Scottish Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences

University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Scottish Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Location

    Stirling

  • 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 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Early Jul, 2020 - Early Aug, 2020

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    20 SCQF Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

During the summer program at the University of Stirling, you have the option of doing one session and enrolling in two modules or doing back to back sessions and enrolling in three to four modules. The university offers a variety of courses in multiple subjects and changes the modules options between sessions. All courses are taught by university faculty members.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • Students must have at least a sophomore standing (second year) at their home university at the time of participation.
  • Students must include an academic reference and passport copy along with their standard ISA application. 

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

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

SCQF Credits

20

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9

Academic Information

Course Availability & Syllabi

  • The modules listed below ran in 2019. The modules for 2020 have not yet been confirmed. 
  • 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 Site Specialist.

Course Selection

  • You will take 2 modules per session.
  • 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.

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. 

Back-to-Back Options

  • If you choose to do back-to-back sessions, you can either take 2 modules in the 1st session and 1 module in the 2nd session or vice versa. You can also choose to register for 2 modules in each session.

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.

The modules listed below ran in 2019. The 2020 modules have not yet been confirmed.

Please see the Stirling's Summer Module Catalog below for additional information.

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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

Brittany Lavornia

Program Manager, Scotland

STIRLING TEAM

Mike Kurtyka

Resident Director, Scotland

Funding Your ISA 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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

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.

Dorm

The Stirling residence halls are located on campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by the university. They 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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of the United Kingdom (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on weekend trips, day trips, and optional trips.

Edinburgh

In Scotland's second largest city, you will travel across the highland boundary fault and encounter Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest freshwater loch. From Loch Lomond, you will go further into the highlands crossing Rannoch Moor, on to Glen Coe, to Fort William, across the Caledonian Canal before reaching Loch Ness for your chance to see Nessie!

Glasgow

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!

Highlands

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, the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, the Grampian Mountains, and the forest of Perthshire. After working up a healthy appetite, you will make a dinner stop at the Victorian era resort town, Pitlochry.

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.