Summer in Scotland

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Embark on a summer to remember in Stirling.

Imagine a summer of exploring and learning in this historic country with your base in Stirling, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Travel through time as you stroll the narrow, cobblestone streets of the town of Stirling. Our Summer in Scotland program is a unique opportunity to spend four or eight weeks living in an awesome, historic Scottish town. Choose courses in Scottish culture, history, politics, religious studies, business, and media and film studies. Study + internship also available.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 2-4 courses (5-12 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8

Highlights:

  • Fun, experiential learning and field trips included with your courses
  • Scenic campus with its own castle and loch
  • Quaint, welcoming Scottish town
  • Internship option for real-world experience
  • Diverse courses with passionate professors

Program Details

University of Stirling

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)

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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 SCQF 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. Note: You can use the courses from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your semester, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new courses have been finalized they will be updated here.

  • 4-week option: 1 modules/2.5-3 US credits
  • 4-week option: 2 modules/ 5-6 US credits
  • 8-week option: 3 modules/ 7.5-9 US credits
  • 8-week option: 4 modules/10-12 US credits

Summer students can participate in fabulous excursions related to their coursework, and will have a chance to visit all of the major Scottish cities during Thursday excursion days!

If you study abroad for eight weeks, you can opt to pursue an internship in the second half of the summer!  Interns participate in classes during the first half of the summer, and take on a work placement during the second half of the summer for roughly 35 hours per week.

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.

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Standard University of Stirling Residence Halls

Location

Live in a private room in a shared flat (apartment) with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living area. There are multiple laundry facilities where you can do laundry for a small fee.

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!

Meals

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 in their apartment kitchen.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Private Room
  • Study Areas

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & 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 CIS Abroad 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 welcome meal.

Farewell & 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.’

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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

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.

Wallace Monument

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.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site

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.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Plan ahead of your program! Do your research and reach out to our Alumni to make the most of your time in Scotland. There are so many free and affordable activities, including public galleries and museums, live music sessions, open-to-roam landscape, and a great range of clubs and societies on and off campus!

Travel Tip:

Plan ahead of your program! Do your research and reach out to our Alumni to make the most of your time in Scotland. There are so many free and affordable activities, including public galleries and museums, live music sessions, open-to-roam landscape, and a great range of clubs and societies on and off campus!

About:

Jeanna was born overlooking Loch Ness and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland. She studied in Edinburgh, and after majoring in science went on to work in local and central government. She believes in lifelong learning and remains a student of life! Jeanna has eight years of experience with CIS Abroad (seven as Site Director) and strongly believes in equity and accessible education for all.

“Learning and education has been a strong influence in my family over generations. Education goes beyond the school. Studying abroad is a life changing experience. It allows you to see the world from a new different perspective and to be better prepared for your future in the increasingly globalised world we live in. My job to help you make the most of the many opportunities studying and living in Scotland affords you, and to ensure you have a successful, fun and memorable experience. I have strong Scottish heritage. My Celtic roots give my family our language, music, fun, compassion and culture which continues to this day. Like many Scots, I enjoy the unspoilt nature and landscape here, from great sailing, (and yes surfing) in the West, off-road motorcycle, hiking and skiing in the Highlands to the diverse cultural and multi cultural activities flourishing in many aspects of daily life here.”

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

On-Site Program Modifications

We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*

If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.

If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
  • COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
  • Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 3 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,290 - $6,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 31 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,290 - $6,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 31 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,440 - $10,690 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Session 1 or 2: price varies for 3 or 6 credits
Sessions 1 & 2: price varies for 6, 9, 12 credits

Study + Intern option is 6 credits.

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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