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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/23/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.70
Housing Options: On Campus
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The University of Stirling

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History & Description

To view the University of Stirling's complete history, go to this link:

To find the most recent statistics and accolades of the University of Stirling, go to this link:

Stirling, Scotland

Stirling captures the imagination of all who visit it.  The hustle and bustle on the streets and footpaths during the day give way to an almost fairy tale-like idyll at dusk.   Replete with winding cobblestone streets, the old town clings to the surrounding slopes with Stirling Castle dominant in the background.  It is a city with roots deep enough to maintain its historical relevance while allowing the modern conveniences of today to not interfere with its ambience.  To all who visit this city, Stirling remains in their hearts and imaginations forever.

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About The Program

Orientation & Airport Pick-Up

The Orientation Program provided by Stirling will help you settle in as quickly as possible by answering some of the questions you may have; for example: how to register for healthcare, how Stirling’s assessment system works, etc. The initial Welcome Program is held on the Sunday afternoon before the semester starts. We strongly recommend you plan to arrive in Scotland the day before orientation begins.  Students who have completed all enrollment requirements will receive their student ID cards at this time as well.  

If you arrive the weekend before the semester starts, an airport pickup service can be booked from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Details can be found at:


All our Study Abroad students are prioritized for accommodation provided an online application is received by the advertised deadline date. Accommodation can be in either University owned or managed accommodation which is located both on and off campus and all rooms have Internet access.  For more information please check Residential Services website at

Food & Laundry

Our Stirling campus offers several catering options to complement the self catering lifestyle available within University accommodation. Affordability, choice and quality are key. Click the following link to explore some of the places to eat on-campus:

The University of Stirling has various laundry facilities located in A K Davidson Hall, Murray Hall, Alexander Court, Spittal Hill, John Forty’s Court, Thistle Chambers, Union Street development Stirling and in Polwarth House, central to the main residences complex. All have card operated washers and dryers. In the main laundry at Polwarth House, £4 buys a 12 point laundry card, which is swiped in the machines as they are used. Washes “cost” four points, and 20 minutes in the dryer “costs” two points, so each card holds the equivalent of three washes, or six dries, or two of each.


Most of the facilities on-campus are within a short walking distance, however if you would like to travel, there is a bus station and railway station off-campus.

Money Matters

All students will receive a check from BW prior to their departure equivalent to board (Jacket Express).  This check is meant to be used for food while abroad.  As for spending money,  previous students recommend having approximately $2,000, but you may need to plan for more. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.

As for cell phone usage, it is recommended that students buy a cell phone and phone card/s in-country.


All students at Stirling take a maximum of three modules (course units)
in one semester. When choosing, we recommend you apply for at least three modules per semester and preferably up to six to give a wide choice of pre-approved modules. You’ll be asked to narrow this down to three when you accept your place, and you’ll be registered for those three before you arrive. You can choose from any listed in the course catalogue, as long as you have the necessary academic background listed in the prerequisites. We don’t expect you to have taken exactly the same module listed in the prerequisite, but we do expect you to have a similar level and background from previous study of the subject. If you have any doubt, it helps to send more information about the course you’ve taken, such as a course outline. Each module in the course catalogue has:

• A code
• A title
• An indication of when it’s taught (autumn or spring semester)

The catalogue is available online:


The University of Stirling offers an array of clubs and societies and boasts excellent sports facilities.  To learn more about the clubs and societies offered at Stirling, go to the following website: To learn more about the sports facilities at Stirling, click on the following link:


All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at


Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.


Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.


All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details.

What Can I Study?

The subject areas available to you are: Accounting, Animal Biology, Aquaculture, Biology, Business Computing, Business Law, Business Studies, Computer Science, Conservation Biology & Management, Criminology, Ecology, Economics, English Studies, Environmental Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Outdoor Education, Film and Media, Finance, French, Freshwater Science, Global Cinema and Culture, History, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Management Studies, International Politics, Journalism Studies, Law, Management, Management Science, Marine Biology, Marketing, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Banking & Finance, Nursing & Midwifery, Philosophy, Philosophy Politics & Economics, Politics, Psychology, Public Management & Administration, Religion, Retail Marketing, Scottish History, Sociology and Social Policy, Software Engineering, Spanish, Sports & Exercise Science, and Sports Studies. 

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit :


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