University of Stirling Summer School
Stirling, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Scranton applicants only|
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|Instruction Language:||English||Language Prereqs.:||No prerequisites|
Glossary entry for program parameter 10385Fields of study:
|Criminal Justice, History, International Relations, Literature, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Eligibility-Class:||03 Second Semester Sophomore|
Glossary entry for program parameter 10386Program Type:
|Foreign University Progam for International Students|
Glossary entry for program parameter 10395Meals/Dining:
|Prepare own food|
The University of Stirling
The University of Stirling is Scottish University of the Year for 2009/2010 (Sunday Times) and is consistently ranked best in the UK for 'a good place to be' (International Student Barometer, 2007 and 2008). We have high student satisfaction levels, a staff who enjoy their work and are committed to investing in your future and an excellent employability rate for our graduates.
The 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 make Stirling that bit different from other UK universities. Built in the shadow of the Ochil Hills, the Stirling campus is situated on a magnificent 310-acre estate, centred around a large loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle.
The views around campus are breathtaking, particularly as the surrounding woodland changes colour dramatically with the seasons. The campus also attracts a variety of wildlife - ducks, rabbits and squirrels abound - which adds to the relaxed atmosphere.
All 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). For a virtual tour of the campus, please navigate to: Stirling Campus Tour.
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.
Stirling is one of the UK’s most attractive places to live, capturing the historic and contemporary in a unique atmosphere. The city is a perfect size: population’s around 45,000 of which about 20 percent 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, friendly 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 and it 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’s pubs are a vibrant mix of old and new, with beer gardens for long summer evenings.
Culturally, Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, having hosted acts such as Travis, James Blunt and Lulu. The Tolbooth building is another busy focus for performing arts and other 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. For more information on the city of Stirling, please see: The City of Stirling.
There are a variety of courses offered during the summer. Disciplines include: Political Science, History, Criminal Justice, Marketing, Sociology, Psychology, International Relations and Literature. More information on specific courses may be found by navigating to: Stirling Summer Courses.
All International Summer School students will be housed in on-campus apartment-style accommodations. Each student will have their own bedroom with five or six persons per apartment. Most of the on-campus accommodation overlooks the University's scenic loch and is only a short walk from all teaching buildings, library facilities, shops, theatre, cinema, public transportation links and social areas.
In order to ensure that you have the flexibility to cook for yourself or eat out, meals are not included in the summer school package. However each apartment has its own furnished kitchen/social area where you will be able to cook for yourself or you may prefer to eat at one of the on-campus catering outlets. Additionally the city of Stirling has a number of nearby cafés and restaurants to serve a variety of tastes and budgets.