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Summer Abroad UK - On Site

In Search of Scotland


You will stay in a student residence suite with up to five other students. You will have your own single occupancy room with an en suite bathroom. The kitchen and living area is shared. The student residence is centrally located in Edinburgh.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


A welcome meal, afternoon tea, farewell dinner, and breakfast and dinner on the Highlands trip are included in the program fees. Daily meals are not included in the cost of the program. Each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen for preparing meals. There are grocery stores and cafés within walking distance to the student residence.

Excursions & Activities

Tentative excursions and activities may include: 

  • Field trips and walking tours in Edinburgh 
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace
  • The Royal Mile/Old Town 
  • The Museum of Scotland
  • Sunrise Hike to Arthur's Seat 
  • Mini golfing
  • Evening ghost walk

You will receive an Edinburgh transportation pass covering the dates of the program. Please note: These activities and excursions are tentative and subject to change.

Day Trip to Glasgow

  • The program travels 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 
  • The program spends three days/two nights visiting many castles and ruins in the Highlands, and takes a cruise on Loch Ness. 

Get to Know Your Destination

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.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

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.

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