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College and Career Corner: University of the Highlands and Islands (UK)
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High School & College Counseling Team

If you are seeking a beautiful landscape in a small town community, the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, Scotland might be one to check out. 

From marine science to renewable energy engineering, UHI's curriculum reflects a commitment to innovation and sustainability. Due to its location in the picturesque highlands, UHI offers a couple very unique programs, including Adventure Performance and Coaching, Aircraft Engineering (UHI is partnered with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Liberty), Archeology, Music, Golf, and Sustainable Development. These programs offer practical hands-on experience. 

Notable programs include Earth and marine science, which is ranked #1 in Scotland, and #5 in the UK. This rating highlights UHI's BSc in marine science, BSc in environmental science and BSc in archaeology and environmental studies courses. Additionally, IBM has partnered with UHI for students in their applied software development program. Their optometry program includes placements in medical centers during the entirety of the program. 

It is in the top 10 universities in the UK for affordability, and offers scholarships to international students. They also accept the FAFSA for our students from the United States. At UHI there is on campus housing across their different campuses. UHI has a lot of research facilities, and 75% of their research is classified as "internationally excellent." 

This university would be a great choice for students who crave outdoor adventure and don't mind the cold. The utilization of the environment for their study programs makes this university very unique.  If you can work out the Scottish accent to their spoken English, you will be all set! 

Notable Alumni: author Ali Smith; marine biologist Monty Halls, Stephen Milne, Olympic swimmer. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that the university hosts an annual Highland Games, where students and staff come together to compete in traditional Scottish sports such as caber tossing and tug-of-war? This vibrant celebration of Scottish culture fosters a sense of community and belonging, enriching the student experience beyond the confines of academia.