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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer I, Summer II, Summer III
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Housing Options: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Creative Writing, Culture, English, European Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Sociology, Theater/Drama, Writing
Program Type: study abroad Minimum GPA: 2.9
Program Description:

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Indulge your love of creative writing and meet accomplished British writers

Studying abroad in Edinburgh at the Scottish Universities' International Summer School (SUISS) is ideal for students with a love for creative writing or a passion for British and Irish literature, or a zest for theater and performance. You will have the opportunity to work with accomplished British writers and study with students from around the world.

Credit can be awarded at either the undergraduate or graduate level. You'll choose 1 to 3 modules from the following three course types:

  • Text & Context: These courses examine literature from Britain and Ireland in the context of key societal and cultural developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 
  • Creative Writing: This course offers developing writers a supportive environment in which to further their writing skills in fiction, poetry, and drama.
  • Contemporary British and Irish Theatre & Performance: For this module, students get the chance to study theatre and performance while the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe take place.

Each of these courses will include an intensive program of lectures and seminars. The literature sessions provide an opportunity to hear leading novelists, poets, literary critics, and historians discuss the social, political, historical, and theoretical influences that have impacted modern British literature. You’ll be encouraged to freely interact with these distinguished scholars and personalities, sharing your ideas and observations with them and other visiting students.
  • Prominent speakers in the past have included: David Daiches, Cairns Craig, Arthur Marwick, Terry Eagleton, Toril Moi, Christopher Harvie, Samuel Hynes, Bernard Crick, Catherine Belsey, Philip Hobsbaum, Randall Stevenson, and Brian McHale.
  • This program takes place at a time when Edinburgh is particularly lively as it coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival, and the International Book Festival.
  • SUISS also offers an extensive program of cultural and social activities, which include talks on art, film screenings, festival shows, cinepoems, and ceilidh dances, in addition to a series of readings from Scotland’s leading contemporary writers. Previous years' guest authors included David Greig, James Robertson, A.L. Kennedy, Ian Rankin, Liz Lochhead, Douglas Maxwell, and many more.
  • Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses, through Arcadia's planned Excursions and Activities.

Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research, and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please visit the Arcadia website for dates and the latest program information.