Discover a land of mountains, glens, and lochs; visit spectacular storied castles and ancient historical sites. Live Scotland's history and culture and discover fascinating myths and legends like the famous monster of Loch Ness, Nessie.
Students will travel through the Highlands to the Great Glen and Inverness, with the chance to journey on the Jacobite Steam Train made famous in Harry Potter.
Explore the culturally rich cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Dundee, and Oban. You'll also visit Iona, one of the birthplaces of Christianity in the British Isles. All of these things beckon in the Mod Abroad Scotland class.
The course begins in the St. Mary's classroom, where we explore the history and culture of Scotland and learn more about the rich heritage shared between Scotland and the USA. We will learn about the literature, languages, religions, music, folk traditions (we will have a Ceilidh), and customs of a proud nation. We will look at the origins and impact of the Scottish Enlightenment on the modern world and other famous Scots and their influence in today's world. We will learn too about modern Scotland with its growing Space Industry, Digital and Technology Services, and leadership in video gaming innovation. And then we will spend ten days in Scotland!
The class will embody the spirit of Senate Resolution 155, passed on March 20, 1998. The resolution designated April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day" to recognize Scottish Americans' outstanding achievements and contributions to the United States. The resolution honors the central role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this Nation and commends the more than 200 organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent.