The first government funded projects giving Scottish students overseas study opportunities have been announced by Education Secretary Michael Russell.
The projects at 10 universities, which will receive a share of £115,000, are designed to give students the chance to live and learn overseas as part of their studies and include opportunities in India, China, Canada, the United States and Europe.
Mr Russell said:
“Our Saltire Scholarship scheme, designed to encourage students to study in Scotland has gone from strength to strength. I’ve heard students from overseas speaking very highly of the experience they’ve had and the skills they’ve gained from studying in Scotland.
“I want to extend these opportunities and for the first time, Scottish students will be able to reap the rewards of living and studying overseas. These new Saltire Scholarships will give young Scots the chance to expand their horizons and gain experience in India, China, Canada, the United States and Europe.
“There are an impressive range of opportunities on offer from studying at foreign universities, to exchange programmes and overseas work placements. I look forward to hearing about the experiences of the Scottish students who take up these scholarships.”
Robin Parker, President of NUS Scotland said:
“We greatly welcome the first Saltire Scholarships, which will give Scottish students more opportunities to study overseas. As clearly demonstrated in our research report, Developing Scotland’s Graduates for the Global Society, study abroad not only makes for a fantastic learning experience, it makes students more employable as well.
“NUS Scotland’s Scotland Goes Global project is working to make sure that students learn about study abroad options such as these. Our Global Ambassadors are talking to their peers about the real difference study abroad has had on their lives, education and job prospects. We are also promoting study abroad opportunities such as these at events with employers, colleges and universities, and providing schools with interactive modules to learn more about opportunities to study abroad.
“The Scottish Government-funded Saltire Scholarships will result in even more students in Scotland taking the exciting step of broadening their educational horizons through study abroad.”
The projects receiving funding are:
- SRUC – £4,837 for eight to 10 week study placements in North America or China for three undergraduate students
- Edinburgh Napier University – £7,000 for four week community health placements at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada for five third year students
- Heriot-Watt University – £17,500 for ‘Saltire Ambassador’ funding for 14 exchange students to Canada, China, India and the USA
- Glasgow Caledonian University – £13,800 for outward mobility activities for 12 science & computing students at the College of Science & Mathematics, University of Massachusetts Boston
- University of the West of Scotland – £7,850 for student exchange and work shadowing in Northeast China for 10 engineering students
- University of Stirling – £3,350 for a short term summer exchange programme in the USA or Canada for 10 undergraduate students
- University of Stirling – £3,305 to develop a Student Exchange Support and Ambassador programme
- University of Edinburgh – £7,850 for a study abroad programme for 10 first year widening participation students in partnership with the University of Virginia, USA
UHI: Inverness College – £11,950 to create long term support mechanisms allowing students to take up study abroad opportunities
University of Edinburgh & University of Aberdeen –£20,000 for work based projects in the developing world for 10 Masters students.