Equine Summer Program in Scotland - Adelante Abroad

Video and Photos

Harelaw Horse Trek
Harelaw Horse Trek
Lovely day at the Perth Races
Semi-group photo on our way to Loch Ness
Seeing some wildlife in the Highlands
At Loch Ness
Having fun in the beautiful Lowlands
Study in Scotland with Adelante
Study in Scotland with Adelante

About

Interested in enhancing your equestrian knowledge over the summer? Team up with Adelante to study abroad in Scotland in this truly unique program. Riders have the opportunity to verse themselves in 'British' style equestrianism.

Classroom instruction includes Equine Anatomy and Physiology & Fitness. Also, candidates experience practical and hands-on exercises outside of the classroom. A total of 6 U.S. college credits will be transferable upon completion of the program.

This program gives you a one-of-a-kind experience at an extremely affordable price. Exploration of Scotland is an individual endeavor, but Adelante encourages you to utilize their provided resources during your study abroad trip.

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based on 98 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 9.6
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Meghan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Equine Summer in Scotland

From the classroom, to the stable, to nights out at the pubs, this program is the ultimate description of work hard play hard; a perfect blend of classwork with weekday and weekend excursions. Oatridge College is a small, tight knit community where you’ll definitely feel at home. The small class size allows for one on one time with instructors and class discussion. The courseload is easily manageable outside of class. The location of campus is perfect, in a quiet area, but a short train ridge from Edinburgh and other small towns to explore. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for the perfect study abroad experience while building your resume — between classroom lectures and practical session, be ready to get hands on and comfortable around the most beautiful horses!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have spent more time on classwork and studying, keeping up with material in lectures. This would have allowed easier preparation for the exam in the end!
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Szu Yuan(Wendy)
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enjoyed every second here!!

Love all the staff members, everyone is very willing to help and passionate about what they do. Sometimes the classes hours are too long, but I like we have rest time in between. All the horses are lovely and had a lot of fun riding.
We were very lucky to make it to the gold cup of the Perth Racetrack, we say the winner race of the 2019. We also went to Luccinda Russel's thoroughbred horses training facility in Kinross, and understand and had a deeper look into their daily routine and how the horses are train and been take care of. We had free days to explore Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Some went to London. The amount of opportunities that you have in this program is amazing. We've met a bunch of local people they are just amazing, people take care of each other.
I am also amazed how much our group have bonded over a month. I enjoyed every moment here !!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Haggis is a traditional Scottish food, it sounds wired, but it is a must try on the list. IT IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK.
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Mariah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Courses and Programs

This program has been one of the best experiences of my life. The staff, students, and overall population are extremely kind, helpful, and knowledgeable about the topics they are teaching and learning. My only suggestion is to rework the Equine Fitness portion of the classes to have more distinct deadlines and clarity in what is expected for each assignment. Overall I truly enjoyed the content of the classes and gained a lot of knowledge regarding the differences between practices in the United States versus the practices in Scotland and the United Kingdom. I also thoroughly enjoyed the side excursions taken as a class and the ability to have free time so we could travel and develop as individuals. I would highly recommend this program to anyone that is ready to grow as a part of a new family and as an individual.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was Haggis. I was honestly quite nervous to try Haggis as I had been told what it was made out of, but I really enjoyed the flavor and culture it held. I highly suggest that everyone studying in Scotland should try Haggis because they might just be surprised by how good it really is.
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Alina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a Lifetime Experience

You learn so much in such a short amount of time, it's amazing to see how far everyone advances in their riding skills. It really helps that the groups are kept small so the learning atmosphere is still personal between you, the rider, and the trainer, as well as being a comfortable group environment. It seems a bit unnerving at first to have to ride in front of other people, but everyone else is in the same boat as you so there isn't any room for judgement or skepticism. The teachers, in the classroom and in the arena, are always there to answer questions and provide any advice they can give you (sometimes whether you like it or not :) ). Even though our entire group came from completely opposite sides of the country, we were still able to relate and bond over this one thing we shared in common. This was such a great experience for not only learning more about Equine Sciences but it was also an unbeatable opportunity to make connections with people within your age group and field of study.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring a raincoat! I didn't bring a raincoat and brought an umbrella instead and found that there were multiple times when it was inconvenient or inappropriate to bring it out, even though it was quit wet. Also try and bring a nice outfit or two; completely optional though. I didn't plan on going out and then found myself under-dressed when going out for a night out with my peers.
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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Equine Summer

I really enjoyed this experience abroad. The classes were not too demanding and there was a ton of free time for us to explore and do as we pleased. I wish I would've been more aware of the amount of free time we were going to be given because I would have booked more things to do in the city. Riding was of course my favourite part of the program. All the staff and faculty made me feel very welcome and immediately at home. There were plenty of super market trips and the staff was super accommodating to any requests we had. I really enjoyed how hands on the classes were and how willing our instructors were to break anything down for us that we were struggling with. Overall, really great experience. Definitely worth pursuing for those looking to get some travelling under their belt.

What would you improve about this program?
The beds were really rough and communication about food in the dorms was lacking. They packed one of the dorms with a ton of food and I did not get that memo until the week before we leave after having to struggle to order food over the weekends from the only place that delivers to campus.
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Liz
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Scotland Equine Program

This program was a great experience overall. The staff was very welcoming and super helpful throughout the program. The teachers and riding instructors were very well educated and willing to work with the students. I really felt like they cared about our success and wanted us to have a good time here as well. The horses were well cared for which was great to see and the riding lessons were tailored to our various skill levels. The location of the school was very close to Edinburgh and Glasgow was not very far either. It was easy to travel around and we even made it down to London on our free weekend. There were also excursions that were built into the program that was very interesting. We got to visit a large racing yard as well as other really cool places. Overall this experience was great and I highly recommend it to anybody who wants to travel and learn more about horses.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Scotland's weather changes very quickly! Especially in May and early June, you never know what you are going to get. Pack lots of layers and rain gear.
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Elle
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Summer Study Abroad

Having ridden saddle seat my whole life, jumping and dressage were foreign concepts to me. I was excited and nervous to learn how to ride the different disciplines, and I was pleased to find out that it was okay that I had no experience in either of them! There were people from all different disciplines and experience levels. The instructors were very nice, helpful, and knowledgeable! I feel like I really learned a lot about the different styles of riding and I feel like I really improved as the weeks went on. Another cool thing about the riding portion of this program was that we were able to ride different horses. Being able to ride different horses helped my riding confidence a lot.

I really enjoyed the academic side of this program, as well! The classes were challenging, but still very fun. The professors are very nice and more than willing to help you succeed. Coming into the program, I had a general understanding of the class material that was covered, but being able to specifically study the equine side of it was a fun change and more within my interests.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment I had was when I planned a weekend trip to London and my transportation (trains) got messed up. It was very stressful, but I overcame it by realizing that, even though I was abroad alone, I could still navigate the train stations independently and get where I needed to go.
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brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

scotland abroad

it was such a blast here in Scotland! I would suggest that you make sure you bring a big enough jacket because it can get pretty windy and cold here. Also do not forget to bring a rain jacket or an umbrella because it will rain quite a bit. The program was really fun you get to ride four times a week which is exciting if you are someone who does not ride often or has never ridden at all. There is a word requirement on this review which is strange and I am now running out of things to say... we went to the perth races gold cup which is steeple racing and that was pretty fun. At the end of your riding lessons you get to do a "friendly" competition in dressage and jumping which is kind of cool. So if you are considering coming to scotland for education abroad you should do it!

What would you improve about this program?
I would really like if they would serve us healthier food options in the dining hall
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Kaylynn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Awesome Summer

Before coming to this program, I had not ridden in years and my horse experience was rusty at best. I was worried that the program would be geared to people with a lot of horse experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all levels of riders and horse experience were accepted. I never felt out of place among beginners and advanced riders. The classes were easy if you have any kind of background in anatomy or physiology and even if you don't, they're not too hard. Our professors/instructors were all very welcoming and would help any way they could.
You get to ride almost every day of the week which helps to break up your class schedule. All of the horses are fantastic and fun to ride. You will change horses almost every lesson so you get to experience lots of different types of horse.
Having not ridden since I was in middle school, I felt very comfortable and at home back in the saddle. The instructors group you into four different groups based on your ability which helps you learn with people similar to you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to go out to pubs during the week. Although classes may seem early, some of my best memories came from staying out late and meeting locals.
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Jacob
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Scotland: A Great Country with Even Better People

Upon arriving to Scotland, I was not sure what to expect. It was cold, wet, and overall dreary. I remember getting on the bus and heading to the SRUC Oatridge Campus, where we had no idea what to expect and we were quite silent. However, the bright and shining Louise was and still is the kindest and most polite person I ever met and she helped me feel right at home.

As the weeks progressed, I came to realize that the students are incredibly willing to help you with anything you need, whether its academically related or not. It all seemed like such a large family. Another week in and I could not feel any more at home. Many students offered to take us to the local restaurants and pubs and immerse ourselves in their culture. Being a shy student from the US, I was humbled by this experience. Never have I seen such acts of kindness and friendship before.

Moving along to the academic side of the program, the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about their subject material. They understand how to communicate the essential information to the students effectively and efficiently. It was truly and enlightening experience and I am glad to bring home exciting new information.

I have been blessed with this experience and opportunity, and I hope to return as soon as possible. The beauty of both the rolling fields and hills did not even compare with the inside beauty of the people.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I had never drank before in the US since our age limit is 21. It was incredibly interesting, and scary, to go try an alcoholic beverage at 20. Unlike many US students, I practiced more of an abstinence approach when it came to the consumption of alcohol. However, the Scottish students made the drinks enjoyable, and showed me many of the Scottish drinks, to which I fancied.
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Jenna
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SRUC Equine Science Study Abroad

This program was not only very educational and very applicable to my desired education and future employment, it was also a blast and I made so many friends. The structure of the program balances school work, sight seeing, and English riding lessons very well so you don't feel like you're sitting in a classroom the whole time you're studying abroad. The classes were very hands on and great for students that learn visually and by doing rather than listening to a lecture. There is a lot of freedom given with assignments so it is imperative that you are able to manage your time wisely so you aren't stressed out at the end of the program trying to get everything done all at once. The living accommodations were very nice, my only complaint is that the mattresses are very hard and the pillows are quite thin so I had some issues with back and neck pain for the majority of the trip.

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Bonnie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

Very educational and fun. Riding for half the day and class for the other half. Lots of free time to explore and be a tourist. Louise is the best. Sam and Liz the riding instructors are very patient and helpful. There is a very wide range of horses with lots of personalities. You will certainly wind up eating haggis at some point whether it be haggis burgers, haggis breakfast patties, or regular haggis. We ride just about every day so make sure to bring enough riding clothes. Its easy to forget to study for the exams at the end with everything going on, but you really do need to do a decent amount of studying. Classes are very hands on and you go out to the yard a lot to put the classroom learning in to practice. This also means that there is a practical portion of the exam at the end.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring a raincoat and some short rain boots like duck boots. Stay a couple extra days before or after the program. Maybe spend one of the free weekends to visit another country. If you take a train that has reserved seating as an option it means you really probably will need a reserved seat.
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Courtney
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Equine Summer Program in Scotland

It was an amazing experience. It is a great Study Abroad to take, especially if this would be your first one. Overall the academics are not hard, but they give you a view of anatomy and physiology for the horse. This is very useful as most anatomy classes are for humans. The staff is great and wonderful. The riding was a lot of fun. It was nothing very advanced, however it is a great way to strengthen your basics, especially in jumping. It was also a wonderful trip to see new styles of training and riding. I felt the fitness portion of the program was very interesting and I greatly enjoyed learning new methods to bring a horse into fitness and how to assess a horse's fitness. I greatly recommend this experience and I am sad it is only a four week program.

What was your funniest moment?
There is not a whole lot that needs to be changed about this program however I wished there was more riding time, or perhaps chances for individual lessons here and there.
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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Equine Studies

I had an amazing time while I was here. The people here are so welcoming and happy that we are here. The program was very well organized. I was nervous to ride but when I got here that instructors made me feel right at home. Through the program I have grown tremendously with my riding capability. I now have the confidence of riding that I lacked before I came here. For the class room, the teachers were very nice. They wanted you to do well and helped in any way they could. The country is beautiful. Just looking outside the rooms you could see the beautiful hills. The planned events that we had while we were hear were awesome as well. They allowed us to see Scotland and how beautiful it is. The nature here is gorgeous and hiking around is a great thing to do while you are here. I enjoyed this program so much and very happy that I came here and did this program.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment I had was getting on a horse for the first time because I had not ridden before. I overcame it by getting on it and the instructors making me feel confident about it.
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Emma
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Emma Davie Equine Program Review

This program was amazingly engaging and truly a great experience for expanding my equine knowledge as well as my horizons. The staff was incredibly educated and caring and looked after us the entire trip. The classes were intuitive and practical and the trips around Scotland to equine-related activities were truly once in a lifetime experiences. The work was never overwhelming and was very practical. Riding was my personal highlight the horses were amazing and the instructors were supportive and very experienced. We were never pushed beyond our abilities and the groups were very even and fair. The campus staff and facilities were also very accommodating they really helped ease us into the transition. Overall the experience was very good and I would happily do it again.

What would you improve about this program?
The only improvement I would suggest is a little more guidance within the first few days and less activities early in the morning when we arrive as many of us were jet lagged.

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