Summer in Scotland is a unique opportunity to spend either four or eight weeks living and immersing yourself in a historic Scottish town, while earning up to twelve U.S. credits in the process. Take a trip through time as you stroll the narrow, cobblestone streets of the town of Stirling. During this summer abroad, you’ll reap the benefits of top-notch academics and distinguished faculty at the respected University of Stirling. Choose courses in Scottish culture, history, politics, religious studies, business, and media and film studies. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of this fascinating country through coursework and related field trips. For even more hands-on experience and to boost your résumé, take an internship module.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1/March 15
- Avg Course Load
- 2-4 courses (6-12 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Fun, experiential learning and field trips included with your courses
- Scenic campus with its own castle and loch
- Affordable Scotland study abroad option
- Quaint, welcoming Scottish town
- Internship option for real-world experience
- Diverse courses with passionate professors
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.’
You’ll live on campus at the University of Stirling, which is often considered one of the most scenic campuses in all of Europe. Some students might even have a view of Airthrey Castle from their room or the Wallace Monument from their kitchen! The housing is a short five-minute walk to the other campus buildings, shops, the theatre, public transportation stops, and other social areas. The shared flats typically house five students.
- You will have your own bedroom with ensuite bathrooms
- A shared, kitchen, and living area
- Furnished with all of the essentials, including a desk, lamp, bed, mattress, pillow, bed linens, towels, a sink, bookshelves, storage space, utensils, cookware
- Free high-speed internet access
- You can do your laundry for a small fee at a number of facilities in the building
- The program doesn’t include meals, but you can eat on campus or prepare your own food in the apartment
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the University of Stirling, you can study abroad for four weeks, or eight weeks. All classes are worth 10 SCQF credits. As a small note, 10 UK credits can be received as 3 or 2.5 US credits, depending on the home university’s policy. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with their home school advisor how many credits their classes will be awarded.
Click here to view the courses (modules) and course descriptions for blocks 1 and 2.
- 4-week option: 2 modules/6 credits
- 8-week option: 3–4 modules/9–12 credits
If you study abroad for eight weeks, you can opt to pursue an internship in the second half of the summer!
ISS internship students have recently completed internships at organisations including: Superglass, a leading maker of insulation in Europe Basketball Scotland, the governing body for basketball in Scotland, Innerpeffray Library, the oldest public library in Scotland, Destination Loch Lomond, a graphic communication project promoting tourism near the beautiful Loch Lomond area, Scottish Athletics, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Creative Stirling, Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau, Scottish Youth Hostel Association, and The Write People for Design.
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)
Kayla Geistman - Western Kentucky University
Program SupportMeet 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.
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
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director in Scotland
Summer 2018: Session 2 (4 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalJuly 7OrientationJuly 8Classes StartJuly 9Classes EndAugust 3DepartureAugust 4PRICE$5,690
Summer 2019: Session 1 (4 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalJune 8 (Estimated)OrientationJune 9 (Estimated)Classes StartJune 10 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 5 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 6 (Estimated)PRICE$5,690 (Estimated)
Summer 2019: Sessions 1 & 2 (8 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 15 (Without Internship), March 1 (With Internship)ArrivalJune 8 (Estimated)OrientationJune 9 (Estimated)Classes StartJune 10 (Estimated)Classes EndAugust 2 (Estimated)DepartureAugust 3 (Estimated)PRICE$8,790 - $9,590 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Looking for both the academics AND work experience while you’re abroad? A great way to do that is by adding an internship to your study abroad experience, where you can get an international resume boost in your chosen field. Contact a global advisor for more info.
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
- 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
- Fitness center membership
- University of Stirling official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program