Stirling, Scotland

University of Stirling Partnership

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Program Overview


Known for its progressive outlook, Stirling has a wide range of liberal arts offerings, a vibrant arts center, and a recently renovated library. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know peers and professors alike.  

As a national training center for Scottish swimming, football, and rugby, the university has a strong sports and fitness culture and great facilities. If you work up an appetite, no worries. You’ll eat well on campus, with 10 cafes and coffee shops, offering smoothies, paninis, flatbreads, noodle dishes—and a famous Sunday roast. 

Stirling’s self-contained, lakeside campus, complete with a 18th-century castle, views of the Highland foothills, and its own golf course reflect Scotland’s natural beauty. Need more of the great outdoors? Stirling is the gateway to the Highlands, putting mountains, white sand beaches, and 30,000 lochs (lakes) in reach.  

Your program also includes insider experiences and an IFSA excursion to the Highlands, all with no extra fee. Explore icons like the Three Sisters peaks, Loch Ness, and Dunnottar Castle, as you share an insider’s view of the historical events that shaped this country’s history and culture. 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 15-Extended
Spring: Oct. 1
Academic Year: April 15-Extended

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language

Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Not in most cases. Learn More.

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Search for courses on the University of Stirling’s online course catalog.

Credit Conversion
A full course load at Stirling is 60 credits for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours).

1 SCQF credit = .25 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

In Film & Media Studies, most study abroad students can take only theory classes (SCQF levels 8 and 9 in Film & Media Studies). There are very limited spaces in the production classes, and students must have a substantial background to qualify to take these classes.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.

Recommendation Letter
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • City Walking Tour: During IFSA Orientation, learn about the city on foot and attend a walking tour of the social, cultural, and historical sites of Stirling.
  • Scottish Parliament Tour: See behind the scenes on a guided tour through the chambers of the Scottish Parliament, how the Scottish Government makes new laws on devolved matters, and how it debates the issues of the day.
  • Glasgow Mural and Street Art Walking-Tour: Glasgow has created a Mural Trail featuring the diverse range of art within easy walking distance of the city center. Follow the trail of a huge range of artwork on display which has something to suit all tastes, from conservative to radical, quirky to bizarre. Enjoy discovering the hidden public art, with assistance from digital resources, with this self-paced walking tour.
  • Ceilidh Dancing to Scottish Folk Music: A Ceilidh is a fun-filled night of wild dancing, good music, and Scottish culture! A live Scottish folk band plays through traditional music as one of the band members calls out the dance steps to the group, teaching how the dance goes. As the music takes off, the fun begins.


  • Highlands Trip: On your first day of the Highland’s excursion, delve into the past and discover how Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil, and how they dressed. Then visit the Culloden Battlefield, location of the final Jacobite Rising. It was the last and most harrowing battle to be fought on British soil and its impact ripples into present day Scotland. On day two, sail across the waters of the legendary Loch Ness to learn about the history of the renowned loch and what makes it so famous. Perhaps have a look for the Loch Ness Montser yourself! Immersed yourself in the verdant and impressive rolling hills and mountains of the highlands with spectacular views of the Three Sisters Mountains in Glencoe. Also experience the poignant history of Stirling at the Wallace Monument and learn about the history of the battles fought at this strategically located city.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option


Most Included;Self-Catering


Most students live in university housing on campus, though some live off campus in Stirling city center, about two miles away. Either way, expect to share an apartment with four to ten students, generally with individual bedrooms and shared living spaces.  

Some housing options have extra amenities—like private bathrooms—that warrant higher charges. Please keep in mind that if you’re placed in more expensive housing, you will incur additional charges to cover these costs. 

Sample housing 

Take a look at Alexander Court to see what your Stirling home might be like:  

  • Location: On the east end of campus past the lake, about a 24-minute walk to the library and academic buildings. The university shuttle also runs regularly around the campus, making it easy to get around.   
  • Living space: Students live in apartments in groups of five to seven. Students have single bedrooms, each with a bed, desk, chair, and storage. Each apartment has a large bathroom with two showers, two sinks, and two toilets, plus living space and a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave, and kettle. Students provide bedding, towels, and basic kitchenware.  
  • Meals: There’s no meal plan. Many students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of the day. The university also has several small cafes and restaurants on campus.  
  • Additional details: 24/7 staff assistance. Housekeeping help. Laundry.  
  • Nearby: Peaks Sports Village. Macrobert Arts Centre. Stirling Old Town. Stirling Castle. Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig. Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
September 5, 2024
December 14, 2024
April 15, 2024-Extended
Academic Year 2024-2025
September 5, 2024
Mid-May 2025
April 15, 2024-Extended
Spring 2025
Mid-Jan. 2025
Mid-May 2025
$19,775 (estimated)
Oct. 1, 2024

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Jasmine Di Diego

Enrollment Counselor