The Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Identity, Society and the new Enlightenment is a three-week cultural and academic programme for US students, hosted by the University of Dundee. 

From the 15th century, Dundee was a major seaport with extensive trading connections to the Baltic and Northern Europe.

Those connections have shaped the city and its environs, with castles, fortifications and Flemish architecture. During the Renaissance, Dundee was Scotland's second city after Edinburgh.

Dundee is now a hub for the UK’s digital entertainment industry, and the design for a new £45m Victoria and Albert Museum in the city by the award-winning Japanese architect Kengo Kuma reflects Dundee's 21st-century vision and creativity. 

The University of Dundee was ranked Scottish University of the Year in 2016 and 2017.

As part of the university's School of Humanities Summer School, this Summer Institute focuses on the area's:

  • Culture
  • History
  • Modern reinaissance

In addition to the international perspectives of:

  • Forces that shape Scotland's identity
  • Cultural role of Scottish institutions, historic spaces and places
  • Scotland's place in the world


Previous lectures, seminars and study visits have covered:

  • Scottish literature and language in the 20th Century
  • Life Sciences: the Discovery Centre
  • The Poison Pen: Crime, forensics and fiction
  • Scottish history and palaeography
  • The Highlands: from Outlander to Clearance
  • Contemporary Scotland: politics and society within the context of Brexit and Scottish devolution
  • Forensic human identification
  • Comics and Graphic Novels: Dundee & the world
  • Photography and electronic media arts
  • City of Design and the V&A in Dundee

Students can receive approximately five credits to transfer to their home institution. Participants deliver a presentation and submit an essay at the end of the programme.

Previous cultural programmes have included visits to:

  • Glamis Castle
  • St Andrews
  • Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament Building and Holyrood Palace
  • Bannockburn
  • National Wallace Monument
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Glencoe