- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About the UK
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
You will stay in four-or-five person apartments hosted by Napier University near the city center and the Royal Mile. You will have single rooms inside a shared apartment. Each apartment has a full bathroom and a full kitchen where you can prepare your meals.
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 Toe, A Nose, and A Heart of Stone: Cataloging Scottish Superstitions" (In progress)
- "Is Everyone in Scotland Australian?" (In progress)
Meals are not included as part of the program in Edinburgh, but students will have access to a full kitchen in their apartments. The budget does include a group welcome dinner, farewell dinner, class breakfast and class tea. Breakfast and dinners will also be provided on the trip to the highlands.
The excursions on this program 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 by bus 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 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
The weather in Scotland during the summer is very difficult to predict. It can get very warm. It is good to prepare for all types of weather; bring shorts, pants, and a sweater or light jacket; chances are you will need them all. Normally summers are warm, with occasional showers. In June and July, the average high temperature is 64; average low, 49.