Scottish Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences

University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Scottish Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • 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

    Summer 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 08, 2024 - Jul 06, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 15, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 25, 2024

  • Credit

    20 SCQF Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

During the summer program at the University of Stirling, you have the option of doing one session and enrolling in two modules or doing back to back sessions and enrolling in three to four modules. The university offers a variety of courses in multiple subjects and changes the modules options between sessions. All courses are taught by university faculty members.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • Students must have at least a sophomore standing (second year) at their home university at the time of participation.
  • Students must include an academic reference and passport copy along with their standard ISA 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 Orientation

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

  • Please see the Stirling's Summer Module Catalog linked here and below for additional information.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Scotland Program Manager.

Course Selection

  • You will take 2 modules per session.
  • Classes have limited space and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are encouraged to submit their applications and course selection as early as possible.

Course Credit

  • Per the University of Stirling, each module is worth 10 Stirling (SCQF) credits which are considered equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 quarter units.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university. 

Back-to-Back Options

  • If you choose to do back-to-back sessions, you can either take 2 modules in the 1st session and 1 module in the 2nd session or vice versa. You can also choose to register for 2 modules in each session.

Course Level Recommendations

  • Please note that Stirling considers their summer course to be lower-level. 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.

Transcript Information

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


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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

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, Scotland


Elena White

Resident Director, Scotland

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


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 and in Stirling City Center. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by the university. Dorms have shared kitchens on each floor; laundry facilities are typically available for an additional cost. You will pay a $300 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.




Travel into the historic Waverly Train Station in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. Learn about the history of the Royal Mile and the Old Town of Edinburgh, and stop off at chic coffee spots and local independent shops on your way to Edinburgh Castle, set atop Castle Rock. Enjoy the rich history inside Edinburgh Castle before heading back into the old town to see for yourself some of the inspiration for the famed Harry Potter franchise. 


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!


Included in your trip to Skye are several stops in the iconic highlands of Scotland. 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, and have a stop in Fort William for lunch, having worked up a healthy appetite.

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.

Cultural Activities in Scotland

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore culture of Scotland in and around your host city. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Scotland special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included lawn bowling at Kelvingrove, a Whisky Distillery tour, a Luss hillwalk, visits to the Barras Market, walking tours of the Central Station Underground, and a visit to Pollock Country park to see the Highland coos (cows)!


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