Scottish Business in the Arts Summer Program

  • The Scottish Business in the Arts Summer Program combines academic learning and internship experience with an Edinburgh Festival company during the world’s largest arts festival.

  • Students will experience an exciting eight-week program specifically designed to assist non-specialist undergraduates to learn about the operations of business organizations in the arts and culture sector.

  • Course credits are earned while studying at the University of Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, in collaboration with Internship Scotland.


This is a dynamic program that allows students to fully immerse themselves into both academic study and into an intense internship experience. There are two integral components to this unique program.

  1. Four-week academic course to build a solid understanding of business principles in context. Seven components: Business Policy and Strategy; Marketing; Human Resource Management; Finance and Accounting; Operations Management; and Enterprise.
  2. Four-week Internship: placement with a business organization in the arts and culture sector operating during the Edinburgh Festival. Guidance on project definition, an overview of research methodologies and an introduction to literature searches will be given in two research methodologies seminars prior to the beginning of the internship. There will be two components of assessment:
    • 80% Individual written report circa 1,750-2,000 words.
    • 20% Internship attendance and report submitted by internship hosts.

    The report (worth 80%) will be based upon the work and the organization undertaken by the student and will be linked back to a topic covered as part of the taught course.


You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • Summer program: 8 credits.


Single room in shared apartments.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
  • The majority of participants on this program will be humanities or liberal arts majors, particularly those studying drama, dance, music or related creative disciplines. Due to the course content, this program is not suitable for business majors or for those who have undertaken substantial coursework in business.
  • You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • March 31