Program Overview

Study and intern abroad this summer in beautiful Scotland. Enjoy Scottish festivals, friendly locals, and a castle and golf course on campus! You’ll gain a better understanding of Scottish culture and society as you intern with a local business or organization. You’ll live and work in the town of Stirling, a small town with a big international presence—perfect for gaining real-world experience in a welcoming spot. We’ll tailor your internship to match your goals and interests. Out of the classroom and off the clock, you can easily zip to Glasgow or Edinburgh, hike the Scottish Highlands, or even fly to Europe.


GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
Avg Course Load
2 classes, 1 internship (9 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Fantastic on-site staff support
  • Wide variety of courses and international internship placements
  • Scenic campus with its own castle, loch and golf course
  • Excursion options to St. Andrews, Glasgow, or Edinburgh
  • "Summer school" social and cultural program that places you with students from around the world
  • A beautiful Scottish college town

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.

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.’

Housing Options

Living on one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe is the perfect way to get you settled into your new home in Scotland! The University of Stirling offers on-campus housing that makes it easy to connect with new friends. The housing, which is a shared flat with up to five other students, is just a five-minute walk to the other campus buildings.


  • You’ll typically have your own bedroom in the flat, which includes a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living area.
  • Furnished with a desk, lamp, bed, mattress, pillow, bed linens, towels, a sink, bookshelves, storage space, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils
  • Free high-speed internet
  • Laundry machines are available for a small fee
  • You can eat on campus, or buy your own ingredients to cook in the flat with your new friends!
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Local Life

  • 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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.

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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.

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Wallace Monument

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.

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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.

Internship Academics & Placement

GPA Requirement

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.

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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Study Internship 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 and intern in Scotland for 8 weeks in the subject areas of business, English, film and media studies, history, politics, or religious studies, earning 9 credits: 6 credits for two classes in session 1 and 3 credits for your internship in session 2.

Experiential Learning
On CISabroad Study Internship 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

Internships are unconditionally offered in the following areas: sports, the environment, politics, the charity/not-for- profit sector, and marketing. Fields outside of those mentioned will certainly be considered, but are not guaranteed. The number of places on the internship module is very limited, and it’s first come, first served—the earlier you apply, the better.

This 3-credit module is offered only during block 2 of the summer school, and only if you enroll in both block 1 and block 2. It comprises about 140 hours over the 4 weeks, plus about 10 contact hours with the University of Stirling’s Career Development Centre before, during, and at the end of the internship. Please note that the internship module requires a Tier 4 visa, which requires additional cost and effort to obtain.

Course load: 2 modules, AKA classes + internship (9 US credits)

Helpful information:
Because you will also be taking two courses in a classroom setting during the first 4 weeks, you’ll also follow the same process as study abroad participants. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

For the Study Internship in Scotland program, you will be enrolled for 2 summer sessions (8 weeks), which amounts to 3 courses (2 in the classroom, 1 through your internship). For 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. If your preferred subject area isn’t listed, please contact us and we’ll look into additional subjects.

Class descriptions and catalog:
Click here to view the courses (modules) and course descriptions for blocks 1 and 2. Please note: you’ll only choose from the classes in Block 1, since you’ll then do an internship during Block 2.

Internships are available in the following fields:

Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

Business Fields

Communications Fields

Humanities Fields

Natural Sciences Fields

Social Sciences Fields

Student Feedback

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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.

Katelynn Buckner - California Baptist University

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2017
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 10
    June 11
    Classes Start
    June 12
    Classes End
    August 4
    August 5

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

Program Inclusions

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
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Stirling orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus internet access
  • Weekly laundry
  • Fitness center membership
  • University of Stirling official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program