Equine Summer Program in Scotland - Adelante Abroad

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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.

For more details, click on "Visit Site" or if you're ready to fill out an application, click on "Get Started" above. Adelante's support team is excited to hear from you!

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  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.8
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 9.6
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Megan
10/10

Amazing trip to Scotland!

I very much enjoyed my experience abroad at Oatridge College. The instructors and workers at Oatridge were all very warm, welcoming, and helpful! They tried to learn our names as quickly as they could, kept up to date with how we were feeling, and if we needed anything they tried to accommodate us as best they could.

The classes were decently fast paced, but as long as I studied a bit after the class and before the assessments, I did fine.

We also got to ride a lot over the course of the program, and by the end of the four weeks everyone was able to do dressage tests and jumping over small jumps, so the lessons were really quite thorough!

I loved the extra trips we made, especially the trips to Loch Lomond and Perth Races.
There were also plenty of hiking places around the college with amazing views, provided you were willing to climb for them.

How can this program be improved?
-Make sure to have adequate communication between Adelante and Oatridge, I did not receive accurate information from Adelante and so when I arrived at Oatridge there were several things that were different.
Other than that, the program was pretty perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Darby
8/10

Equine Summer 2016

This trip has been fantastic! Between the hands-on class work and the riding classes, this has really been a once in a lifetime experience. It's the perfect amount of time, not too short that you don't get to learn anything about the country and not too long that you get home sick.
The teachers here were fantastic, friendly and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this program to any equine science student looking for a study abroad program.

How can this program be improved?
I would definitely have liked to have seen more of Scotland. More scheduled group outings around the country would have helped.
Yes, I recommend this program
Jillian
9/10

Equine Summer Abroad

This program was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed getting to ride and the instructors were so nice and motivating. All of the horses were awesome, well trained and very well taken care of. We got to go to the local Walmart 1-2 times a week to buy anything we needed. I bought a lot of food items to make my own breakfast and sometimes dinner. There is a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need. Meeting the Scottish students living there and studying at oatridge was a great experience. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. I felt at home from the very beginning. I would recommend this program to any equine student looking for a great month of new experiences, learning from a different culture and wanting to have fun.

How can this program be improved?
More organized trips to get to see more of Scotland (castles, highlands, lochs, etc.). Getting to anywhere but Edinburgh is difficult. Have students communicate before program to see where everyone would like to go/see.
Yes, I recommend this program
Bina
10/10

Sabina's Review

The most unique experience at Oatridge college are the riding classes that take place where the Scottish Equestrian Team rides. I really appreciate all the instructors advice and time. Louise, Sam, and Jillian were extremely helpful to accommodate our stay and make us feel at home. Overall, it was an amazing experience. I wish I had an extra week to visit the Scottish highlands. Edinburgh is about 30 minutes away making it simple enough to take a train or taxi. Additionally, once a week the group was taken to ASDA "Walmart" and you could purchase anything. My only issue was the food options ere limited because there was a lot of carbohydrates and not many vegetables.

How can this program be improved?
More activities planned.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexa
8/10

Versatile experience

This program was a great way to incorporate a love of horses and getting the chance to work with them one on one and the ability to travel and get a real taste for Scotland. I met some really wonderful people that I know I'll remember forever. The experience I got working one on one with horses gave me the chance to hone my skills as a rider and observe the similarities and differences between European and American riding. I would really recommend this program to anyone who likes horses

How can this program be improved?
Better food/more choices
Yes, I recommend this program
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Samantha
8/10

Equine Summer in Scotland

This program has been great. I am returning home with lots of memories and stories to tell. I love how hands on the program is. Compared to the classes I take in the States, this is much more hands on. My favorite part of the trip (non academic) was when a small group of us went into Edinburgh and climbed Arthur's Seat. This was a great bonding experience for all involved. The program has also had many opportunities. Visiting the various horse racing facilities was a fun adventure through the countryside.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to be more involved with the local students. Maybe taking a class with them would really give a test of the different culture.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Callan
9/10

Summer 2016

I have really enjoyed this program. I was worried about taking 3 hour classes, but we were only in a classroom for the full time maybe once. We often went down to the yard to practice naming structures on the horses or practice equine massage. For fitness we also got hand on experience by getting to go see trainers yards, and it was interesting to see how everyone did things a little differently.
The area is also really nice. There are several public paths around the area that you can explore, and the closest town is just a short walk away. You can also be in Edinburgh with a short taxi and train ride. From Edinburgh you can either stay in the city or find ways to go all over the UK or even Europe. You get to stay in a quiet rural area while still being close to a big accessible city.

The staff are also all great. They have all been very kind and accommodating. If you ever had a problem or worry, they were there to help and sort things out for you.

How can this program be improved?
I think if the program was longer we would be able to improve our riding skills more, especially those of us who have little experience going into the program. Maybe having more optional excursions throughout Scotland included in the program would be nice just because some places are hard to get to on your own.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
9/10

Summer 2016

This program is absolutely wonderful and I would recommend it to everyone. It was such a grand experience to study what I love in a beautiful foreign country. Yes, there are parts of the program that still need some improvement, but they are definitely working on it! I have taken anatomy a few times before this summer, so it was more of a review in that sense, but the fitness program was all new to me and I loved it! This anatomy class would be a great intro to a more in-depth equine anatomy class back in the States. Riding is wonderful and it is fun to be able to ride so many different horses. They do take it slow though, especially for those that have never ridden English before. So don't be afraid to ask to be on this horse, or work on something else the next time. I would also recommend bringing your own helmet. I didn't and have found that I really would have liked mine. However, it is inconvenient to take one on the plane and can be bulky.

The staff and professors are very friendly and willing to do anything to make your stay the absolute best it can be! There were a few minor housing problems, but they were fixed the minute we brought it up to the staff. The rooms are very nice, especially since you have your own bedroom and bathroom with a shared common room.

The campus, although small, has many trails and roads to explore. When you have a free evening (and you'll have many of those), trek your way up to Binny Craig and bask in the most beautiful view you'll get around campus.

For traveling on weekends, I would definitely recommend bringing some extra money for cab rides and the train. The train to Edinburgh is only 20 short minutes and pretty cheap roundtrip. Just remember that you need to get a cab to the station and back! It really isn't as much of a cost as some say it is, especially if you have 4 people in one cab. Also look into bus tours out of Edinburgh. Although they can be a bit much, if you find the perfect one, it is definitely worth it!

I would also recommend bringing your own computer. They have a few computer labs, but they close around 6pm, sometimes earlier. It is just a convenience to have your own to be able to look things up and type up your assignments. But you really don't need many school supplies other than a folder and some pencils/pens.

Honestly, this was the best experience I could have done abroad. Scotland is beautiful and you still get to immerse yourself in a completely different culture! I would definitely recommend this program, especially if you are passionate about horses and looking to have a fun time while still learning.

How can this program be improved?
Communication between the staff and students is still a little fuzzy, but nothing too worrying. Sometimes one student would hear one meeting time, and another would hear a different meeting time. But it all worked out in the end!

I really think this program should be 6-weeks. This would give the professors more time to teach the material and would allow for more improvement when it comes to riding. It would also give the students more time to explore Scotland on the weekends. Other than that, it's a well-done program and very enjoyable.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Adam
7/10

Equine Summer in Scotland

I really loved the riding aspect of the program and getting to know the horses in the yard. The instructors were very helpful and really wanted students to succeed. Students have to make an effort to get off campus and find things to do around the area, but when you do, there are many fun things to experience. I learned so much about equine anatomy and fitness, and I am so happy that I decided to participate in this program. Great program overall!

How can this program be improved?
More organized opportunities to get off campus and experience Scotland.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
10/10

Scotland Equine 2015

I absolutely loved this program! The equine classes were very interesting and informational. The fitness class was a lot of busy work (I would recommend a computer for access to typing). The instructors were very helpful anytime you needed them. Riding class was a blast and you get to ride different horses to help you develop as a rider. Both the instructors were positive and very smart. As for the culture, you definitely become more diverse. Aside from the Scottish students We got to met some French exchange students and students from England visiting for the Highland Show. Weekends were usually busy but well worth it!

How can this program be improved?
I would make sure that the rules are more clear. There were no major issues but there was some confusion on some things but were resolved no problem.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Candace
9/10

The Scottish Ride

Though I have only been here for a week and a half I have had great time. There is some scheduling problems and lack of communication but overall everything has worked out for the best. I came here with no English ridding experience and the instructors are very helpful and great instructors. The classes are interesting and have several activities that allowed me to review material I already learned and to retain it better. Exploring the surrounding area has been a blast and I have learned so much about the culture and see some spectacular sights. I am extremely excited for what the program has planned for us and what other adventures we might embark on.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Caroline
9/10

Scottish Adventure

This program allows you to adventure around Scotland and learn about anatomy and physiology as well as learning how to come up with a fitness program for an extremely fit horse. You get the chance to adventure around different parts of Scotland and you can very easily get into Edinburgh if you want a night out.

How can this program be improved?
The wifi is not the best all the time, but you are able to do what you need to do. Honestly, any problems that you had allowed you to work it out with some of the other people on the trip and I think that brought us closer together.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sydney
10/10

Equine Studies in Scotland

I cannot say enough good things about my experience in Scotland. Every aspect of the trip was very pleasant, from the classes on campus to the touring of the country. We got the perfect blend of education and riding, as well as sightseeing and experiencing the culture of Scotland.
Oatridge Campus is a very beautiful place to spend time at. Plants and flowers everywhere, trails to hike, animals to see. The staff are unlike any other. They are always smiling, asking how you're doing and if everything is okay. The moment you need something, they're ready to help. I've never met a group of such genuinely kind and caring people as those who work on Oatridge's campus.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Christina
7/10

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Trip has been fun. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the horses. Anatomy was my favorite course taken. Scotland is absolutely beautiful. Our advisor Jackie was great. However communication was terrible.

How can this program be improved?
Communicate better with students. It was also difficult getting taxis to come to campus for us.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Dallas
9/10

Summer in Scotland

This is a once in a life time trip that I will never forget! Seeing this beautiful country and being able to do so many different excursions and activities is amazing. I gained an enormous amount of knowledge through hands-on experience with horses. The classes were challenging but not impossible. The staff is also very friendly and welcoming.

How can this program be improved?
More communication between the staff and students. Most of the time we were confused about what was going on.
Yes, I recommend this program

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