Scottish Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences + Internship

University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Scottish Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences + Internship

  • 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 3 2023

  • Program Dates

    Early Jun, 2023 - Late Jul, 2023

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 05, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 15, 2023

  • Credit

    33 SCQF Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

During the summer program at the University of Stirling, if you wish to participate in the internship program then you will enroll in both summer sessions. You will complete two modules during the first session and the internship during the second session. All courses are taught by university faculty members. The internship requires students to complete 140 hours of work and 10 hours of classroom time. If you wish to choose the internship option, keep in mind that you must also apply for a Tier 4 visa before departure.

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 completed at least one semester at their home university at the time of application.
  • Students must include an academic reference and passport copy along with their standard ISA application. 
  • All students participating in an internship will be required to obtain a British Tier 4 Visa before departure for an additional cost.

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 enroll in 2 modules during Summer 1 and the Internship module during Summer 2.
  • Classes have limited space and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to submit their applications and course selection as early as possible.


  • During the internship, you will intern about 35 hours/week, Monday-Friday and complete 10 hours of classroom time.
  • Assessment will be a presentation on the your internship, reflective journals and submission of a project report.
  • Placement is not guaranteed.

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. 

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 Glasgow will reflect ECTS and Scotcat credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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  • 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

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, Scotland


Elena White

Resident Director, Scotland

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your 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. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, 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 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 $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.




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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