Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Stirling, Scotland
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
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The University of Stirling is located in the historic city of Stirling, Scotland. Stirling is the perfect size city to study abroad in with a population of around 90,000 people--students being a large portion of that. With a full ‘city experience’ of shopping, café culture, performing arts, history, and nightlife, Stirling offers all the characteristics of a big city feel yet it is upheld by a welcoming, friendly community.
Stirling is located in central Scotland. Situated between the Lowland and the Highlands, many consider it to be the “Heart of Scotland”.
The castle is one of the most notable castles in Scottish history, as many Kings and Queens of Scotland have been crowned there. Stirling was also a staging ground for the independence battles of the 1300’s. The Battle of Stirling Bridge depicts the Scottish defeating the English, and monuments celebrating William Wallace for his significant victory for Scotland.
Key statistics on University of Stirling:
Founded in 1967, the campus is situated on the Airthery Park Estate. The University buildings are located around Airthery Loch, 3 miles northeast of the city. The University is of medium size with approximately 11,000 students.
The University has over 250 courses across 25 different departments. UNI students may pick from the following programmes/majors:
Stirling guarantees accommodation for all UNI students. The campus has a variety of flats and chalets which generally house second, third, and fourth year students. Many of the residences overlook the loch, and all are just a few minutes walk from all main facilities.
Over 300 Study Abroad students are welcomed each year, and with over 11,000 students on campus from over 80 different countries, there are plenty of opportunities for you to make new friends and get involved from day one. Rooms are almost all single occupancy. Students are completely integrated into Stirling life.
On-campus facilities available:
Arrival: Upon arrival you will be picked up from the designated airports and brought to your on-campus housing. Your time at Stirling will begin with a Welcome Reception with your fellow students, overlooking the University’s picturesque loch. A full orientation programme will be offered to new students at the start of each block which includes a campus tour, bus tour of Stirling and surrounding area, as well as an IT and library induction. Social activities and social trips are an important part of the programme.
Academics: A key feature of the Stirling ISS is the out-of-class study which will be an integral part of each course module. The content will vary depending on the subject studied but options include visits to the Scottish Parliament, Europe’s largest on-shore wind farm, football stadiums such as Ibrox and Celtic Park, the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie and readings at the MacRobert theatre, cinema and café bar on campus. Day trips to St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh are included in your course fee. There may also be the opportunity to visit other Scottish treasures such as Loch Ness, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye at discounted rates. Each block will end with an evening including a ‘ceilidh’, which will allow you to learn (or practise) Scottish country dancing.
Credits: Each Stirling module earns 11 Stirling credits, which is equal to 3 US credits enabling you to take six US credits (during a four-week block) or 9 to 12 US credits (during an eight-week block).
Housing:You will be housed alongside other ISS students in shared apartments on campus. Muirhead House’s rooms are all single study bedrooms with up to five individuals sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities. Your apartment’s kitchen is fully equipped so you can choose to self-cater with friends or easily eat out on campus.
The teaching buildings and social centre (housing the cafés, eateries and bars) are only five minutes’ walk away. Bedding and cooking utensils are provided in all apartments. Internet access is available free of charge in your room 24 hours a day in the nearby computing labs or via WiFi hotspots around the campus. Accommodation costs are included in the fee, however you pay for your food.
On-campus facilities available: