Residential Honors Study Abroad Program, Summer 2010
Gordy Honors College, MUW

Edinburgh, Scotland

(all information is subject to change)

Edinburgh, Scotland

Useful links:

Academic Courses

HO 303, Edinburgh; Biography of a City and Its People (2 Credit hours)
Books: Edinburh by Donald Campbell (Cities of the Imagination series)
How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman

Dr. Thomas G. Velek
Director, Gordy Honors College
Professor of History
PhD, University of Edinburgh

HO 303, Scottish Literature and “Place”
(2 credit hours)
Dr. Thomas Richardson
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English
PhD, Duke University

Calendar: Tentative & Subject to Change

Proposed departure
Proposed arrival

Check into apartment

May 26
All Day city tour &
Orientation-meet at apartment 9.30.
Purchase bus passes

Courses Begin

Welcome Dinner



June 1
Dr. Richardson's Class

Proposed Return to USA

Flights (All info Tentative)

See calendar above.

MUW will make flight arrangements for all participants. All participants will meet in Memphis.  All participants will return on the same flight.  Individuals must make arrangements to be picked up at the airport upon arrival back in the USA. A $100 flight deposit is required to make the flight reservation. Once this is made that deposit becomes part of a $200 housing deposit.

A Edinburgh bus pass will be provided to each student.  This is good for unlimited travel on buses within the city for the duration of the program. Transportation will also be provided to and from the airport in Edinburgh.  Transportation will also be provided for any trips within Scotland that are part of this program. It is anticipated that there will be 2-3 trips outside of Edinburgh as part of this program.  Students are responsible for all other transportation and any discretionary trips.

Students need to be aware that Europeans walk much more than Americans. It is typical for a walk of a mile or more to be considered normal. Students should be prepared to walk several miles per day.

Students will live in central Edinburgh in multi-bedded self-catering apartments.  At this time it is anticipated that students will be housed at Blair St. Apartments:

These apartments are within easy walking distance to most Edinburgh attractions. They include a kitchenette that students may use to prepare meals. Basic cooking utensils are provided.

Once the flight is confirmed, the flight deposit will be combined with the $100 accommodation deposit. The total amount ($200) will be returned if the apartment is left clean and without any damage. Individuals are jointly responsible for the condition of their apartment. Any damage must be reported prior to departure.

Orientation & Excursions
Saturday May 26th will be an orientation day. In addition to getting acquainted with the area around the apartment and the instructional facilities, students will receive a tour of the city.  A question and answer session will be held as well as an introductory session for each course. It is anticipated that several excursions and events will be held as part of the program.  These include a welcome dinner on Saturday evening, attendance at a traditional Scottish Ceilidh, hill walking in the Pentland Hills or the Hermitage, a visit to a distillery, a day trip to the Scottish borders, and a trip to Glasgow. These events will be determined once final budget is determined.

Students will have access to the National Library of Scotland, University of Edinburgh Library, Edinburgh Central Library, and the National Archives of Scotland for use in their classes.  In order to use these facilities students will need: an application, which will be filled out on site or online, a photo i.d. (passport) and current address. The NLS will want details about research that requires use of the NLS instead of another library. Edinburgh University library will want to see current university i.d, so students should be take their MUW i.d. The NLS and University will issue short-term reader's tickets that will permit access during the program. The National Archives of Scotland now require a picture reader's card, so students will also need to take two passport-size photos when they apply to the NAS. Like the NLS, the NAS will want to know details of material students need to consult there that is not available elsewhere. All three places have good websites and online catalogues so students can prepare their consultation requirements in advance.

National Library of Scotland:
National Archives of Scotland:
Scottish National Dictionary:
Edinburgh Central Library (and other city libraries):

The Edinburgh Central Library, across the street from the NLS, is an open public library and students will also be able to use it. As you probably know there are good Scottish and Edinburgh resources at Central.

Classes typically meet Monday-Thursday.  Students will have time to explore Edinburgh, Scotland, and travel.  All such expenses are the responsibility of the student. Students leaving Edinburgh are asked to tell a faculty member or mentor where they are going, when they will be leaving and returning, and, if possible where they will be staying in the city they are visiting.

Payment Information
The fee for this program is projected to be $4000. This is based upon 20 people going. The fee may go up if the number drops under this amount.  The fee may also go down depending on exchange rates and the pricing of various elements of the trip.  This fee includes:
Not included:
Payments & Schedule:

September 30th
$200 deposit is due to comptroller. Signed copy of the repayment agreement is due to the Honors Office.

October 8th
Students with Centennial and Honors scholarships must arrange for the first installments of their scholarship funds. Centennial Scholars and Honors Scholars must sign over half of their study abroad stipend.

November 1st
A copy of  a valid passport for each student must be on file at the Honors College Office.

December 1st
All other students must must make their first installment of $2500 to the Comptroller's Office

February 1st
The final installment is due at the Comptroller's Office. Centennial Scholars & Honors Scholars must sign over the other half of their study abroad stipend. Honors Scholars must make the final payment of the program fee. All other students will be responsible for the amount not covered by the anticipated study abroad grant from the Gordy Honors College.

Deposits and Student Responsibility
Students are responsible for any deposits made on their behalf as well as any program cost made for them should they withdraw for any reason or be declared ineligible for the program. Please read the repayment agreement carefully before signing it.