Studying locally can now open up an array of national and international opportunities.
As well as welcoming a number of international students to its Stornoway campus, Lews Castle College UHI also offers the possibility for its students to study abroad as part of the ERASMUS scheme.
And with the variety of courses on offer, LCC UHI students can study online, in the college or even on the move….
Hector Malcolm, from South Lochs, studies the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development online degree course. He began the course on leaving school and completed his first year studying from his home in Marvig, with occasional trips to the Stornoway campus.
Looking for a taste of mainland life, for his second year, he moved to Aberdeen to live with friends who had moved away to university. Able to socialise with his friends and experience all that city life has to offer, he continued attending his online lectures and tutorials while his friends travelled into campus each day.
The flexible nature of his course meant that, when he decided to return home to Lewis for his third year, he was able to volunteer in his local development trust, Pairc Trust, gaining valuable and relevant work experience while still studying towards his degree and working part-time to earn money.
Hector is now looking for another new adventure and will be jetting off to Uppsala in Sweden in January for five months to attend the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as part of his course.
Hector says, "The greatest advantage the BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development course has over other related courses is the sheer versatility of the degree. As a young islander, I always wanted to try out mainland life and experience something different.
“Studying at UHI, I thought that wouldn't be possible, but the Sustainable Development course has offered me the chance to experience many new things that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.
“The course staff are very helpful and supportive, and despite being an online degree, you are constantly connected to your peers and tutors, whether it be working on group projects, chatting in the discussion board or meeting face to face at fieldtrips and residential weekends."
Hector is also Secretary of the Sustainable Development Student Society, who are planning an exciting residential weekend for students and staff in the Isle of Eigg on his return in June. The quote “The best way to be global is to be local” has never been more apt!