Founded in 1967, the University of Stirling is consistently rated highly for both teaching and research. The 350-acre campus, located beneath the Ochil Hills, has a beautiful loch and the 18th-century Airthrey Castle at its heart. It is also very easy to get around, with all the facilities (housing, teaching buildings, social and sporting centres) no more than a ten-minute walk apart, ensuring that everything you need is close at hand – day or night. The University is just two miles (a ten-minute bus ride) from the city of Stirling.
Located less than an hour away from Edinburgh on the east and Glasgow on the west, the City of Stirling is one of the principal towns on the edge of the Scottish highlands, and is known as the 'heart of Scotland.' It provides easy access to mountains, lochs and shores, perfect for outdor activities such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing. Dominated by its medieval castle, which overlooks the Forth, Stirling has been historically important since the Middle Ages. It now combines the charm of an historic destination with the vitality of a contemporary city, offering shopping, café culture, performing arts and nightlife
The International Summer School is structured in two four-week blocks taken independently or consecutively and include classes in a variety of subjects. You can earn up to 12 UMass credits (44 Stirling credits) over the eight weeks of the ISS. Each class is assessed by a combination of exam, essay, presentation, participation and fieldwork. Each Stirling class earns 3 UMass credits (11 Stirling credits) enabling you to take 6 UMass credits during a four-week block or 9-12 UMass credits during an eight-week block). This gives you the flexibility to decide the length of programme and number of credits you wish to gain depending on your individual requirements. Each class is made up of taught and excursion components, giving you the opportunity to enjoy University teaching both in and out of the classroom. View a video about the ISS program.
Students can also opt to carry out a 140-hour internship in one of five areas: sports (studies and management); environmental science; politics; charity / non profit; and marketing. It may be possible to identify internships in other subject areas on a case-by-case basis. The internship includes ten hours of support and ‘classroom’ time. Students wishing to intern need to enrol in two classes for block 1 for 6 UMass credits and intern during block 2 for 3 UMass credits.
All International Summer School students will be housed in on-campus, apartment-style accommodation in Fraser of Allander House. Each student will have their own bedroom with up to four other students per apartment The accommodation, which overlooks the University’s Airthrey Loch, is only a short, picturesque walk from all University teaching buildings, library facilities, shops, a theatre, a cinema and social areas.