Living in a castle, experiencing another culture, traveling through Europe, making friends, learning about yourself -- those are all part of the Wisconsin in Scotland experience. Here's what UW-Superior students say about it:
"Studying abroad in Scotland was the best 3 months of my life! I met so many new friends that I will have for the rest of my life. It was also interesting to experience the Scottish culture for 3 months. It was a great experience! I would definitely recommend studying abroad to anyone that is interested. My sister is already looking into study abroad opportunities through her school.
"The first day I got home I already wanted to go back. Most of my friends feel the same way! I also miss all the traveling I got to do. Traveling was so easy over there. All of the house trips that I did were so much fun. For spring break, a group of us went on a cruise to Corfu and Santorini. Almost every weekend we were off exploring a new part of Scotland or a country in Europe.
"Overall, this study abroad experience was one of the best decisions I have made. It cost me my spot on the UWS women's basketball team, but it was definitely worth it!"
Paige Mikkelson,Wisconsin in Scotland
"It was definitely the best experience of my life and I'd highly recommend it to anyone...I'm already excited for when I re-visit Scotland within the next few years!"
David Byrne, Wisconsin in Scotland
(There are)…too many stories to pick just one. Honestly, studying abroad should be a requirement in order to graduate college! My life is forever changed in a positive way that is hard to perfectly articulate. The cultural awareness of oneself is immediately expanded and I feel students greatly benefit from it. Any student who goes through college without even evaluating an opportunity such as Wisconsin in Scotland is seriously missing out on once in a lifetime opportunities. I strongly recommend this experience to my peers who have yet to ponder the idea of studying overseas."
Michael Bodner, Wisconsin in Scotland
"Since coming home last semester, there hasn't been a single day that I haven't thought about or referenced my trip to Scotland. From the breathtaking sights that I saw to the amazing friends that I made, it was the experience of a lifetime. Without even realizing it, studying abroad allowed me to quickly develop independence and a confidence in trying new things.
"Words cannot even describe the amazing memories I have. It was the best experience of my life so far. I have no regrets, and I would go back in a heartbeat."
Kristen Jasperson, Wisconsin in Scotland
"Scotland was a life-changing experience for me. It forced me to realize that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible. Learning how to balance classes, homework, having fun, and traveling, forced me to realize that I wasn't a kid anymore. The Wisconsin in Scotland program provided insight into the differences between cultures, provided an experience unparallel to anything here in the States, and allowed me the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful palaces, in one of the most beautiful countries, in the world. It also gave me the opportunity to interact with a ton of people I never would have met otherwise. Whether it is the professors, the chef Henry, the boys down at the local pub, or my 74 new brothers, sisters, and fellow students, I left there knowing that I was a different person for going to Scotland and befriending all of them."
Nikki Bohr, Wisconsin in Scotland
"Scotland was the BEST time of my life. Not only did I learn more in the three and a half months I was there than I have in my whole life, but it was fun, too. I saw more of the world than almost anyone I know. I have had so many experiences to share with everyone. When I see some country or city in a book that I have been to, I get all warm and fuzzy inside, thinking 'How many people could actually relate to that?' Plus, now that I am back on campus, there is a small community of us who have this experience in common and always will and, therefore, we will always be friends. I am sure I will be friends with some of these people for life."
Michelle Gutsch, Wisconsin in Scotland
"Spending six weeks of my summer in Scotland was a life-changing, unforgettable experience! I met so many awesome people, saw so many amazing things, and created everlasting memories. Dalkeith is a great place to live -- it's a small town and has easy and convenient access to the city life of Edinburgh. The estate is so beautiful, and every time you take a walk through it you find something new to explore. We took a few local house trips -- Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat, and a hill walking trip in the Scottish Borders, and I learned so much about Scottish history, culture, geology, and environment through these opportunities. I tell everyone I know to go to Scotland through this program--it's just too amazing to miss out on!"
Brianne Looze, Wisconsin in Scotland
"Studying abroad was something I never even thought I would be considered to do. I always thought it was for those really advanced people, who knew exactly what they were going to do with their lives, but all I had to do was apply and I was accepted. And now I still can't believe that I lived in another country for four months. Wow!! It was an experience of a lifetime like everyone said it would be! I never imagined that I would actually fulfill one of my dreams of traveling to different countries, let alone living there. Almost every weekend I traveled to other countries including Italy, Greece, France, Ireland, and England. I can't even explain in words how great it was! Of course we had classes, some of which fulfilled my general education requirements, but they were nothing when I thought about where I was, where I was going that weekend, or what I was doing there. When I was in Scotland I lived in a palace with many amazing people, I made lifetime friendships, and I will never forget them!"
Alicia Bourget, Wisconsin in Scotland