Golf and Equine Summer Study Abroad Programs in Scotland

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Interested in spending your summer riding horses or playing golf in Scotland? Team up with Adelante to study abroad in Scotland and experience our truly unique Equine or Golf Programs. These 4-week programs take place at a college campus near Edinburgh. These programs give you one-of-a-kind experiences at an affordable price.

Spend your summer in beautiful Scotland while earning college credits. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be involved in practical and hands-on experiences from classical and English style riding for equestrian students or tee time at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, and other famous courses for golf students.

Exploring the rest of Scotland is an individual endeavor, but Adelante encourages you to use our travel resources to help plan your adventures in Scotland. With an abundance of history, stunning countryside, highlands, lakes, castles, picturesque villages, and other beautiful architecture, Scotland is a popular study abroad destination.

$250 off Fall Special. Updated refund & cancellation policy to allow for flexible booking due to COVID-19

Adelante is offering $250 off Fall 2020 programs 2 months or longer starting in October. We are extending our deadlines for all other programs. We are offering ongoing flexibility with program payment deadline extensions.

Popular Programs

golf study abroad program in Scotland

Spend your summer playing golf at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, and other famous courses in beautiful Scotland. This 4-week Recreation and Sports Management Program includes courses in golf history and development, coaching, and work experience. The program will be held just north of Edinburgh at Scotland’s Rural College, recognized as a national and international center for golf-related specialties.

Equine study abroad program in Scotland

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. This program gives you a one-of-a-kind experience at an extremely affordable price.

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9.03 Rating
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