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  • Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: TWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Overview

This program affords Biology and Botany students the unique opportunity to incorporate knowledge learned in the classroom into the field on this Education Abroad experiance to London, England and  Edinburgh, Scotland. Put on your walking shoes and take to the streets of two of Europe’s most spellbinding cities. Still going strong after nearly 900 years, Edinburgh’s dramatic cityscape includes a medley of tangled cobbled streets in Old Town and the quiet elegance of New Town. In London, you’ll discover exactly what made a quarter of the world run through the Thames.



Students have the opportunity to enroll in either Biology 1023-Environmental Biology, Botany 2113-Plant Biology, or Biology 4223- Ecology, each for 3 hours of course credit.

BIOL 1023 - Environmental Biology
This course is designed to be a study of the diversity of life and interrelationships between organisms and their environment and problems associated with these relationships. Students are informed about humanity's efforts, both past and present, to create a sustainable society. Historical perspectives and how they guide current efforts are foundational to the course. This course is designed for non-science majors and has no science prerequisites. Course credit is 3 hours (lecture and lab combined).

BOT 2113 - Plant Biology
The Plant Biology course is a three-credit hour QEP-designated course in alignment with TWU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Pioneering Pathways: Learn by Doing, designed to provide a solid foundation in biological principles governing plant systems in light of a liberal education with global perspective. Plant biology is one of the many sub-disciplines of biology and is directed to help students understand and appreciate plants as an essential part of our environment and life. This course will provide students with a comprehensive view of how plants helped the human society in the course of its history and more recently on how knowledge of plants help humans solve environmental issues and create a sustainable society. One of the course objectives is to enhance students’ understanding of the complex role of plants in the environment and our society in order to make informed decisions as global citizens, especially in view of the current environmental issues.

The study abroad part of the course is offered as an extra-credit assignment since the course enrolls 66 students. The assignment consists of studying the use of plants since the Industrial Revolution for human benefits, including solving environmental issues.

BIOL 4223 - Ecology
Biology 4223.01 is a three-credit hour QEP-designated course in alignment with TWU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Pioneering Pathways: Learn by Doing, designed to 1) provide an overview of the field of ecology by presenting the basic ideas and concepts of the ecological theory and 2) integrate experiential education through hands-on projects. Ecology is a comprehensive subject essential to the management of natural resources, and to the students’ understanding of the surrounding environment. The first part of the course will focus on individual, population, community and ecosystem level general ecology of both plants and animals, underlining the interconnections among different concepts and facts. The course focuses on the interactions of organisms with each other and with their abiotic environment. Lecture material will include organisms’ adaptations, life history strategies, population regulation, ecosystem structure and functions, and human influences on the global environment. Although the course concentrates on basic ecology, the relationship between basic ecological science and current environmental problems will be considered as well. During the semester, students will be performing experiential activities on the ecological plots assigned to lab groups, in the TWU Butterfly Garden, or during the abroad component to UK.


Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 local government council areas. It is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore. Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. Historically part of Midlothian, the city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, the sciences and engineering. It is the largest financial centre in the UK after London.The city's historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination after London, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year.

London, England
London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transportation. It is crowned as the world's largest financial centre and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world. London is a world cultural capital. It is the world's most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world's largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. London is the world's leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.

Detailed Itinerary

The following table is a proposed itinerary. Dates and activities are subject to change
May 15, 2018 Travel from DFW to Edinburgh
  • Meet at airport two hours prior to departure. Group discussion about the objectives of the trip while waiting for flight.
May 16, 2018 Edinburgh
  • Morning - Arrive in city, travel to hotel and get situated
  • Afternoon – Walking tour of city, dinner as a group and orientation in to the following days’ activities; discussion about the following issues: environment, culture, economics, history and politics
May 17, 2018 Edinburgh
  • Morning – Bus tour at shipyards, mills and other touristic objectives
  • Afternoon – Walking tour to the National Museum of Scotland, Writers’ Museum and Edinburgh Castle.
    • Discussion about Industrial Revolution, water systems and sanitation
May 18, 2018 Edinburgh
  • Morning – Visit to the Old Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site (medieval site); discussion about history and culture
  • Afternoon – Visit to the neoclassical New Town (18th century onward); discussion about European urban planning, environment, history, culture
May 19, 2018 Travel from Edinburgh to London by train
  • Morning, in train- Students work on their journals and highlight the main discussion points and conclusions from the Edinburgh experience
  • Orientation of the London activities
  • Arrive in London, travel to hotel and get situated; walking tour of London
May 20, 2018 London
  • Morning – Visit to Kew Royal Botanical Gardens and Museum of Water and Steam; discussion about environment, Industrial Revolution, history, economics and culture
  • Afternoon – Visit to the Tower of London; discussion about culture, history and politics
May 21, 2018 London
  • Morning – Visit to Museum of London; discussion about the effect of industrialization on health
  • Afternoon – Visit to Westminster Abbey; discussion about culture, history, politics, science and literature (Alfred Tennyson, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Charles Dickens and others)
May 22, 2018 Depart for USA
  • In plane – Students work on their journals and highlight the main discussion points and conclusions from the London experience

Cost Breakdown

The cost breakdown below serves as a guide to help you estimate the total cost for the abroad program. This estimate applies to TWU students enrolled in the course attached to the abroad program and the faculty/staff leaders of the program. All other participants (alumni, non-credit seeking TWU students, other TWU faculty/staff members, and non-TWU affiliated persons) may be subject to additional fees and rates.
Airfare: $1,000
Passport/Visa: $135
Housing: $1,500
Additional Meals: $200
Personal Expenses: $300
In-Country Transportation: $742
Tips for Guides & Drivers: $100
AIG Travel Guard Insurance^: $100^
Estimated Total: $4,077

*Price does not include TWU Tuition and Fees. Information regarding these expenses can be found online at the Bursar's Office website

^All program participants are required to carry AIG Travel Guard Insurance. The rate for this insurance varies depending on the status of your enrollment.

Credit Seeking TWU Students
Students who are enrolled in the course attached to the abroad program
TWU Faculty/Staff Program Leaders $100
Non-Credit Seeking TWU Students
Students participating in the abroad program but not enrolled in the subsequent course
Other TWU Faculty/Staff Members
Faculty/Staff participating in the abroad program but not serving as a program leader
Non-Affiliated TWU Participants
Includes all guests and alumni

Program Leaders

Dr. Diana Elrod
GRB 325

Dr. Camelia Maier
GRB 328


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.