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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Program Description:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 4-17, 2019

Course Objectives: 

Live Performance takes the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh as its classroom. The course immerses students in the most cutting-edge alternative theatre being created today. Students are exposed to a wide variety of performances including original writing, devised work, physical theatre, dance, participatory and immersive theatre, shadow puppetry, and new media—among others. Beyond experiencing incredible formal diversity, students encounter theatre artists and ensembles from all over the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Before their arrival in Edinburgh, students complete four units over the course of four weeks. They complete online reading, viewing, and writing assignments on topics such as the festival history, theatrical forms, documentary theatre, devised performance, and the audience in preparation for the festival. In Edinburgh, students participate in formal and informal discussions with the faculty and their colleagues, and submit five short performance responses. The students also keep a log of performances they see throughout the festival. After Edinburgh, students submit a final reflective essay in which they synthesize and analyze their festival experience.

Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festi
Students receive between 3 and 6 credits for the program. 

This is the largest theater festival in the world, set in one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. The festival experience is exhilarating and inspiring, with 3000 shows taking place every day in over 280 venues. This course helps you navigate the Fringe Festival with confidence, exposing you to fresh, exciting cutting-edge theater that will change the way you see the world.

Whether you like political theatre, musical theatre, Shakespeare, dance, or stand-up comedy, there is something in Edinburgh for everyone. We welcome students from all majors. 

For further information about the program and to apply, visit the University of New Mexico program website at Direct questions to Daniel Sack, UMass Program Director, at or Domenika Laster,, UNM Program Director. 

Please see the University of New Mexico's website for details.