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  • Locations: Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Anthropology, Sociology Experience / Activity Type: Classes
Credit type: LU credit Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Option: Apartment, Dorm/Student Residence, Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
LU Program Director: Wesson, Cam ( Number of Credits: 6
Host: Lehigh Program LU Study Abroad Advisor: Katie Radande (
Exchange: No Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:
Friday 2/9/18, 4:10 PM, MG 110
Thursday 2/15/18, 4:10 PM, MG 110
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling admissions through mid-March 2018

Program takes place from June 16 - July 22, 2018. Participants departing from the USA should plan to fly to Scotland on June 15. 

June 16 - June 22: Tour Scotland (begin in Edinburgh)
June 23 - July 21: Archaeological dig in South Uist
July 22: Final day of class
July 23: Earliest possible return flight

$6,000 (tentative) - This includes tuition for six credits, program on-site travel, activities/excursions and accommodations.  Not included:  airfare, meals, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel or other costs.
A limited number of $500-$2,000 need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. Deadlines are posted on the Travel Grant Form

Students are encouraged to review the Finances section of the Lehigh Study Abroad website for information on additional funding opportunities.
All students take one 6-credit course, Exploring Viking Age Scotland: An Archaeological and Historical Expedition.  The course is a Sociology course and can count towards fulfilling social science elective requirements.

This course would be a good option for students interested in History, Forensics, Anthropology/Sociology, Biology, Museum Studies, and Global Studies.
Students will meet in Edinburgh, Scotland for a week of touring Viking sites and museums in the city before venturing out to the Hebrides Islands off the western coast of Scotland.  The Hebrides Island were originally conquered and then inhabited by the Vikings between about 800 and 1200AD.  Professor Wesson has been working with some professors and students from the University of Cardiff in Wales on past projects and this project will be joining up with that professor and those students to help on this summer's dig!  Because of erosion on the islands, a lot of the Viking sites are starting to be unearthed and the group will be working together to dig up and preserve those relics and remains.
Scotland has been part of Great Britain since the joining of the crowns in 1400 but both pre- and post-1400, has remained distinctive in terms of its history and character.  The course will start out in Edinburgh, a medieval city that still retains much of its old charm (though the moat around the castle has been filled in and turned into a park).  Edinburgh is rich in tradition, history, and museums and will be a good launching point for the students' trip out west.  The Hebrides islands, divided into Outer and Inner Hebrides, are off the western coast of Scotland and receive the full brunt of the winds coming across the Atlantic Ocean.  Beautiful, stark, and largely currently uninhabited, these islands are the scenery in Scottish folklore, legends, and films. 
To apply, complete a Lehigh Faculty-Led Summer Course application found under the Student Services tab in Banner (see step by step instructions below).  

Please Note: upon submitting the application, you are committing to participating and paying up to the full cost of the program if accepted.

Summer Lehigh-Led Application Instructions
1. Log into your Banner Account
2. Click the "Student Services" tab
3. Click the "Study Abroad and International Internships Application/Registration" menu option
4. Click "Register for Winter or summer (faculty led credit bearing) programs" menu option.
5. Follow instructions to complete the application.