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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Fort William, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Isle of Skye, United Kingdom; Melrose, United Kingdom; Stirling, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2021 06/13/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: YES
Sponsor: University of Georgia Partner Institution: Strathclyde University
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Participant Selection: Not competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Instruction: Experiential, Lecture
Classes With: UGA Students Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
College/School: Education, SPIA Academic Area: Education, Political Science and International Affairs
Language Program: NO Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Work Opportunity: NO
Volunteer Opportunity: NO Scholarship Availability: YES
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Shared Apartment
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.


UGA- Education- GLOBIS: Study Abroad in Scotland Maymester

The Scotland Study Abroad program is an 4-week program based in Glasgow, Scotland. The program is co-sponsored by the College of Education and the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) however, it is open to all majors. This program will give you a "Scottish" experience while expanding your knowledge through comparative study of politics and education in an international context. It will broaden your understanding of how culture can impact policy using education and politics as the lens through which we examine the country and its people.

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Program Location

Glasgow, Scotland.The trip also includes excursions to other cities and locations in Scotland -  Edinburgh, Stirling, Fort William, Isle of Skye, Melrose.

Contact Information

Tracy Elder
Program Director
Phone: 706-542-2424

Contact the following previous participants for more information:

Calli McCormack

Madilyn Patterson

Academic Program

INTL/POLS 4367, Scottish Politics, Society and Culture (Required Course)
  • 3 credit hours
  • No course prerequisite
  • Undergraduate
  • Includes guest lecturers, self-guided reading and exploration plus multiple field trips
Additionally, choose one or more of the following:
EDUC 2120, Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity
  • 3 credit hours
  • No course prerequisite
  • Undergraduate students
  • Must pass a criminal background check
EDUC 4450, International Educational Field Experiences in the Classroom and Community
  • 3 credit hours
  • No course prerequisite
  • Undergraduate
  • Must pass a criminal background
INTL 4780, Comparative Study of Political Parties (taught by Strathclyde Univ faculty)
  • 3 credit hours
  • No course prerequisite
  • Undergraduate and graduate students

Program Itinerary (Sample)

Date Day Activity  
Day 1 Sat Travel  
Day 2 Sun Arrive, check in to lodging  
Day 3 Mon Orientation to Univ of Strathclyde; Class Meeting; Robert Burns dinner  
Day 4 Tues Glasgow HOHO Bus, Science Centre, Kelvingrove Museum, People's Palace Museum  
Day 5 Wed Orientation to Visiting in Scottish Schools; Visit to Glasgow City Chambers; Scotland Street School Museum  
Day 6 Thurs Class Meeting  
Day 7 Fri Class Meeting; Ceilidh and dinner at Sloan's  
Day 8 Sat Free Day  
Day 9 Sun Free Day  
Day 10 Mon Class meeting (afternoon)  
Day 11 Tues Class meeting  
Day 12 Wed School visit - Notre Dame High School; Coach to Edinburgh  
Day 13 Thurs Fieldtrip: Scottish Parliament; Holyrood Palace; Overnight  
Day 14 Fri Edinburgh Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour, Edinburgh Castle; Overnight  
Day 15 Sat Fieldtrip to Melrose and Abbotsford; Back to Edinburgh   
Day 16 Sun Coach to Stirling; Visit The Kelpies, Stirling Castle; William Wallace Monument  
Day 17 Mon Class meeting  
Day 18 Tues Class meeting  
Day 19 Wed Class meeting; School visit  
Day 20 Thurs Class meeting  
Day 21 Fri Class meeting; Ceilidh at Sloan's  
Day 22 Sat Free Day  
Day 23 Sun Free Day  
Day 24 Mon Class meeting  
Day 25 Tues Final Presentations  
Day 26 Wed Coach to Fort William  
Day 27 Thurs Field trip to Isle of Skye  
Day 28 Fri Field trip to Mallaig  
Day 29 Sat Coach to Glasgow/Free afternoon  
Day 30 Sun Check out, Travel  


Participants will be housed in Glasgow city centre in apartments with fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, and shared living space.  The program fee includes 14 lunches, 7 dinners, and breakfast at all accommodations when we are on field trips.  You will be responsible for your breakfast while in Glasgow in the apartment and for some lunches and dinners.

Program Cost

The program budget has been reviewed by OIE and the program fee will be published at a later date.  The price will include a non-refundable $300 application fee, all lodging, meals as detailed above, admission to venues, transportation while in Scotland, and UGA travel insurance. The non-refundable deposit will be paid online, after being accepted.  The program fee is subject to change (up or down) based on exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Registration for classes will begin when notified by the program.  Once notified, participants should register by March 1.  

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Program Reviews:
Taylor Alene Ogden, Maymester 2017 Participant
This program allowed me to experience things I would not have been able to otherwise and made me a more well-rounded person; I came away from this trip with new friends, stories, knowledge, and viewpoints that I will cherish forever.

Summer 2016 Participant
Staff was really flexible when it came to students' personal needs.

Jordan Jeanee' Gihl, Maymester 2017 Participant
I never felt unsafe in any of the places that we stayed or traveled to as a group

I have a newfound appreciation for international travel. Although Scotland has many traits in common with the United States (including similar ancestry, the same language, and many customs), a lot of it was different, and those differences enriched my education. Going into UGA, I was far more focused on the political science side of my SPIA double major, but now I'm intrigued by what international affairs has to offer me in the future.
     — Evan Katz, Maymester 2017
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