Study abroad in Scotland with IFSA

University of Stirling Partnership

Program Overview

Soak up Scotland’s natural beauty on Stirling’s self-contained, lakeside campus, complete with an 18th-century castle, views of the Highland foothills, and its own golf course. It’s a beautiful place to take advantage of a wide range of liberal arts offerings, a vibrant arts center, outstanding athletic facilities, and a recently renovated library.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

October 1

Minimum GPA

2.80

Credit load

15

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

Prerequisites

None

gallery-imagegallery-image

Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Stirling's Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

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

Credit Conversions

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 courses (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 courses.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • 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) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) 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.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for the semester program.
  • A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • A visa is required if you are participating in the year program.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

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 courses 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.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. They are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included cooking lessons, city tours, and theater performances.

Program Excursions:
IFSA Excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability. Typically, students participate in a long weekend trip to the Scottish Highlands to see Loch Ness, Culloden Field, Dunrobin Castle, a whiskey distillery, and a working sheep farm. Day trips might include a visit to Argyll with hiking, caving, mountain biking, or gorge scrambling or a short homestay with a local family.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Most Included;Self-Catering

Details

Even though all accommodation includes kitchen facilities, an independent company that works with the university offers several meal plan options for those wishing to budget their money more closely or not cook for themselves. You can register for a meal plan once you arrive on campus. For those who do not wish to purchase a meal plan, the town of Stirling has a wide variety of restaurants and the student center houses several small, affordable restaurants and cafes.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

January 21, 2023

May 12, 2023

$18,675

October 1

Fall 2023

Early September 2023

Mid-December 2023

$18,675 (estimated)

April 1

Academic Year 2023-2024

Early September 2023

Mid-May 2024

Contact IFSA

April 1

Spring 2024

Mid-January 2024

Mid-May 2024

$18,675 (estimated)

October 1

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

January 21, 2023

Term ends

May 12, 2023

Program costs

$18,675

Application deadline

October 1

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Early September 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$18,675 (estimated)

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Academic Year 2023-2024

Term begins

Early September 2023

Term ends

Mid-May 2024

Program costs

Contact IFSA

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Mid-January 2024

Term ends

Mid-May 2024

Program costs

$18,675 (estimated)

Application deadline

October 1

Program Counselors

IFSA Student Stories