Study in Scotland

Hi everyone,

Fellow Abroad Alumni here. Have you wondered about where to go, when you study abroad?

Well, my first advice to you is go into the international center and talk to the lovely people here who are just as eager to get you off as you are. But, my other suggestion is, go to Scotland! I studied for 6 months at Strathclyde University in the brilliant city of Glasgow and, if you aren’t already convinced, here are some pics to get you intrigued in the land of the brave.


Here is the beautiful Glencoe. Definitely a highlighted spot.


This is a snapshot of the iconic, wee city of Portree Harbour. On the way to the Isle of Skye, actually, which is an amazing place to visit, too.


This shot was taken on the first try and I know that it is also a famous Pinterest shot. Taken at Loch Lomond on a lucky, sunny day.


And finally, we have a shot of George Square, one of Glasgow’s most famous spots. Really close to Strathclyde, too!

Of course, we can’t forget about the featured image – a shot of the Duke of Wellington who stands guard outside the GoMA (Glasgow Museum of Modern Art). There is actually a whole news report on the fact that he gets to keep his traffic cone. Look it up on Youtube!

So – convinced yet? Don’t wait around! Come get information about applying for the spring semester in the fall or come early for information for next fall submissions.



People Make Glasgow Part 3



Above and below are pictures that were taken within the same weekend. During my last month in Scotland, I sought to visit as many of my friends’ hometowns as I could. So I made it to all of the ones who mattered most. Here, I’m with my good friend still who lived in Inverurie, Aberdeen. We were house sitting for one of her neighbors and got to spend some time with this lovely guy, Indie.


As I said, this picture was also taken around the same time as the one above, perhaps only a day later. The cows are kind of far away – they wouldn’t come up to the fence to greet me, unfortunately – but if you look closely, you’ll notice that they look a wee different than “normal” cows. These orange, extra-hairy, horned cows are specific to Scotland, known as Highland cows, or Highland coos, if you’d like to say it in the right ol’ Scottish way, and are typically found up in sparse areas of the Highlands.


Toward the end of my stay, my good friend and I stumbled upon The Lighthouse. Though not a real lighthouse, the building allows for a great view of the skyline of Glasgow. One can even go outside, if you so choose, and take pictures from a secure balcony. I was just glad I was able to make it here before I had to leave. In fact, it was today that I had to leave this good friend behind.


So as you’re guessing the theme of this last post, I also took this photo while off visiting another close friend of mine. Though he had meant a little more than just that – so I’d found the picturesque landscape of the Prestwick beach at sunset a great place to take a snap. He’d apparently thought so too and took one of me when I wasn’t looking. See – the sun does sometimes shine here in Scotland. Just got to know where to look for it.


By this time, it was late June and I had to kiss my travels goodbye. This is a photo I took with my flatmates – the three other girls in front, though we’re missing one – and the rest were our “international boys”. Friends from Macedonia, France, Singapore and Ukraine. This photo was taken a few days before most of them left, in the heart of George Square.

If you get anything out of this, it’s that traveling is not just about the opportunity to study in another country, but the opportunity to immerse. Cal Poly Pomona’s exchange program really allowed me to blossom into the person I’d been trying to be before. So – don’t hesitate to come in and learn about your opportunity to flourish in another country. Though I would highly recommend Scotland myself, any of them will do the trick.

Cheers xx


People Make Glasgow Part 2

So, as promised, here is the second part of my Glaswegian experience.


At the end of week 2, some of my flatmates and I went to discover the Glasgow Necropolis, which is conveniently located right behind Strathclyde. You hardly have to exert yourself at all. It was a cold day, and as you can see, a tad snowy. But it was beautiful. Refreshing. Peaceful.


This is the lovely George Square. I was here for an international center pub crawl event week 4, walked through it with mountaineering club around the 2nd month, and explored it by myself on particularly rainy days. This day, I was out by myself. George Square is iconic to Glasgow and a very central spot. It is, as you can also see, very beautiful.


At the end of week 4, my flatmates and I took a weekend trip with the Strathclyde international center. They were taking us to the Isle of Skye, a supposed beautiful spot of Highlands. Once again, it was cold and snowy – we actually ran into a blizzard of sorts halfway up – but they did not lie about the supposed beauty one bit. If I could post all of the pictures of it, I would, but I’m choosing to focus on this because of the significance it holds. I, after all, am an honorary Scot. You may also recognize this spot, known as Glencoe, as a flyover shot seen in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie.


Last one – I went out with these girls often. The one on my right is still one of my best friends to this day, 7 months after I’ve flown home. Whenever her Scottish friends had a birthday, she would bring me along as a sort of plus one. This night was one of the latter evenings, one of my last ones out with her and them. We always had a great time.

Part 3 to come later next week, but that will be the final one.

Cheers xx

People Make Glasgow Part 1

So last year, around this time, I spent 6 months in Glasgow, Scotland studying at Strathclyde University under an exchange program offered here at my home university, Cal Poly Pomona. I don’t want to be clique and say that it was the best experience of my life, but it really was. Instead of babbling about it with just words, I thought I would describe it using pictures.

10947246_10203315212062769_803392445823600475_n I wanted to start with this one, which is, as you guessed, a selfie, because I took it my first day in Glasgow. I was on my own, staying in a hotel, and I saw that they had complimentary Irn Bru and tea cakes. I am a large advocate of Irn Bru – it is Scottish soda you can only find in Scotland, certain stores from England and on Amazon if you’re really desperate – that is extra fizzy, sweet and, clearly, orange. You can even collect the bottle tartans!

10906170_10203320762761533_2253854042903993242_n On my second day in Glasgow, I walked down to the infamous Buchanan Street, where malls are prevalent and cars nonexistent. Bands, singers and single pipers come out here to entertain the Scots as they walk amongst the shops, battling the cold. Ironically, the last time I had been in Glasgow had been 4 years ago for the 2012 London Olympics. I had just been passing through, but this same drummer and bagpipe band had been playing on this same street then, too. As if welcoming me back once again.

IMG_2384 I found him during my first week as well. The Duke of Wellington, complete with traffic cone, standing guard to the GOMA, or Glasgow Museum of Modern Art. He, of course, did not start out with the cone on his head. One of the more iconic statues in Glasgow, it is famous purely for its mystery. One morning, the cone was there, and no matter how many times it is taken down, it always comes back. No one knows who does it or why. But now, the Duke of Wellington is incomplete without his cone.

10488391_10203393672544232_8139375925926411899_n Week two into my studies, some of my newer-made Scottish friends decided to invite me out on a “Pub Golf” outing. Themed accordingly, the goal was to hit nine pubs, like a small game of golf, and live to tell the tale. These sorts of adventures are very common in Scotland and end up being memorable experiences, to say the least. I didn’t win this pub crawl contest, unfortunately, but I did grow closer to the people I was with and gain new friendships as more Scots joined us throughout the night.


Part two to come later next week.

Cheers xx



Scotland Exchange Program – Info Session

What: Scotland Exchange Program – Info Session
Where: International Center (Building 1, Room 104)
When: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: U-Hour (12:15p-12:$5p)

Come learn about the Scotland Exchange Program from our Study Abroad Alumni who spent Spring Semester at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

The deadline to apply for the Fall Semester in Scotland & all other Exchange Programs is March 1st

Visit our website for more information.