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 from a variety of courses, many with a local focus, in areas such as Art, Culture, Education, History, International Relations, Literature, Media, Philosophy, and more.

What to Expect:

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


  • Learning that takes place outside the classroom, with field trips to experience first-hand the subjects taught in class
  • Live and learn on a modern campus situated on a historic and scenic estate, complete with its own castle and loch
  • Choose from courses designed with you in mind, most of which involve a local focus and count towards gen eds or other graduation requirements
  • Stroll the cobblestones of Stirling, a quaint and welcoming Scottish town
  • Make friends and exchange ideas with students from diverse backgrounds through the robust social and cultural programming

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 with 8 or more 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!

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 The Local Life

  • Farmers' markets and food festivals

    Peruse the weekly local markets and festivals, where you'll find fresh, local produce, entertainment, and insights into Scottish culture.

  • Sports, both as a spectator and participant

    Football (soccer) is a national sport and popular throughout the country. You can easily find a game to join or watch. Rugby is similarly popular. And keep an eye out for shinty, the sport that likely inspired Quidditch!

  • Hiking

    Head to the Scottish Highlands to enjoy scenic strolls or to summit some of hundreds of peaks of varying difficulties.

  • Live music

    Music sessions pop up regularly in bars and clubs, many featuring traditional Scottish music.

Standard University of Stirling Residence Halls


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 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


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
  • The Local Life 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!


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

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Travel Tip:

Make sure to explore the city that you’re in! Although the beauty of study abroad is you have the chance to travel all over the country and to other countries as well, sometimes people forget how many amazing things there are right there in the city they’re studying in! Make some local friends, participate in holidays and festivals, find that local beloved restaurant. Although I have many travel memories to talk about, some of my fondest or most nostalgic moments I have were the ‘in betweens’ so to speak – going grocery shopping with friends, hanging out in the school courtyard at night when the temperature outside was finally bearable, saying hello to the neighborhood cow (yes, there was in fact a neighborhood cow). Don’t neglect what you have right in front of you!

Advising and Enrollment
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!


Kaylee Klinger, our student advisor and 2x CIS Abroad alum, can help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal objectives. It’s not always an easy choice, but you can’t go wrong! Once you’ve decided, we’ll guide to you submit an online application.


Once you’ve submitted your initial application and the fee, you’ll be assigned a Program Enrollment Coordinator. We’ll work closely together to guide you through the enrollment process and prepare you for a life-changing experience!

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 22 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 1 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,390 - $6,790 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 22 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 29 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,390 - $6,790 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 22 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 1 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $10,390 - $10,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Price range

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

Program Deposit

There is a non-refundable program deposit of $500. This deposit will be deducted from the total cost of the program. Paying the deposit secures your spot on the program.

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.