Scottish Students Photography Competition Winners!

Scotland is a stunning place with breathtaking views around every corner.  Whether you’re in the city, the highlands or the islands you’re bound to encounter rich history and sights galore.  Both Iva and Kirra, the winners of our student photography competition, have submitted some of their favourite photographs of their study abroad experiences so far.  Accompanying these lovely photographs are their descriptions of their favourite experiences in bonny Scotland. 

Iva Ichiva is a third year Mechanical Engineering student from UCSB studying in Edinburgh for an entire year.  Her favourite experience in Scotland so far “was in the few weeks leading up to Christmas. Strolling around Edinburgh’s Christmas Market, in particular, was incredibly magical. There were fairy lights and Christmas tree mazes, beers and bratwursts, carnival rides and ice rinks… I found such joy and peace in wandering this mesmerising market that I visited 16 times! It’s a must-see if you’re in Edinburgh during the holiday season!”


Kirra Dickinson, a third year psychology major from UCB, is studying at the University of Glasgow for the spring term.  “Here in Glasgow, we’re the largest city in Scotland! Take a step outside and you’ll notice the hustle and bustle of the city—cars, buses, and trains zooming by, and people rushing home with their groceries in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

“It’s almost been three months since I first arrived in Scotland, and although I must say that I’ve missed sunny California, I’m grateful to be able to discover the beautiful landscapes of Scotland when I’m not exploring the lively city.
One of my favourite experiences so far has been my visit to the Isle of Skye just a few weeks ago. During that weekend, I had the opportunity to travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands and even make a few stops at Eileen Donan Castle, the 3 Sisters of Glencoe, and more!” 

“It was an amazing experience to be able to take a break from the fast-pace of the city and retreat into the tall mountains, vast lakes, and lush vegetation that Scotland has to offer.
And the best part yet?
Knowing that there are still so many picturesque places waiting to be –explored—cheers to the next two months!”

I want to extend a big thank you to both Kirra and Iva for these brilliant photos and insights into their experiences so far in Scotland.  We love hearing from students and welcome any and all stories about your marvellous adventures across the united kingdom.