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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based on 82 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.8
  • Housing 7.8
  • Safety 9.6
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Hannah
8/10

Equine Science Program

If you love horses then this is a really great experience! The overall program was great and I had a lot of fun. The classes weren't difficult and the horses we rode were great. We also had tons of cool activities that we got to go do. There were little problems that occurred during the trip that made things a little difficult. I don't think any of us realized that we would be so out of the way of Edinburgh so it was hard for us to go into the city as much as we wanted. While all of our teachers were amazing, some of the staff was lacking in communication with each other.

How can this program be improved?
New mattresses are a must.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
8/10

Fun Equine Program!

This was a very fun program! We got to tour all over Scotland on our scheduled tours and were able to explore the cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, on our days there. We were even able to visit Loch Ness and drive all though the highlands! Each day of the week was comprised of a combination of classes and riding, the classes were informative, but not too challenging, and we all got attached to our favourite horses! The riding was adjusted to each of our abilities, and no one felt left out or pushed beyond their abilities. All the teachers and instructors were absolutely wonderful and wanted to help us not only in class, but gave us plenty of advice for getting around when we explored the cities. There were some organizational and communication problems between Adelante and SRUC which hindered some activities, but after a couple days most problems were resolved. The college also has a lot of supervision, a plus for worried parents and a, well its something, for the students.

How can this program be improved?
The program needs more communication between SRUC here and Adelante, these hiccups were a pain for the students and staff here and caused a great deal of frustration. The length and guarantee of free days could also be resolved so students have time to explore and learn the city a little better.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kyla
8/10

Great program for equine people

This was first time out of the United States and doing this study abroad program was a blast! The professors are extremely generous with their time and services they provide for us. We went on educational field trips to fantastic locations such as the school of veterinary medicine near Edinburgh. The horses we worked with had such unique personalities and were great teachers to students who have never ridden in an English saddle. The weekend outings were a lot of fun especially to the city of Edinburgh to see the castle and St. Andrews.

How can this program be improved?
I wish we had more riding time because I was given a false impression of the riding. I was originally told that we would be jumping more than what we really did and we would even do some cross country. We did not do any of those activities so I was extremely disappointed. I also wished we had more time on our weekend outings. We would get into the cities and only be given a few hours to explore before we had to meet up and leave to go back to the college.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hilah
8/10

Awesome experience

The way that this program was advertised left something to be wanting in the actual experience. It was advertised as right outside Edinburgh which is not true- it's a 30-45 minute taxi ride into and out of town which is expensive.
The campus is rural and it's beautiful but the town it's in is quite small and is also a decent car ride away (about 15 minutes).

The horses we got to work with are great and have a multitude of talent.
The staff is excellent and are super helpful.

Overall an absolutely fantastic experience.

How can this program be improved?
The way that the program is pitched to students. It's not all riding and I didn't have nearly the amount of down time to travel the country on my own as I was told I would. The schooling was great but there was more written work than I expected.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nadine
9/10

Great Time in Scotland

I absolutely loved my time in Scotland. I enjoyed all the staff at Oatridge and they really tried to help us have a great experience in and outside of the classroom. The classes were not very challenging but we still learned things that I couldn't back home. Learning about the management practices over here was the most interesting part. The excursions on the weekend were great and we saw a lot of the high points of Scotland but I wish we were told before hand of the free days so we could plan out a bit more. The food and wifi were not great but I came to experience Scotland and learn about horses and that's what I did!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jackie
10/10

Fantastic Experience

There is no reason to not take this program if you love horses and want to travel. The campus is beautiful but it has typical college beds and college food. I'd recommend bringing a laptop because the library isn't always open and it's necessary for school work. I brought an Ipad and it didn't cut it. A lot of people had complaints but if you take into account the fact that we are on a college campus and not in a 5-star hotel then you'll be fine. Weekend trips were a lot of fun but if you want to do more than that then you have to plan it yourself. Come prepared. Especially if you want to visit the isle of skye. I'm kicking myself that I never read the travel books I bought until the last week.

How can this program be improved?
More opportunities to ride at higher levels, longer days into cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, More realistic advertising so we're not expecting more than what we received.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mikaela
7/10

Equine Program

Day to day was fine. The wifi is not so good and the living is a little rough. The hot water half the time doesn't work all of the appliances in one of the kitchens was broken. The food is mediocre. A lot of the staff at oatridge are not cooperative. We would ask for something and then it would be promised. Like the tv remote. then it came time for us to need the remote and no one would help us find it. The staff will ask us questions about when we are leaving or if we will be here for lunch and we have no idea if we will and then they get mad at us for not knowing. also they wont let you use the phone which is rough because all of us don't have international minutes.

How can this program be improved?
More riding time. More day trips that are longer. Taking us on more outings to other places. there is not much in uphall. having staff available 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Response from Adelante Abroad

Mikaela - thanks for taking the time to complete the review. Your details are helpful for us to continually update and improve the program. We o try to warn everyone that wifi can be spotty prior to their departure. Food is a tough one, hard to change a culture of a 4-week program and it is a college campus! Phone we do advise that Viber is good for communications, and also that you can buy a UK cell phone cheaply with no contract. Staff aren’t expecting our students to ask to use the phone!

We have seen mixed comments on the day trips, but I think the overall feeling is that everyone would like the opportunity to stay longer in the cities. In such a short program it may not be possible to fit in any more excursions but definitely something that can be looked into for future years based on everyone's comments.

Lastly, having staff available to our students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week would triple the program cost, of course. We provide emergency contact information for if the need arose.

We truly appreciate your comments - thank you.

Team Adelante

Yes, I recommend this program
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RachelNolan
10/10

My Time in Scotland

Everything about the structure of the program and the staff was wonderful, I had a fantastic time. The courses were interesting yet challenging, the location was perfect, and I feel that I learned a good deal about horses and Scottish culture.

How can this program be improved?
The beds were terrible.
Yes, I recommend this program
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amccallion
8/10

Equine Study Program

Overall I found this program very enjoyable. The classes were informative and we were offered hands on experience with horses. I really enjoyed riding and also visiting the yards of experienced dressage riders and eventers. We got to ride multiple times a week on a variety of horses. All of the teachers were very friendly and willing to work with you. I also enjoyed the weekend trips to interesting places like Edinburgh and Loch Ness. I would have liked to go to the Burgie Horse Trials though! I would recommend this program to anybody who is interested in learning more about horses, whether or not they have had a lot of experience in the past.

How can this program be improved?
I didn't really like the rooms we stayed in, the bathroom was extremely small, and the beds could have been a bit comfier. A bit more variety in the food served would have been nice as well.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
9/10

Equine Program

This program was extremely fun and I would recommend it to anyone. The extra trips we went on during the weekends were a great opportunity to see the scenery of Scotland. The classes were a good overview of the things that I had already learned from college. I enjoyed the riding aspect of the program, especially since I have only ridden western, it was a good experience to get to ride english and jump. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Scotland!

How can this program be improved?
The beds are very uncomfortable and having french fries every day for lunch and dinner was a little tiring.
Yes, I recommend this program
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abalow
10/10

Equine Study Abroad

This program was very structured and offered a lot to students. We spent a good deal of time interacting with horses. Many of the Anatomy lessons were hands on using the horses to learn where muscles, bones, etc. were placed. The weekends were spent at different locations throughout Scotland. The instructors were very friendly and incredibly helpful. We rode 2 or 3 days a week. I would have liked to have ridden more and the food left much to be desired. Overall, I definitely recommend this program to any horse enthusiast.

How can this program be improved?
Adelante needs to communicate more with SRUC and both entities need to communicate more with students. The food was pretty sub par and I would like a real shower.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
10/10

Review of Scotland

This experience was very enlightening. I learned a lot through the classes, and there were many hands-on opportunities. All of the teachers were very nice, and we were able to see different places and incorporate them into our classes.

How can this program be improved?
The food. I would rather not have to eat french fries (chips) every day, twice a day. It gets gross.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Bbelbeck
9/10

Scotland

Trip was great with a awesome staff and excellent planning for the weekends. Lots of encouragement to try things and experience Scotland. The various locations like the castle, the different loch, and all the celebrations that occurred while we were here made it so much better. Definitely not the last time in Scotland.

How can this program be improved?
It was sad that the sports center was closed cause our evenings were a little quiet, and taking a taxi to go to other places was expensive.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Erica
10/10

An Experience to Remember in Sunny Scotland

I had an amazing experience in Scotland. Although it was hard to sit in the classroom sometimes, the classes were very informative and the staff made them as fun and interesting as possible. The horses were great and we made friends with some of the students here, which helped on evenings where we didn't have anything planned. We got to see Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, take a trip up to Aberdeen, go to the Perth horse races, explore Edinburgh and Linlithgow, and go to the Royal Highland show. We were lucky to have AMAZING weather the whole time we were here. It was very sunny and warm, and it only rained a few times which isn't normal for Scotland but was much appreciated. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better time here at Oatridge and I made great friends that I will definitely keep in contact with and hope to see again.

How can this program be improved?
The food was not very good. The cafeteria staff were very nice and friendly but there weren't very many healthy options and we got sick of it pretty quickly. The packed lunches were also pretty unappetizing.

In addition, it doesn't seem like there is a whole lot of communication between Adelante and the staff here at the college but then again I don't know. At the beginning, I got the impression that Adelante didn't have a very good idea of what we would be doing and what the facilities would be like.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Shayna
10/10

Excellent experience

This program was excellent. The staff was very supportive and often drove us wherever we wanted to go. We went out quite a bit, and got to see a lot of Scotland. The courses were simple yet informative and the riding was fantastic. I would goose this program again in a heartbeat.

How can this program be improved?
I wish the courses had been more challenging.
Yes, I recommend this program

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