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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Short-term Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Advisor:
Søren Peterson
Program Description:
Witches, Whiskey and War: The Formation of Modern Scotland (INTS/HIST/ENGL 492; 3 CR)
Led by: Scott Breuninger

Edinburgh Highlands

This course is designed to introduce students to some of the key events and themes of Scottish history and to take advantage of the opportunity to travel to many of the key sites within Scotland itself.  In particular, we shall explore the formation of modern Scotland across four dimensions.  By tracing the evolution of Scottish political thought, we shall how Scotland moved from being an independent kingdom to part of the British Empire, playing particular attention to moments of tension between the two states. Religious change will also be a major theme of this course, as we chart the spread of Presbyterianism in Scotland and challenges to it (in the form of the Witch Hunts of the late 1500s and early 1600s). On economic and social levels, we shall witness the growth of an pastoral society into a maritime, commercial empire spanning the globe and examine the effects of this spread upon the peoples of Britain (and her colonies).  Finally, the period covered by this course includes a number of important intellectual developments—from the birth of “modern” scientific thought to the literary achievements of David Hume and Adam Smith—that we shall take care to study.  By tracing the events of this time, students will gain a fuller understanding of some key issues during the formation of modern Scotland. For more information, contact Scott Breuninger by emailing

Pre-requisites: None.

Click below for a complete course syllabus and description (subject to change):


Travel Dates: May 12 - May 25, 2017

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017 (subject to change)

Click below for a sample itinerary:

USD Program Fee (est.) - $2,676.90 + off-campus tuition, includes:
  • Lodging
  • Breakfasts and some dinners
  • On-site transportation
  • Lectures, cultural excursions & entrance fees
  • 24/7 on-site support
  • Comprehensive international insurance
***flight is NOT included 

Click below to access our interactive budget estimator, which includes expenses NOT included above:
USD FLP Witches.Whiskey.War_Budget.xlsx
Financial Aid:
If you would like to inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact USD’s Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. The FAO is reached by calling 605-677-5446 or going to

Be advised: to be eligible for federal financial aid students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer term and 12 credits during the fall or spring terms.

Payment Schedule:
Non-refundable deposit DUE: Jan. 16, 2017 $500
Installment payment DUE: Feb. 10, 2017 $1100.00
Final payment DUE Mar. 6, 2017 $1076.90 or final  balance
Please note: The tuition for the program will be billed to the student accounts separately upon registration into the course. Tuition payments will be due the first day of summer classes.

Withdrawal Schedule and Cancellation Fees:
Before 1/16/2017 $0.00
On or after 1/16/2017 and before 2/10/2017 $500.00
On or after 2/10/2017 and before 3/6/2017 $1100.00
On or after 3/6/2017 Full program fee


1. PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATION: Please be advised this program may require an extensive amount of walking on cobblestone and uneven pavement, riding trains and buses, and walking up and down stairs, among other strenuous physical activity. Participants must contact USD Global Learning and/or USD Disability Services at least 30 days prior to departure to discuss ADA accommodations.

2. VACCINATIONS: There are no specific requirements or recommendations for vaccinations or immunizations for travel to Germany, though the CDC recommends all travelers be vaccinates for Hep A and Hep B. This is a standard recommendation for travel anywhere in the world.

For further information about recommendations on traveler's health in Germany, please refer to the Center Disease Control's website.


This program is currently not accepting applications.