UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
Stirling (population 35,000), located in central Scotland, is an attractive, ancient town that has played a pivotal role in Scotland's history. The city combines unique historical treasures with modern shopping and leisure facilities, thereby catering to all tastes. It borders on the Forth Valley to the south-east, and the Ochill Hills and Lowland Scotland. Stirling offers unrivalled access to the Highlands of Scotland, as well as to Glasgow and Edinburgh, both of which are approximately 45 minutes travel from Stirling.
Academic Program Highlights
With 12% of its students coming from overseas and more than seventy nations represented on its campus, the University of Stirling is a truly international institution. It consistently receives high ratings for teaching and research and has over thirty years experience of study abroad. According to the 2001 Sunday Times University Guide, "the University [of Stirling] has consistently been among the very best universities in Scotland." The academic calendar is based on the U.S. semester schedule. CCIS students enroll in three courses for 15 college credits. Main areas of study include Accountancy, Biological Sciences, Business and Management, Computer Science, Economics, English Studies, Environmental Science, Film and Media Studies, History and Scottish History, Marketing, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Sports Studies. The program is open to students who have completed a minimum of 15 U.S. college credits and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Students can pick from a variety of university accommodations, including on campus residence halls or chalets, or rooms in flats on or off campus, all of which are without board. There are approximately 2,300 residential places on campus and the centrally situated facilities encourage a strong community feel. Students have much to occupy their time outside of the classroom. Student life takes many different shapes through student clubs, outstanding sport facilities, on campus stores, bars, cafes, and other social facilities. Modern computer labs with email/internet access are available to students at all times. The study abroad office also offers international students a number of excursions every semester.