BREXIT: Scotland and England...History, Political Implications and Possible Outcomes

Type of Travel: 
United Kingdom
Program Director(s): 
Departure Date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Saturday, March 23, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 30, 2018

The Edinburgh & London trip during Spring Break 2019 will offer an opportunity to explore the history and government of both Scotland and Great Britain.  Class time prior to the trip will include discussion of the history of the European Union, the history of Britain, the vote by Britain to exit the EU, the implications for Great Britain and the politics around implementing the decision.  

Program Goals and Outcomes
Great Britain's vote to leave the common market of the European Union raises questions about the rationale for and possible outcomes of this decision.  This course will examine the economic and political logic behind the vote and evolving public views about implementation of this decision. It will also provide a broader historical and economic context in which to think about these issues. The trip will come at a critical time of the Brexit negotiations between United Kingdom and the European Union, which are set to end in March 2019.

By the end of the program, students will:

1. Understand the reasons for the creation of the European Economic Community after the Second World War

2. Analyze the economic effects of the Common Market (EEC) on growth and development in Europe

3. Understand the historical development of Britain from pre-Roman to Modern Times

4. Evaluate the economic, political, and social implications of the Brexit vote

Participant Selection Criteria
Program Prerequisite:

  • 3 credits in economics (recommended)
  • GPA: 2.5

Additional skills and requirements:

  • Willingness to walk in urban and rural locations

Note:  Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office

Course Information
You will earn a total of 3 credits for ECON 496 during spring 2019 semester

  • ECON 496 - This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component.
  • For Pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester at a location and time TBD. This course will
    • Set the tone for the program
    • Discuss academic portion 
    • Lay out expectations and procedures 
    • Answer your questions and concerns
    • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.
  • Travel portion of the course will take place during spring break.

Students must take both the on campus course and complete the travel component.  

Program Fee
$3,450 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, CISI health insurance, in-country arrangements)

Other Fees
$105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center

Program fee and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to students' Ubill for Fall Semester

Out of Pocket Costs
$400 meals
$100 personal expenses (souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, etc.)
$175 passport*
$100 vaccines and preventative medications

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall). Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2018

Other Scholarship Resources

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of November 1, 2018.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Program Itinerary

Thursday, March 14
Depart Ames

Friday, March 15
Arrive in Edinburgh
Visit Scottish Parliament building, meet a member of Scottish National Party
Check into hotel

Saturday, March 16
Walking tour of old town Edinburgh
Visit Edinburgh Castle

Sunday, March 17
National Museum of Scotland
Visit Mary Kings Close
Free time

Monday, March 18
Bus to Glenkinchie Distillery, Glasgow
Evening in Glasgow

Tuesday, March 19
Train to London

Wednesday, March 20
Tour of Westminster Abby/Churchill War rooms

Thursday, March 21
Travel to Oxford and BMW/Mini plant

Friday, March 22
Dunstall Farm and Castle Farm in Sevenoaks
Afternoon on own
Dinner cruise

Saturday, March 23
Depart London/ Return to Ames