Observation & Research Assignments in Scotland

Gain valuable research experience, boost your resume, and spend 6 weeks in beautiful Scotland.


May 20, 2018 – June 30, 2018

Placements are limited. Apply soon to secure your spot!

Gain Experience and Travel with an Observation & Research Assignment in Scotland

Adelante’s Observation & Research in Scotland aims to match serious students with academic observational and research assignments in a variety of different sectors. All program assignments are full-time hours, 5 days a week. Weekends are free for candidates to travel and explore the beauty of Scotland.

6 week Summer Programs are currently available in the fields of:

  • Private Veterinary Practice/Hospital (1 spot left)
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences – Speech Pathology (2 spots – Program FULL for 2018)
  • Psychology (1 spot left) (Read about what a Psychology Observation and Research Assignment is like from a past candidate!)
  • Equine Clinic / Equine Marketing (1 spot – Program FULL for 2018)
  • Agricultural Business (1 spot – Program FULL for 2018)
  • Ecology and Horticulture (2 spots – Program FULL for 2018)
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (2 spots – Program FULL for 2018)

Scotland Program Information

Our programs in Scotland have been developed with an experienced university specialist who has secured student internships in Scotland and throughout Europe for almost 20 years. Placements are within prestigious Policy Centers and Academic Institutions and Private Veterinary practices.

Applying early is strongly encouraged, as only a limited number of spots are available within each field. 

SEE PLACEMENT DESCRIPTIONS BELOW. These placements are all located in and around the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, which is the best base to both live in and to explore Scotland during your days off.  There is also an incredible opportunity we have created for all things Horticulture / Historic Gardening / Landscape in the idyllic town of Pitlochrysee description below.  Summer provides better weather to experience the beauty and history of this off-the-beaten-path location – stunning countryside, beautiful lakes and mountains and picturesque villages can all be reached easily by bus or train.

Don’t lose your spot!  Get the ball rolling by applying now for Observation & Research in Scotland.

Why You Should Choose Adelante Abroad






What’s Included In Your Scotland Program

Our program includes some specific key features, here are just a few of them:

  • You will be met at the airport when you arrive in Scotland and taken directly to housing at our partner college for your first night. In the morning, all Scotland Summer participants will attend an in depth Orientation.  This is intended to to allow the Research Observation candidates to get to know the Equine and Ecology study abroad students.  Afterwards, the Research Observation group will be transported to their various housing assignments in Edinburgh and Pitlochry for the remainder of their program.
  • There are a variety of housing options for our Scotland program and these are dependent on the chosen research assignment. Candidates may live in shared student housing in Edinburgh city center or in college dorm-style Residence Halls – all are fully furnished and with modern amenities.
  • Observational Research Assignment in chosen sector – all assignments are full time hours, 5 days a week in a Scottish company, university or organization.
  • Academic credit available for research assignment per sector – check with your university.
  • Letter of Recommendation available on request

To see a more comprehensive list of what’s included in this and all programs click here.

Is This Program Right For You?

Answer the following questions:

  • Are you an independent-minded individual?
  • Will you be Age 18 or older by the time you begin your program?
  • Do you speak fluent English? (This program is open to candidates worldwide)
  • Do you desire the opportunity to live and work alongside local people abroad?
  • Are you flexible and open to situations outside of your comfort zone (i.e. public transportation, new environment, different customs, etc.)?
  • Are you looking for a program duration of 6 weeks?

If you answered YES to these questions, then this program is right for you!

Please keep in mind that certain fields may have specific requirements for prior experience or studies. Our program works, for the right candidate, even if you haven’t yet begun your international travels.

Hear From Our Past Candidates

Jenni - Observation and Research in Scotland - Adelante AbroadJenni M., St. Cloud State University, MN, USA

I could not have asked for a better internship opportunity than the experience I had here in Edinburgh. All of the people who we interacted with for our program were so friendly and helpful. Our living situation was spectacular- right off the Royal Mile! The actual internship program at the University was absolutely outstanding. We had the opportunity to learn new software, code data, run participants, research new literature, and I even had the opportunity to work with a professor to collaborate on a brand new study. Definitely the right program fit for me and has immensely grown the confidence and ability I have in my research skills. I would definitely recommend this program to anybody that wants to further their research experience in a unique and independent way.

Kaitlyn - Observation and Research in Scotland - Adelante AbroadKaitlyn R., University of Missouri – Columbia, MO, USA

I owe so many thanks to Adelante Abroad for allowing me to satisfy my love for travel while also getting to fully immerse myself into living in another country. The staff at Adelante was so quick to answer any questions I had, whether it be from preparing for my trip to things to do while actually in Scotland. I spent weekends traveling to the Highlands, Iceland, and London in addition to doing some sightseeing throughout the city (such as some of the many museums, the castle, etc.). I think you don’t truly get the cultural experience unless you are actively trying to immerse yourself in the city and its surroundings. Overall, I would recommend Adelante Abroad to any independent traveler looking to not only gain work experience, but also experience life abroad in a way that might otherwise not be possible!!

List of Observation & Research Assignment Fields in Scotland

Click on any of the fields below for a description.



New student research observation opportunities are available at the fastest growing international provider of risk services for the food and drink supply chain. The agency operates in 40 countries across six continents and conducts over 35,000 audits and inspections each year, in addition to a range of tailored services aimed at protecting customer’s brands. This agency offers a complete range of compliance solutions for farms, fisheries, food processors, restaurants and retailers.  Summer placements are available in the following areas:

-Assist staff to develop ways to provide assurance for farmers to implement good practice to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (hot topic in Europe at the moment with antibiotic use in farm animals and resistance development growing in people)

-Developing higher welfare livestock assurance modules for use in livestock work

-Assist staff to identify, market and deploy a business plan to recruit Hill and Upland beef and lamb farmers in England


CASE BY CASE basis for 2018:  this means you must apply and then we submit your application to the placements in Scotland below. They will take at least 4 weeks to confirm or deny acceptance.

CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION  (2 places available): Participate in a childcare program for children age 3 months to 12 years. Candidates will assist in several aspects of the program including program development and training, assisting at clubs, helping with camps. (Background check required – this can be secured either pre-program or once abroad in Scotland)

This international internship assignment takes place at a well established childcare organization that runs a variety of popular childcare facilities in Edinburgh and the Borders region. They also provide services for children with special needs. The staff manages traditional in-school and after school clubs, breakfast clubs, activity camps and traditional play programs. An excellent placement for those looking to open their own childcare facility or for developmental education majors.


ECOLOGY (2 to 3 places available)

Ecology internship positions in Scotland involve a wide range of duties and opportunities, and candidates gain real, international hands-on experience. Candidates work with the faculty and doctoral students in the Environment and Countryside Department at a prestigious public College.   Some project examples include badger surveying in the Edinburgh countryside – surveillance of setts, mapping and reporting and tagging.  Salt Marsh Sampling – profiling of vegetation around the Forth Estuary, trying to link to anthropogenic pollution.  Collecting and processing samples with the aim of correlating geochemistry with vegetation data, then comparing with the recorded history of pollution-causing activities, such as mining. Sucessional relationships on contaminated salt marshes – Armeria maritima and Plantago maritima both occur within salt marshes.  The student will then grow these plants in artificially contaminated mediums to provide further evidence. Sewage sludge trials – conducting experiments on artificially polluted aspects on a field ecosystem. The student will collate previous data, as well as collecting additional information on plants, invertebrates and soils to determine relationships.  Crop yields and environmental mitigation – Beetle banks and field margins have been promoted to farmers as a means of not only increasing wildlife, but also as a way of saving money by reducing pesticide applications. However, the impact on crop yield is largely unknown. The student will conduct analyses on the benefits (or not) of these agricultural mitigation measures upon crops using transects and stratified sampling to measure predator and prey populations. CANDIDATES LIVE ON CAMPUS, IN DORMS – ALL HAVE THEIR OWN ROOMS –  FOR THESE PLACEMENTS

HORTICULTURE (1 to 2 places available)

Candidates are placed in a unique public garden, in the Scottish Highlands, next to a theater, where they will learn its history while observing and participating in various historic garden procedures and activities. Hands-on every day, this is hard work! Interns will assist full-time in the traditional projects of maintenance, irrigation, mulching, planting and labeling. Candidates also will have the opportunity to visit a number of private and public gardens throughout the Scottish Highlands, including Gardening Scotland, one of Scotland’s major horticultural expositions. CANDIDATES LIVE IN A BED & BREAKFAST FOR THESE PLACEMENTS.


EQUINE CLINIC, with Equine veterinarian (1 spot available)

Candidates will shadow an Equine Vet located in a Riding Stable and Barn, that travels to horse owners and other stables when their horses are injured or unhealthy – this Equine Vet will take 1 candidate of ours only.  Called “an ambulatory equine veterinary practice” in Edinburgh, the clinic provides service to horse, pony and donkey owners. Students would have the opportunity to observe a complete equine veterinary practice using state-of-the-art veterinary medical technology.

EQUINE MARKETING (1 spot available)

Scottish National Equestrian Centre is the new state of the art venue for equestrian sports and activities. The candidate will have the opportunity to review the venue for equestrian sports and activities. This includes stabling and accommodations, feeding, training and event management. The candidate will visit with staff to discuss the approach to marketing and the use of social media. The weekly schedule of events provides the candidate an excellent perspective of equine activities for all ages. The candidate will observe day-to-day activities, regarding the scheduling and management of afternoon, evening and weekend events. The candidate will observe and may assist with the Schooling events that are held every week, including showjumping, dressage training and indoor event training. An inside look at website management, online entries, management of corporate events, and plans to attract advertisers and sponsors will add to the candidate’s understanding of the mission of the Center.


ROYAL ZOO OF SCOTLAND (1 to 2 places available)

NEW !!  Research placements are now available with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.  RZSS operates the Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. This is an international organization with protection programs in place in China, Brazil, Uganda and Nepal. In Scotland the RZSS has locations in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.

Students accepted will work with the Program Leader whose main  mission in all projects is to promote awareness and conservation of rare and endangered animals, and their care, including what they eat.  Main projects where our interns will be assigned focus on Animal Nutrition: plants the animals eat, such as bamboo, and creating species profiles.  There are many other on-going research projects related to the RZSS, and its important to note that candidates would not be directly handling the rare animals for health and security reasons. There is an Education component, too, including a “Wild about Scotland” travelling bus, that goes to schools and community events.  Also on-site is the Wild Genes Laboratory that works on cutting-edge genomic research.  This placement will give an enormous boost to any animal science, animal nutrition, zoology, habitat management and captive wildlife management majors.  ONLY TWO SPOTS EACH SUMMER AWARDED TO ADELANTE ABROAD – it is literally never too early to apply.



PSYCHOLOGY (4 placements total / 3 placements filled for 2018 / 1 spot left):

Research placements at a major university in Edinburgh are available for psychology students interested in eyewitness identification, forensic studies and visual-spatial working memory relating to short term retention and manipulation of information. ** there are other projects too, each year, as this is an active dedicated university Research lab funded for a very well regarded Psychology department **

Two concrete Project descriptions that will take our candidates:  1) Eyewitness Identification and Face Memory PURPOSE Eyewitness memories are memories for criminal events, such as robberies. Many criminal convictions hinge on eyewitness identifications from police lineups, however, sometimes innocent people are identified and subsequently convicted. The primary purpose of this research is to understand how people make decisions about police lineups and faces.

2) Project on the interaction between visual-spatial memory and verbal information is designed to understand how displays of information can reduce memory load on people and make tasks easier.  Research also includes studies to understand how and why people may remember more information from one side of space than the other.


VETERINARY PRACTICE  (1 spot available)

Placement at local veterinary practice & Hospital involves the running of a private veterinary practice and all that entails, including care of healthy, sick and injured animals, primarily dogs, cats and some exotics.  The student here would observe a variety of veterinary surgeries and consultations, including the day-to-day duties of the clinic.  Services provided are grooming, surgeries, consults, medicine dispensing, urgent care and of course, cleaning, which is a major part of keeping a safe and professional environment. A perfect assignment for those wanting to go into private practice.  The placement is for four days a week, and the practice is a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh.


SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES  (2 spots available)

**New Observation & Research in Scotland** – 2 spots in Speech Pathology at prestigious university in their graduate lab.

Calling Speech and Hearing Science students: Continue your interest in Speech and Hearing Sciences in Scotland. Six week educational research visits are available on a competitive basis with faculty at a major university in Edinburgh. Studies include normal and disordered speech and hearing, including stuttering and stammering; memory and speech production; and hidden speech phenomena. Apply now, spots will go fast and we are first come, first served.

Program Fee

  • 6-week Summer Program: $4,050.00

Application Process

Click on the button at the top of the page to apply for this program now!

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

6 week Summer Program:

May 20 – June 30, 2018

Application Deadline – March 20, 2018