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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Year (SH)
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring,
Year (SH)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 04/15/2018 04/30/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: French/Advanced, French/Elementary, French/Intermediate, Spanish/Advanced, Spanish/Elementary, Spanish/Intermediate
Fields of study:
Accounting, Biology, Communication/Media Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science/Ecology, Film Studies, History, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility-Class: 03 Second Semester Sophomore
Credits/Term: 12-18
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Housing Options: Residence Halls
Meals/Dining:
Dining hall/meal plan
Program Description:

The University

The University of Stirling is a wonderful place in which to study. Above all we have an excellent reputation for research, teaching and the learning opportunities we provide; and the University is delighted to be named ‘Scottish University of the Year’ for 2009/10*. Ideally placed in the heart of Scotland, the University also offers a caring, friendly community for international students on one of the finest campuses in Europe. And, as we’re ideally placed in the heart of Scotland, one of the most stunning and special countries in Europe is on your doorstep too. The University of Stirling was founded on the site of the historic Airthrey Estate in 1967. Nestling beneath the Ochil Hills, our campus covers 310 acres and has a beautiful loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle at its heart. The views are breathtaking, and the buildings are all designed to harmonise with their surroundings.

All the facilities are a short walk from each other. In particular, a central social area links the library, eating facilities, shops, Students’ Union and arts centre (the MacRobert). There are also over 1,900 accommodation spaces on campus, all just an early-morning stroll away from the lecture halls, labs and library. Approximately 800 further accommodation spaces are located nearby, all within a five-minute bus ride of the campus. As well as the academic facilities you’d expect, the campus also boasts:

  • Cinema and theatre, in the MacRobert Arts Centre
  • Bars and a nightclub in the Robbins Centre
  • Restaurants and coffee bars
  • Shopping mall with bank, travel agent, pharmacy, bookstore, newsagent and supermarket
  • 11,544 students
  • 8,443 undergraduate students
  • 3,101 postgraduate students
  • 70% students from Scotland
  • 11% students from the rest of UK
  • 19% students from overseas
  • Over 80 nationalities on campus
  • 180 visiting students each semester
For more information on the University of Stirling, please navigate to: The University of Stirling Homepage.

Stirling

Stirling is an historic city in the heart of Scotland with a population of around 40,000 and is 27 miles from Glasgow, and 37 miles from Edinburgh • Both cities have international airports,

with direct flights to several North American and European destinations • London is readily accessible from Stirling, by train, plane or bus. We think Stirling is the  perfect size. The population’s around 40,000 – 20 percent of whom are students. This makes Stirling big enough to offer a full ‘city experience’: shopping, café culture, performing arts and nightlife. Yet it’s still compact enough to retain a warm community feel – and make it easy for you to get around and settle in. Stirling city centre is just two miles from the campus – less than 10 minutes by bus.

Stirling combines the charm of an historic destination with the buzz of a contemporary city. There’s truly something for everyone, much of it aimed directly at students. You’ll soon learn that Stirling is linked to two of Scotland’s historic heroes: William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Along with a dramatic medieval castle, these give it a magical aura. Stirling’s history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. The city lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students, with themed nights and DJs. Traditional pubs provide quieter alternatives, with open fires, real ale and folk music. Closer to campus, Bridge of Allan provides a vibrant mix of old and new, with beer gardens for long summer evenings. Culturally, Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, and is the focal point of the city’s annual Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations. The Tolbooth building is another busy focus for performing arts andother events.The city’s a major tourist destination, something reflected in the wide choice of cuisine at the numerous restaurants, bistros and cafés. There’s everything from pub grub to fine dining, with Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican all well represented. And you can pop into nearby Bridge of Allan for delis, bakeries and a classic fish ’n’ chip shop.

Nestling where the Scottish highlands and lowlands meet, it’s no surprise that Stirling is known as ‘the Heart of Scotland’. On your doorstep is the peace and tranquillity of unspoiled mountains, lochs and shores – perfect for outdoor activities such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing. And, as the geographical heart of Scotland, Stirling naturally has superb links to the rest of the country and beyond. In particular, both Edinburgh and Glasgow are less than an hour away by road or rail

Courses

All students at Stirling take a maximum of three modules (course units) in one semester. When choosing, we recommend you apply for at least three modules per semester, and preferably up to six to give a wide choice of pre-approved modules. You’ll be asked to narrow this down to three when you accept your place, and you’ll be registered for those three before you arrive. You can choose from any listed in the course catalogue, as long as you have the necessary academic background listed in the prerequisites. We don’t expect you to have taken exactly the same module listed in the prerequisite, but we do expect you to have a similar level and background from previous study of the subject. If you have any doubt, it helps to send more information about the course you’ve taken, such as a course outline.

Modules shown as Level 8 and Level 9 don’t require much, if any, previous study in the subject. Level 10 is more advanced, always requires previous study in the subject and equates to US Upper Division courses. Note that 22 Stirling credits equals 5 University of Scranton credits and 11 credit University of Stirling courses equals 2.5 University of Scranton credits.

For more information on courses, please see: Module Catalog.

Accommodation

All our Study Abroad students are guaranteed University owned or managed accommodation which is located both on and off campus. You’ll normally be offered a room in an apartment sharing with the University’s own students and other Study Abroad students. We also have on-campus Halls of Residence and shared apartments for Undergraduate students, and a variety of Postgraduate residences off campus in nearby Stirling and Bridge of Allan

Our campus has four first-year halls of residence and 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. We also provide housing in Stirling itself if campus housing is full or you prefer to be in the city. We have one of the most diverse communities of any UK university. 19% of our students come from overseas (including 329 Study Abroad students each year) and over 80 nationalities are represented on campus. You can be sure you will have plenty of opportunities to make new friends and get involved right from day one.

Our rooms are almost all single occupancy. In times of very high demand some students may be required to share a twin room for a short time. Overseas students are completely integrated into Stirling life, and your flatmates could well come from any corner of the globe…even Scotland! You will have: Shared self-catering kitchen facilities which create a superb social atmosphere, networked rooms, so you can link your PC to our high-speed network –giving you free Internet access, 24 hours a day, every day. For more information on accommodation, please see: Accommodation at the University of Stirling.

Dining at the University of Stirling

HALDANE’S & PATHFOOT DINING ROOMS: Incorporating the very best of Scottish traditional cuisine and a range of healthy choices, our two main dining rooms offer a wide range of delicious options, including a live ‘Chef’s Theatre’, where you can see your lunch freshly prepared.

STIR CAFÉ: Stir Café customers can enjoy tasty freshly made cakes and the freshest Fair Trade coffee, as well as delicious soup, paninis and salads.

THE BITE: The University’s newest catering outlet, The Bite, incorporates Costa Coffee and offers hot and cold snacks, confectionery and soft drinks within a convenient location for students ‘on the move’ to and from lectures and classes.

ATRIUM FOOD ON THE MOVE: Students looking for ‘fast food’ need look no further than the Atrium. Hot snacks, including freshly prepared burgers, pizzas, jacket potatoes and a fantastic Noodle Bar are available along with delicious, freshly made soup and a range of mouth watering sandwiches, served on a variety of breads.

FLEXI MEALS CARDS: Flexi Meals Cards enable students to enjoy excellent value meals in the University’s main catering outlets, whilst at the same time retaining the ability to self cater when it suits. Students simply pay up front for a block (or blocks) of ten meals. By paying for meals in advance, Flexi Meals students enjoy discounts compared with fellow students who simply pay cash at the tills whilst at the same time still enjoying flexibility as to what, and when, to eat.