On our Semester in Stirling program, you will live in one of the most historic spots in the UK, where many a battle was fought for Scottish independence. Study at the pastoral University of Stirling, located on an 18th-century estate with a central lake, castle, and even a 9-hole golf course. Get involved in the campus community, join a club or society, and benefit from the school’s holistic health and wellness focus.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Spring: October 1
Fall: March 15
- Avg Course Load
- 3 courses (12 - 15 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- An academically rigorous university
- Great athletic facilities and intramural sports including American football teams and an Olympic-length pool
- Strong support from the Stirling Study Abroad Office
- Affordable Scotland study abroad option
- Extensive outdoor hiking trails on campus
- A campus on the estate of an 18th-century castle
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
Always dreamt of studying in a castle in Scotland? The University of Stirling is your chance! Located just outside the town of Stirling, the modern campus is often described as one of the most beautiful in Europe. Actually, it recently got ranked 1st in Scotland and the UK for best campus environment! This research-intensive University was built on the 360-acre estate of the 18th-century Airthrey Castle. The original castle and a large, man-made loch are at the center of campus, which is surrounded by the Ochil Hills.
Choose from a wide array of courses to fit your needs and meet your academic goals. It’s easy to get involved on campus by joining some of the many social activities, clubs, and sports teams. While the castle might feel ancient, the University of Stirling is one of Scotland’s more modern, diverse universities. More than 11,000 students from 80 different countries study on this innovative, technologically advanced campus. You’ll notice quality teaching in an outstanding academic environment. The University is renowned for their research, and it aspires to remain one of the top institutions in the UK.
Founded in 1967, the University of Stirling is recognized by the Privy Council and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the European University Association (EUA). The university ranks 1st in Scotland for good teachers, quality lecturers performance feedback, and sports facilities
Accreditation(s): Recognized by the Privy Council and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU and the European University Association (EUA)
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
As a Semester in Stirling student, you will take three “modules,” or classes, while abroad at the University of Stirling. We encourage all students to select and approve six to eight modules with their academic advisors during the application process, as the timetable for when classes at Stirling will be held is not finalized until shortly before students arrive onsite. Having plenty of backups approved by your school early on in the process will help you avoid stress later on!
Please click here to view the Undergraduate Modules (Incoming Study Abroad) list. You will see that there are multiple faculty lists from which you can select modules. You may take classes across disciplines.
As you check out the course descriptions, here are some tips!
- Make sure you are looking for classes in the correct term– both Autumn and Spring modules will be mixed together!
- Make sure that you take note of the level of the class. This will be stated in the module description. Level 8 modules are introductory level. Level 9 modules are intermediate, and Level 10 modules are advanced. Level 10 modules likely have pre-requisites.
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!
Life in Stirling
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. In the first few days you’ll take part in both the University and CISabroad orientation program where you’ll learn practical tips for living in Scotland like where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop. We will also take you to explore the capital, Edinburgh and you’ll enjoy a CIS welcome meal.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Many alumni stay in touch, and some revisit Scotland with friends and family. Going back home after being abroad and the personal growth during that time can be a shock to your system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We never say goodbye in Scotland, so before you go we share a ‘haste ye back’ meal to celebrate your time here and make sure you know the ‘Scottish welcome is always open.’
The University of Stirling campus is considered one of the most scenic campuses in Europe. On Semester in Stirling, most of the housing overlooks the University’s own loch. 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!
- Private room in a shared flat (apartment), with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living area
- A desk, lamp, bed, mattress, pillow, bed linen, washbasin, bookshelves, storage space, 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
Students may also opt for Premium Housing for an additional $1400, and enjoy ensuite bathrooms in one of the campus’s newest dorms.
The University of Stirling prioritizes 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 center, with easy access to University bus routes. Information about applying for accommodation will be sent after students are accepted to their course of study.
- Farmer Markets and Food Festivals: You’ll find weekly local markets with fresh local produce, and regular food and drink festivals countrywide.
- Sports; both as a spectator and participant: Football (soccer) is a national sport and popular throughout the country. One of Glasgow’s teams have made the Champions league and will host such famous opponents as Barcelona and Manchester City! Rugby is also popular as well as Shinty; played with sticks and a ball, mainly in the Scottish Highlands.
- Skiing and snowboarding: Scotland’s five ski centres offer a very different experience to mainstream Europe.
- Hiking: A popular weekend pursuit with 283 separate mountains (now known as the Munros) reaching over 3000 feet.
- Live music: Music sessions pop up regularly in most bars and clubs. Some traditional sessions go back years.
More About Stirling
Stirling is a quaint, picturesque city that is dripping with history. The narrow cobblestone streets and large fortress will take you back in time. Stirling is also known as the Gateway to the Highlands, and it's where William Wallace, Scotland's national hero, famously defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Stirling is the country’s capital for government and higher education, making it an ideal place to study abroad.
Scotland's breathtaking landscapes will truly amaze you—enjoy day trips to the surrounding regions or try to spot the elusive Loch Ness monster in the Scottish Highlands. Don't be spooked, but Stirling is home to the famous Stirling Castle, which is rumored to be haunted!
With a population of 35,000, Stirling offers city comforts in a small, safe environment. You'll find a theater, pubs, restaurants, and clubs. You can easily access the city center from campus by regular bus service, or by walking or biking. The bustling and vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are 45 and 30 minutes away by train, respectively. Or, you can snag inexpensive flights to other European destinations.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
This world-famous landmark, standing tall and proud outside the city of Stirling, is visible from campus. You can touch and feel it as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace—patriot, martyr, and guardian of Scotland.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site
Wander through the Old Town or explore the majestic terraces of the New Town. You'll want to bring your camera to capture these UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Mountains and Lochs
Towering mountains, glittering lochs, thick woodlands, and miles upon miles of golden beaches—Scotland's landscapes really will take your breath away. Tour the rolling hills and lush farmland of the Lowlands and drive through deep glens surrounded by mountains in the Highlands.
The best aspect of the program was the amazing people I met, the different culture, living in the city, and experiencing new and exciting things everyday.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!
Travel Tip: Plan ahead to make the most of your time in Scotland. There so many free activities. There are public galleries and museums, live music sessions, open-to-roam landscape, and a great range of clubs and societies on and off your campus!
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 12OrientationJanuary 13Classes StartJanuary 14DepartureMay 11PRICE$14,690
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalSeptember 7OrientationSeptember 8Classes StartSeptember 9Classes EndNovember 29 (Exam period follows)DepartureDecember 16PRICE$14,690
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $490! Travel to Paris or Athens during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $490.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program