July in Stirling, Scotland

Imagine four weeks of your winter spent exploring and learning in the historic country of Scotland. Join us for great academics and fun excursions in the awesome, historic Scottish town of Stirling!

Program Overview

On this uniquely Scottish program you will enjoy living in a traditional town, studying at an authentic Scottish university with a castle on campus, and exploring nearby sites such as Loch Ness, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Choose from a range of unique, locally focused courses such as ‘The Psychology of Art with a Tartan Twist’, ‘Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland’, ‘Monsters and Vampires’ and more during either June or July, or both.

Make the most of your time in Scotland, with about 17 hours of daylight during their summer!

Study alongside Scottish students who are also taking their ‘summer’ courses.

You will experience:

A spectacular and historic city – Stroll the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Stirling and enjoy the community feel of this beautiful region.

World-class university – Ranked among the top tier of British universities for teaching and career placement, you will reap the benefits of an academically rigorous university.

Fun courses with field trip components – You may select courses in Scottish culture, business, politics, history, religious studies, English, criminology, education, film and media, all focused on learning about Scotland through readings and related field trips.

A castle on campus, seriously! – The University of Stirling is located on an 18th-century estate with a central lake and a castle. You certainly can’t find that in Australia!

Travel opportunities abound – With economical airfares and train routes galore, you can travel in Scotland, throughout the UK and to various cities, beaches and mountains in Europe on the weekends – making the most of your 4- or 8-week program.

Highlights

Here are a few of the key highlights that make this July in Stirling program unique:

  • Study at an academically rigorous university ranked among the top tier of British universities for teaching and career placement – your courses will be challenging and practical
  • Live and study with Scottish and other international students
  • Be part of a campus on the estate of an 18th-century castle – considered one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe!
  • Diverse courses in Scottish culture, business, politics, history, religious studies, English, criminology, education, film and media
  • Fun field trips with your courses – ‘experiential learning’ at its best!
  • Scottish culture and hospitality – the friendly people will really make your time abroad unforgettable
  • Great on-campus student facilities
  • Explore other parts of Scotland, the UK and Europe

Make the most of your time in Scotland, with about 17 hours of daylight during their summer!

Choose Your Course

This program is held at the University of Stirling – a university ranked among the top tier of British universities for teaching and career placement, so your courses will be challenging and practical.

NOTE: Please be advised that the University of Stirling requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants for their Summer School. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.

Course Load: 1 or 2 courses per 4-week session. Each course is worth 10 credits at the University of Stirling, which is 5 ECTS and approximately 3 US credits. Courses have 24 contact hours total (plus independent study), which includes a full-day field learning excursion. One course at the University of Stirling might be equivalent to one full-time course at your home university in Australia; however, this assessment is the responsibility of your home university in Australia. Previous students have undertaken 2 courses and received academic credit for 1 course at their home university in Australia. CISaustralia highly recommends meeting your course convenor / coordinator or faculty advisor to discuss your Australian university’s credit system and what may be the equivalent at the University of Stirling.

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • Before you study overseas we encourage all students to have at least 3-4 courses approved for the 4-week program and 5-6 courses approved for the 8-week program from your home University in Australia. This will allow some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Studying overseas is a great opportunity to take some interesting electives if your degree allows!
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Length: Study in Scotland for either 4 or 8 weeks. Take 1 or 2 courses for a single 4-week session, or combine the two sessions to go for 8 weeks and take 2-4 courses.

Subject Areas: English, business, film and media studies, history, politics, criminology, education and religious studies. Course selection is first come, first served – the earlier you can apply the better.

How to Choose Your Courses: This is the fun part. As part of the application process you will be required to complete a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. See below for more information about the courses on offer.

Course Descriptions: The University of Stirling offers a diverse range of Scottish-focused courses during the summer. For a list of 2019 course descriptions, click here.

Assessment: Each 4-week ‘module’ has both in-class and field trip components. Assessment consists of exams, essays, presentations, fieldwork or a combination of each. You will receive an official University of Stirling transcript at the end of the program.

Experiential Learning: On the July in Stirling, Scotland program, out-of-class study is an integral part of each course. Depending on your selected courses, field trips may include the Scottish Parliament, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Eilean Donan Castle and readings at the Macrobert Arts Centre. The great thing is you can usually go on these trips even if you’re not taking the associated course!

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation. We will work with you to find the right program for you.

Excursions

While participating in the July in Stirling, Scotland program you will have the opportunity to take day trips or excursions to other regions in Scotland. A few of the places you may visit include:

Edinburgh
The historic capital of Scotland – approximately an hour away by train – with the largest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world! A must see.

St Andrews
Considered the birthplace of golf (great if you love your sport) also boasting a spectacular sweeping bay, relatively undamaged medieval architecture and a bustling cafe and restaurant scene – definitely worth a visit!

Glasgow
Located in Scotland’s central lowlands on the bank of the River Clyde, Glasgow has an extensive maritime heritage and is fast becoming known for its progression in fashion, music, food and architecture. Glasgow is a unique, chaotic city that guarantees a good time.

Loch Ness
Heard of the Loch Ness Monster? We hope so! Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands – it spreads almost 40km between Inverness and Fort Augustus. Being the subject of much speculation since the beginning of the 20th century when the beloved ‘Nessie’ was originally sighted, Loch Ness and the surrounding charming villages is a place where you can truly take your time to explore.

Location

Stirling is just south of the Scottish Highlands with wonderful views of fortresses and beautiful Scottish scenery.

Stirling is a charming city with a colourful history – national hero, Sir William Wallace (aka Braveheart), won the Battle of Stirling Bridge against the English here in 1297. Stirling was Scotland’s capital of government for hundreds of years and has endless interesting historical facts for you to take in.

You’ll be able to take day trips to surrounding regions like Loch Ness and Glencoe – and be sure to visit the famous Stirling Castle, believed by many to be haunted.

Stirling’s population of 45,000 makes it the perfect size to explore with ease and comfort. You will have greater access to locals and the chance to really get to know the culture. There is no shortage of theatres, pubs, restaurants, clubs and much more to keep you busy!

The city is also easily accessible from campus by a regular bus service. A regular train service can get you to Glasgow or Edinburgh in under an hour, where you can then pretty much find economical flights to anywhere in Europe. Time for some exploring!

The University

The program takes place at the University of Stirling, a modern campus considered one of the most beautiful in Europe!

You will have the opportunity to take courses in a wide variety of subjects. The University is dedicated to providing quality academics and strives to offer something to every student.

You can join numerous social activities, campus clubs and sports teams where you can meet both local and international students with similar interests. More than 12,000 students from 90 different countries attend the University every semester – an amazing location to make worldwide contacts while gaining a high-quality overseas academic experience.

If you love sports, you’ll enjoy the excellent sporting facilities which include an Olympic-sized pool, a gym, exercise classes and kayaking on the loch. Access to the University sporting facilities is part of your program fee.

The campus also boasts cafes, restaurants, a two-screen cinema and a golf course – be entertained without having to travel far!

Accommodation

During your program, you will stay on campus at the University of Stirling – one of the most scenic campuses in all of Europe.

Each shared apartment may house up to six students, each typically in single rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities, and a shared kitchen and living area.

Each bedroom is furnished with a desk, lamp, bed, mattress, bed linens, pillow, towels, bookshelves, storage space, utensils, cookware and free high speed internet access.

You can do your laundry for a small fee at a number of facilities in the building. Meals are not included, however, you can opt to prepare your own food or eat on campus.

The on-campus accommodation is a five-minute walk to the campus academic and other buildings.

Program Fee & Dates

Session 1: June 2019 (4 weeks)
Application Deadline05 April 2019
Arrival Date08 June 2019
Departure Date06 July 2019
Program Fee A$ 6,499 - 7,299
OS-HELP A$ 6,791
Session 2: July 2019 (4 weeks)
Application Deadline05 April 2019
Arrival Date06 July 2019
Departure Date03 August 2019
Program Fee A$ 6,499 - 7,299
OS-HELP A$ 6,791
Session 1 and 2: June-July 2019 (8 weeks)
Application Deadline05 April 2019
Arrival Date08 June 2019
Departure Date03 August 2019
Program Fee A$ 10,799 - 12,599
OS-HELP A$ 6,791

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Health and medical insurance (if requested)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Airport drop-off (on specified program departure date within designated departure times)
  • Accommodation – private, en-suite bedroom on campus
  • Welcome induction sessions
  • Induction shopping trip to Stirling and supermarket
  • Gym Membership
  • On-campus internet access
  • Day trip to Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews
  • Module excursion (specific to each course taken)
  • Social Activities – nature hikes, golf lessons, dance lessons
  • Farewell Ceilidh (Scottish dancing with live band and food)
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • University of Stirling official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
  • Please be advised that the University of Stirling requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants for their Summer School. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.
  • Accommodation is on a first come, first served basis. Students are encouraged to apply before the applicaiton deadline in order to guarantee their place on the program.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

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