American students enjoy a taste of the Highlands at Inverness College UHI as part of study abroad programme

Inverness College UHI has welcomed more than 50 students from a range of US universities as part of a summer bespoke study abroad programme.

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Students from Flagler College, Flordia, on Loch Ness.

Over recent weeks the College has welcomed students from Flagler College, Florida; the University of Wisconsin-Platteville; Upper Iowa University; Utah Valley University; Jacksonville University, Florida; and Stetson University, Florida, for stays ranging from two to four weeks.

The students studied either environmental science, tourism or business as part of the college’s Scottish Experience programme. The environmental science students took part in field work with Inverness College UHI’s Rivers and Lochs Institute, while the tourism and business students were tasked with investigating an opportunity or challenge posed by a local company or organisation. This included case study work with the Findhorn Foundation, the Camanachd Association, Cru Holdings, Robertson Construction and Loch Ness Lodge.

As well as studying and attending classes, the students enjoyed a taste of the Highlands with visits to Tomatin Distillery, the Isle of Skye, the Cairngorms National Park, Culloden Battlefield and a tour of Loch Ness with Jacobite Cruises. They also took part in a Mini Highland Games at Rothiemurchus Estate, near Aviemore, and enjoyed a traditional Burns Supper dinner and ceilidh dancing in the Inverness College UHI atrium.

Students had the option to stay with host families in Inverness or at the university’s student residences at Inverness Campus.

Jennifer Loades, Inverness College UHI’s International Development Executive, said: “Our Scottish Experience programmes are going from strength to strength and every year we attract more students who want to come and study in Inverness and visit the Highlands. The support we have had from local businesses has been phenomenal and once again our American friends have left absolutely thrilled with the experience and a sun tan to boot! They couldn’t have visited the Highlands at a more perfect time.”

Willie Cameron, business development manager at Cobbs, owners of Cobbs Cafes, Loch Ness Brewery and four hotels including Loch Ness Lodge, added: “This was my third year participating in the Scottish Experience programme and every year it gets better and better. We gave the students a project to work and the quality of study and final presentation and report was as good as if they were a professional consultancy – and in some cases, much better. My congratulations to Inverness College UHI for pulling together such a beneficial and worthwhile programme.”

Inverness College UHI promotes opportunities for its students to study or train abroad including in North America, Japan and Europe. Its exchange programmes are open to students on degree courses, with options to study abroad for one semester or the full academic year. Financial support is available for students who wish to study in Europe.

For further information about international opportunities at Inverness College UHI, email International.Office.ic@uhi.ac.uk.