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Studying in Scotland

Environmental Literature


Program Map
Map of Scotland showing program locations

Program Leaders

Headshot of Lucy Stamp

Program Director:
Lucy Stamp

Headshot of Ned Olmstead

Academic Director:
Ned Olmsted

Prerequisites: EDU1001/1011, WRT1011 and WRT1012 (or permission of instructor)

Dates: July 6 to 27, 2019

2019 Program Documents:

Check out the 2019 Study Abroad program blog.

Program Overview

Primary Goals: To read widely from the body of contemporary UK environmental literature and practice writing techniques that nature writers employ in their craft. To walk on the land, for this is where one will find the heart of one’s own nature writing voice.

  • Learn through close observation and hands-on discovery in the field
  • Hike and paddle in beautiful natural areas of Scotland
  • Enjoy guided natural history walks as well as time for reflective journaling and independent rambling
  • Excellent background course for students interested in environmental studies

Special Considerations

  • The majority of this course will be spent out-of-doors & in semi-remote locations
  • Physical fitness is important — outdoor activities will include day hikes (some will be long & moderately strenuous), canoeing, or kayaking
  • Travel days may be tedious and exhausting — lugging around bags, dealing with crowded conditions, making connections, etc.
  • Some meal preparation and clean-up will be shared by all; a spirit of cooperation & flexibility is essential
  • It is likely that there will be no connectivity for computers/cell phones for most of the program
  • Writing expectations for this course are high. Some writing will take place outdoors in adverse weather and will be done by hand in hardcopy journals; other writing will be done on laptops indoors
  • There is NO SMOKING in the field

Program Cost

The Scotland program fee is $6,000* and includes:

  • Group flights
  • All required program activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Three group meals
  • Course credits

*Discounts for students enrolled in back-to-back summer study abroad programs. Pair this program with Ireland or Botswana.

Estimated additional costs: about $600.

Student spending can vary depending on the individual student. Additional costs include:

  • Most meals: budget-friendly options are available and at times the group will be able to cook their own food
  • Free time activities, including occasional optional activities offered by the program directors
  • Cell phone costs, if students plan to activate a roaming plan or purchase a local SIM card
  • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
  • Additional luggage fees beyond the first checked bag

Flights for this program will depart from either Boston or the New York area. A shuttle bus will be provided from Landmark campus. Some students may incur additional costs to get to the departure airport to meet the group.

Limited financial aid is available; see “Financial Aid and Scholarships” section on the Study Abroad Forms webpage.

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