Scotland Study Abroad Program at the University of Stirling
University of Stirling
University of Stirling is an Instant Response program
Hallo agus fàilte! We're excited you're considering studying at the University of Stirling. As The
Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year in 2009/2010, the University of Stirling offers a unique setting for students to immerse themselves in Scottish culture.
There are just a few specific form for this program that will need to be completed along with your IFSA-Butler application. The forms can be found under the Forms tab.
What the University of Stirling has to offer
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about the University of Stirling by visiting their website here.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
What do the different class levels mean?
SCQF Value 8 = First-year courses; no background knowledge required
Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
Film & Media Studies: Most study abroad students can take only theory courses (SCQF levels 8 and 9 in Film & Media Studies). There are very limited spaces in the production classes, and students must have a substantial background to qualify to take these courses.
English: The English department has specific entrance requirements for visiting students. There are two types of English courses at Stirling:
Core courses: All students majoring in English at Stirling have to take core courses to complete their degree. Core courses provide twice-weekly lectures and a weekly tutorial. These courses are designed for students who have not taken many English literature courses.
Study abroad students who wish to study English while at Stirling generally take one core course of their choice, one option course and one additional course outside of the English department. However, you can take three English classes if you wish. Non-English majors may take core courses only (there are no exceptions to this rule).
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. A full course load at Stirling is 66 credits for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours) and 132 Stirling credits for the year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semester credit hours). For more information on the credit weight, please see below:
11 University of Stirling SCQF Credits = 2.5 U.S. Semester Credit Hours
22 University of Stirling SCQF Credits = 5 U.S. Semester Credit Hours
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. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
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.
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?
Residence halls: Residence halls consist of mostly single rooms with a sink. Twelve to 15 students in a hall share a kitchen and a large bathroom. Off-campus housing is a 30- to 40-minute walk from campus.
Flats: Flats house three to six students; each student has their own bedroom and often their own sink in their bedroom. All members of the flat share a kitchen and bathroom.
Additional information about particular residence halls and flats is available via Stirling's website.
Access to the Internet
Even though all accommodation includes kitchen facilities, an independent company that works with the university offers several meal plan options for those wishing to budget their money more closely or not cook for themselves. You can register for a meal plan once you arrive on campus; please see more about costs and details here. For those who do not wish to purchase a meal plan, the town of Stirling has a wide variety of restaurants and the student center houses several small, affordable restaurants and cafes.
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 December 1 for spring and semester 1 programs or by May 1 for fall and semester 2 programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after these dates.
Dates & Fees
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* Independent travelers must arrive at the orientation accommodation in Edinburgh by 3 p.m. on the day marked “Mandatory Scotland arrival.” Students will receive orientation accommodation details and directions in the 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.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Scotland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
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.
*Student Visa: Some students will be required to obtain a student visa for the U.K. These include all full year students, any student participating in an internship and citizens of certain countries. U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) can enter the country as a student visitor at no cost but are not allowed to undertake an internship, paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the University of Stirling program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of Stirling must complete four additional forms as part of the application process:
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 program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-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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The University of Stirling offers a summer program.
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