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Stirling, University of

The University of Stirling was founded by the Royal Charter in 1967 and is considered the first genuinely new university in Scotland in over 400 years. Beyond the stunning environment, central location and friendly atmosphere, several of the academic disciplines are rated top in Scotland. There are nearly 200 high quality degree combinations on offer to create the program best suited towards your strengths and help you achieve your goals in study abroad.  

Between campus life, supported by the Students’ union, and the city life of Stirling, where one in every five residents is a student, there is always something to do and people to meet. Additionally, Stirling has some of the finest sport facilities in the UK and is often named Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence.  

Stirling offers the perfect combination of city and campus based living with plenty of outdoor activities, modern facilities and a vibrant activity program. With easy transport accessibility to other major cities around the UK, superb academics and a campus with its own castle, you’ve got everything you need to have a successful and worth-while study abroad in Scotland. 

You can expect to experience the following if you choose to attend the University of Stirling for your UK Study program:


At the geographical heart of Scotland, Stirling naturally has superb links to the rest of the country and beyond. In particular, Edinburgh and Glasgow are both less than an hour away by road or rail and the Scottish Highlands are less than an hour away to the north. Built in the shadow of the Ochil Hills and Wallace Monument, the Stirling campus is situated on a magnificent 310-acre estate, centered on a large lake and 18th-century Airthrey Castle. You will be joining a student community of 13,000 students from more than 100 countries who account for 23% of the total Stirling student population. Study abroad students benefit from additional international support services such as airport meet and greets, accommodation check in support, specialized international welcome orientation and activities and more to help you settle into your study abroad experience.  

Campus Life 

The student union is responsible for running over 90 sports and society clubs for students, including study abroad, to get involved with. This is a perfect opportunity to meet students outside of your classes and residence halls. Additionally, you can partake in social events, which gives you the opportunity to explore not only the city of Stirling but also famous sites throughout Scotland. 


Study abroad students are taught alongside British students enrolled on full degree courses. Unlike full degree students, study abroad students have the opportunity to register for courses in a range of academic areas and breadth. Additionally, there is a dedicated Overseas Adviser will advise on your course of study and the subjects you take during your study period. UK universities expect students to self-manage their time between lectures, tutorials and independent study hours. Additional support services are available for study abroad students to help you adjust to the UK higher education system and be successful in your study abroad. 


Study abroad students are offered housing with all our UK university partners, provided you apply by the deadline. Even though the campus lies two miles from central Stirling, an historic city with a population of circa 41,000, most Stirling students still choose to live on campus. The campus is self-contained, meaning everything you need from food, health care and banking is housed right outside your front door. Typically, study abroad students are integrated and mixed with British, European and other international students. The university offers accommodation varying in price depending on location, style and length of stay, so please speak with an advisor directly. Living in University housing is a great way to meet new people from around the world and develop life-long relationships and fantastic travel partners!

The requirements to study abroad in the UK and apply to the program of your choice are straight forward. In order to proceed with an application you need to make sure you have the following information:

  • Academic Reference
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcript
  • You will need to have at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA​

An Across The Pond Advisor can help you with your research and application. Want to find out more? Speak to an Expert today.


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University of Stirling Overview

Scottish Summer Programs Now Open!

Summer programs are a great way to experience and see a lot of the UK quickly and inexpensively. You still get all the same benefits of a semester program including academic credit, specialized international student orientation, social programming and on campus accommodation, but you have the start date and length of program flexibility you need to accommodate your budget and busy summer schedule. This year two of our Scottish partners will be offering Summer courses, the University of Edinburgh and Stirling University.

The University of Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital university. If you are looking for fast-paced, urban-centred university living, then this is it. You would be in the heart of the city, surrounded by fun touristy things to do, see and experience and of course, you’ll be able to call Edinburgh Castle your next door neighbour! Classes at the University of Edinburgh vary in length and start date so please talk to your advisor about what you are interested in taking.

Stirling University is about an hour North West of Edinburgh and is set on a wonderful green, campus with their very own lake and castle. The town is small, friendly and welcoming to university students and is home to great transport links to Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. If you’re looking for a picturesque Scottish location to explore the great outdoors and feel the sun on your face this Summer, Stirling is your home. 

Ready to spend the Summer in Scotland? Applications are open now and we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible as Summer spots are limited. Speak to an Across The Pond advisor today or check out our Three Easy Steps to Studying Abroad this Summer blog post! 

Stirling's Summer Application Now Open

Got summer plans? Why not spend it in Scotland! The University of Stirling offers two summer sessions in 2016. Session One starts early June and ends early July and Session Two starts early July and ends early August. You can choose to do a single Session, or do both Sessions back to back meaning you are in the UK for nearly two months.

Stirling is about an hour North West of Edinburgh and is set on a wonderful green, campus with their very own lake and castle. The town is small, friendly and welcoming to university students and is home to great transport links to Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland.

Applications are due mid April, so speak to an Across The Pond advisor today.

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