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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Communication & Journalism Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): 1) Hollie Lavenstein,, 2) Andrea Kelley,
Majors Eligible: ALL MAJORS Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 3.0 Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

Media Studies at theLA.Edinburgh.FilmFestival

Edinburgh International Film Festival


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Attend the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and immerse yourself in film culture! Media Studies in 

Edinburgh offers students an opportunity to complete two upper-level undergraduate courses in Media Studies over 

four weeks in a beautiful international city. The curriculum includes activities in film analysis and production. While the primary focus is attending the 

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), film location and cultural tours are interwoven throughout the trip.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a large, international film festival, including film premieres, special 

events and Q&As with directors and other media industry 

professionals all while studying film in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students will take two Media Studies courses, taught by Auburn Media Studies professors, for a total of 6 credit hours. The program is open to ALL AU students and offers six credits (electives). There are no prerequisites for these courses and there is no language requirement since all instruction is in English.


Students will be selected based on both their academic record (minimum GPA of 3.0 at time of application for undergraduates and graduates, respectively) and the ability of the individual to meet all objectives, participate in all activities, and evaluate all related tasks. 

Availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis and enrollment will be capped at 20 students (students will be advised of all pre-departure deadlines upon registration). Students should be able to easily travel using mass transit (trains, buses, etc.). A passport is required.


  • 15 February 2020: Program application deadline
  • 29 February 2020: Extended Deadline
  • 14 June 2020: Arrival day at Edinburgh
  • 15 June 2020: Classes begin
  • 17-28 June 2020: Attend the Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • 14 July 2020: Classes end
  • 15 July 2020: Move out date, end of program


Students earn 6 credit hours, taking the following two courses listed below which are both integrated around attendance to the EIFF’s screenings and events as well as to engaging Edinburgh’s rich history, culture, art and architecture. As attendees of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), students are expected to attend a minimum of 20 films from a variety of genres, countries, filmmaking traditions (independent, Hollywood, international, animated, experiential, documentary, shorts, etc.) as well as required festival lectures and special events.

MDIA 3970 Narrative, Location, and Point of View (3 credit hours): An exploration of visual storytelling for students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, with emphasis on how location affects a character’s point of view.  Students will attend screenings and discussions at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as make photo series and short movies. 

MDIA 3970 – Film Festivals (3 credit hours): A special topics Media Studies course, asking students to engage with film festivals as a site of critical media inquiry through multiple frameworks including the historical, aesthetic, economic, and cultural. Students also will consider broader questions of media, tourism and spectatorship as they relate to the cultural tours conducted throughout the trip.

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The program fee is $6,975 which includes the cost of courses, housing, meals, festival passes, activities, excursions and site visits, transportation within Edinburgh, Auburn University international insurance and cancellation insurance. This does not include the Auburn Abroad Fee of  $691.

For a complete description of charges and estimated expenses, download a copy of the Edinburgh Film Festival 2020 Budget


  • 18 January 2020: Non-refundable confirmation deposit of $400 due to eBill
  • 15 February 2020: First payment installment of $2,725 billed to eBill
  • 01 March 2020: Due date for first payment installment.  There will be no refund after this date.
  • 07 March 2020: Second payment installment of $3,124 billed to eBill
  • 05 April 2020: Due date for second payment installment / final lump sum payment for student applicants after 15 February 2020.  There will be no refund after this date.


Students will live at the Pollock Halls of Residence on the University of Edinburgh campus in single occupancy rooms.  Breakfast is included.


Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Edinburgh is a vibrant city steeped and history and culture boasting an eclectic array of cinemas, theaters, museums, and galleries. Despite its small size (and population of only 500,000 people), Edinburgh has all of the social and cultural assets of a city. It’s no surprise that Edinburgh is one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations. Studying in Edinburgh gives students a chance to live in the Old and New towns of Edinburgh and explore them for themselves.


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Students will participate in a variety of activities designed to enhance their appreciation of the city’s history and of the film festival. Activities include:
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Overnight Trip to the Highlands
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • National Gallery
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners


If you DO NOT have a PASSPORT, please check for the nearest local passport office at 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.


  • This program does NOT require a student visa for U.S. Citizens.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact the Faculty Directors listed at the top of the page with any program specific questions.


This program is currently not accepting applications.