Summer Travel Study

Comparative Literature: International Edinburgh Festival

  • Dates

    August 4, 2019 – August 30, 2019

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5,900

    UC Grad Students: $6,400

    Visiting Students: $6,400

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Program has been canceled for 2019

Each August, Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), founded in 1947 and now the biggest arts celebration in the world. Along with EIF, which showcases classical music, major theater, dance, and cinema in the city’s primary venues, The Finge is a carnival of inclusion, diversity, and small-scale/amateur arts, offering over 50,000 performances in more than 300 venues across Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festivals (which include an additional 14 festivals on top of the two mentioned) embraces more literary fairs, move festivals, innovative galleries, comedy, and street art than one person can possibly manage. Whatever the EIF is showcasing, we will study it, investigating core principles of originality, appropriation, diversity, immigration/emigration, cross-media storytelling and so forth.

Not only will we study the ways in which stories move between times, places, and tools/media. We will also look at the economics of the arts, so that students comprehend the business mechanics of each form and, hopefully, apply their love of the arts to a startup career. The world’s biggest cultural celebration will permit students both to encounter and then engage their studies in action. Members of this travel study program will learn what it takes to stage an art for the public. They will learn how to make the humanities into a career. They will appreciate what artistic expression means in a networked, multimedial world; in an optimistic space beyond borders and barricades – in 2019, just as in 1947.


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program:

  • COM LIT 1E (4 units)
  • COM LIT 191 (4 units)
Course Descriptions

COM LIT 1E: Social Media and Storytelling: Comparing Cultures (4 units)

Prerequisites: None

Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Study of social media as platform for storytelling, with core focus on three distinct cultures. History, form, and various functions of social media. Examination of how we tell stories about ourselves and how we interpret digital narratives we see, hear, or read from organizations near and far. Analysis of networked narratives encountered online.

*COM LIT 1E can be applied towards the  Literary and Cultural Analysis or Social Analysis UCLA GE requirements.

COM LIT 191: Variable Topics in Comparative Literature (4 units)

Prerequisites: None

Seminar, three hours. Study and discussion of limited periods and specialized issues and approaches in literary theory, especially in relation to other modes of discourse such as history, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, anthropology. Development of culminating project required. May be repeated for credit with topic change.

Optional Courses

Students may enroll in an optional 199 course (2-4 units) for further individual study with the instructor’s permission.

COM LIT 199: Directed Research (2-4 units; requires instructor consent)

Tutorial, three hours. Requisite: course 100. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit with consent of chair. Individual contract required.


Syllabi for all courses will be provided closer to the start date of the program.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Classes will be held at the hostel and generally do not meet on Saturdays and Sundays.


Weekly readings are downloadable and printable from your CCLE course website. It is strongly suggested you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart so you have more time to enjoy the city while you’re abroad.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee $5,900 $6,400 $6,400
Textbooks (estimate) $150 $150 $150
Airfare (estimate) $1700 $1700 $1700
Meals (estimate) $1000 $1000 $1000
Spending Money (estimate) $500 $500 $500

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance. Program fee also includes daily breakfast throughout the program.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Students will reside in a centrally-located hostel in Edinburgh. The hostel rooms accommodate between 4-6 people and each en suite has it’s own bathroom and there is a communal kitchen in the hostel.

UCLA Summer Sessions reserves the right to change housing locations. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Daily breakfast will be provided at the hostel.

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical, medical or mental health conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum, most of which will be day trips to nearby sites, such as Glasgow, Stirling Castle, St Andrews, St Abbs, North Berwick, Perth or Burntisland. 

This list is subject to change, and a full schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.

Free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

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