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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Iverness, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

This program is designed for Penn State Schuylkill Honors Program students to learn about public memory of Scotland and explore interdisciplinary approaches to scholarly works related to the history of Scotland. Students selected for this program will enroll in HUM 300N at the Schuylkill campus. Students will study the novel and television show Outlander, exploring how different media (particularly performing arts and literature) lead to different interpretations, and how these interpretations contribute to public memory of Scotland.

For one week during Spring Break 2020, honors students and honors faculty will fly to Edinburgh, where they will stay in shared apartments near the Royal Mile. Nearby attractions include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, St. Bernard's Well, and the Royal Mile. The program will include a bus tour of Outlander filming locations in order to enable students to study how the television series impacts public memory of the locations, which have a very different history than their fictional counterparts. During two days of the trip, students and faculty will travel by train to Inverness, where they will stay at a bed-and-breakfast and visit Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns. A day trip to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle will also be included in this program. Three group meals will be provided during this program where students and faculty will discuss public memory, documented history, interpretations of texts related to Scotland, and the places they visited throughout the week. Additionally, students will be expected to work on documentation of texts and/or autoethnographic writing throughout the week in order to complete their final projects for the course.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • Pre-requisites: HUM 300N lists ENGL 15 and ENGL 202 as prerequisites. All students enrolled in the course must have taken ENGL 15 or its honors equivalent (ENGL 30). Because most of the students we expect to enroll in this course are juniors and seniors, it is likely that they will have already taken ENGL 202 as well. It would be acceptable for students to enroll in ENGL 202 concurrently with HUM 300N.using proper bulleting.
  • This course is open to all majors at Penn State Schuylkill campus only.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of hotel/hostle overnight accommodations. 

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Valerie Schrader by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must complete an online application by September 30. In October, the honors coordinator and course instructor (Dr. Valerie Schrader) and the honors assistant coordinator (Dr. Arturo Zilleruelo) will review the applications and select 10 students for the course. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.




Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/06/2020 03/14/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader, Valerie Schrader by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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