- Stirling, United Kingdom
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Stirling, an ancient fortress city that guarded the major crossing of the River Forth, is located in the center of Scotland, between Glasgow and Edinburgh. It has a long and colorful history, and many sixteenth- and seventeenth-century buildings have been preserved and still are used as homes, tourist sites, and restaurants. Stirling is dramatically positioned at the point where lowland and highland Scotland meet. This unique location offers easy access to the Highlands, which boast some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe, and a wealth of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The former royal residence of Stirling Castle is fast becoming an established concert venue. In the city center, there is an extensive modern shopping area, theaters, restaurants, rail and bus terminals, and the city is buzzing with student life. As part of her Golden Jubilee festivities in 2002, Queen Elizabeth granted “city status” to Stirling as a mark of special distinction, an honor only bestowed 17 times during the twentieth century.
Through our agreement with the University of Stirling, an array courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study are included below. Courses are subject availability and approval of prerequisites by the host university. Courses, called “modules” at University of Stirling, are taught by lecture with syllabi tutorial sessions or seminars (depending on the level of study), and support. You will enroll in up to three Stirling modules per semester, which is the equivalent of approximately 15 US credits. Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed. Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.
The Stirling program is administered in the US by the USAC Central Office and in Stirling, Scotland, by the University of Stirling International Affairs team. Maria Cid Castilla and her fantastic team will be responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad, assisting you with class registration and providing the mandatory on-site orientation.
- Setting Description:
- The University of Stirling, built mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, is set on a wooded and landscaped site, which includes a small loch (lake) and Airthrey Castle, an eighteenth-century baronial residence. The university is highly ranked among the world's universities according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012. The University of Stirling was also recently ranked number one in an international student satisfaction survey. The university has some of the finest sports facilities in the country, including a 50-meter swimming pool (home of the National Swimming Academy), newly remodeled fitness center, National Indoor Tennis Center, athletic track and a nine-hole golf course. The Sports Union offers just about every sports club imaginable, all of which are available to USAC students. The university's main social building, the Robbins Center, also includes central Scotland's main arts venue: the Macrobert Arts Center. This newly modernized theatre hosts virtual
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