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  • Locations: Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Sciences and Mathematics Department/School: Geology & Geography
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): John F. Hawkins,, Mark G. Steltenpohl,
Majors: ALL MAJORS Student Level: FR-Freshman, G-Graduate, JR-Junior, PR-Professional, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Language of Instruction: English Course Prerequisite: Varies
Maximum Number of Participants: 12 Housing: Camping, Hostel
Program Description:

Scotland: Walking in the Footsteps of Hutton


Immerse yourself into the natural wonders of Scotland.

Explore the center of Scottish culture as you walk in the steps of James Hutton in the historical city of Edinburgh and the Scottish countryside. James Hutton, a native to Edinburgh, is considered by   many to be the founder of modern geology. You will spend two weeks learning about the history, geology, and culture of this land with excursions in and around Edinburgh, the Inner Hebrides, and along the coast of the northwest Scottish Highlands. No trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to the Great Glen Fault and its mesmerizing Loch Ness. With field excursions daily in all of the above mentioned locations, you’ll enjoy a true Scottish experience.


In addition to the application, students must complete a mandatory interview with the program director. Please email to make an appointment.

Also, in order to be a successful candidate for this course, there are certain physical requirements
that each person needs to meet:

  • Be able to hike up to 10 km on consecutive days while carrying a day pack.
  • Get in and out of a 7-passenger van many times a day.
  • Be able to camp for the required amount of time.
  • Be able to get in and out of city busses.

    Scotland Edinburgh Castle


  • 20 July 2017: Date of group travel
  • 21 July 2017: Start date on location and date classes begin
  • 04 August 2017: Date classes and examinations end
  • 04 August 2017: End date and date of return travel


The following courses will be offered on this program:

  • GEOL 4930: Geoventure (3 credit hours) - Designed for non-science majors focusing on science skills. Will be classified as a GEOL 4930-001: Directed Study. Pass/fail.
  • GEOL 4300: Geodynamics (3 credit hours) - Designed for advanced Geoscience majors with a focus on heat flow / tectonics. Letter grade.
  • GEOL 4930: Directed Study (3 credit hours) - Designed for Geoscience majors with a focus on tectonics (section 002) or geomorphology (section 003). Letter grade.
  • GEOL 7930: Directed Study (3 credit hours) - Designed for graduate level Geoscience majors with a focus in research and geoeducation. Letter grade.


Scotland COSAM Group

Download a copy of the 2017 Budget for the COSAM Geosciences Program in Scotland.

Payment Schedule:

  • 10 March 2017: First ½ of program fee billed to eBill
  • 01 April 2017: First ½ of program fee due
  • 07 April 2017: Withdrawal prior to this date with 50% refund
  • 07 April 2017: Second ½ of program fee billed to eBill
  • 06 May 2017: Second ½ of program fee due on eBill. (Note: Students enrolling AFTER the first payment date in April will need to pay 100% of program fee on 06 May 2017).
  • 06 May 2017: No refund after this date.

Refund Policy:

Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed above.

Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Participants will stay with the Faculty Directors in a combination of hostels and campsites:

  • Budget Backpackers is a hostel in downtown Edinburgh. With its centralized location, all excursions/exercises will be within walking distance.
  • Skye Base Camp is located on the Isle of Skye near the town of Broadford. Close to the hostel are several beachside walks and restaurants. This will be hostel living, so we will have warm beds and hot showers. We will also have access to a large kitchen so we can take advantage of the large grocery store nearby.
  • Broomfield Holiday Park is located on the shores of Lochbroom in the town of Ullapool. This will be tent camping, so make sure you have the gear needed to make yourself comfortable. There will be a grocery store and several restaurants in walking distance.

Scotland Isle of Skye


Scotland, United Kingdom
The course will start in Edinburgh, Scotland. We will be staying near the center of old town and will be within walking distance to many of the classic local attractions. Edinburgh is a modern city that still has all of its old world charm. You will be captivated by its unique culture, vibrant night life, and the sounds of distant bagpipes playing old Scottish tunes. With its free museums and affordable public transportation, you will be spoiled for choice of activities in your free time. After three days of indulging on the geology and culture of Edinburgh, we will leave the rolling volcanic hills and ancient volcanic remains for the rocky exposed shores on the northwest Highlands. We will start our exploration of the Scottish Highlands on the Isle of Skye, thought by many to be the most beautiful of the Inner Hebrides. We will enjoy the long summer days of northern Scotland by exploring many locations as rich in folklore as they are in geology. Upon leaving the Isle of Skye we will travel north to the vacation town of Ullapool. This small vacation spot is very pedestrian friendly and you will be able to enjoy a late dinner of fish and chips out by the loch. We will spend several days in Ullapool before moving even more northward to the shores of Clachtoll Beach. You will see the true rugged nature of the Scottish Highlands and see how its rural and remote culture differs from that of Edinburgh. Toward the end of our highland journey, we will have the opportunity to venture out north of Kinlockbervie to visit a mid-1800’s bothy. The hike to the bothy alone is worth the effort due to its natural moors and beaches, but this will provide insight to the peat cutting culture and simple living of the northern Scots of the past. After our northern Scottish adventure is complete, we will return to Edinburgh to enjoy two more nights of this historic city before we depart for home.


Scotland COSAM Group 2

Participants will visit the following locations:

  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Siccar Point
  • Glencoe
  • The Old Man of Storr
  • The Quiraing
  • Fairy Glen
  • Fairy Pools
  • Loch Ness
  • Ullapool
  • Knockan Crag
  • Honda Island
  • Sandwood Bay

Additional details can be found at the program website listed below.


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. Non-U.S. citizens should verify visa requirements.


Contact the faculty directors listed at the top of the page, and visit the program website at

This program is currently not accepting applications.