Equine Summer Study Abroad in Scotland

Equine Summer Study Abroad in Scotland

About Equine Study Abroad Program

Adelante continues to collaborate with a prestigious Scottish college specializing in animal care, agriculture and land-based studies, in order to offer a 4 week summer program in Equine Studies. The campus is on one of the largest college estates, based in the rolling hills just outside the country’s vibrant capital, Edinburgh.

This is one of our most unique and popular programs. You can earn up to 6 total credit hours. Most US Universities award 6 credits upon successful completion of the 2 courses in this program. If your interests include Equine and Vet Sciences, this program is for you!

Note: This program fills out fast each year. Apply early to secure your spot!

Program Pricing & Dates

Apply Now for 2025!


Program Dates:

2025 TBD

16 spots available 
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2025

2 Spots Available for 2024

Summer Equine Program Information

This special four-week summer program is available for animal science and pre-veterinary students, as well as those students who enjoy equestrianism. However, no previous equestrian experience is required. Students will enroll in two courses, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, and Equine Fitness. 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.

In addition to classroom instruction, students will be involved in practical and hands-on experiences, with the opportunity to discover equestrianism ‘British’ style, and experience both classical and English-style riding skills. The program works with the Scottish National Equestrian Centre, so if a professional event is held during the time of the program, students may assist with some preparation. The Centre has one international class indoor arena, a six-furlong all-weather gallop and an extensive acreage of good riding country where they annually host a British Eventing one-day-event. Please note there is a weight limit of 196 lbs to participate in the riding sessions.

Also included in this program are educational visits to several of the main cultural sites of Scotland and the internationally recognized Royal Highland Show.

*Due to limited availability, in all Scotland programs, there is a $500 holding deposit required. You will receive an invoice following your phone interview and this will be due upon receipt in order to confirm your place. The holding deposit is non-refundable.*

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Equine study abroad students learning equine anatomy

What’s Included

  • 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. See your own academic advisor to determine credit hours.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided during the week. Breakfast and dinner provided on the weekends.
  • Access to computers at the College Resource Centre. Laptops can also be borrowed on a weekly basis.
  • College style accommodations. Free wireless internet available.
  • On-site college staff will be available to assist students with individual requests e.g. trecking in the Highlands or other activities and in-country travel.
  • Excursions to local cultural sites and events e.g. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, William Wallace Monument, the Highland Games, the Royal Highland Show and more.
  • Sealed college transcripts on completion.
Frequently Asked Questions

Equine Study Abroad Course Descriptions

  • Equine Studies: Equine Anatomy and Physiology
    (Unit code: DP1G 34)
  • Equine Studies: Equine Fitness
    (Unit code: DP1J 34)
  • Equine Studies: Equine Anatomy and Physiology (Unit code: DP1G 34)

    This Unit is designed to develop the candidate’s knowledge of equine anatomy and its function. It provides a solid basis on which further Equine Anatomy skills can be built. It will enable candidates to understand the anatomical structure of the horse. The candidate will enhance their underpinning knowledge of the correct function of the horses systems and be able to relate this to the horse in a practical situation.

    On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

    • Describe the basic structure of equine systems.
    • Describe the normal function of the systems of the horse.
    • Identify the structure and function of equine anatomy and physiology.

    Recommended prior knowledge and skills: It would be useful if the candidate had some experience of equine anatomy and physiology. This may be evidenced by possession of a relevant NC Unit in a related area such as E8WC 11 Equine Anatomy and Physiology or a similar qualification.

    Anatomy & Physiology Syllabus

  • Equine Studies: Equine Fitness (Unit code: DP1J 34)

    This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of fitness programs for a specific purpose. Activities will be centered on supervising and implementing fitness programs for a variety of horses from soft condition through to a novice performance program. This Unit provides a solid base on which further equine fitness skills can be built. It will enable candidates to develop skills to appraise fitness and design, monitor and evaluate fitness programs. The candidate will enhance their underpinning knowledge of the correct procedures and should be able to relate this to a practical situation.

    On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to:

    • Appraise the fitness of a horse.
    • Design a specific fitness program for a horse.
    • Monitor and evaluate two fitness programs

    Recommended prior knowledge and skills: It would be useful if the candidate had some general equine experience. This may be evidenced by possession of a relevant NC Unit in a related area, a similar qualification, or relevant experience.

    Certification is awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

    Equine Fitness Syllabus

Sample Itinerary

One Week Sample Itinerary



Monday, June 3rd

Equine Fitness – Anatomy & Physiology

Tuesday, June 4th

Equine Fitness – Anatomy & Physiology

Wednesday, June 5th

Equine Fitness – Anatomy & Physiology

Thursday, June 6th

Anatomy & Physiology – Riding 

Friday, June 7th

Equine Fitness – Riding

Saturday, June 8th

Glasgow and return via Loch Lomond

Sunday, June 9th

Scone Palace and Perth Races Gold Cup

Application Process

The application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

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

Application Deadline – April 1, 2025

Apply for Equine Program

Equine Program Details

4-Week Equine Study Abroad Course
Dates: 2025 TBD
Price: $6,570

Courses include:
1. Equine Studies: Equine Anatomy and Physiology
2. Equine Studies: Equine Fitness

Hear From Our Candidates​

I had an amazing time here. I learned a lot and had so much fun traveling around here. I had never ridden english before so this was all new. They were very patient with us. I came in with some equine A&P knowledge but I definitely was able to broaden that knowledge. Equine fitness was all new to me. I learned a lot about making a fitness plan to get a horse ready for different types of competitions.

equine study abroad student
Ashley S., University of Missouri

This program was a lot of “firsts” for me. The classes were really hands-on and real-world applicable. The professors were really helpful and they made sure we were all happy and taken care of. My favorite parts were riding – I had only done some Western riding before so it was a bit of a change! I also liked getting the opportunity to ride several horses to fine-tune my own riding abilities and to gain more experience in riding horses with all varying personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. I’m really glad I got to come on this trip and visit Scotland and experience the culture.

Alyssa H., University of Missouri

My experience with this study abroad program was one of a kind! It is such a unique opportunity to be able to study abroad in a foreign country, both traditionally in the classroom and in the arena as well. The accommodations are great for the location and time you are here. The classroom instructors are well versed in their respective fields and are excited about teaching you as well as learning from you about different perspectives based on where you come from. I really enjoyed applying what we learned in the classroom to the horses in the barn, as well as getting to take a field trip and see first hand what a horse in a fitness program looks like. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in horses, riding, or an equine career!

equine study abroad candidate with horse
Stephanie G., Texas A&M University
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