Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

SCOTLAND, The University of Stirling


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Program Location: Stirling, Scotland
Duration: Fall, Spring, or Year
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The University of Stirling is one of Clark’s longest-running study abroad programs. It offers a chance to study at one of Scotland’s top universities in the heart of a country rich with history, scenery and culture. Our full-year, fall, or spring semester program in Stirling, Scotland, is a one-hour flight, or about seven hours by train from London. Clark students are encouraged to study at Stirling for the full academic year, if possible. With an enrollment of 7,000 undergraduates (14% international), Stirling maintains a strong reputation for its programs in psychology, film and media studies, social work and agricultural studies. Considered by many to be the most beautiful campus in Britain, the University occupies the magnificent Airthrey Estate, and features one of Britain’s best sports complexes. The city of Stirling itself is an important feature of the study abroad experience. Just a short train ride from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Stirling is an accessible, small city that plays a central role in Scottish history. It also makes an ideal base for excursions to the Scottish Highlands.

The University of Stirling operates on a semester system, each 15 weeks in duration, running from mid-September to December and from mid-February to June. Students usually take three courses per semester and may cross-register between departments. In most cases, courses consist of large lectures and small seminars or tutorials. The course grade is based on essays, tests, exercises, laboratory work and, typically, a final examination at the end of the semester. The University provides a wide range of academic offerings. Stirling places its emphasis on teaching. For this reason you may have more direct access to professors than at other British universities. It also means that classroom work is highly valued. Nevertheless, students should be prepared for small tutorials and seminars, and in general less academic guidance than is the case in the U.S.

Clark students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as possible as housing is allocated on a first come, first served basis. This may include off-campus sights which are just a short bus ride away from the main campus. Students typically live in well-equipped, single-study bedrooms with a shared kitchen, bathroom facilities and common room. Students are free to cook for themselves or to make use of the University dining areas, restaurants and pubs. For more information please view the Stirling Student Accommodation website.

Clark Credit:

Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. Students typically take three courses per semester. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Please note that it is not possible to take courses Pass/Fail, and overloads (i.e. “5th” courses) are not permitted. Students must take a total of 66 Stirling credits for the semester to receive the credit equivalent of a four-unit Clark semester. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a very few specialized subjects. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the University of Stirling's study abroad program eligiblity requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs:

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Stirling. There is a one- time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. You will be billed by the University of Stirling directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals). Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Stirling for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17

  • Housing - $2500 - $3600 (depending upon dormitory)
  • Meals - $1000
  • Visa Fees - $500 (only required for year-long study or for volunteer or employment option; not required, for one semester)
  • Personal Expenses - $1200
  • Transportation (based on East Coast departure) - $1100
  • Local Transportation - $200
  • Books and Supplies - $200
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Additional Resources:

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.