- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About the UK
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Participants stay in four-or-five person apartments hosted by Napier University near the city center and the Royal Mile. Students will have single rooms inside a shared apartment. Each apartment has a full bathroom and a full kitchen to prepare meals.
Students arriving early or staying after the program will need to make their own housing arrangements.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Student Voices - Study Abroad: Our Stories, Articles by Elizabeth Rowen
- "Following the Footsteps of Inspiration: Where I Searched for Stories"
- "Tips from a First Time Traveler"
- "Unbreakable Spirit: Scottish Solidarity after the Independence Referendum"
A welcome breakfast and farewell dinner are included in the program. All other meals are not included. Accommodations have a fully-equipped kitchen for preparing meals and they are located in an area with markets and restaurants. Breakfast and dinners are provided on the trip to the Scottish Highlands.
The excursions on this program may include:
- Field trips and walking tours in Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Castle
- Holyrood Palace
- The Royal Mile/Old Town
- The Museum of Scotland (a wonderful exhibit ranging from Pictish Stones to the Industrial Revolution and beyond)
- Sunrise Hike to Arthur's Seat
- Mini golfing at Brunsfield Links
- Evening ghost walk
Day Trip to Glasgow
- You will travel to Glasgow, visiting Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis—the City of the Dead—that is featured in the film "Poor Things."
Overnight Trip to the Scottish Highlands
- You will spend three days/two nights visiting many castles and ruins in the Highlands, and take a cruise on Loch Ness.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, has been nicknamed "the Athens of the North." It's famous for its beautiful buildings and public gardens and for its castle that dominates the city. Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that runs the length of the "Old Town," the part of Edinburgh that dates from the Middle Ages. Below the castle is the 'New Town," the part of Edinburgh that was carefully planned and laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries. The city is Scotland's cultural capital: it's got wonderful museums and art galleries and each summer it plays host to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe--Europe's largest arts festival. It also has lots of great cafés, restaurants, and pubs. It's a very pedestrian-friendly city and it's easy to see why visitors fall in love with Edinburgh.
Currency: British Pounds (£)
Language Spoken: English
Scottish climate varies between regions and can have unpredictable climates where one experiences all four seasons in one day. June and July are normally the warmest months averaging highs of 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. With a high latitude, there are extra hours of daylight to enjoy long summer days. Prepare for fluctuating weather conditions by packing layers and rain gear. Some days will be warm while others will be rainy and cooler.
- New York Times Coverage-Great Britain
- CIA World Factbook: UK
- State Department-U.S. Relations with the United Kingdom
- Edinburgh Official Tourism Site
- Edinburgh Newspapers
- Lonely Planet - Scotland
- Lonely Planet - Edinburgh