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Revelle in Edinburgh


Antony Lyon

Antony Lyon headshotAntony Lyon, Director of Revelle College’s Humanities Program, has taught at UC San Diego since 2010. He teaches all five courses of the Humanities sequence and enjoys the program’s multidisciplinary approach to the humanities. He studied political science at UC San Diego and loves Stoicism and contemporary poetry. In recognition of his teaching, he received UC San Diego’s Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019. He has traveled in the United Kingdom throughout his life, returning frequently to visit family.



Why you should go

Often referred to as “the Athens of the North” because of its rich intellectual tradition in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom after London. Robert Louis Stevenson, a native son, wrote: “Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be.” Edinburgh lies on the eastern coast. A medium-sized city with half a million people, it is a mix of natural features, such as Arthur’s Seat; a long political history, best reflected in the Royal Mile stretching from Holyrood Palace up to Edinburgh Castle; and a thriving contemporary city as the capital of Scotland.

Who should go

Revelle College students can fulfill two Humanities requirements through this program. Warren College students may be able to fulfill one Programs of Concentration requirement or one Area Studies requirement or one Upper-Division Non-Contiguous requirement (refer to Warren Academic Advising Office for more information).

Information Sessions

  • All information sessions have past
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.
  • Information session presentation (pdf)

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2024
First Day of Class: Tues., July 2, 2024
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
$6,409.46 $6,409.46 $6,409.46
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,514.43 $2,564.43 $3,454.43
(not including airfare or personal expenses)
$8,923.89 $8,973.89 $9,863.89

Budget Sheet

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.

Local Site Visits

Excursion to the Highlands

  • Highland Folk Museum
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Loch Ness Boat Tour
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Glen Finnian Viaduct Walk

Two Nights in Grasmere and Lake District

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • Single room in an off-campus apartment close to the University of Edinburgh and walking distance to the classroom
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom and internet access included
  • Linens provided. Students should plan to bring their own towels.
  • Our program partner will accept roommate requests during the pre-departure process. Roommate requests cannot be guaranteed and must be mutual. Each student must request the other student in writing separately. The request must include the PID and first and last name for both students.
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.

Included Meals

  • Welcome lunch upon arrival
  • Welcome lunch during orientation
  • Breakfast is included on the two-night excursion to the Lake District
  • Farewell dinner

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom space at the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue on the University of Edinburgh campus
  • There is no computer lab available - plan to bring a laptop
  • The University of Edinburgh participates in the Eduroam network. Follow these instructions to set up your computer (scroll to the bottom of the page) for access while you are still at UCSD.
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Airport pick up at the beginning of the program; cash stipend equal to the cost of public transportation to the Edinburgh Airport at the end of the program
  • Transportation for all out of town excursions


  • More information about how to obtain a local SIM card will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
  • Students will be responsible to purchase their own calling time/minutes.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • Comprehensive insurance package with CISI
  • An in-depth orientation will be given on the morning after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours.
  • All students must register for UC travel insurance. This is free coverage, but registration is required prior to departure.