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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - Scottish Highlands: The Business and Nature of Sustainability
Inverness, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Summer 2019 04/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Area of Study:
Agribusiness, Agriculture, All, Business, Business Administration, Business Management, Conservation, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Society, European Studies, Foreign Studies, Human Resource Management, International Studies, International Business, International Economics, International Education, International Relations, Management, Reclamation, Sustainability, Tourism
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Short-Term Faculty-Led
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Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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UWP Study 3020 - Scottish Highlands: The Business and Nature of Sustainability

Summer 2018: May 20 - June 4, 2018
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018


Course Description
Explore the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands! From the gateway of the highlands (Inverness), to the deep lochs and vast mountains, we will explore how the highlands natural beauty has a savage past, diversifying present, and is looking toward future growth as Scotland's role in the EU evolves. Discover the interplay of Scotland's natural beauty, public policy and business.

This international short term study abroad course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the Scottish Highlands. This 2 week course will be offered through a combination of nature areas & historic site visits, guest speakers, business visits, and a hands-on case study. While in Inverness, time will be devoted to activities focusing on the nature and tourism industries, government nature initiatives, and local cultural excursions. Cultural excursions will be to Aviemore, Marcassie, Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, and Highlands Museums. Student teams will collaborate with local businesses and organizations in a consulting like role to actively address business problem(s) being faced. Participation will be key in the assessment process, along with the submission of a reflective paper summarizing and analyzing the journal students keep while in Scotland. 

Course Highlights
  • Take a Loch Ness cruise and visit the Urquhart Castle
  • Spend a day at Isle of the Skye
  • Visit the Culloden Battlefield
  • Tour the Tomatin Distillery
  • Experience traditional Scottish music and culture
Course Structure

PRE-DEPARTURE: Students are required to attend two mandatory pre-departure sessions (April 14, 2018 and May 5, 2018). At the first session, we will go over program logistics and information and students will be paired and assigned presentations to research in-country companies that will be visited while in Scotland. At the second meeting, students will present their research to the larger group.

IN-COUNTRY: Active participation in all Scottish activities is required. Class sessions and visits will begin on time and almost always last the entire allotted time. As a member of this class, you are expected to come prepared by having studied the assigned topics. All students are expected to participate in discussions. Your learning and that of your peers is enhanced by your active involvement and superior performance in the learning environment. While abroad, students will also work as a team on a case study and complete a consulting presentation based on their findings.

RE-ENTRY: Students will submit a Reflective Experience Journal and Paper. Students will also attend the Education Abroad Re-Entry Event facilitated by the Education Abroad Office. 

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Pre-Summer 2018

Prerequisites: Must have completed 30 credits (sophomore standing) by the time you participate in the program
                            Minimum 2.5 GPA

Course Load: One 3-credit course

Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit

Application Materials Required: One letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose

This course satisfies the criteria for the International Education General Education requirement and a business elective*.
*Pending review


Program Leader
Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger is a business administration professor teaching the online course Management, Gender, and Race for UW-Platteville. She also previously led a short-term faculty-led study abroad program to Germany. She also currently teaches at Upper Iowa University as an Associate Professor of Business. 

Housing and Meals
For the duration of the program, students will be staying in on-campus accommodations at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, Scotland. They will each have their own single, ensuite room. Each suite has 5-8 rooms with a kitchen and living space shared between them. For more information on student accommodations visit their website. You do NOT need to apply for accommodation.  

A welcome and farewell dinner are included in the program cost. All other meals are out-of-pocket expenses. Students should plan to spend approximately $550-$700 on individual meals. 

Program Fees

A $50 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed. 

The estimated program cost is $2,750*^ for UW-Platteville students and $3,350* for Non-UW-Platteville students. 
This includes program administrative fees, 3 credits, in-country transportation, accommodations, entrance to course-related excursions and site visits, and international medical and accident insurance.The program fee will be charged to your PASS account in full. All regular registration and late fees will apply.
* Program cost is based on 8 students.
^ Program cost is based on receiving the PACCE Grant. The PACCE Grant can only be received by full-time, degree-seeking UW-Platteville students.

The program cost does NOT include passport, some meals (approximately $400-$450), and personal spending money. Out-of-pocket costs are estimated to be approximately $450-$600. Please also keep in mind the following:
  • Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
  • Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI ($40)
  • Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad Office if you have have eligibility under the post-911 GI Bill or the Wisconsin GI Bil
Students will have two weeks upon their acceptance to commit to the program. Program fees are due IN FULL prior to departure.

UW-Platteville student applicants should apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Scholarship by visiting the Education Abroad website. Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify. Scholarship awards will be dispersed to student's PASS account.

Withdrawal Policy: 
Students who withdraw on or after the day of commitment will be financially responsible for a $165 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant (i.e. airfare, housing, tickets, etc.) and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor. Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after the program end date. To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website. You can apply for a passport here in Platteville at the local post office. For more information, visit their website

U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter the United Kingdom. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship. 

For More Information Contact

Program Leader
Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger
Business Administration
Dr. Zwanziger Elsinger does not have an on-campus office since she teaches courses online.
Office Phone: 563.425.5869
Mobile Phone: 563.663.3599

Program Coordinator
Alyssa Shaff
Education Abroad
Office: 102 Royce Hall
Phone: 608.342.6151

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