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Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism in Edinburgh



Michael Parrish

ParrishMichael Parrish, Distinguished Professor of History, has taught at UCSD since 1968 and served for five years as department chairman. He regularly offers courses in the history of American law, religion and law, famous American trials, and American films that focus on law, justice, and lawyers. 

He was educated at the University of California (Riverside), Yale University, and the Harvard Law School. Seniors at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College have recognized him as one of their Outstanding Professors. In 2007-08 he directed the UC Education Abroad Program in Edinburgh and supervised 150 UC students at that university as well as Glasgow, St. Andrews, Durham, York, Leeds, Dublin, Cork and Galway. In 2006-07 he served as the Bicentennial Professor of American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

He has traveled extensively in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe.



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.” The capital city of Scotland and home to two recent British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, this city of half a million people traces its origins to the Bronze Age and today still houses some of the finest examples of Medieval and Georgian architecture in Europe and the United Kingdom.

  • Revelle College students can fulfill their HUM 4 requirement 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

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Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 26, 2021
Arrival: Sun., June 27, 2021
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 28, 2021
First Day of Class: Tues., June 29, 2021
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 30, 2021
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., July 31, 2021


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • In order for our local partner to meet you at the airport, your flight must arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) before 11:00 am on Sunday, June 27. Students who arrive outside the pick-up window will receive instructions on how to make their way to program housing independently.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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Academic Excursions


Living Arrangements