Stirling is one of Scotland's most historic cities, which many major battles for Scottish independence took place in and around. Once the capital of Scotland, the city is surrounded by a large medieval fortress now mixed in with a contemporary, university town. Lush and green, Stirling is often called "The Gateway to the Highlands." The city is extremely student-oriented, pedestrian friendly, and offers all of the amenities of a large cosmopolitan city. The once majestic medieval castle situated in the heart of the city now serves as a local concert and arts venue. This combination between old and new gives the city a sort of magical feel that visitors will always remember. The city itself sits atop rolling hills and situated near a beautiful loch inhabited with local wildlife. It is also only about 45 minutes by train from Glasgow or Edinburgh giving students easy access to both cities for a day of exploration.
ISA programs in Stirling take place at the University of Stirling. Ranked in the top 2.5% of global higher education institutions, the university is not only known for its beautiful location but its high quality of teaching and research. In addition, the University of Stirling has been named Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence with its exceptional and very modern sporting facilities. Visit the cities many stunning historical monuments, walk or cycle along the countryside, or enjoy a traditional Scottish meal with friends. Even after a little bit of time, you will see why Stirling is truly the heart of Scotland.
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