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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
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Program Description:
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 Location Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Summer B 2017
August 1 – August 31, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,600 (includes $350 Study Abroad Fee)
 Credits 12 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Scott Maglessen
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline February 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General Students spend the month in the heart of Edinburgh attending and discussing performances from around the world during the International Festival and Festival Fringe.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

This unique study abroad program through UW Study Abroad offers qualified students an immersive 12 credit theatre studies experience.

Since 1947, the Edinburgh Festivals (Fringe, Main, Book, Music) has grown into the largest and most prestigious performing arts festival in the world. Its global appeal allows students to study the latest trends in theatrical performance during a four-week period.

With over 2,500 performers and 250,000 visitors each year, the Edinburgh Festivals are a celebration of culture, art and performance hosted by one of Europe’s great historical cities.

The class lives in a three story flat situated in the middle of the city, within easy walking distance of most festival venues. Students create a community that lives, studies and shares experiences together that it is the centerpiece of this program.

The lecture materials for the class examine changing criteria for successful theatrical productions and how being a traveler to a cosmopolitan theatre festival informs our experience as an audience member. Participants write about and articulate critical thinking that expands creative horizons for a student of the dramatic arts.


Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh


59 Frederick Street is a four-story house located in the center of Edinburgh, within easy walking distance of most festival venues and sites. It has hosted three previous Edinburgh programs and has bedrooms for up to four students each, full kitchen, dining and living room.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Students interested in Drama, Dance, Music, Art and world cultures are encouraged and welcome to apply.


12 Credits


DRAMA 499 (12 credits)

Students will view over 30 shows during their course of study, and participate in excursions to historical and cultural destinations in Scotland. Regular classes, master classes and seminars with guest artists will round out the program.

Learning Goals: 

The focus of the class is the study and experience of current global trends in theatrical practice, with an emphasis on viewing and critiquing international work. Students will learn foundational theories in popular culture and tourism and will apply them to their experiences to unpack the ways in which Edinburgh “stages” itself for the world.

Program Directors & Staff

Scott Magelssen, Department of Drama, Program Director

Scott Magelssen teaches theatre and performance studies at UW and serves as the director of the Center for Performance Studies. His research focuses on tourism and museum theatre; simulated environments; and theatre and flight.

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,250

Estimated Program Fee of $4,250, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,600 - $2,000* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 August 4, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,250 August 4, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.