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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Daniel Sack,
Who Can Apply?:
Fields of Study:
All majors welcome, Anthropology, Art, Communication, Dance, English, Music, Theater
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Type:
Faculty-Led, UMass Faculty-led
Summer Program Duration:
2 weeks
In Classes With:
All US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Semester Freshman
Minimum GPA:
Classification of Credits Available:
Grad Research, Graduate Credits, Undergrad Research, Undergraduate Credits
Program Description:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
English 397DH: Alternative Theatres, 4-6 credits
August 9-23,2017

Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festi
This is the largest theater festival in the world, set in one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. The festival experience is exhilarating and inspiring, with 3000 shows taking place every day in over 280 venues. This course helps you navigate the Fringe Festival with confidence, exposing you to fresh, exciting cutting-edge theater that will change the way you see the world.

In the first week of the course, students attend approximately 12 performances as a group. In the second week, students choose their own performances to see, shaped by a particular focus or interest. Students meet regularly with faculty for group discussions, and also have a chance to meet artists involved in creating the shows. Work is submitted online, including foundational assignments done in July and journals done while in Edinburgh. The small group (approximately 15 students and 3 faculty) makes for a wonderful, personal dynamic. Students live in comfortable, centrally located apartments, with a graduate-student TA in each apartment.

Whether you like political theatre, musical theatre, Shakespeare, dance, or stand-up comedy, there is something in Edinburgh for everyone. We welcome students from all majors. Students from other colleges and universities are also invited to apply; we usually have an even mix of UMass and non-UMass students. Post-graduates and graduate students may participate in the course for graduate credit. Enrollment is limited to 15 students for the 2017 program.

For further information about the program, visit the program website at Direct questions to Daniel Sack, Program Director, at

Priority Application deadline: December 15, 2016  
Applications received after December 15 will be considered on a space available basis.

The 2017 program costs are $2950 for UMass Amherst students, and $3550 for non-UMass students, and include:

  • Course registration and 4-6 UMass credits
  • Instructional costs and materials
  • Shared, central apartment accommodations
  • Tickets for 15-20 theater performances
  • Edinburgh city tour
  • All-day Scottish Highland tour
  • First-night and Final Dinners

Not Included:

  • Airfare: roughly $1,100
  • Meals and Incidentals: $500 or less
  • Additional Theatre Tickets: $250 or less
  • Phone: $25
A NON-REFUNDABLE $500 deposit (payable through a QuikPay link in your application) is due before your application can be considered for acceptance. It is refundable only if your application is not accepted or if the program is canceled. 

FINANCIAL AID: Scholarship applications are part of every UMass student's application. 

In addition, the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass offers scholarships for Honors College students. For more information and the application form, click here.

Non-UMass students should look for funding at their home institutions.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.