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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program OverviewNamed Scottish University of the Year in 2009, the University of Stirling is ranked amongst Scotland’s best universities for teaching and research. Stirling’s campus is located on 310 acres of stunning countryside. The campus-based University of Stirling was founded by Royal Charter in 1967 on the historic Airthrey Estate, close to Bridge of Allan and two miles from the Royal Burgh of Stirling.
The University's location and history provide some clue that Stirling is a bit different from other UK universities. Many prospective students and parents comment on the friendly atmosphere when they visit the University. As a medium-sized, campus-based University, with many students living on-site, Stirling has a strong community feel and has been ranked among the top ten Universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement Award for the UK's Best Student Experience 2006. The majority of study bedrooms are networked, and you can easily connect your PC to the University's high-speed network where you can access all the University services.
Additionally, the University is a great place for sports. It has a comprehensive collection of sports facilities, including a golf course, on a beautiful parkland campus. The quality of the environment is second-to-none. Moreover, it offers lots of classes to meet your sports and fitness requirements. There is a really vibrant atmosphere in and around the sports facilities.
LocationBusy, confident and fun, Stirling is one of the most attractive places to live in the UK, capturing the historic and contemporary in a unique atmosphere. The city of Stirling lies just where lowland and highland Scotland meet and is only 10 minutes from campus by bus. It has associations with two of Scotland’s historic heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, as well as an impressive medieval castle. As a bonus, on the city’s doorstep you can find tranquility and solitude in Scotland’s unspoiled mountains, lochs and shores or a wide range of outdoor pursuits, such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing.
Stirling has a thriving city center and a population of around 40,000. Stirling is big enough to offer the full ‘city experience’ of shopping, café culture, performing arts and nightlife, yet is still compact enough to retain a warm community feel, making it a home away from home. Stirling is well connected to the UK road and rail networks and is only 45 minutes from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The cost of living in Stirling is also consistently lower than that of other central belt cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Courses are available in general education and various disciplines. Students will take 3 or 4 modules (classes) equivalent to 12-15 Stout credits. A full load at Stirling is equal to 120 SCOTCAT credits per year, or 60 per semester. This is equivalent to 30 American University System credits per year. The SCOTCAT system can be divided by 4 to give an approximate equivalent credit.
International Summer School
The International Summer School program is structured in two four-week blocks which can be taken independently or consecutively. Modules (classes) are offered in a variety of subjects. The ISS program is designed to incorporate a range of social and cultural activities enabling you to get to know other ISS students, plus other local and international students at the university as well as give you the opportunity to travel and experience more of Scotland.
Living ArrangementsSemester/Academic Year
Students live in residence halls on campus or in university-managed apartments near campus. Students generally have private bedrooms but share the bathroom, kitchen and lounge with four to six other students. Accommodation available to first year students includes Andrew Stewart Hall, A K Davidson Hall, Murray Hall, Geddes Court, Alexander Court and Muirhead House. If on campus accommodation is full, there is suitable alternative accommodation. Halls of Residence have 24 hour concierge services on site and flats have access to 24 hour concierge services located nearby.
Students prepare most meals at their accommodation, but the University's Catering Department offers superb value Meals Packages enabling students to budget effectively for their catering needs, on either a 'full board' of 'half board' basis.
International Summer School
All ISS students will be housed in on-campus, apartment style accommodation in the Muirhead House. Each student will have their own bedroom with up to four other students per apartment. Most of the accommodations overlook the University's loch and is only a short walk from all academic buildings, library, shops, theater,cinema and social areas.
Passport/Visa/TravelPassport: Students will need to have a passport study in Scotland. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students studying in Scotland less than six months and not partaking in an internship or work do not need to apply for a student visa. Students studying in Scotland for longer than six months or less than six months, but partaking in work or an internship will be required to apply for a student visa. The current visa fee is £200. The Office of International Education will be able to assist you with this process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Scotland. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Scotland before or after the program.