Semester in Stirling

There’s a castle on campus, seriously…study on an 18th-century estate in the Scottish highlands! This highly affordable program means you can live your dream of studying in Scotland without breaking the bank.

On Semester in Stirling, study education, science, or history and explore the natural beauty of Scotland.  Choose from a wide variety of courses in Stirling, a historic city in the beautiful Scottish Highlands when you study abroad in Scotland.

We have the knowledge and experience to help you.  At CISabroad, all of our advisors have studied or lived abroad. From Highland cows to kilts, we love Scottish culture, and all that Scotland has to offer, and we are here to make sure you have an amazing study abroad experience.

We’ve got one of the most affordable programs in Scotland. We know studying and living in Europe isn’t cheap, which is why we put together one of the most affordable programs in Scotland. We’ll get you to Scotland without breaking the bank.

On Semester in Stirling, you will live in one of the most historic spots in the UK, where many a battle was fought for Scottish independence. Put on your kilt and get ready to explore this land of subtle beauty when you study abroad in Scotland. You will experience:

Picturesque city- Stirling is a quaint, historic city complete with narrow cobblestone streets to really take you back in time.

Top-notch academics- University of Stirling is respected for its quality career academics and distinguished faculty that will help you make the most of your time abroad.

Rich Scottish history- You can learn more about the exciting history of Scotland with a reenactment of a historic battle or by taking a tour of Stirling’s medieval downtown.

A real-life Hogwarts- The school has an incredible location on an 18th-century estate complete with a central lake and a castle!

Cheap travel throughout the region- Scotland offers cheap airfare and plenty of train routes to get you anywhere you want to go in Scotland, the UK, and the rest of Europe on the weekends.


Scotland on a budget – With Semester in Stirling, you can earn credits toward your major and still afford to explore all that Scotland has to offer.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Scotland, then check out our Semester in Stirling program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study at an academically rigorous university
  • Live and study with Scottish students
  • Students from over 70 countries
  • A campus on the estate of an 18th-century castle
  • Affordable Scotland study abroad option
  • Diverse courses
  • Scottish culture and hospitality
  • Great student facilities on campus
  • Explore other parts of Scotland, the UK, and Europe
  • Strong support from the University Study Abroad Office

On Semester in Stirling with CISabroad, you’ll enjoy activities planned by the campus International Society, including nights out, ceilidhs (Scottish song and dance nights), and day trips. On weekends, there are hiking trips and sightseeing tours. Please note that some of these activities come at a small additional cost.

You will also automatically be a part of the University of Stirling student union and can use this to join student-run clubs, societies and sports clubs. These groups organize day and weekend trips and for a very small fee CISabroad students can join in on them!

Jeanna, our Site Director, is working on creating an excursion that will allow all the Scotland CISabroad students to travel together as a group. The details are still being worked out and will be announced soon!

Semester in Stirling, housed at the University of Stirling, blends the best of Scotland's internationally respected educational heritage with the philosophy and structures of the American liberal arts system. The University has been ranked among the top British universities for teaching and career placement, so you can be sure that your courses will be challenging and practical. Classes, aka “modules,” are offered in the following academic areas: Business, Natural and Health Sciences, Humanities, Communication and Media, Computer Science, and Education.

GPA Required: 3.0. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now for the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 3 classes (approx. 15 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. This way you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule. You should also consider filling your elective requirements.

Class descriptions and catalog:

Please click here to view the course guide.

Timetables: Available on the subject listing.

Helpful information
The first 3 characters of the module code indicate the department, and the second 3, the course itself. When a code ends in a 1 or a 2, the module is generally offered in semester 1 or 2 of the Stirling degree program (first-year courses);  a 3 or a 4 indicates semester 3 or semester 4 (second-year course); and so on. If the code ends in a letter, the module is almost always available only to students in semesters 4–8 of the degree program who have a strong academic background in the subject.

Please note that unless you are in your Freshman year in college, you may take only one Level 8 (First Year) module during your semester at Stirling.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Known as the Gateway to the Highlands, Stirling sits just south of the Scottish Highlands, situated around a large fortress and has a wonderful old town feel. It is an ancient fortress city with a long and colorful history. William Wallace (aka Braveheart), Scotland's national hero, famously defeated the English here at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. It’s the country’s capital for government, higher education and retail, making it an ideal place to study abroad.

Although Scotland is not famous for a hot, tropical climate, its breathtaking landscapes will truly amaze you. Enjoy day trips to the surrounding regions; check out the famous Loch Ness in the Scotish Highlands as well as many other thrilling destinations. Stirling is home to the famous Stirling Castle, which is said to be haunted, and it a popular destination for tourists to explore.

With a population of 35,000, Stirling offers all you could want in a city—theater, pubs, restaurants, clubs—in a small, safe environment. And it’s easily accessible from the campus by regular bus service. Should you want to get away on the weekend, there is hourly train service to Edinburgh (45 minutes one way) and Glasgow (30 minutes one way), and from either of those major cities you can find inexpensive flights to other European destinations.

Our Semester in Stirling program is located at the University of Stirling. Founded in 1967, the University of Stirling is recognized by the Privy Council and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the European University Association (EUA). The university ranks 101st in the world for Communications and Media Studies and top 300 for Arts and Humanities.

The univeristy's location on the outskirts of Stirling and its history provide some clue as to what makes it different from other British universities. The modern campus, often described as one of the most beautiful in Europe, was built on the 360-acre estate of 18th century Airthrey Castle. It is surrounded by the Ochil Hills and at its center is a large man-made loch as well as the original castle.

There is a wide variety of courses to choose from at the University of Stirling. With academics at the forefront of their focus, the university strives to offer something for every student, making this a great location to further your studies during a semester abroad. There are also many social activities, campus clubs, and sports teams to get involved in during your time in Stirling. You will meet people from all over the world who share similar interests, further enhancing your Scottish experience! 

Founded in 1967, the University is one of Scotland’s more modern universities, and this is apparent when you see the fantastic facilities and grounds. More than 11,000 students from 80 different countries call the University home, meaning you will have no problem meeting new friends from all over the world. The University boasts the latest technologies on an innovation campus, focusing on quality teaching in an outstanding academic environment. They are renowned for their work in research over the years, and they aspire to remain one of the top Universities in the United Kingdom. 

CIS Semester in Stirling offers a vibrant campus life. There are clubs and societies for just about every interest—photography, orchestra, politics, and culture to name a few. SUSA, the Stirling University Students' Association, runs a variety of bars and venues on campus and programs entertainment throughout the semester. Registering at the University automatically makes you part of the Student Union, so you’ll waste no time finding something that suits your interests, and getting involved.

If you enjoy the outdoors, the campus itself is a wildlife haven. And the surrounding Ochil Hills are filled with hiking trails. Sports fans will be pleased to note that Stirling offers more than 30 club and University sponsored sports and is home to the Scottish Institute of Sport. The Scots are very passionate about their sports teams so you will love jumping into the sports culture and cheering on your new favorite teams. You’ll love the strong community feel of the campus and the city during your Semester in Stirling!

The University of Stirling has gained one of the best reputations for sport of any UK university and is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Stirling has great facilities, including an eight-court sports hall, 50m swimming pool, nine-hole golf course and an air-conditioned fitness and dance studio. The University also hosts over 40 sports clubs, and is the base for a number of professional sporting bodies.

The University of Stirling campus has often been thought of as one of the most scenic campuses in Europe.  On Semester in Stirling, most of the housing overlooks the University’s own loch.  You will typically have your own room in a shared flat (apartment), with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living area.  Amenities included in your housing are a desk, lamp, bed, mattress, pillow, bed linen, washbasin, bookshelves, storage space, and cutlery, crockery, and cooking utensils.  There are multiple laundry facilities where students can do laundry for a fee.  Meals are not included in housing, however students will be able to eat on campus or can shop at supermarkets and prepare their own meals.  Living on or near campus is the best way to integrate yourself into university life and take advantage of all that your new home has to offer!


The University of Stirling prioritise accommodation for all incoming Study Abroad students who apply by the deadline dates. Accommodation will be in either University owned or managed housing which is located both on and off campus. Off-campus accommodation is nearby in Stirling city centre, with easy access to University bus routes. Information about applying for accommodation will be sent after students are accepted to theircourse of study. 

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester in Stirling can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Semester in Stirling are due on December 15th for Spring term and July 15th for Fall term. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Semester in Stirling can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you WILL need a passport to travel to Scotland. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester in Stirling, you WILL need a visa. If you are a U.S. citizen and are studying in Scotland for less than 6 months, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor Visa when you arrive at the airport. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For Semester in Stirling, the GPA requirement is 2.8.

6. What are my housing options?

Semester in Stirling offers apartments on campus with other University of Stirling students.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Semester in Stirling, you will take 3 classes for 15-16 U.S. credits. To see the courses available, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

CISabroad's Site Director in Scotland:

Jeanna was born overlooking Loch Ness and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland on the West Coast. She studied in Edinburgh, and after majoring science degree, went on to work as a local and central government officer often giving lectures to undergraduates in local Universities.

“My family has a strong Scottish heritage on one side one Clan MacDougall ( who once owned and controlled vast lands in the West of Scotland, the Clan now ‘impoverished’ nobility ) and on the other a lineage of Cuthberts going back to St. Cuthbert ( whose legacy still influences society today). My Celtic roots give my family our language, music, fun, compassion and culture which continue to this day. Learning and education has been a strong influence in the family over generations.

Like many Scots I enjoy the fantastic landscape here, from great sailing in the West, to off-road motorcycle and skiing in the Highland. The rivers and lochs are second to none for a range of leisure and sports.

I have been fortunate to travel, and love many parts of our world and Europe; however, I choose to reside in Edinburgh for many reasons, including the wonderful architecture, history, the people the arts , theatre, restaurants, pubs, writing, thinking and learning that flourishes here.

I delight in meeting visitors to our city and country, and share with them the real Scottish experience.”

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival September 9
CISabroad Orientation September 10
Classes Start September 11
Classes End December 1
Departure December 16
Application Deadline March 15
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 16
CISabroad Orientation January 17
Classes Start January 18
Classes End April 8 (Examination period throughout May)
Departure May 28
Application Deadline October 1
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $13,990
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $14,790

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.


To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Airport pickup
  • Onsite orientation
  • Student Union fees
  • Stirling University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.