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Course Offerings


  • Ranked #6 in the U.K. (#27 in world) – Times Higher Education Rankings
  • Ranked #21 in Philosophy, #22 in Earth Sciences, top 50 in Psychology – QS World Rankings
  • Largest history department in the U.K.
  • Top-rated Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience in Scotland
  • Top-rated Music programs in the U.K.
  • One of the oldest universities in the U.K.  (1583)
  • Founding member of elite Russel Group of universities


  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors & seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
Jun 2, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
SUMMER 2 2018
Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018


SUMMER 1 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
SUMMER 2 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Apr 1, 2018

Course Offerings


Most summer courses at the University of Edinburgh are worth 20 SCQF credits, or 5 ECTS. U.S. universities typically award 4 U.S. credits for a 20 SCQF course, or 2.5 U.S. credits for a 5 ECTS course. Speak with your study abroad office or registrar to learn how credits will transfer on your home campus.

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.


Summer 1

Edinburgh: City of Literature (Exploring Edinburgh) (20 SCQF; 10 ECTS; 4 US) – Level 8

Edinburgh has an amazingly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh’s most celebrated literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors.

Alongside works by among others Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh, the course will explore these writers’ presence in the city through manuscript collections and objects in the National Libraries and Museums of Scotland and the Edinburgh Writers’ Museum.

We will also follow their footsteps through the city and see how their presence has been marked with monuments, plaques and other forms of cultural heritage. We will consider how these writers represent the city in their works and how it has shaped their writing.

Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (20 SCQF; 10 ECTS; 4 US) – Level 10

This course introduces students to central concepts of film study and includes exclusive access to the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Weeks One and Two will introduce students to film theory including film criticism, genre, national cinemas, director-centered approaches, identity, socio-politics and related philosophical issues.

In Weeks Three and Four, students will have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge they have already gained to a variety of selected festival films and events, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. With their Student Delegate Pass, students will have access to fiction feature films, documentaries, film retrospectives, industry and In-Person events, including UK or World premieres at the EIFF. The timetable for this part of the course is packed full of the festival events, screenings, and tutorials, and due to the full-on nature of the programme during the festival, there will be clashes with Summer School the social programme, so students may have to miss some of the activities. However, the Film Festival Student Delegate Pass more than compensates in value for the Summer School Social Programme activities.

After each screening, students will take part in tutorials where they can apply key concepts in film theory and criticism when discussing the film.

Students will also have the opportunity to work with local students at the Festival in Week Three, who will be participating in the An Insight into the EIFF course provided by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.

Writing workshops throughout the course will give students the opportunity to develop their film criticism and journalism.

The Scottish Enlightenment in Context (20 SCQF; 10 ECTS; 4 US) – Level 10

In this course, students will consider the key developments of the Scottish Enlightenment in areas including philosophy, ethics, social and political thought, historiography, medical science, aesthetics, literature, and religious thinking. Students will also have the opportunity to assess the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking.

Introducing students to the central themes, issues, and theories of the Scottish Enlightenment, there will be a particular emphasis on the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment. Students will examine current approaches to the Scottish Enlightenment and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. The course also aims to enhance students’ critical, discursive and analytical skills.

The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, each discipline shedding explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment. Philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment – and it will similarly be central to our studies.

Explorations of Edinburgh through guided walking tours and visits to museums and galleries will let students place Enlightenment developments in context and understand the major influences of-of this historical period.

Summer 2

Debating International Relations (Solving Global Challenges) (20 SCQF; 10 ECTS; 4 US) – Level 8

This course will introduce students to the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system. Using examples from the world today, students will learn how to apply this theory to current debates, issues, and conflicts to gain an objective and informed view.

The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, students will examine a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to international relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalization.

Students will then be able to apply these theories to current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development.

The second part will focus on the current role of Scotland and the UK within the context of international relations. With the recent Brexit referendum decision – where the UK voted to leave the European Union – special focus will be given to examining how this major relationship shift will affect systems within the UK, the EU, and internationally. Students will gain a deep understanding of the EU’s development as a political system, and explore issues surrounding the Union’s recent enlargements as well as its general role in international relations.

This course will appeal to any student interested in politics, international relations, and international legal and political systems, especially those who are planning a career or academic research in these fields.

The Global Impact of Sport (Solving Global Challenges) (20 SCQF; 10 ECTS; 4 US) – Level 8

It is impossible to understand Scotland without acknowledging the place and impact of sport. Sport is a significant part of Scottish cultural heritage. It helps to link the Scottish diaspora from Scotland to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, to name but a few places.

This course provides an informed practical insight into how sport is increasingly being used as a cost-effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian issues. It is part of the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of many countries that make it a potent force for good and bad. It has been a catalyst in starting wars, promoting peace and international reconciliation, enabling health.

The course is built around two broad themes:

This course examines the contribution that Scotland has made to different worlds of sport. It takes the learner on a critical journey from St Andrew’s and the home of golf, to the National Football Museum and the oldest international fixture in the world, to unique sports settings in the borders, the western isles and the Highlands, to Braemar and the Royal Highland Games but also where Scottish sporting culture, icons and émigré’s have travelled and why.

The course identifies and analyses the way in which sport is being used today by the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and trans-national NGO’S as a cost-effective social tool that can contribute to global challenges of health, justice, conflict resolution, social inclusion, education for all, sustainability and international development.

Students will learn about social interventions through sport such as Peace, Players international; Soccer Across Borders; and The Mighty Girls Programme. Students will gain a unique insight into what works, what isn’t working, successes and failures.

Sport itself is a global phenomenon Governments around the world commit public resources to sport.  Every four years countries and cities commit to hard and soft legacies from hosting the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, or other major sporting events.  From the bleachers to the boardroom, to the Senate or cabinet, sport increasingly matters in today’s world.  This course helps students to understand why this is the case.

This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage, society, and culture. It will also provide interesting insight for those who have an interest in global affairs and the part that sport can play in addressing world problems and issues, and those who want to visit some of Scotland’s great sporting settings and institutions, architecture, museums and Scottish sports Halls of Fame.

Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh (Exploring Edinburgh) (10 SQCF; 5 ECTS; 2 US) – Level 10

This course offers aspiring educators of all kinds the tools to incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning.

Despite the increasing bodies of research and policy that highlight the educational, social, and health benefits of outdoor learning in the development of young people, many educators are not well placed to support this form of learning.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, this course is designed to give students the tools with which to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. It will provide them with an initial step towards incorporating outdoor learning into their current or future teaching career. The course does not aim to train students as an outdoor specialist but aims to provide some understanding of the benefits, processes, and skills related to learning in the outdoors.

Through practical exercises in curriculum planning and teaching in outdoor contexts, students will have the chance to experience outdoor education in context and assess the impact on their learning.  The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh.

In terms of educational policy, the course reflects the recommendations of Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning (Education Scotland, 2010). The ways in which theory and policy inform practice is a dominant theme of the course and reflects both in the theory and practical teaching of the course.