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Baylor in St. Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms Fall,
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Restrictions: BU applicants only
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GPA req.: 3.2
Program Description:
St. Andrews

Date: Fall or Spring Semester
Where: St Andrews, Scotland
Cost: Program fee is $7,500 and includes rail passes, housing, meals, and international health insurance
Deadline to apply: 3/15 for Fall application and 10/1 for Spring application

Courses Offered
Courses vary each semester depending on the traveling professor. Fall 2015 will be hosted by a Classics professor and Spring 2016 will be hosted by a Political Science professor.  Additionally, students will select courses from the St Andrews catalogue, which is updated yearly.

Program Description
During the Baylor in St Andrews program, students will live and study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The European-style courses will develop each student's academic skills.

As a group semester abroad program, Baylor in St Andrews creates a unique community atmosphere. Participants will travel with other Baylor students and a Baylor faculty member.
The St Andrews semester study abroad program is especially designed for Baylor students who are interested in philosophy and religion and the intersection and manifestations in culture and history. All majors are welcome to apply. St Andrews has an outstanding international reputation and is especially strong in philosophy, religion, the classics history, art history, psychology and the sciences. Academically highly-motivated students in these departments and the Honors College are encouraged to apply.
Only serious students who have completed at least 30 hours at Baylor should apply. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA (this will be assessed at the end of each semester). Students must have a clear judicial record or consent to go by Baylor University. The program is limited to 20 students. Applications are accepted after an interview with the program director.

Students will be provided accommodations in the University of St Andrews residence halls. Baylor students will live in various residence halls as rooms are available. Students will not live with other Baylor students. They will room with Scottish and European students.

Almost all of the residence halls are located within the town within walking distance of the classrooms

Spring 2016 Information

Dates: January 19th to May 28th, 2016

Students will take courses at the University of St Andrews and one course from the program director, Dr. Burns.

Dr. Timothy Burns
Professor, Department of Political Science

Tim Burns is a specialist in the history of political thought,
particularly ancient political philosophy and politics and
literature. He received his BA degree from Boston College,
where he also threw the javelin and lived with Augustinians.
His MA and PhD in political science were earned at the
University of Toronto. He taught at Skidmore College for
15 years before coming to Baylor in 2013, and has served as
graduate program director of the Political Science
department since 2014.

Dr. Burns lives in Waco with his wife, Ilsa Burns, a nutrition
coach and teacher of ESL. Their son Daniel teaches political
philosophy at the University of Dallas, and their son Dave is
a cellist in Austin.

Director's Course:
PSC 4V94: The American Founding

Examines the philosophic principles upon which the American
founders guided their attempt to establish the world’s first liberal
democracy. Examines the thought of the Christian political thinkers
(Winthrop, Cotton, Niles) who had originally guided political
life in the new world, then the work of John Locke, the philosopher
who laid out most clearly a wholly new understanding of
political life, especially through his argument for individual natural
rights. Then examines the writings of Jefferson, Madison,
Hamilton, and Jay, and to their opponents (the “Anti-Federalists”)
to see how Locke’s understanding of human beings came to guide
the debate. Concludes with an examination of slavery in the writings
of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Program Director
Lexi English
Poage Library 201A

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 10/15/2015 01/19/2016 05/28/2016
NOTE: Students who wish to apply after the deadline should contact Lexi English ( The start and end dates are subject to change. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The program may be full by the application deadline.