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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My Experience

The most difficulty I had there was the internet due to it always being down. There were no hesitations to fix the problem but just very irritating for a lot of us because we used Skype to contact family from back home. I really liked how the staff, students, and just the general public seemed to treat us, they were all very nice and accommodating.

How can this program be improved?
Internet connections
Yes, I recommend this program
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Scotland the Brave

I have to say, that this experience was one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I loved Scotland, and all of the people I met there. The equine classes were both very interesting and could be challenging at times. I feel like I learned a lot from this experience. The riding instruction was wonderful, though I wish I had been better prepared for it regarding appropriate attire. If you plan on going on this trip keep in mind that they do not allow you to wear clothes with hoods when working with horses, and you will want something warm to wear. I would also recommend half-chaps to keep from the saddle pinching your calves. The lessons themselves were wonderful; I felt like we each got individual advice even though we were in fairly large groups. If you love horses, then I would recommend this program for you. If you are not fond of rainy, cold weather, don't go to Scotland. Of course, once you get used to it, it's no big deal. ;)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fun in the Rain

Besides mother nature making it rain everytime we went to an event or something it was a great! somethings i would change to make the program better would more information about needing nice clothes for the races, but also warm cloths incase its cold!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lots of fun activities for every one to do. The internet was not very great and we had Skype for a week before it was turned off even though we were told we could use it as a form of communication. The staff was very nice.

Yes, I recommend this program
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overall a good trip

This program was a great learning experience.I was not very impressed with the food or the internet but the staff was wonderful. The quality of the classes was lower than at a U.S. University but it was still helpful.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yes to Oatridge College, No to Adelante

Scotland was such an amazing experience in many ways. The staff and faculty at Oatridge College were fantastic. Sharon and Louise, the teachers, were rich with knowledge and always willing to go the extra step for us. Sharon's anatomy class was indeed more of a review, but a well needed one. I have had more experience with physiology than anatomy so I had to step it up and learn some bones and muscles. Louise's fitness class was nothing like I have ever taken in the States, and it was very interesting. I had never put much thought into what goes in to getting a horse fit until this class, but now it will never leave me. Our riding instructors, Liz and Gillian, were phenomenal. Always willing to accommodate our riding styles and levels, they truly made it a great experience.

The housing at Oatridge is a bit outdated, but all in all was perfectly fine. You have your own room and bathroom, which can come in handy when you need to escape your fellow students. We had a bit of a problem with the water heater, but it got fixed quickly once the staff was notified.

Our only real issue with Oatridge was the internet. It kept blocking facebook and Skype, our two main modes of communication with family and friends back home. They "fixed" it several times, but it kept getting blocked again and again. It was not a huge inconvenience, but I would not call it reliable at any rate.

While Oatridge College was amazing, the company that organized the program, Adelante, was not. Prior to even leaving the States, I received multiple e-mails addressed to the wrong people. When I was called for my pre-departure orientation, they called an hour later than the specified time which resulted in me being late to work. My e-mail address was copied down wrong, so I was not put on the Adelante blog site until I e-mailed enquiring about it. Communication on the Adelante side was definitely lacking. Upon arriving in Scotland, Adelante had apparently set up a pick up time for us (a group of about 8 students) but failed to tell any of us. We ended up waiting at the airport, in a foreign country, for two hours before we were picked up. While waiting we attempted to call the phone numbers given to us by Adelante, but all were proven to be invalid. We even had some nice Scottish people making sure we were entering the phone numbers correctly. Also, I don't know if anyone from Adelante has even been to Scotland. They told us in our orientation packet that everyone wore black and dull colors, which is absolutely not true. Also, I feel like Adelante did not communicate very well with Oatridge (or anyone in general) When we went to ride we were told we weren't really supposed to wear jackets with hoods, and they had expected us to come with nicer riding attire (polo shirts and nice breeches). If we had been notified of this before, it wouldn't have been an issue. Even though we were not fully prepared, the staff at Oatridge was extremely accommodating and understanding of our situation.

Oatridge College was amazing, but I suggest they find another travel company to work with. I certainly will not book another abroad experience if Adelante is involved.

Response from Adelante Abroad

Thank you for your review and comments and for giving this program a 90% rating. Without Adelante this program would not exist - we created it!! Regarding pickup from the airport - Adelante was very clear that two buses were coming to pick up 16 people, all arriving at different times and that some of you may have to wait while others would have someone waiting for them. No specific time was given as students were arriving throughout the day. Edinburgh is a small, safe airport so it was a suitable place to wait for the bus to arrive. The phone number for Oatridge College on the Final Itinerary was correct. We value the feedback we receive and will update our Pre-Departure Packet with some of the details you gave about clothing.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Trip of a Lifetime!

This trip was an amazing experience to me. I adored the professors and riding instructors and Oatridge College in general. The setting was ideal and beautiful, and while you did have to take a short trip by taxi to either the small city of Uphall or into Edinburgh for good food and a social scene, it was still fun. The college food was lacking, however, and we did have a lot of issues with the internet, so I would highly recommend anyone who is going on this program to get an overseas phone and plan, just because regular contact with the states and each other was scarce.

I wish I could go back already! Although, if I could do it again without Adelante as a middle man, I would. They were very scarce with their information and communication in general as the trip approached, and they could have given us better information about the clothing (they don't all wear black like they said, and it would have been good to know we couldn't wear hoods on the yard) and they didn't coordinate everyone's pick up/arrival times, as one student had no one to pick her up from the airport because they didn't pass along the correct information, and the correct phone numbers weren't given to her to call for a pick up. Without Adelante to mess it up, I would totally do it all again.

Yes, I recommend this program


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