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Scotland, Special Education in Scotland (SPED), Summer Faculty-Led Immersion
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 208. 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 in summer 2015. 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 special 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 2015 faculty leaders are Dr. Rose Battalio and Art Brandt from the Department of Special Education. 

Students at lake

You will live with host families in the Edinburgh 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 tour will begin in Edinburgh. Although the exact itinerary has not been determined, 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
  • View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.

Check out SPED in Scotland's new Twitter page!

You will live with a host family. Your primary host within the family will be a special education teacher or some other school personnel who works one of the Scottish special schools. While staying in the host family you will receive breakfast and supper. You will need to pack or buy lunch. 

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

Below you will find more information on program costs: SPED in Scotland Summer 2015.pdf

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This is a faculty led program in which you will be studying abroad with other UW-Eau Claire students.

"My experience provided me with first hand experience immersed in a school environment unlike my past placements. I always wanted to visit other countries and this program gave me the opportunity to not only visit 4 countries, but to learn from each place I went. In a matter of 6 weeks I was able to meet new lifelong friends from all over the world and gain skills necessary for my future as an educator." -Melissa, Summer 2013

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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.
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