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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in Scotland

Surrounded by ocean except for a 96-mile border with England on the southeast, this land of mists and heather will capture your imagination as a study abroad destination. First settled around 9 500 years ago, Scotland is rich in archaeological sites and well-preserved landmarks. Let it weave its magic around you as you saunter through its stone-built villages in between immersing yourself in inspiring studies at age-old educational institutions with cutting-edge technology.

Home to some of the oldest universities in the world, some dating back to the 15th century, Scottish education is globally recognized for its teaching excellence and quality research. Learn from global experts, while building lifelong connections with your fellow international and local students. Studying in Scotland, part of the United Kingdom, will give you access to untold opportunities to expand your perspective on the world, grow your expertise in your field and boost your career prospects.


Scotland is filled with learning sites, from the archaeological sites in Orkney to marine centers in Shetland, where you can leave the classroom, be close to your subject and get firsthand experience in the field you are studying. At the same time, there has been a strong push to make the latest technology accessible in the classroom.

When you are not in class or out in the field, Scotland offers ample opportunities to head out and explore the mountains, coastline and culture. Walk the Fife Coastal Path along rugged crags and stop for a pub lunch at St Andrews, the home of golf. Or take a trip to Islay, one of the beautiful Hebridean islands, and taste a dram or two of famous Islay Scotch. Wherever you go, soak up the dry humor and friendliness of the locals in this once-in-a-lifetime study experience.


Here are just a few of the best things about studying in Scotland:

  • View the whole country as your campus and embark on a personal and academic adventure
  • Experience the vibrant live music scene of this music-loving country, from Celtic music to rock
  • Immerse yourself in the living traditions that are handed down and altered over the generations and experience the joy of bagpipes, Hogmanay celebrations and haggis
  • Grow your network of like-minded colleagues and fellow students, and sow the seeds now for a thriving career in the future

Our Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in Scotland below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond Scotland.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


In your spare time in Scotland, there are numerous activities and experiences to enjoy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Visit Lochs and Castles: Explore the picturesque lochs such as Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, and discover charming castles like Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle.
  • Hike in the Highlands: Embark on hiking adventures in the Scottish Highlands, exploring picturesque landscapes, serene lochs, and dramatic mountain peaks, with popular routes like the West Highland Way.
  • Enjoy Scottish Cuisine: Indulge in traditional Scottish dishes like haggis, neeps and tatties, and Scotch pies, while savoring fresh seafood like salmon and oysters.
  • Enjoy Live Music: Take in the lively music scene by attending traditional folk music performances or supporting contemporary artists.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.


Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.


Recent Testimonials

JillianStudy in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.”

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as the delicious colors and flavors of Thailand, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.”

HeatherStudy in England

It was amazing to be able to say I traveled to six countries in one semester.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

Scotland FAQs

Is Scotland in the UK?

Scotland is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (UK), along with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh. While Scotland has its own legal, educational, and religious institutions and limited self-governance through the Scottish Parliament, it is still part of the UK and represented in the UK Parliament.

What Language Do They Speak in Scotland?

In Scotland, the predominant language spoken is English. However, there are two notable indigenous languages: Scots, with its various dialects, is widely understood and spoken by many, while Scottish Gaelic, primarily found in the western Highlands and the Western Isles, has fewer speakers but is the focus of preservation efforts. The distinct Scottish accent in English and the diversity of its cities also mean that different communities speak numerous other languages.

What Currency Does Scotland Use?

Scotland uses the British pound sterling (often referred to as the “pound”), which is denoted by the symbol “£” or the ISO code “GBP.” While banknotes issued in Scotland might look different from those in other parts of the UK due to Scottish banks having the right to print their designs, they are still pound sterling notes and hold the same value as their counterparts in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Scotland?

The optimal time to visit Scotland is from late spring to early autumn (May to September), offering milder weather and longer days, especially in May and June. While July and August draw the most tourists, especially with events like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it’s also the best period for wildlife spotting. However, if you prefer a picturesque countryside adorned with fall colors, autumn (October to November) in the Scottish Highlands is incredibly captivating, though the weather starts to cool.

Is it Safe to Travel to Scotland?

Scotland is generally considered a safe destination for travelers, with a relatively low violent crime rate, especially in rural regions. Significant cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow might experience occasional petty crimes like pickpocketing in tourist-heavy areas. Travelers should be cautious on narrow and winding rural roads, especially in the Highlands, and be prepared for unpredictable weather if engaging in outdoor activities.

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World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!


Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.


Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.


Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!


You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!