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UK: Scotland: Edinburgh - City & Environment

Scotland- city and enviro

This environmentally-focused study abroad program takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, in one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities, students will spend five weeks studying urban history and sustainability. Class lectures, guest speakers, and frequent field trips will introduce students to key concepts relating to urban planning and governance, infrastructure design and management, resource provisioning and conservation, urban ecology, and social and environmental justice.

With more than half the world's population living “urban” already, and the movement from rural to urban accelerating rapidly, it is imperative that “we design our new cities - and retrofit our old ones - so that they are more efficient, just, and livable places,” according to Program Director Dr. Geoff Buckley. Anyone interested in environmental studies, urban planning, and sustainability will be interested in this program, especially as it takes place in Edinburgh, a city renowned for its reputation as a leader in the worldwide effort to “green” our cities.

Program Dates

May 27- June 28, 2019* 

*Students will need to depart the U.S. on May 26 in order to arrive in Scotland on May 27.

* *Program will not be running in academic year 2019-2020.

Eligibility and Selection Process

This program is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University who are interested in environmental geography, urban history, urban planning and sustainability.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or obtain permission from the Program Director to be eligible to apply. Applicants must complete a pre-departure orientation as well as an interview with the Program Director.

This program is available to NON-OHIO students.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Application deadline

Priority Application Deadline: January 21, 2019

Final Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, meaning that completed applications (including letters of recommendation) are reviewed by the program director as they are received. We recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.

Living Arrangements

Students will stay in on-campus housing at the University of Edinburgh. A variety of rooms are available, including standards singles en-suite, standard doubles and doubles en-suite. Rooms are all within convenient walking distance of the university and include a “full Scottish breakfast.”

Courses and credits

Undergraduates enroll in a total of 6 credit hours while graduate students enroll in a total of 8 credit hours. Both undergraduate and graduate students will enroll in two courses:

  • GEOG 4560/5560 Justice and the Sustainable City  
  • GEOG 4550/5550 History of Planning

Both classes will satisfy requirements for the Environmental Studies certificate. They will also fulfill requirements for several of the geography major tracks. Additionally, students will earn one additional independent study credit. 


Scotland: City and Envrionment Undergraduate Budget Worksheet 2019

Scotland: City and Envrionment Graduate Budget Worksheet 2019

Program fee includes housing, excursions, Historic Scotland passes, in-country transportation, guest lecturers/speakers and some meals.

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on Scotland

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destinations

Please familiarize yourself with the recommendations and requirements on the websites above prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the Department of State site for information related to safety and security at these destinations.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accessibility accommodation

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.

If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.
Get more Visa Information

Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.

US citizens do not need a visa to enter these countries for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that entry/exit requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

More information on visa can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.

For more information on this program contact:

Geoffrey L. Buckley

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu





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