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Student Services January 14 Day Countdown

Things to do in isolation


Day 9: Only one more day in isolation to go!

So today let's explore Scotland virtually and not have to worry about the weather!

Scotland is world famous for its stunning scenery, from rugged mountains to incredible beaches. Its people have a reputation for warmth, humour and hospitality. Look at some of the things your new home has to offer virtually for now and hopefully it won't be too long before you can visit some of these places in person.

At all times you should follow the current Government COVID19 guidance

Glencoe by Gil Cavalcanti licensed for reuse under CC-By SA 3.0

Welcome from the First MInister

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, welcomes you to Scotland

This video was created at the start of semester 1: see the current Government COVID19 guidance

Duration 02:03

At all times you should follow the current  Government COVID19 guidance 

This is changing on a daily basis so make sure you stay up to date.

Get to know Scotland

Must see places

From museums and castles to mountains and lochs; there is something for everyone in Scotland - here are some ideas of must-see places.

Top 20 tourist attractions in Scotland

10 best trips from Dundee

More things to do in Scotland

Ultimate Scottish trip

Edinburgh Castle by Serena Repice Lentini on Unsplash


Here's an ither ane fur ye's!


Watch the video.

Duration 02:46

Deep-fried Mars bars

Can you deep fry chocolate? We do in Scotland!

Watch Sam, an American tourist, sample some deep-fried chocolate delicacies in Edinburgh.

Duration 04.06

Scottish food and drink

More Scottish food and drink

Duration 03:10

Yes, we do deep fry Mars bars and pizzas in Scotland, but that is not the extent of our cuisine!

Our beautiful, green and fertile country (rain is good for some things!) has amazing natural produce, from world-class fish and seafood, to the famous Aberdeen Angus beef. And how about Scotch whisky, heather honey and of course, our national dish, haggis! Locally, Tayside has one of the best climates to grow succulent soft fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries - try them when they're back in season next June - there are even farms nearby where you can pick your own!

Read about what Scotland has to offer to tickle your tastebuds

Photo by Nanxi wei on Unsplash

Scots Dictionary

An online and illustrated dictionary of Scots words

Visit the site

Sign which reads, Be ye man, be ye wumman, be ye gaun, be ye cummin, be ye early, be ye late, dinna furget tea shut the gate.

Speak like a Scot!

Can you talk like Leo Capaldi?

The Scots accent takes a bit of getting used to, and to make things harder, it differs across the country. Watch this video by the brilliant Korean Billy to learn how to talk like famous Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi!

Duration 06:48

Scottish Quiz

How much do you know about Scotland? 

Time to give your eyes some rest away from your screens so you'll need a paper and pencil for this quiz - yes, really!

Why not make it into a competition with others in your household - no cheating! 

Start the quiz

Did you know?

Scottish inventions

Television, penicillin and golf - just three of the incredible inventions originating in Scotland.

25 Scottish inventions that changed the world!

More about Scottish inventions

Now you've learned all about our inventions try this Scottish Inventors Quiz


The Old Course at St Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world - first played on in the early 15th century - and is only half and hour from Dundee. A great place to visit once travel restrictions permit. 

Image by Jacqueline Macou from Pixabay


Student Services

If you're finding it a bit overwhelming being in a strange town or country there is lots of support available for you from our services.

Is English your first language? 

 If it's not, you can get support from:


English for International Students team

International studies at the University  of Dundee

Enquiry Centre

















The Enquiry Centre

The Centre is still supporting students online and has some limited opening hours during the pandemic For the most up to date information visit our web page 


This guide was created by the Academic Skills Centre, a part of Student Services. You can contact us at

A Guide to Safe Travels in Scotland

Travel in Scotland

Duration 05:47

Scotland's National Poet

Robert Burns 

Born January 25, 1759, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland—died July 21, 1796, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire

Portrait of Robert Burns (1787) by Alexander Nasmyth (Public Domain)

Robert Burns - or, Rabbie Burns,  is Scotland's national, much-loved poet.

He lived from 1759 -1796, writing in the Scots language about everything from love to witches to mice! Hopefully you will have a chance to attend a Burns' Supper while you are here - a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet, held around the anniversary of his birthday - 25th January.

You'll find plenty more by Rabbie in the Library

Read some of Rabbie Burns' poems

Duration 01:06

You'll find plenty more about Rabbie in the Library

Of course, he's not the only famous Scot see 100 more famous Scots

Share in your household FB group who the most famous person is from your country. 

A Heilan' Coo

Have you come across one of these handsome guys yet!

When you are no longer isolating, if you leave Dundee by car or bus, heading along Riverside Drive towards Perth, look to your left after you're past the airport - you'll see some of these 'muckle' (big) beasts in a field happily munching on grass! 

photo by Devin Kaselnak on Unsplash


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