Communication, Culture & Identity in Scotland
Lori Dewitt, Program
Department of Communication Arts
Phone: 410-677-0076 E-mail:
2010 Communication Arts Program in Scotland runs for
two weeks during January semester
2010. Dates for the 2010 Program are January
The program is based at Edinburgh
Central on Leith Walk in the city of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, a city steeped in
more than 900 years of battle for autonomy that has made
it one of Europe’s most diverse ethnic populations and
vibrant cultural scenes. Edinburgh is the winner of 10
major Best City awards in the past six years, offering a
rich history, modern lifestyle and backdrop for the
largest cultural event on the planet—the Edinburgh
International Festival. Edinburgh has been aptly
described as “a 21st century city of contrasts: ancient
castles, cobbled streets and church spires complemented
by its contemporary image as a thriving, influential
centre for finance, business and education.” At the
city’s highest point you can explore a 12th-century
castle while sipping Starbuck’s just a few blocks away.
CLASS: Students receive
four credits for CMAT 399: Communications Study Abroad.
Classes meet Monday through Friday mornings followed by
an in-field excursion or project each day. Attendance is
strictly required. Coursework includes in-class
lectures, readings, and visits to sites throughout
Edinburgh and the Scottish highlands. Students will
complete a field project on a topic of their choice in
the fields of media, free speech, journalism,
interpersonal, organizational, political,
EXCURSIONS: We’ll learn
about Edinburgh’s vast historical importance with visits
to Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and Mary King’s
Close, an underground 18th-century haunted city.
Planned activities may include the following: private tours of BBC Scotland and The Scottsman
daily newspaper, a visit to
the new Parliament building, a Literary Pub Tour, a stop at
the café where J.K. Rowling penned the first two
Harry Potter books, visits to the Museum of
Scotland, the Royal Museum and the Royal Gallery,
hiking to Arthur’s Seat (atop an
ancient volcano) and Calton Hill, a
visit to Stirling Castle (location of the crowning of Mary Queen
of Scots), a cruise on Loch Lomand, and
a tour of the sacred battlegrounds
made famous by William Wallace, a.k.a. Braveheart.
During free days students can
continue to explore the country’s rich royal history
with tours of Holyrood Royal Palace and the Royal Yacht
Britannia. Or relax and soak in some local music in one
of the city’s premier concert venues or a neighborhood
pub on open-mic night. Additional fun attractions
include the Scotch Whiskey Tour and the Haunted
Edinburgh Evening tour. Longer breaks can accommodate
optional trips to Glasgow, Loch Ness, the Isle of Sky or
a weekend in London.
HOUSING: During their
stay in Scotland students will be housed at Edinburgh
Central on Leith Walk, a modern complex built in 2006.
Edinburgh Central was awarded a 5-star rating (the
highest rating possible) by the independent Scottish
Tourist Board. Edinburgh Central is located in the
heart of the city, just a few minutes walk from Waverley
Train Station and ideally situated for enjoying and
exploring Scotland’s vibrant capital. All rooms feature
in-suite bathroom/shower facilities and free Wi-Fi,
along with daily housekeeping services. The facility
boasts 24-hour attendants and security, a full service
restaurant, a bistro/bar, lounge with flat-screen TVs,
on-site laundry, and access to a full kitchen with food
storage areas where students can prepare their own
COST: Tuition and fees
for the 2010 Communication, Culture and Expression
Program are estimated to be $2900.
A final cost will be determined early in fall semester
2009. The price will include all tuition, round-trip
airfare, housing at Edinburgh Central throughout the
program, several group meals, substantial in-country
travel and admission tickets for planned excursions.
Not included: most meals,
optional personal excursions during free time.
Estimated Costs Worksheet
Supplies(Varies by class)
Entertainment (varies by individual)
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT
An initial deposit of $250 is due at the time of
application. This deposit is part of the total
advertised cost of the program. Once a student is
academically admitted by the faculty director, the
initial non-refundable deposit is due to the Cashier’s
Office. The student will be automatically enrolled into
the study abroad course. The University Billing Office
will then bill each registered student for the total
cost of the study abroad program (less the deposit
amount) through the regular university billing system.
Standard University deadlines for withdrawals do not
apply to study abroad programs. Once the
published Application Deadline occurs, the accepted
student is responsible for the entire amount of the
study abroad program charge.
Application forms are available at the Center for
International Education or from the faculty director.
application forms are currently being accepted by the
faculty director. Admission is competitive and
enrollment is limited. Admission
is determined by GPA, essay, and recommendation.
Applications will only
be considered when all components are received.
Students will be admitted on a rolling basis
until the program is full. Once the program is full,
additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list. The
application deadline is October 1, 2009.
In addition to
the application form interested, students should submit
the following components:
A typed essay of no more than two
pages answering the question: "Why do you want
to study on the Communication, Culture & Identity in
Scotland study abroad program?"
faculty recommendation form from a faculty member who
knows the student well.
form available here.
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