UHI is the only institution in Scotland to offer degrees taught entirely through the medium of Gaelic. Our degrees cover a range of subjects including Gaelic media, traditional music and teaching, as well as Gaelic language, culture and community development.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise has successfully promoted Gaelic in both community and commercial sectors, and reinforced this with its evidence-based study, Gaelic as an Economic Asset, demonstrating the potential of Gaelic to the economy to be in the region of £149m.


  • Our BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development offers field trips and a three-week work placement in year one
  • Studying on our Gaelic courses provides the chance to be part of the wider Gaelic-speaking college community and participate in a range of social activities
  • Many of UHI's Gaelic-medium degrees offer an international exchange programme with Canada or Ireland in the final year
Ruairidh Graham, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development content Ruairidh Graham

Ruairidh Graham, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development

Since graduating in 2014 from the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Development at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI Ruairidh Graham has been working as a Graduate Development Officer for Sleat Community Trust as part of the ScotGrad Programme.

"Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI is the only university campus of its kind that offers you both the academic and social tools to create your own Gaelic environment to live, learn and be social in. This is what makes it so different from anywhere else and add Comann nan Oileanach, the vibrant student association on campus, into the mix and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for realising your potential within a Gaelic environment."

One of the highlights of the course for Ruairidh included work experience in first year where he had the opportunity to spend three weeks at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic Primary School) working closely with the teaching staff.

Megan MacLellan, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies content Megan MacLellan

Megan MacLellan, BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies

Megan MacLellan graduated in 2013 from the BA (Hons) Gaelic and Media Studies. Megan now works as a presenter and researcher on the Gaelic children’s programme Dè a-nis? based at BBC Scotland in Glasgow. Despite originally wanting to move to a city for her studies Megan soon realised the benefits of the campus on the Isle of Skye:

"In terms of learning or improving your Gaelic, I’d say it is the best place to do it. You’re totally immersed in the language and culture. For me, it was the best learning environment."