of your final class schedule typically within one month of the application deadline. If you did not receive one of your first choices and you need the class to graduate, please notify the Experience Scotland administrative office. 

The way in which you register for your courses is dependent on your home campus. 

If you are participating in the Experience Scotland program as a UWRF student or UWRF special student you will receive email guidance from the Experience Scotland administrative office on how to register for your courses. This guidance is typically sent within a month after the application deadline. You can also reference the following how-to for additional guidance.

If you are participating in the Experience Scotland program from a campus other than UWRF, and are not enrolled temporarily through UWRF for the experience, you will register for your courses directly on your home campus. You are advised to contact the Office of International Education on your home campus for more detailed information regarding this process. 

You will find information regarding Experience Scotland course equivalents on the "Courses" page for the term you are interested in. In the right-hand column, beside the course description and textbook requirements, is a listing of course equivalents at various partner schools. If your campus is not listed, or does not have an equivalent listed, you are encourage to speak with your academic advisor for guidance on how your courses will transfer to your campus.

You will be required to obtain the necessary textbooks for the U.S. course offerings you will be taking. Once you receive your final class schedule from the Experience Scotland administrative office you can refer to the "Courses" page for the term you are participating in for specific information regarding your required textbooks. Located below each course description, in the left-hand column, on this page are textbook details, including edition number and ISBN. It is your responsibility to bring the textbooks with you and/or obtain them prior to the first day of classes. Many previous students have chosen to purchase used textbooks to minimize their textbook costs. 


If you are participating in the fall or spring semester program, schedule changes can usually be accommodated. If you know you would like to switch courses before departing for Scotland, contact the Experience Scotland administrative office for assistance in changing your schedule. An add/drop period is also available once you arrive to Dalkeith House. The Resident Director of the Academic Program (RDA), and/or the Resident Director of Operations and Student Life (RDO) will assist with this process.

If you are participating in the summer program, enrollments and course activities are typically finalized shortly after the application deadline making it difficult to accommodate adds and drops after this time. If you find you need to change your schedule, please contact the Experience Scotland administrative office to inquire about this possibility.

There is a very limited number of books at Dalkeith House. Library work can be done at Dalkeith Library and the Central Library of Edinburgh; both allow you to check books out. The National Library allows books to be used on the premises only. Please check with the Resident Director of Operations and Student Life regarding what arrangements have been made to use the University of Edinburgh library. Academic resources are available on the internet, and you will continue to have access to all online resources through your home campus library.