Adelante Intern and Study Abroad
Discover Ecology - Summer Program in Scotland


  • Summer 2015 Ecological Conservation Program:   $4,895
  • Non-refundable application fee:  $150




Summer Program 2015:

  • May 24 - June 20 2015



  • March 15, 2015
NOTE: In order to run, a minimum of 8 students is required. A maximum of 16 places are available.




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Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

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Discover Ecology - Summer Program in Scotland


Landscapes, Wildlife and Habitats

Sunday May 24 - Saturday June 20, 2015

Up to 6 total credit hours

Here’s an opportunity to study environmental management and conservation theories and practices in rural Scotland – a country well known for its natural beauty and cultural and natural heritage.

Following the ongoing success of our Ecology Summer Program, Adelante is continuing to collaborate with the same prestigious Scottish college specializing in animal care, agriculture and land-based studies, and for Summer 2015 we will again be offering this 4 week summer program. The campus is on one of the largest college estates, based in the rolling hills just outside the country's vibrant capital, Edinburgh.

The big bonus of this summer study program is that it is not simply a classroom based course - the many included field trips make it a very hands-on learning experience. Through this exciting program you will initially explore the range of habitats and wildlife found in the heart of Scotland, before venturing out to explore other areas of the country and its ecology and wildlife management.

This new four-week summer program is available for students in environmental sciences and ecology, as well as any students with an interest in conservation and land management issues. Students will enroll in two courses, Conservation Skills, and Habitat Management. The achievement of these two units will give you 6 hours of US credit, fully transferable, towards your degree at your home University or College (see your own college advisor for confirmation. A brief about credit transfer can be downloaded here). Official college transcripts will be given on completion of the program.

As a resident on the college estate you will investigate a diverse range of habitats from freshwater streams to inland cliffs, woodlands and grasslands, and you will learn how to manage some of these habitats. You will learn to recognize and map the plant and animal species living in each habitat and understand the ecological processes that link these species together.

Once you know the theory of habitat management you will have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice. Your specialist lecturers will teach you the conservation skills required to undertake practical habitat management tasks. These skills could include coppicing, tree felling, meadow management or control of invasive species (and visitors!). Highly trained staff will be on hand at all times to help you develop these skills.

This course includes a substanial number of site visits to experience ecology in the field, talk with site managers, undertake field investigations and gain experience in a number of practical management techniques. The course is approximately 70% field based and 30% classroom based.

During your stay in Scotland you will visit a wide range of natural heritage sites such as the Isle of May, Loch Lomond  and The Trossachs National Park. You will hear from experts in the field (ecologists, geologists, habitat and reserve managers) about how they manage their specific habitats. You may even have the opportunity to use your conservation skills at some of these unique natural sites.

Scotland  has a massive cultural heritage to explore. Your days off could be spent visiting one of Scotland’s awe inspiring castles, one of the many traditional whisky distilleries, golf courses or areas of wilderness.


•Pre-departure orientation and counseling
•Airport pickup and orientation on arrival in Scotland
•College tuition for 2 classes worth a total of 6 US credits
•Your own private room and bathroom in college accommodation. Free wireless internet available.
•Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided during the week, breakfast and dinner at the weekend.
•Access to computers in university Resource Centre. Laptops can also be borrowed on a weekly basis. 
•College staff on-site will be available to assist students with individual requests, trecking in the Highlands or other activities and in-country travel.
•Excursions to local natural heritage sites eg. Loch Lomond, the Isle of May, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, William Wallace Monument and more.
•Sealed college transcripts on completion

By the end of your stay in Scotland you will have seen, done and learnt more than you can imagine.

Adelante Abroad, LLC is not a “middle man” or “agent”.  Rather, we create proprietary, customized programs for our individual, screened candidates.  To do this we use long standing contacts in our respective countries of operation and negotiated rates for services provided abroad, including but not limited to airport pickup  services, language coursework and university coursework services, excursion services, and housing services worldwide.  What each candidate receives is exclusive to Adelante, only available through Adelante Abroad, LLC.  More importantly, our staff of Advisors and Directors abroad are professionals in the international higher education and student exchange industry, used to working with foreign candidates and often times with  complimentary professional careers in place as well as their service to Adelante Abroad. These are your contacts while in-country for most aspects of the program and all have both day and evening phone access.