Scotland and the World

Applications are now open

This new international summer school course explores the cultures and histories of Scotland through the multi-disciplinary perspectives offered by Archaeology, Celtic languages, History and Literature. The course focuses on the common, overarching question of how Scottish society has interacted with the outside world.  Using a number of case studies from different time periods, ranging from the ‘Viking’ era to the modern age, the course explores how connections to the outside world shaped Scotland’s distinctive history and culture.


What you will learn

This course aims to:

  • ​​Introduce you to Scotland’s diverse links to the wider world using Archaeology; Celtic/Gaelic; History; and Scottish Literature-based case studies.  
  • ​Explore key debates on how Scottish society developed external connections through the migration of people, commodities, ideas and writings  
  • ​Introduce humanities-based methods of analysis and enable individual and group work with a range of relevant sources across different disciplines.   
  • Enable you to compare and contrast class-room and field-work based learning and experience ​ 

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • ​​Describe and evaluate Scottish society’s range of interactions with the outside world prior to the 21st century.  
  • ​Analyse how such connections reshaped Scotland as well as influencing developments in the societies with which Scotland interacted. 
  • ​Evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources and assess the problems of interpretation arising from these sources. 
  • ​Explain, through class discussion, written work, research and field work, the different approaches Humanities-based disciplines use to interpret particular themes or subject matter.​ 

Teaching pattern

The course will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, library-based reading/research and field trips.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • you should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more.

This is a guide, for further information email