Quick Info

  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing)
  • : Will run again in 2019 - Stay tuned for details!
  • : TBD
  • : TBD
  • : 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.  

ENGWRT 1200: The Travelers Journal also fulfills a Writing (W) requirement.

Courses may count towards UCIS Global Studies cerificate.

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.

This class is about the very writerly practices of introspection and articulation.  Most of us are introspective to some degree. We ask ourselves questions; we feel our way through difficulties; we talk ourselves into things; and we consult our memory and the knowledge we possess in order to come to new ways of thinking and seeing the world. This is especially true of those who travel and so 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 liberty to say things that might make you feel very vulnerable. 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.

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
Arrive in Edinburgh Depart Edinburgh


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


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.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!