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Arts Administration, Edinburgh Festival Internship

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 8 weeks, early July to late August
  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Program advisor: Julia Lieberman
    The University of Edinburgh Summer School has cancelled the Arts Administration, Edinburgh Festival Internship for summer 2018.  
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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
  • 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

What will studying in this program be like?
The program is structured into two four-week blocks. The first half consists of classes and a Business Simulation Assessment, while the second half is an internship. See the Internships tab for more information.

I am not a business major, can I study on this program?
Yes! This program is designed for students who are studying a variety of subjects. Non-business majors take a track of courses designed to introduce them to topics such as Accounting, Finance and Operations Management.  

I am a business major, can I study on this program?
Yes! This program is designed for students who are studying a variety of subjects. Business majors study Art Management Fundamentals. This course focuses on the economic and cultural role art plays in society, covering a number of present day issues facing the arts including government and private funders, the role of public policy and arts as a non-profit or for-profit business.  

Will business and non-business majors study together?
Yes! Topics such as Human Resource Management, Enterprise in Arts, Marketing, and Business Policy and Strategy will be covered in both pathways. Additionally, the groups will work together on the Business Simulation Assessment.  

What does the Business Simulation Assessment include?
The Business Simulation Assessment will see students from both pathways work together on the business simulation, peer assessment, and a final group report which will be a reflective review of the lessons learned as a result of the simulation.    

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, with two tracks for business and non-business majors.  

Track One (non-business majors):

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise in Arts
  • Marketing
  • Business Policy and Strategy  

Track Two (business majors):

  • Art Management Fundamentals
  • Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise in Arts
  • Marketing
  • Business Policy and Strategy


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 appeal 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?
No. Students need to supply bedding, cooking utensils and cutlery, and will be given the opportunity to purchase these items during IFSA-Butler orientation.

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 on the day marked "Mandatory Scotland arrival." 

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. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

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.

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:

julieProgram Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.

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.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.



Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
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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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