Natural Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities & Business

University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Natural Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities & Business

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Stirling

    The University of Stirling, founded in the 1960s, is a stunning, medium-sized campus situated in the heart of Scotland. The Guardian University Guide summed it up nicely when it asked, "Where else can you study on the shores of loch, by an 18th century castle, beneath rolling hills?" Beyond the beautiful location, the university is known for its quality of teaching, excellent research, and friendly atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of subjects including sport studies, biological science, English studies, history, computer science, social sciences, humanities, and business. The University of Stirling is famous for its exceptional and very modern sporting facilities. The city of Stirling is known as the "Gateway to the Highlands" so when you are not in class you will likely be exploring the gorgeous sites.

  • Term

    Spring 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Jan 09, 2020 - May 09, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 10, 2019

  • Credit

    60 SCQF Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Stirling is centrally located in Scotland with easy access to the cities in the south and the Highlands in the north. The university is especially known for its exceptional and very modern sporting facilities with an athletic track, fitness suite, golf course, sports hall, tennis courts, pools, artificial pitches, squash courts, and much more.

All courses are taught by local university professors at the University of Stirling. You will take classes alongside British and other international students on a traditional, U.S.-style campus in the lush heart of Scotland. Some of the most popular fields are Sport Studies, Biological Sciences, English, History, Computer Science, Social Science, Humanities, and Business.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • All applicants must have at least sophomore standing (second-year) at their home university.
  • All applicants are required to submit an official transcript, academic letter of recommendation, and letter of intent along with the application.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



SCQF Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Availability & Syllabi

  • The courses listed below are only a sample of what the university offers. Please see the full Stirling Module Catalog linked here for additional courses.

  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Scotland Site Specialist.

Course Credit

  • Students are required to enroll in 60 Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) units per term as determined by the University of Stirling. The university offers courses from 10 credits to 40 credits.
  • Per the University of Stirling, 20 SCQF credits are considered equivalent to 5 U.S. semester credits/7.5 U.S. quarter units. Credit transfer policies surrounding SCQF credits vary across US universities and students are strongly encouraged to consult with their home university regarding the transfer of SCQF credits.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed in the Stirling Module Catalog. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Stirling module level classifications of a 8, 9 or 10 level, which correspond with the three year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses classified as level 9 and level 10 are considered upper division and recommended for juniors and seniors with 3000- and 4000-level of experience in the subject. These Stirling and ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
  • These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Understanding the Course Code (EX: ENGU9HC)

  • the first three letters refer to the department the course is being offered through (ENG=English)
  • the last four numbers/letters refer to the unique number assigned to the class

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the University of Stirling will SCQF credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

The courses listed on our ISA website are only a sample of what the university offers. Please see the full Stirling Module Catalog linked below for additional courses.

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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the British lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average tourist. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most locals do, via the underground (aka the Tube), the overground, public bus, or walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding. 

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


The Stirling residence halls are located on campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by the university. They have shared kitchens on each floor;�laundry facilities are typically available for an additional cost. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




In Scotland's second largest city, you will travel across the highland boundary fault and encounter Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest freshwater loch. From Loch Lomond, you will go further into the highlands crossing Rannoch Moor, on to Glen Coe, to Fort William, across the Caledonian Canal before reaching Loch Ness for your chance to see Nessie!


Glasgow, the 'Dear Green Place,' is full of parks and green spaces. With over 600,000 people, it is the country's largest and most ethnically diverse city. A few famous Glaswegians include comedian Billy Connolly, actors Billy Boyd & Robert Carlyle, Sir Thomas Lipton (of Lipton Tea), and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay!


The natural beauty of the highlands is evident from the beginning of your journey. Starting in Glasgow, you will travel across the highland boundary fault , encountering Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest freshwater loch (i.e., Scottish for lake). From Loch Lomond, you will travel further into the highlands, crossing Rannoch Moor. Then, you will explore Glen Coe, the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, the Grampian Mountains, and the forest of Perthshire. After working up a healthy appetite, you will make a dinner stop at the Victorian era resort town, Pitlochry.

Isle of Skye


Stirling Castle

Stirling is affectionately called 'the Gateway to the Highlands.' You will explore the history behind the people of this proud region of Scotland, taking a guided tour of Stirling Castle and the city surrounding this strategic fortress. Today, Stirling is economically powered by a mixture of tourism, local government, higher education, retail, and financial services.