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Scotland, Special Education in Scotland (SPED), Summer Faculty-Led Immersion
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Coordinator: Shanti Freitas
Program Description:
Special Education In Scotland
Special Education in Scotland
This program is a Faculty-Led Immersion, coordinated by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator in Academic Affairs. Please direct all questions to or 715-836-6037, and submit all application materials to Schofield 17. It is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.



Special Education (SPED) in Scotland is a six-week study abroad program offered through the Department of Special Education. The program allows undergraduate students to study and experience firsthand the Scottish special education system. The program consists of two weeks of classroom observation at a Scottish school, a three-week class taught at the University of Aberdeen by Dr. Rose Battalio with guest lectures from Scottish faculty, and five-day tour of the Scottish Highlands. The summer 2017 faculty leaders are Dr. Rose Battalio, Art Brandt and Barb Meier from the Department of Special Education.

Students at lake

Weeks 1 & 2
You will live with host families in the Edinburgh area, Glasgow area, Dunkeld, or the Orkney Islands during the classroom observation period of the program. Edinburgh is a historic yet modern city of 1.2 million people. It is the political capital of Scotland and home to many cultural attractions. Dunkeld is a small town 15 miles north of Perth, Scotland. The Orkney Islands is an archipelago in northern Scotland, situated 10 miles north of the coast of Caithness. Final placements will be made by Dr. Battalio.

Weeks 3, 4, & 5
You will reside at the University of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is a thriving city of 200,000. With excellent museums, great concert venues, and a vibrant nightlife, the city offers something for everyone. And its location--on the coast, at the confluence of two rivers, and near the Cairngorm Mountains--guarantees both spectacular scenery and incredible opportunities for those who love the outdoors.

Week 6
The five-day Scotland Highlands tour will begin in Edinburgh. Although the exact itinerary has not been confirmed, past tours have visited: Inverness, Isle of Skye, and Oban.

  • Schedule a general advising appointment with Faculty-Led Immersion staff by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing Shanti Freitas at

Check out SPED in Scotland's new Twitter page!

To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here:  Academics - SPED

Below you will find more information on estimated 2017 program costs*: SPED Summer 17.pdf

*This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program. The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one FLIIE experience. 

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I was challenged as an educator, as a world citizen, and as a person. I learned about history, tried and enjoyed new foods and experiences, and made deep connections with other educators. I was able to compare and contrast the differences between Scotland's and the United State's educational system; I took part in discussions that stretched me as a teacher to think about how I can make my classroom an inclusive and welcoming place for all. I learned that I am capable of walking 10 miles a day, navigating London's subways system, surviving without internet, and making new friends quickly." -Elizabeth Snyder, summer 2015

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the U.K. With a student population of 13,000 during the academic year. You can find complete information and pictures at

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Students jumping

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 11/15/2016 11/23/2016 TBA TBA
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