Study Arts Administration in Scotland | Edinburgh Summer Programs

Arts Administration, Edinburgh Festival Internship

  • Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 8 weeks, early July to late August
  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Program advisor: Renee Lopez
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Program Snapshot


Welcome! We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's Arts Administration, Edinburgh Festival Internship summer program. This unique program will give you a fun-filled summer in Edinburgh, combined with a once-in-a-life internship experience with the world-famous Edinburgh Festival.

What the this program has to offer

  • The opportunity to learn the administration and management side of the arts
  • A combination of practical courses and hands-on arts experience
  • Courses are taught by University of Edinburgh professors and based at the university's renowned business school
  • An internship at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival is part of the program
  • Participants have the option to purchase tickets for Festival events, shows and productions


  • Single study-bedroom in an apartment shared with other program participants
  • You may cook for yourself or eat at one of the restaurants on or near campus
  • Housing is located in Edinburgh's city center
  • Housing amenities include kitchens, wireless Internet and shared common areas


  • Program lasts for eight weeks
  • Students follow a set curriculum of courses for the first half of the program, then spend the second half in an internship
  • Courses include intro to business, marketing, arts management and more
  • Please note that this program is not suitable for business majors due to the introductory nature of the business courses
  • Participants must have completed two full years of college by the start of the program
  • Students earn 7.5 U.S. semester credit hours for the summer

We look forward to working with you!


Academic Structure

Can I participate in this program if I'm a business major?
The University of Edinburgh will not accept business majors for this program, as the business courses are introductory level and in subjects that business majors will have already taken at their home college or university.

What will studying in this program be like?
The program is structured into two four-week blocks. The first half is a set curriculum of arts-related courses, while the second half is an internship. See the Internships tab for more information.

Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely attend classes and live with U.S. and other international students. All courses are taught by host university faculty.


What courses will I take in this program?
This program has a set curriculum of classes that all participants are required to take. The course is divided into seven components:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy
  • The Management of Human Resources


How many credits will I earn on this program?
Students will earn 7.5 U.S. semester credit hours for this program.


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full summer course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university’s policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Edinburgh. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.



Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Students share apartments with other program participants. The housing is located in the Edinburgh city center.

Will I have an Internet connection in my room?
Yes. All apartments have wireless Internet access.

What other facilities are available on campus?
Students will have access to the university library and computer labs. The university also has nearby shopping centers, grocery stores and restaurants.


Is there a meal plan?
No meals are provided for this program, but housing includes kitchens for residents. If you prefer not to cook, you can find numerous cafes and restaurants nearby.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals and any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will not receive your housing assignment until you arrive abroad. Our resident staff will give you this information during the IFSA-Butler orientation.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
No. Students on this program must live in their assigned program housing.

Are any supplies included in my housing?
Yes, the housing includes bedding, cooking utensils and cutlery.

Location Info

About Edinburgh

Population: 440,000
Location: East Lothian, in eastern Scotland

City features

  • The capital city of Scotland
  • One of the most beautiful cities in Europe
  • Pubs, trendy cafes, vegetarian restaurants, small boutiques and great clubs
  • Excellent shopping and entertainment
  • Great facilities for indoor and outdoor sport
  • Home of many film, music and cultural festivals, including the International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world

Do more!

  • Catch a train to Glasgow or St. Andrews (each one hour away) or to London (five hours)
  • Head north into the beautiful Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh's Old Town
Time Out: Edinburgh
Scottish Highlands
Edinburgh News

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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*All students should arrive in Edinburgh between 9 and 10 a.m. on the day marked "Mandatory Scotland arrival." Students who arrive after 10 a.m. will not be met at the airport by IFSA-Butler staff. Directions to the orientation venue are included in the Travel Essentials mailing.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.

Program Fees

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What's included in our summer program fees
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Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.


To apply to the Arts Administration Edinburgh Festival summer program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to this program must complete an additional form as part of the application process:

We must receive these materials before we can send your application to the University of Edinburgh for an admissions decision. It can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit it with the remainder of your program application.

If you have already started an application to the Arts Administration Edinburgh Festival Internship program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Scotland:

mattProgram Advisor Renee Lopez assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Renee can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4256. Renee studied abroad twice, in France during high school and in Ireland during college. In addition, she has also traveled to Scotland, England, Germany, Mexico and St. Lucia. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and has been with IFSA-Butler since 2013. She is very excited to help students plan their own study abroad adventures because her own travel experiences have been so meaningful.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Edinburgh. Click here to read more about Resident Director Ruth Casey.

altUpon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.



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A business and arts internship associated with the Edinburgh Festival is a required component of this program. Internships are available in a wide range of fields related to the arts, including entertainment and production, stage management, public relations, marketing and venue management.

Interns will interview for their placements upon arrival in Edinburgh and will be matched with their employers prior to the start of the festival. Interns will be supervised by a University of Edinburgh faculty member and will also write a 1,750–2,000 research report related to their internship.

Eighty percent of the internship is based on the research report. Twenty percent of the grade is based on attendance and the supervisor assessment.

All interns will experience the exciting, fast-paced festival atmosphere and will be able to purchase tickets for shows and productions throughout the festival in August.

Click here to view the festival's website and lineup of performances.

Withdraw Notice

Please note that the University of Edinburgh has a very strict withdraw policy for summer. Be aware that if you withdraw from the program on or after June 3, you will be charged a fee of £1,000.

Although IFSA-Butler students pay their fees to us instead of to the University of Edinburgh, we are responsible for any fees incurred on behalf of our students. Therefore, we are obligated to follow the university's refund policy for summer withdraws. Please contact our office with any questions about this situation.

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