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  • Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overview

Come and expand your book publishing knowledge to new international heights in the beautiful bookish city of Edinburgh! Scotland may be known for its kilts and bagpipes, but it also has a rich historical and contemporary book publishing scene. Scotland is home to approximately 105 publishing companies, including award-winning publishers such as Canongate and DC Thompson, and also home to bestselling authors past and present like J.K. Rowling, Kate Atkinson, Irvine Welsh, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The first encyclopedia in English (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1768), the precursor company to Harpercollins (now one of the biggest trade publishers), and the largest international book festival in the world are all native to the city of Edinburgh.

The city of Edinburgh will be our classroom as we focus on building critical skills for understanding and working within an international book environment, particularly in Scotland. This two-week course incorporates guest lectures, hands-on workshop visits, event participation, and small group discussions in addition to traditional classroom time. Time spent observing and analyzing the book processes and agents within the Scottish publishing industry will be interspersed with bookish site visits (and yes, the birthplace of Harry Potter will be one of them).

As the world grows increasingly globalized and interconnected, so does the publishing world, so that to be an informed and experienced publishing professionals in the United States, it is even more important to know how the publishing industry operates in international contexts like the UK. It is an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Scottish book publishing industry.

Interested in a virtual course for Summer 2021?

Please read more and apply to the virtual course here. For this online course, students are charged the equivalent of 4 credits of tuition based on residency status (resident, non-resident or WUE) and enrollment level (undergraduate or graduate). The typical PSU Online course fee of $35 per credit also applies. Review the rates of tuition here. 
Explore the Edinburgh Book Publishing Festival
The Ultimate Harry Potter Tour of Edinburgh - The Culture Trip

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Faculty Leader Rachel Noorda, Director of Book Publishing Program
Department of English
Travel Dates Summer 2022
Areas of Study
All Majors welcome, however, this course is especially relevant to the following fields of study:
  • Book Publishing
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • English
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD Summer 2022
Course & Credit Undergraduates: WR 410 (4 credits)
This credit applies to your writing elective requirement towards your major or minor!

Graduates: WR 510 (4 credits) 
This credit applies to your Masters degree requirements!
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Shared, single-gender dorms in a hostel, located in central Edinburgh
  • Bathrooms and living areas are shared
  • Breakfast provided daily
  • Wireless internet provided
  • Students should provide their own towels
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore, by approval
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate*
*Preference is given to students admitted to the Graduate Program in Book Publishing at PSU, but all are encouraged to apply!
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 3.0
Graduate: 3.0

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Pre-Requisites Undergraduate: Completion of a 300-level writing course

Graduate: Admission to the Master's program in Book Publishing
Application Requirements  
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
  • $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
*Projected Costs from 2021 program; Subject to change for 2022
$4,200 $1,725 $5,925
  • 4 PSU credits (WR 410 or 510)
  • Accommodations in a shared hostel in central Edinburgh
    • Bathrooms and living areas are shared
    • Breakfast provided daily
    • Wireless internet provided
    • Students should provide their own towels
  • Guest lectures, workshops, and/or company visits, these may include:
    • Edinburgh University Press, one of the leading university presses in the UK
    • Creative Scotland, a public body that supports creative industries across the country
    • Society of Young Publishers of Scotland
    • Publishing Scotland, the network, trade and development body for the book publishing sector in Scotland
    • Giglets, specializing in children's educational digital publishing
  • Tickets to several events and/or workshops at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Cultural Visits, these may include:
    • Tour of the National Library of Scotland
    • Tor of the Central Library Edinburgh
  • Day trip to Glasgow which may include:
    • Visit to BookSource, a distributor
    • Visit to Waterstones, a major book retailer
  • Transportation to all required program sites
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,200)
  • Trains, taxis, and other ground transportation, including transportation to/from the airport in Edinburgh (estimated at $25)
  • Lunch & Dinner daily (estimated at $280)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.