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Scotland Study Abroad Orientation & Excursions

 Arrival and orientation
  • Airport pick-up for group flight travelers
  • Two- to four-day orientation in Edinburgh for semester/year students: Includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Welcome meal
  • Introduction to Scottish culture
  • Discussion of academic differences and expectations
  • IFSA-Butler staff walk students through everything from how to succeed academically to integrating socially in the host university
  • Transportation to host university accommodation at conclusion of orientation


  • Three-day immersion in a local home. The homestay weekend visit, during which students spend the weekend in a Scottish or English home, is a mandatory part of the program. Exact dates of your homestay weekend will be released when available.
  • 3-day Highland weekend (fall): travel to Inverness, sightseeing throughout the Highlands including Loch Ness and Culloden Field, falconry display at Dunrobin Castle, visit to a traditional working sheep farm and border collie display and whisky distillery tour.
  • Three-day Isle of Skye weekend (spring): Includes tour of the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye, hiking to the Old Man of Stor, and visit to a traditional working sheep farm and border collie display. Students also visit Loch Ness, Cuillin Mountains, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and Eilean Donan Castle.
  • Three-day Argyll adventure weekend (spring): Spend the weekend in the Argyll region of Scotland and take a ferry trip from Gourock to the beautiful town of Dunoon. Also included is a guided night walk through the Argyll woodland, a visit to Scotland's oldest National Park. Outdoor activities include hiking, underground caving, canoeing, mountain biking, gorge scrambling (spelunking) and a high ropes course.

Other activities

  • Reunion meals during semester
  • Thanksgiving celebration (fall semester)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Free hooded sweatshirt for students
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