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Studying in Scotland

Environmental Literature
(EN2132 & EN3132)

Prerequisites for EN2132: EN1011/1015, F.Y. Studies (or permission of instructor)
Prerequistites for EN3132: same as for EN2132, plus EN1021 & 3 2000-level courses at C or above


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Headshot of Lucy StampProgram Director: Lucy Stamp  

Headshot of Ned OlmsteadAcademic Director: Ned Olmsted 

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

Syllabus for EN2132
Syllabus for EN3132


Country Handbook

Travel Information for Scotland-only Students
Travel Information for Ireland-Scotland Students

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Cost for the trip is $6,000* and includes:

  • 3-credit class
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals

Price does not include individual spending money.

Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid.

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

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