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Revelle in Edinburgh

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Program Overview


Known for brilliant writers from Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, Edinburgh is a dream destination for anyone hooked on literature. Make it a summer to remember, with fascinating look back at the Enlightenment, juxtaposed with exploration of the UK’s vibrant poetry scene—plus plenty of opportunities to explore a sophisticated city, steeped in history.

This global seminar program is offered in partnership with the University of California San Diego. Enrollment is limited to 28 students.

Apply for this program through UC San Diego, not the IFSA Student Portal. 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Summer: Feb. 1 (early) | March 1 (regular)

Minimum GPA


Credit load

8 UCSD Quarter Credits


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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The curriculum includes the following two classes:

Enlightenment, Revolution and Romanticism

This class examines the development of Enlightenment thinking and the Romantic response to it through the 18th and 19th centuries with texts selected to emphasize the particular context and contributions of the English and Scots.

Contemporary British Poetry

The United Kingdom today has a diverse population, which is reflected in its vibrant poetry scene. This class surveys the current state of British poetry. It will look at how the tradition of western literature is being used to think about contemporary concerns, and it will keep returning to the question of what it means to be “British” in the 21st century.

Both classes will be taught by Antony Lyon, Director of University of California San Diego’s Revelle College Humanities Program. Antony has taught at UCSD since 2010 and teaches all five courses of the humanities sequence and enjoys the program’s multidisciplinary approach to the humanities. He studied political science at UC San Diego and loves Stoicism and contemporary poetry. In recognition of his teaching, he received UC San Diego’s Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019. He has traveled in the United Kingdom throughout his life, returning frequently to visit family.

You will earn 8 UC San Diego quarter credits for this program.

Visit the UC San Diego website for the Revelle in Edinburgh program. Apply for this program through UC San Diego, not the IFSA Student Portal. 

Contact Elly Vogt, UC San Diego Global Seminars Coordinator, by email or phone at 858.534.1123 to apply and for any questions regarding the program, its content, or requirements.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


Upon completion of your program, you may order a transcript online directly from the University of California San Diego.

Contact Tonia Pizer, UCSD Global Seminars Coordinator, by email or phone at 858.534.1123 with any questions regarding the program, its content, or requirements.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are a selection of activities and excursions from previous terms; options may vary for your program. Due to the seasonal nature of many of program activities, we cannot guarantee a specific activity or excursion will be available in a given term or program.


  • Edinburgh City Walk
  • Arthur’s Seat Visit
  • Holyrood Palace Tour
  • Scottish Parliament Tour
  • The Writers Museum Visit
  • Scottish Poetry Library Visit


  • Stirling Visit: This excursion includes visits to Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument.
  • Grasmere and Lake District Trip: This two-night adventure includes visiting William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Museum, along with exploring the The Woodland.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option




Students live off campus in privately owned student-apartment buildings that make it easy to get to campus and explore the best of the city.  

Sample housing 

Explore Brae House to see what your home away might be like:  

  • Location: 1.2 miles from the main campus at George Square (a 20- to 30-minute walk) and steps from many of Edinburgh’s city’s prime sites.  
  • Living space: Students live in apartments in groups of four to nine. Students have single bedrooms, each with a double bed, desk, chair, and storage, and private attached bathrooms, and share living space and a kitchen with oven, stove, refrigerator, kettle, microwave, and ironing board. Students provide bedding, towels, and basic kitchenware.  
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of their day. 
  • Additional details: 24/7 security. Reception desk. Laundry. On-site maintenance. Common space. Bike storage.  
  • Nearby: The Royal Mile, a historic street that include St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of the Holyroodhouse. Holyrood Park, home of Arthur’s Seat. Scottish Parliament.    

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Summer 2024
July 1, 2024
August 2, 2024
$9,608.16 (estimated)

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Jasmine Di Diego

Enrollment Counselor