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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Country: Great Britain

City: Sleat, Isle of Skye


Type of school: Public Universities


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The College is a National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture and there are lots of learning opportunities for people with an interest in Gaelic, both at the College and by distance -learning.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is a modern, innovative college and has excellent learning resources on-campus including an exceptional library collection, broadcast and recording facilities, residential student accommodation and a Gaelic-medium childcare facility.

The College's activities are greatly enhanced by co-operative links within the wider Gaelic community and the College is home to a number of creative and cultural projects such as Tobar an Dualchais, Faclair na Gàidhlig and the multimedia and design company Cànan.

The College also plays a leading role in the promotion of the Gaelic arts and culture and hosts a programme of residencies for artists in music, literature and the visual arts.

We hope you will get the chance to visit the college and we look forward to seeing you.

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The degree courses offered by Sabhal Mor Ostaig are the only degrees in Scotland taught entirely through the medium of Gaelic.  The College is an academic partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands, and is a lead partner for the Gaelic and Related Studies Degree Scheme.

Not only will you have the opportunity to improve your confidence in the language you will also benefit from unique features on the courses which will develop your practical and social skills.

The courses place an emphasis on achieving fluency in Gaelic in year 1 and 2 and students will be encouraged to speak and use Gaelic on a daily basis. Thereafter you can specialise in modules leading to degrees in Gaelic Language & Culture, Gaelic & Development, Gaelic & Media Studies, Gaelic & Education and Gaelic & Traditional Music.

  • Cert HE An Cùrsa Comais
  • Cert HE Gaelic and Communication
  • BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture
  • BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development
  • BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music
  • BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies
  • MA (Hons) Gaelic with Education
  • Diploma in Gaelic Media



Sabhal Mòr Ostaig offers a postgraduate course in Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History,  which explores the social and economic character of the Highlands and Islands through a study of the area's material culture, landscape and environment.

The course is led by Professor Hugh Cheape, a leading Gaelic historian and expert bagpiper, along with colleagues Dr Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart and Gabhan Parsons.  It is offered on a part-time basis over 3 years and allows students to study by distance learning with some modules available online.

  • MSc Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History
  • Editing Skills (Publishing)


Distance Learning

No matter where in the world you live you can learn Gaelic with us.  The distance learning courses offered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are designed to enable students to become fluent in the language and to progress to further study through the medium of Gaelic if desired.

If you have little or no previous knowledge of learning Gaelic we would recommend you begin with our award winning access to Gaelic course, An Cùrsa Inntrigidh.  If you do have some prior knowledge of Gaelic or if you are an experienced learner, you might wish to join the accelerated track of the course or enrol on An Cùrsa Adhartais, the next step towards fluency. Both these courses place an emphasis on speaking and listening skills and are about giving you the confidence to use Gaelic in everyday situations.

Once you have completed An Cùrsa Adhartais you may wish to undertake further study through the medium of the language and progress to the second year of the College's degree programme where you can study modules on Gaelic poetry, folklore and the modern short story.

The College also provides professional development courses for teachers, through the Streap programme, and an opportunity for Gaelic speakers to improve their writing skills through the online course, Sgilean Sgrìobhaidh.

A unique feature of all of our courses is the support you will receive from tutors and staff at the College and the opportunity you will have to connect with other students and learners the world over.

  • MA Learning and Teaching (Gaelic Arts)
  • PG Scottish Culture & Heritage
  • An Cùrsa Inntrigidh
  • An Cùrsa Adhartais
  • Dip HE Gaelic and Related Studies
  • BA Gaelic and Development
  • BA Gaelic Language and Culture
  • BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development
  • Course Contact: Distance Learning Team
  • BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture
  • CPD in Community Development
  • CPD in Language Development
  • Sgilean Sgrìobhaidh


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International Students


Sabhal Mòr Ostaig provides a unique learning environment where all higher education provision and the running of the College is conducted in Scottish Gaelic - the only such college in the world.  The College is an academic partner of UHI, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and enjoys cultural links within the region and beyond.   We offer flexible learning options which allow students to study full-time, part-time, on campus or at a distance and wherever you are in the world you can learn Gaelic with us.


As an overseas student you can apply directly to us.  For an application form please contact the Registry & Admissions Office on +44 (0)1471 888304.


Postgraduate research applicants for the MA Material Culture & the Environment should apply directly to the College.  For an application form please contact the Registry & Admissions Office on +44 (0)1471 888304.

Lifelong Learning

Applications for part-time study and for distance learning and access programmes should be made directly to the College.  For an application form please contact the Lifelong Learning Department on +44 (0)1471 888449.

Short Courses

Applications for short courses should be made through the Short Course booking system.  For further information and a course prospectus contact the Short Course Team on 01471 888 240 or email:


There's more to student life than learning.  There's the chance to relax and have fun, to meet new people and experience different cultures, to try new activities.

As well as great accommodation and learning facilities, the College boasts a friendly and vibrant community with plenty of opportunities to fill your diary.  You can get involved in some of the student groups and activities based on campus or through UHI, such as Comann nan Oileanach or UHISA, or with one of the many community groups and activities which take place on or near Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

The College is used as a venue by the local community arts group, Seall, who organise concerts, plays and dance events, where you can see everything from African tribal music to Spanish opera to Hebridean ballet.

Club Film, always keen to welcome new volunteers and committee members, shows films throughout the year from all corners of the globe, from blockbusters to art-house classics. Students also get reduced annual membership or ticket prices.

If you want to stay fit and healthy, you could join the local football club, Sleat & Strath FC, which train nearby or become a member of Sleat Badminton Club.  Or maybe you would prefer an aerobics class at the College or a hike with the recently formed Club Coiseachd.

Students also get free entry to the museum and archive at Armadale Castle, which houses an incredible collection of papers and artifacts related to Sleat's past. If this grabs you, maybe you should check out the local history society? You will find Gaelic-speaking members there that you can chat to.


Music is a major part of the community life of Sleat, where the College is based. There are regular music sessions in the nearby hotels and pubs, and you're more than welcome to go along and join in.  Maybe you wish to play Gaelic punk/rock music with students and staff, which marries the Gaelic language to a very non-traditional musical style.

There are plenty of local haunts where you can enjoy a night out- how riotous is up to you!


Sabhal Mòr Ostaig attracts students from all over the world and our course programmes are structured to allow the best opportunity for students to gain fluency in the language and a greater confidence in reading, writing and speaking Gaelic.

If you are a complete beginner of Gaelic you may wish to apply for one of our Short Courses or enrol on our distance learning access course, An Cùrsa Inntrigidh.

Prospective students who are fluent in the language may wish to apply for one of our degree courses or the increasingly popular postgraduate MSc Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History.

Perhaps you have a good grasp of the language but haven'€™t spoken it for a while and wish to return to your roots or be able to speak Gaelic to your children.  You may wish to apply for the distance learning course, An Cùrsa Adhartais or enrol on the College'€™s immersion course, An Cùrsa Comais.

We welcome applications from anyone with a passion for, and interest in, Gaelic, and we deal with each application in a proper, confidential and trustworthy manner.  All applications to the College will be considered on an equal basis in line with the College'€™s Equal Opportunities Policy.  The College will not discriminate on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Our Registry & Admissions Office will be happy to advise on a course of study to suit you and provide you with information on how to apply.  You will also find further useful information within this section of the website.

Registry & Admissions Office
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Isle of Skye
IV44 8RQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1471 888304


Contact Us:

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Sleat, Isle of Skye
Scotland, IV44 8RQ

General Enquiries

phone: +44 (0) 1471 888000

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