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We invite you to study abroad with API at the University of Stirling, one of the U.K.'s most popular universities, which boasts its own loch and castle on campus! Known as Scotland's "University for Sporting Excellence" since 2008, the university offers a wide array of courses across popular majors, and has earned a strong reputation for high quality academics and an impressive selection of student activities and clubs. Highly ranked in numerous subject areas, the university welcomes students from across the world for a truly special educational experience.

Enroll in classes alongside Scottish and international students and earn university credit while exploring this charming location; you'll be surrounded by green hills, friendly people, and history around every corner!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Historic Scotland Tourism Card

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan, 2023 - May, 2023 $19,500 Oct 1, 2022 No Extension Oct 31, 2022
Fall Sep, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $19,500 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023
Academic Year Sep, 2023 - May, 2024 $38,900 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Stirling programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park

    Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater lake in the UK and Scotland’s second most famous loch after Loch Ness. You may be familiar with the loch from the song “Loch Lomond”. The loch certainly lives up to the description it is given in the song – that is as having “bonnie, bonnie banks” (bonnie is a Scottish word for pretty!). At the south end the landscape surrounding the loch is fairly flat but as it reaches the north banks the landscape becomes more mountainous and imposing, meeting with Scotland’s Highlands. There are various viewing points and charming little villages surrounding the loch. Part of the West Highland Way, a 96-mile walk undertaken by many visitors to Scotland, which goes from just outside Glasgow up to Fort William runs by the banks of the river.

  • Loch Ness

    Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland is one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There is nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes, and legends to savor. Visitors will find beautiful sites such as Glencoe with its Three Sisters, a trio of iconic stunning mountains. Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses - is also located in the region. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years, but students can make up their own minds!

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Hadrian's Wall and the Borders

    Having conquered most of what is modern day England, the Romans decided that the Scots were simply too ferocious to do battle with. They retreated south and built the infamous Hadrian’s Wall – which runs close to the modern day England-Scotland border. Nowadays sections of the wall still remain intact, as do the ruins of many of the forts the Romans built along the wall’s length to defend themselves. This visit is an amazing opportunity to step back in time and imagine life in Roman Britain!

    Students will also have a chance to explore the Scottish Borders, a region covering about eighteen hundred square miles. Rolling hills and moorland and lush agricultural plains characterize this sedate and peaceful part of the country. It is home to several beautiful ruined abbeys and imposing stately homes.

  • Oban and Isles of Mull and Iona

    Although perhaps not as famous as some of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides which include Mull & Iona are not to be missed. Mull is the largest of these islands and features a variety of landscapes including the rolling hills of Glen More and stunning bays visible from the arrival on the ferry. And of course, what would a Scottish island be without a few castles thrown in for good measure as well?

    Iona lies to the southwest of Mull. With a population not even hitting triple figures, it might not seem like much but the island is of great importance to the history of Christianity and is thought to be the birthplace of the religion on the British mainland. The island is surrounded by crystal blue water and covered in lush green grass. It is an ideal peaceful and tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s mainland.

    All this is accessible from the idyllic coastal town of Oban – a seafood lover's paradise and home to unique local wildlife. Students are bound to fall in love with this part of Scotland!

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Hadrian's Wall and the Borders

    Having conquered most of what is modern day England, the Romans decided that the Scots were simply too ferocious to do battle with. They retreated south and built the infamous Hadrian’s Wall – which runs close to the modern day England-Scotland border. Nowadays sections of the wall still remain intact, as do the ruins of many of the forts the Romans built along the wall’s length to defend themselves. This visit is an amazing opportunity to step back in time and imagine life in Roman Britain!

    Students will also have a chance to explore the Scottish Borders, a region covering about eighteen hundred square miles. Rolling hills and moorland and lush agricultural plains characterize this sedate and peaceful part of the country. It is home to several beautiful ruined abbeys and imposing stately homes.

  • Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park

    Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater lake in the UK and Scotland’s second most famous loch after Loch Ness. You may be familiar with the loch from the song “Loch Lomond”. The loch certainly lives up to the description it is given in the song – that is as having “bonnie, bonnie banks” (bonnie is a Scottish word for pretty!). At the south end the landscape surrounding the loch is fairly flat but as it reaches the north banks the landscape becomes more mountainous and imposing, meeting with Scotland’s Highlands. There are various viewing points and charming little villages surrounding the loch. Part of the West Highland Way, a 96-mile walk undertaken by many visitors to Scotland, which goes from just outside Glasgow up to Fort William runs by the banks of the river.

  • Loch Ness

    Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland is one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There is nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes, and legends to savor. Visitors will find beautiful sites such as Glencoe with its Three Sisters, a trio of iconic stunning mountains. Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses - is also located in the region. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years, but students can make up their own minds!

  • Oban and Isles of Mull and Iona

    Although perhaps not as famous as some of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides which include Mull & Iona are not to be missed. Mull is the largest of these islands and features a variety of landscapes including the rolling hills of Glen More and stunning bays visible from the arrival on the ferry. And of course, what would a Scottish island be without a few castles thrown in for good measure as well?

    Iona lies to the southwest of Mull. With a population not even hitting triple figures, it might not seem like much but the island is of great importance to the history of Christianity and is thought to be the birthplace of the religion on the British mainland. The island is surrounded by crystal blue water and covered in lush green grass. It is an ideal peaceful and tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s mainland.

    All this is accessible from the idyllic coastal town of Oban – a seafood lover's paradise and home to unique local wildlife. Students are bound to fall in love with this part of Scotland!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester

Students who choose to study abroad in Stirling with API enroll in courses with Scottish and other international students at the University of Stirling – one of the most popular universities in Scotland. The university offers courses across five major areas, including health and well-being, culture and society, environment, enterprise and the economy, and sport.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive their transcripts from the University of Stirling upon completion of their program.

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    Courtney Kovacs

    Courtney Kovacs will be your program advisor and help prepare you to go abroad!

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    Michelle Worthington

    Michelle will be your on-site Resident Director and will be a resource for you while you are in Scotland!

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COURSE OFFERINGS

COURSE INFORMATION

Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that students have 6-8 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possibility that certain classes may be unavailable.

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more! Find classes and syllabi.

Please note: not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc.

ACADEMIC LEVEL

Each course at the University of Stirling is assigned an SCQF level ranging from 8-10. Level 8 courses are generally first year courses, level 9 are normally second-year courses which require some background knowledge, and level 10 courses are usually third and fourth-year courses which are at an advanced level and require a considerable background in this subject area. Please note that students who are not first-year students at their home university are not permitted to register for more than one level 8 module because of limited availability of spaces on first-year modules.

CREDIT INFORMATION

The University of Stirling award credits based on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). To determine U.S. semester credit equivalency, common practice is to divide the SCQF amount by 4. Generally, one course at Stirling is worth 20 SCQF credits, which equates to approximately 5 U.S. semester credits. 3 Stirling modules (60 SCQF credits) is considered a full-semester load, and 6 course modules (120 SCQF credits)is considered a full-year load. Students take 3 courses per semester and earn up to 15 U.S. semester credits.

Courses at University of Stirling (Full Curriculum Program)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at University of Stirling (Full Curriculum Program)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Find classes and syllabi

Courses at University of Stirling (Full Curriculum Program)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Find classes and syllabi

Highlights
  • Ranked #1 in U.K. for welcoming international students, campus environment; #2 in U.K. for sports facilities; top 10 in U.K. for extra-curricular activities/societies; 15 in U.K. for library
  • Ranked #1 in Scotland, top 5 in U.K. for Criminology - Guardian University Rankings
  • Ranked #1 in Scotland, top 10 in U.K. for Media/Film Studies, Social Policy - Guardian University Rankings
  • Ranked #1 in Scotland, top 15 in U.K. for Education - Guardian University Rankings
  • Ranked #2 in Scotland, top 15 in U.K. for Sociology
  • Ranked 1st in Scotland and 8th in U.K. in The Times Higher Education "100 under 50" table, which ranks the world's best 100 universities under 50 years old
  • Scotland's "university of sporting excellence"

API students are all housed in 4-7 bedroom apartment-style accommodations on campus. Each student will have their own single-occupancy bedroom along with a shared kitchen, dining, and living areas. Housing is self-catered. With the exception of those participating in the summer school, students will need to provide their own kitchenware (crockery, utensils, etc). Additionally, the university’s catering department offers superb value catering options on campus. Most flats have sinks in the bedrooms and all housing has shared shower and toilet facilities (summer students will have their own private bathrooms). All housing is fully networked, enabling residents to access the university’s computing resources, including internet. 24-hour concierge services are available on site. Bedding packs will be provided for all API students.

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