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  • Locations: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Short-term Summer
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Short-term Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-term Summer 2019 04/15/2019 04/22/2019 08/08/2019 08/19/2019
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 USD Scholarships: Arts and Sciences International Opportunity Fund, Coyote Commitment, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Søren Peterson
Academic Level: Undergraduate Academic Year: Incoming Freshman
Program Description:


Scottish Highlands (photo courtesy of Taylor Schoenfelder)

Kick start your degree by studying abroad in Scotland with a USD faculty member, Dr. Scott Breuninger, and other incoming freshmen before taking your first class on campus. Explore the dramatic political, religious, and cultural strife that transformed Scotland from an insular, medieval country into a major contributor to the intellectual and commercial life of the British Empire. Based at the University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495, this program will highlight key changes occurring in Scotland between the 1560s and the present as well as the changing fortunes of the state within the broader context of British history. We will discuss topics such as witch hunts, union with England, Scottish and Irish enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Scotland in the 20th century, Brexit and modern politics. In addition to Aberdeen, we will also visit Loch Ness and Inverness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a better understanding of Scottish history, 1550-1800
  • Familiarize yourself with the concepts historians use to interpret this period of Scottish history
  • Consider the nature of historical sources and their "legitimate" uses, gaining an appreciation for a wide variety of potential types of historical evidence
  • Improve your ability to communicate effectively and construct persuasive arguments in both written and oral form

Program Dates:

  • Course Term: Fall 2019 (first 8 week block)
  • Travel Dates: August 8-19, 2019

For More Information:

Click on the tabs above for information about academics (course listing, syllabus, registration), accommodation, expenses (cost estimate, payment schedule, scholarships and financial aid), application instructions, contacts, and resources.




Title: HIST 292 From Hogwarts to Brexit: The Formation of Modern Scotland
Cross-listings: ENGL 292, INTS 292
Credits: 3
Download syllabus: HIST 292 (PDF)

NOTE: This is a Fall 2019 course (first 8 week block) with travel to Scotland during Summer 2019.




After admission to this program, CAGE will register you in the course you indicate on the Course Registration Form in your application. You will not be able to register yourself in WebAdvisor.



Participants will stay in university accommodations arranged by the program.



Program Expenses

Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.

To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible. NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid for this program, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during the fall.



Application Instructions

Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.

If you have started an application already, use the LOGIN (USD applicants) link on this site to return to the materials.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to incoming freshmen admitted to USD for Fall 2019.



Faculty Leader

Scott Breuninger is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program at the University of South Dakota. He has extensive experience living and doing research in the United Kingdom. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in European History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact Us

For questions about the course content and program site, contact the faculty leader, Scott Breuninger.

For general inquiries and questions about the application process, course registration and billing, contact Søren Peterson in the Center for Academic & Global Engagement. To schedule an advising session with him, visit Coyote Connections (Get Assistance -> Study Abroad -> Faculty-Led Programs).



For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.