Kaylen Leiby in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland | Edinburgh

The goal of this three-week summer study abroad program is to offer LVC students studying in ANY major the opportunity to engage with the music and culture of historic and modern Scotland. Scotland has a rich cultural heritage, with a long and varied history of music-making that includes traditional Scottish folk music (drums, woodwinds, bagpipes), as well as classical and contemporary styles (rock, dance, neo-folk). This rich musical heritage can serve to provide students with a unique context for studying music and offers opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.


  • Students will attend various free and ticketed local music venues including indoor and outdoor concert halls, pubs and street entertainment.
  • Students will explore historic and cultural venues in Edinburgh and the surrounding region.
  • Students who are studying music may have the opportunity to attend the APME conference which is slated to be held in Edinburgh in July 2024.

Program Details

Program cost for 2024 is estimated at $4,200 and will include:

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Housing in shared accommodation
  • Excursions to various music and cultural venues
  • Lectures by music specialists
  • Foreign emergency medical insurance

Meals, airfare/travel, public transportation pass and personal expenses are not included.

Study abroad grant funding is available based on eligibility. In addition, this program may be eligible for limited financial aid. Please read the 2023–24 Summer Financial Aid Application instructions on the Financial Aid website for additional information and submit an application to the Financial Aid Office.

July 7–28, 2024

Application Deadline: February 1

  • Applications must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 (non-refundable after February 1).
  • Remaining balance is due March 15

Students will earn a total of 3 credits and fulfill one Immersive Requirement (IME) through an LVC course taught by an LVC faculty director.

Music in Traditional and Contemporary Culture: Scotland (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Warren Gramm
Students will learn about international culture through authentic classwork supplemented by music experiences, participation, and immersive excursions in and around Edinburgh. Presentations will be given by a local university faculty. Interested students may also have the opportunity to participate in the international Association for Popular Music Education conference in Edinburgh. Students not attending the conference will have alternative activities for participation.


  • Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA may apply.


  • Walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and music sites
  • Several local music events, free and ticketed, in and around Edinburgh
  • Local museum tours
  • Day trip to cultural heritage sites outside of Edinburgh