UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
"[The program] gave me the opportunity to travel, experience a new culture, and grow as a student. Without living in Scotland, I don't think my college experience would have been complete. I was forced to grow and experience something completely new. Something that is completely indescribable. The only way you can get the full picture is by experiencing it yourself."
Going into this program as a freshman, I didn't know what to expect. But I knew the second I was told about this program, I had to go out of my comfort zone and go for it. Experience Scotland was the best decision I've ever made for myself. Through this program I grew as a person, and gained a cultural understanding. I met friends for life, and grew a new found love for the Scottish people and culture. Everything was absolutely spectacular! How many people get to say they lived in a palace, or swam in Loch Ness, or wandered the streets of a beautiful Victorian city, or fly fished in the Scottish highlands? My professors were so helpful and the staff were amazing. I LOVED WORKING WITH HENRY!!!! I cannot wait until my return to Edinburgh. An experience I will never forget and will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Gogebic Community College
Scotland was one of the best summer experiences that I ever had. I am reminded of the program daily because of all the interactions I have with people on a daily basis. I am constantly speaking about my trip to students who are studying abroad. Up to this point in my life, the program is the greatest time I have ever had and is the reason why I want to travel more and become a travel nurse. It will always be among the most rewarding adventures I have had.
Virginia State University
The Experience Scotland program allowed me to expand my knowledge about the world around me, and allowed me to study topics that I already loved. Because of the extensive options for courses and opportunities for independent study; they allowed me to become involved in topics that I love to learn about in agriculture. With the connections that I obtained in Dalkeith from the program, I was able to conduct my own independent study on the ground; and learned so much from the experience. For me it was an experience I will never forget and the connection I have made in Dalkeith were really priceless.
I absolutely fell in love with life and all it has to offer through studying abroad in Scotland! It was by far the highlight of my undergraduate career and I would do it again a million times over in a heartbeat. My experience led me to more self discovery and personal growth than I have ever experienced while stateside in such a short few months. My passion for travel erupted after studying abroad and my confidence level went through the roof. I returned to my home university campus ready to dive in and be as involved on campus an in the area community as much as possible. I also was able to land a job as the study away program assistant when I returned to my home campus which I have been doing for the last year and a half. The opportunities and growth I gained from my experience abroad has given me a lifetime of memories and global awareness that are absolutely irreplaceable! Scotland is always in my heart!
The Experience Scotland program was both rich and fulfilling. It afforded me the opportunity to experience a culture different than my own. Since then I have gained a greater appreciation for the history of the country and the beauty it possesses. Anyone who takes part in this program will truly enjoy their experience and hope someday to go back.
Going to Scotland was the best decision of my life! It really made me come out of my shell by making new friends and exploring a different part of the world. Every weekend was a new adventure, whether it was just going to a new coffee shop in Edinburgh or going up to the Highlands to walk with faeries. Every day held something new and exciting! And the best part is, that you and all your new friends got to share those adventures together.
The Scotland program has done nothing short of change my life completely and forever. The things you'll learn about the culture and the places you'll travel are almost as staggering as the things you'll learn about yourself as an individual. This is truly a journey of growth. Friendships will be made that will last an eternity. Memories will be created that surely if weight in gold would leave you an incredibly wealthy person for a lifetime to come. If there is the smallest inkling within you to embark upon this journey, do not hesitate. There is not a morsel of regret for any minute I spent on what will more than likely end up being the greatest adventure of my life.