Summer in Scotland

Imagine a summer of exploring and learning in this historic country with your base in Stirling, the Gateway to the Highlands. Join us for great academics, fun excursions throughout Scotland, and a chance to explore Europe.

Stirling is located just south of the Scottish Highlands, giving wonderful views of fortresses and beautiful Scottish scenery. This charming old town has a colorful history- Sir William Wallace (better known to us as Braveheart), Scotland’s national hero, won the Battle of Stirling Bridge against the English here in 1297. Stirling was Scotland’s capital of government for hundreds of years, and has tons of interesting historical facts for you to learn.

Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes will provide endless enjoyments. You’ll be able to take day trips to surrounding regions like Loch Ness and Glencoe, along with many others. Be sure to visit the famous Stirling Castle, which is believed by many to be haunted. Stirling’s manageable population of 45,000 makes it the perfect size to explore and still be comfortable.

There is no shortage of theaters, pubs, restaurants, clubs, and more to keep you busy! The city is also easily accessible from campus by a regular bus service, and an easy train service can get you to Glasgow or Edinburgh in under an hour. There, you can find cheap flights to anywhere in Europe!  

During your summer in Scotland, you’ll be studying at the University of Stirling. The modern campus is often described as one of the most beautiful in Europe, and is situated on a 360-acre 18th-century hunting estate complete with its own large loch and a castle! At the University of Stirling, you can take courses in a wide variety of subjects.

The university is committed to providing quality academics, and strives to offer something to every student. To better integrate yourself on campus, you can join countless social activities, campus clubs, and sports teams where you can meet both local and international students with similar interests. More than 12,000 students from 90 different countries attend the school every semester, making it a perfect place to get a quality education in an amazing location.

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.

Jeanna writes, “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.”

You will get to live on campus at the University of Stirling, which is often considered one of the most scenic campuses in all of Europe. The housing is a short five-minute walk to the other campus buildings. The shared flats are made up of up to six students, each typically with their own individual room, and include a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living area. Additionally, the flats are furnished with a desk, lamp, bed, mattress, pillow, bed linens, towels, a sink, bookshelves, storage space, utensils, cookware, and free high speed internet access! You can do your laundry for a small fee at a number of facilities in the building. The housing doesn’t include meals, but you can eat on campus or prepare your own food in the apartment.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees? The program cost for Summer in Scotland can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due? Program fees for Summer in Scotland are due on April 15th. 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? There are four easy steps in the Application process.

  • 1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. 
  • 2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 
  • 3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional). 
  • 4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office. For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Summer in Scotland is April 1st. 

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa? Yes, you do need a passport to travel to London. 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 Summer in Scotland, 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 get 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 Summer in Scotland, the GPA requirement is 2.8.

6. What are my housing options? Summer in Scotland students live in dorms on the University of Stirling campus. 

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? You will be taking 2 classes per session. You will receive 3 credits per course. If you choose to participate in both sessions, you have the option of taking 1 or 2 courses in Session 2. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

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 a 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. 

University of Stirling has an exciting and vibrant campus life that is sure to draw you in. You’ll live on campus with your fellow students, making it easy to make new friends! The campus has incredible natural beauty, boasting tons of hiking trails through the Ochil Hills and wildlife galore.

If you love sports, you’ll enjoy Stirling’s excellent sporting facilities which include an Olympic-sized pool, a gym, exercise classes, and kayaking on the loch. Access to all of this is included in your program fee! The campus also has cafés, restaurants, a two-screen cinema, and a golf course, so you don’t have to travel far to be entertained. The University of Stirling’s strong community feel quickly makes Scotland feel like home.

We believe that every student should go abroad, and we want to help you get there.  You may qualify for one of the following study abroad awards:

CISabroad Early Bird Grant Be among the Early Bird applicants to any of our programs and get $100 off the cost of your program! Early Bird deadlines are as follows:

  • January: September 30th
  • Spring: September 23rd 
  • Summer: December 27th
  • Fall: April 1st  

For all of the following scholarships, simply fill out the CISabroad scholarship application form by May 1 for a fall program or November 1 for a spring program.

CISabroad Leadership Scholarship: $250-500, multiple awards per term. 

CISabroad Photo Journalist Scholarship: $100 plus a flip camera, multiple awards per term.

CISabroad Correspondent Scholarship: $500-1,000, multiple awards per term.

CISabroad Green Scholarship: $250-500, multiple awards per term.

Please visit our scholarship page for more details and the scholarship application!

Summer in Scotland 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 academic calendar is very similar to that in the US, and you will be able to find the classes (aka modules) you need. Stirling 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.

Study in Scotland for a 4 or 8-week block (each session is 4 weeks, and 8 weeks if you do both) in the subject areas of business, English, film and media studies, history, politics, criminology, education, or religious studies. With the 8-week program, you may also choose an internship module. Subject selection is first come, first served, so the earlier you apply the better. Each module has both classroom and field trip components, and each is assessed by exam, essay, presentation, fieldwork, or a combination of those. You’ll get an official University of Stirling transcript at the end of the program. Each module is worth 3 US credits.

During a 4-week block you can take 2 modules/6 credits, and during an 8-week block, 3–4 modules/9–12 credits. This flexibility should accommodate your individual and school requirements. Experiential LearningOn CISabroad Summer in Scotland, out-of-class study is an integral part of each course. Depending on the subject studied, field trips may include the Scottish Parliament, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Eilean Donan Castle, and readings at the Macrobert Arts Centre. You can go on these trips even if you’re not taking the associated classes—they’re included in the program fee.

Internship Program (optional) For more information about interning during the summer in Scotland, please visit our Study Internship in Scotland page.

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 Section of the Application. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 2–4 modules, aka classes (6–12 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 4–6 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: Click here to view the courses (modules) and course descriptions for blocks 1 and 2.

Helpful information: If you plan to study at Stirling for 1 summer session (4 weeks), you will enroll in 2 courses. If you plan to study for 2 summer sessions (8 weeks), you can enroll in either 3 or 4 courses. If you are interested in the internship module, indicate the course code and title, “ISS9IN Internship for International Summer School,” and your preferred subject area: sports, the environment, politics, the charity/not-for-profit sector, or marketing. Internships in other subject areas may be possible based on availability, click here to read about our

If you have any questions please contact a CISabroad advisor.

While on your Summer in Scotland you will have the opportunity to take a couple of day trips or excursions to see what the rest of Scotland has to offer. Here are a few of the places you might be visiting:

  • Edinburgh Located a short train journey Southeast from Stirling, this historic capital of Scotland has the largest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Stroll along the Royal Mile from the famous Edinburgh Castle to the royal family's Palace of Holyrood. Explore Edinburgh's famous underground dungeons, wander amoung famous works of arts in the National Gallery, or experience the largest art festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during your visit.  
  • St Andrews Situated on the east coast of Fife, St Andrews is known worldwide as the birthplace of golf and is home to one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. But in addition to all this, St Andrews also boasts a spectacular sweeping bay, relatively undamaged medieval architecture and a bustling café and restaurant scene – making a stop at St Andrews is definitely worth your while, even if you’re not into golf.
  • Glasgow Situated in the country’s central lowlands on the bank of the River Clyde, Glasgow has an extensive maritime heritage. But if you think Glasgow is yet another boring and ancient British city, you’d definitely be wrong. Glasgow is regenerating at an exceptionally rapid pace, taking huge strides forward in fashion, music, food and architecture. Combine this with the Glaswegian’s working class roots, upfront nature and black humor then if you don’t have a good time in this fantastically chaotic city, you certainly did something wrong. 
  • Loch Ness You can’t get any more Scottish than this site of the urban legend; the Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness spreads for 23 miles between Inverness and Fort Augustus and has been the subject of much speculation since the beginning of the 20th century when the beloved ‘Nessie’ was originally sighted. Take your time exploring the area and the beautiful surrounding highlands – but let us know if you find Nessie!

During our Summer in Scotland study abroad program, study Scottish culture, history, business, or media, even take on an international internship, and explore the natural beauty of Scotland. Choose from numerous courses in Stirling, a historic city in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

We know Scotland, and we’ll help you get around. At CISabroad, all of our advisors have studied or lived abroad. We have tried haggis. Some of us even enjoyed it!  Although haggis isn’t for everyone, we will make sure you fall in love with everything else Scotland has to offer this summer.We care about the environment.

Your round-trip flight to Scotland will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world when you spend your summer abroad in Scotland!

Summer in Scotland is a unique opportunity to spend 4 or 8 weeks living in an awesome, historic Scottish town and earn 6–12 US credits in the process. Unlike many summer study abroad programs, this one lets you study alongside Scottish students who are also taking summer subjects. You will experience:

  • Quaint, historic city – You’ll feel like a character in a historical novel as you stroll the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Stirling. 
  • World-class university – You will reap the benefits of top-notch career academics and distinguished faculty at the respected University of Stirling.
  • Fun class offerings with experiential components – Choose courses in Scottish culture,  history, politics, religious studies, business, and media and film studies, all focused on learning about Scotland through readings and related field trips. For even more hands-on experience, take an internship module!
  • History all around you – Catch a reenactment of a historic battle or take a tour of the medieval downtown to learn more about Stirling’s key role in the Scots’ fight for self-determination.
  • A castle on campus, seriously – The University of Stirling is located on an 18th-century estate with a central lake and a castle. You certainly can’t find that in the States!
  • Travel opportunities throughout the region – With cheap airfare and train routes galore, you can travel in Scotland, throughout the UK, and to various cities, beaches, and mountains in Europe on the weekend when you study abroad in Scotland.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Scotland, then check out our Summer in Scotland summer study abroad 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
  • A campus on the estate of an 18th-century castle
  • Affordable Scotland study abroad option
  • Diverse courses in business, politics, history, religious studies, English, criminology, education, and film and media
  • Internship option
  • Fun experiential learning and field trips with your courses Scottish culture and hospitality
  • Great student facilities on campus
  • Explore other parts of Scotland, the UK, and Europe
  • Strong support from the Study Abroad Office


Summer 2014,  "Year of  Homecoming," will be an exciting time in Scotland. If you have any doubt whether this summer is the time to go, we hope the following list will dispell any hesitancy:

  • Bannockburn Live
  • Scottish Open  
  • The 20th Commonwealth Games 
  • World-famous Edinburgh festivals: International Film Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, Art Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Fringe Festival, International Festival, International Book Festival  
  • Scotland’s Referendum