Quick Info

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : English Literature, English Writing
  • : June 8, 2019 - July 6, 2019
  • : $5,599 In-State/ $5,799 Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements for students admitted to Arts and Sciences prior to fall 2018.  

ENGLIT 1199 fulfills a Literature requirement.

ENGWRT 1200 fulfills a Writing (W) requirement.

Courses may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.

While absorbing and exploring the wonderful city of Edinburgh, students in this course will read a selection of classic and contemporary literature that grapples with issues of Scottish history, national identity and cultural difference, language, customs, and sense of place.

You can see the draft syllabus from summer 2017 (subject to change for summer 2019) here: ENGLIT 1199 Draft Syllabus

Those who travel do so for the pleasures of learning new things about the world and themselves. They find some things they recognize and also find themselves in unfamiliar places, among strangers, having to learn to speak in a new way. This will be our central subject matter. Central to the work of the class will be your ability to be messy, to trust in your creative process and to allow yourself to try out new ways of thinking. Not only will we be writing about our own obsessions, questions, and interests, we’ll also be reading contemporary work by Scottish writers, and engaging with the architecture, art, landscape, history and people around us.

You can see the draft syllabus from summer 2017 (subject to change for summer 2019) here: ENGWRT 1200 Draft Syllabus

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Mark Kemp Mark Kemp has taught in the English Literature program at Pitt for more than twenty years.  He has served as an academic advisor in the English Department for the last six.  The courses he teaches include The Wild West, Satire, Detective Fiction, World Literature in English, and American Literature.  In Spring 2012 he led the Pitt MAP study abroad semester that traveled to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Prague (Czech Republic), and Beijing (China).  Edinburgh is definitely among his favorite foreign cities and he has traveled throughout Scotland many times.

Jeff Oaks is the author of three chapbooks, Shift (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992). His newest chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. He has published poems in literary magazines including Field, Court Green, Zocalo Public Square, Poemeleon, Ploughshares, and Bloom.  His essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and My Diva: 65 Gay Men Write about the Women Who Inspire Them.  He’s the recipient of three fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, an Individual Artist fellowship from the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the 2008 winner of the Tina and David Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.


Students will be housed on the University of Edinburgh campus in single-sex shared flats.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,599 $5,799
Arrive in Edinburgh Depart Edinburgh
June 8, 2019 July 6, 2019


Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Edinburgh program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Housing in Edinburgh
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursions to Skye, the Highlands, and Loch Ness (searching for Nessie!)
  • Cultural activities in Edinburgh

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt study abroad administrative fee $300
  • Roundtrip international airfare (~$1200)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$1000)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an intensive summer academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.