Support and Safety
UCEAP students are supported by a network of people throughout the world. Your study abroad experience will be guided by trained staff that are there to support you as you prepare to study abroad, when you arrive, and throughout the program.
At the end of cobbled Buccleuch Place, the Edinburgh Study Center is between the University of Edinburgh's main campus and the Meadows, a sprawling park popular with students and locals for picnics and sports. The center takes up the ground floor of a building dating back to the 1780s, and is comprised of two offices, a kitchenette, and a study room. From the study room, students have a beautiful view over the Meadows and the student neighborhood of Marchmont. Located right behind the University of Edinburgh's main library, the center is walking distance from most campus residences, and a 10-minute walk to the city's famous Royal Mile. The center offers free coffee and tea, use of a microwave, and cutlery for your lunch.
Talk to study center staff about
- Academics, including study lists, course selection, and petitions
- Travel recommendations
- Where to eat and shop
Study center activities may include
- 1-2-1 Meetings
- Group socials (think doughnuts and chat, or haggis if it's Burn's Night!)
- Afternoon tea
- Thanksgiving, or other events depending on the time of year
A staff member is available 24/7 by telephone for assistance in case of medical or legal emergencies. Contact information is provided at orientation.
Allie Dundon (she/her)
Edinburgh Study Center in Edinburgh, Scotland
Allie helps students complete their university application and choose housing. She processes grades and organizes events to help students get to know each other and enjoy Scottish culture.
She says, “Bring a weatherproof coat and walk everywhere. You’ll feel like a true Scot in no time!”
Allie hopes students will hone their independent study skills, explore the Scottish highlands and islands, dance a ceilidh, and learn to love haggis. It really is delicious!
To help navigate the transition of leaving home and going abroad, you’ll attend in-person and online events. At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the staff who will be supporting you while you study abroad. You’ll learn things like:
- What student services are available at your host location
- Where to find local health care
- How and when to register for classes
- What to do and who to contact in an emergency
- How to travel to and from where you live to classes
- How to handle money matters like opening a bank account
- How to use technology, including your phone, and get access to the Internet
Most on-site orientations include a tour of the campus and local sites. You will also meet other students on your program and local students who will be part of your experience.
Students with dis/Abilities
Students with dis/abilities can and do study abroad. A successful experience is dependent upon careful planning, coordination, and communication.
Focus on programs that best fit your interests, academic goals, and career aspirations. You'll work with the staff at the disability services and study abroad offices on your UC campus. They can help you identify strategies to remain flexible and think creatively about accessibility and realities abroad as some international locations can be different than what you are typically accustomed to in the US. They can also help you get the necessary paperwork you'll need to apply.
After you apply, your UCEAP program specialist will coordinate with the institution abroad and connect you with those who can arrange for an accessible experience. If your needs cannot be accommodated at any point in the process, your advisors will help you choose another program. You will not be alone in this decision.