Prepare for your college experience by earning college credit studying abroad in Scotland with UW-Stout faculty.
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JUMPSTART: Scotland 2025 Information Coming Soon!

Embrace new cultures; meet new people; and gain independence, confidence, and global awareness all before you start college by studying abroad with JUMPSTART: Scotland.

JUMPSTART: Scotland offers incoming first-year students an unmatched opportunity to earn college credit completing Scotland-themed courses, rich with integrated excursions, while residing in a living-learning community at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.

Program Dates

June 23 - July 19, 2024


Choose courses, taught by friendly, seasoned UW-Stout faculty, from one of the following two cohorts. Both cohorts offer a total of six credits.

Graffiti & Design Cohort
  • ARTH-245: Graffiti & Street Art 
  • DES-220: Introduction to 2D Digital Imaging 

Completes three Arts & Humanities Stout Core credits and both courses count toward the pre-BFA program.

Sound & Vision Cohort
  • MUSIC-132: Music in Our World 
  • PHOTO-110: Mobile Device Photography: Visual Literacy & Image Narrative

Completes all six of the Arts & Humanities Stout Core credits and three Global Perspective credits. 


  • Reside in a Scottish university located in Edinburgh while enjoying classes and coordinated social activities.
  • Participate in excursions in and around Edinburgh, your “lab” for learning.
  • Take a trip to the famous Highlands to experience the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and multiple Harry Potter filming locations
  • Receive mentorship from our dedicated UW-Stout faculty leaders that will help you prepare for the college experience.

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Incoming first-year students gain confidence, global awareness while earning credits
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  • New freshman fully admitted for fall 2024.
  • Competitive process based on statement, application, references, and academic merit.


The estimated program fee of $6,000 includes 6 credits of tuition, OIE fees, e-Stout fee, international insurance, accommodation, breakfast, in-country transportation, cultural events, Highlands trip, & round-trip airfare. An estimated budget, inclusive of out-of-pocket estimates, is available online.

*Financial aid may apply by completing the 2023-24 FAFSA.

Application Requests

Email studyabroad@uwstout.edu and we will send you the application link with instructions.

Capacity is limited to 20 students per cohort.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Lucy and Michael Nicolai Jumpstart to Scotland Scholarship has been made available by the generous donation of Lucy and Michael Nicolai, strong supporters of study abroad programs in Scotland.  One scholarship will be granted in the amount of $1,000.

Scholarship decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Students must be accepted into the JUMPSTART: Scotland program.
  • Financial need as determined by UW-Stout's Office of Financial Aid based on the results of the 2023-2024 FAFSA.
  • Preference is given to a first-generation college student.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed when program enrollment reaches capacity OR by the final application deadline of April 15th.

Join Us for JUMPSTART: Scotland Information Sessions!

Join us for our pre-college JUMPSTART: Scotland Information Sessions and unlock the doors to an unforgettable academic adventure. From the captivating landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to the rich tapestry of its culture, these sessions will illuminate the path to a truly immersive and transformative study abroad experience.

Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14, 2023
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 25, 2024
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, February 6, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, February 26, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Reside in a Living-Learning Community

We encourage you to submerge yourself in a new culture and push beyond your comfort zone to experience what Scotland has to offer. By doing so, you'll develop a better understanding for others and an appreciation for the world we live in. Join us in summer 2024 where you will get to know your classmates and faculty while you live, learn, and work in a fun and collaborative community. 


Still Accepting Applications for Summer 2024