University of Stirling
Hallo agus fàilte! We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of Stirling for your summer abroad. As The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year in 2009/10, the University of Stirling offers a unique setting for students to immerse themselves in Scottish culture. We're sure you're going to love studying there! Watch a video of Stirling's summer program.
What the Stirling International Summer School has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
What will studying at the university be like?
Will I have classes with local students?
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What courses am I eligible to take?
What if I need to take a required course?
Course RestrictionsAs an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
11 University of Stirling credit hours = 3 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind.
Students are required to choose two courses for Session 1. If you choose to attend Session 2, you can choose one or two additional courses. Registration for courses occurs prior to arrival overseas and is based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Will I have an Internet connection in my room?
What other facilities are available on campus?
Is there a social program at the University of Stirling?
Is there a meal plan?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by May 1.
Location InfoLiving and Studying Abroad in Stirling, Scotland
Location: Central Scotland
Dates & Fees
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All students must arrive in Edinburgh by the program start date. Independent travelers should arrive at the orientation accommodation in Edinburgh by 12:30 p.m. on the day marked "Mandatory Scotland arrival." Directions for independent travelers will be sent in the final travel newsletter.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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Summer Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
* Student Visa: A student visa is required only for students participating in the internship, as well as for some non-U.S. citizens. More details regarding visas will be sent upon acceptance to the program.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the University of Stirling summer program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of Stirling summer program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
The University of Stirling also requests that each applicant complete a Supplemental Application Form that requests personal information. Due to U.S. federal privacy laws, IFSA-Butler cannot require you to complete this form. However, the University of Stirling requests this information at the time of application so as to best meet your needs. This form will not affect your admission to the University of Stirling or IFSA-Butler. Please return the Supplemental Application to IFSA-Butler in an envelope with your name on it marked CONFIDENTIAL.
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Stirling for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of Stirling summer program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler TeamIFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Scotland:
Program Advisor Nikki Bruckmann assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Nikki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4257. Nikki studied abroad as an undergrad. Being completely inspired by the personal impact of her experience, Nikki continued to work for the program as a service learning assistant, preparing students for their predeparture and assisting them while abroad. After graduation, Nikki spent a year living and working abroad and returned home to obtain her masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Nikki is passionate about higher education, culture and study abroad.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Edinburgh. Click here to read more about Resident Director Ruth Casey.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.
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InternshipsThe University of Stirling International Summer School Internship program places interns with a local employer for four weeks during the second block of summer courses. Students will need to take two courses during Block One, and can then take the internship course in Block Two. Though the actual work experience is the main component of each internship, students will also receive help and instruction from classroom teaching sessions, review days and online tutorials.
Internships are available in the areas of sports, environment, politics, marketing and charity/not for profit organizations. Interns and employers will agree on a project that will be of benefit to both parties.
The internship replaces one course within Block Two of the University of Stirling International Summer School program and is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Students who are placed in internships will need to obtain a Tier 4 visa, which costs approximately $455. IFSA-Butler will assist students with this process. Please note that the deadline for applying for an internship is March 15, earlier than the regular summer program application deadline of April 1.
Summer Withdraw Notice
Please note that the University of Stirling has a very strict withdraw policy for summer. Stirling students should be aware of the following policies:
If you withdraw from the program on or after May 7, you will be charged £300 pounds per summer session. If you withdraw from the program on or after May 24, you will be charged the entire program fee.
Although IFSA-Butler students pay their fees to us instead of to the University of Stirling, we are responsible for any fees incurred on behalf of our students. Therefore, we are obligated to follow Stirling's refund policy for summer withdraws. Please contact our office with any questions about this situation.