Go Green in Scotland

The Going Green travel study is a six-week hybrid course with embedded travel-study designed for business students to study the impact of sustainability on business and culture in an international context. Two weeks prior to the trip, students will read academic and business articles that relate to international business, sustainability, and the culture of the country under study and participate in related quizzes and discussions online. During the two-week travel study, students will visit businesses, museums and other culturally relevant locations and complete related assignments on-site. Student learning will culminate in a final project in conjunction with a business in the country in which they have traveled. A final reflection paper will be due (online) two weeks after the completion of travel. Students will recognize the importance of sustainable business practices and their benefit to businesses and society.

Why Scotland? Why now?

In July 2015, Scotland became one of the first countries in the world to adopt the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. From the Scottish Government: “In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world. In signing Scotland up to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Scottish Government made a bold statement of intent not just to the people of Scotland but to the world. Scotland should be a place where people can satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a good quality of life. Unfortunately, this is simply not a reality across our country today. These Goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all.”

Seventeen goals are listed. Of interest to this travel study are clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life on land; and partnerships for the goals. Because of Scotland’s national dedication to sustainable business and responsible government, this way of life and doing business has become part of the overall culture. Studying sustainable business bleeds into studying the culture of the country at large.
Add to your resume a hands-on international business project completed on-site for a Scottish business. Live in Edinburgh, one of Europe’s safest and most walkable cities. Day trips included to Stirling, Glasgow, Inverurie, Stonehaven, and more! Visits to businesses, museums, and other cultural and historical sites. Assignments completed on site and online over a six-week period. Travel on your own during a free weekend or stay locally and explore with your friends! Each evening you are free to explore and dine on your own or with friends.

Course Information

Course is offered as BUSA 376 special topics course during the May and June summer semesters. Travel dates for 2018 are June 3-15. Course start date (online) is May 14 and ends June 30. College of Business majors, minors and sustainability minors are welcome. Course counts as an elective in MKTG, BUSA, MIS, HR and as credits toward students earning 150 credits in the ACCTG degree.

Travel study counts as three credits (BUSA 376) with an additional three credits available as an optional Independent Study (BUSA 486) to those wishing to take a full load in the summer to qualify for financial aid funding.

Tentative Itinerary

*Subject to change.

Online class preparation and reading, project overview, pre-departure meetings.

Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Visits to award-winning sustainable businesses; briefings on sustainability best practices and Scotland’s history; castle and museum tours; experience Scotland’s largest wind farm up close; hear about efforts to educate the public on sustainable living and working; eat at a pub serving food since 1635; visits to two whisky distilleries with sustainable missions; castle tour.

Free weekend to stay and explore or travel on your own or with friends. 

Learn about efforts to teach the community how to fix things rather than throwing them away; visits to various award-winning businesses on the east coast; half-day at the beach; group work time on final project.

Final presentation to Scottish business on sustainable business practices.

Free time; farewell dinner; traditional Scottish Cèilidh dance.

Depart Edinburgh.

Complete a final individual project online.


$4900 (after $500 scholarship from the Business Administration Department awarded for all students)

  • Two meals a day, plus welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Dorm suite lodging at Edinburgh Napier University. Each student will have their own bedroom and bathroom.
  • Entry fees, company visits, and business briefings.
  • International and local transportation
  • 24-hour emergency contacts and local guides
  • Health and safety briefing and orientation
  • 3 credit tuition | 3 COB elective credits

Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

For questions on financial aid or travel study, contact Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Away for Faculty-led Programs, at Kathy.Jicinsky@winona.edu or 507.457.5081.