Stirling, Scotland

Program Dates: June 13 - July 11, 2015

Sign-up deadline March 6, 2015

Final Payment deadline April 6, 2015

Beautiful Stirling, Scotland, combines the charm of a historic destination with the buzz of a contemporary city. There’s truly something for everyone, much of it aimed directly at students.  Nestling where the Scottish highlands and lowlands meet, it’s no surprise that Stirling is known as ‘the heart of Scotland.'

On your doorstep is the peace and tranquility of unspoiled mountains, lochs and shores – perfect for outdoor activities such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing. Meanwhile, as the geographical heart of Scotland, Stirling has superb links to the rest of the country and beyond.  Scotland's two great cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, are less than 45 minutes away by speedy train commute. And students wishing to fly can choose from either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, both of which offer direct flights to a wide range of domestic and international destinations.

You’ll soon learn that Stirling is linked to two of Scotland’s historic heroes: William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Along with a dramatic medieval castle, these give Stirling a unique historical and cultural presence. And Stirling’s history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. The city lights up at night, and many locations gear themselves towards students, with themed nights and DJs. Traditional locations provide quieter alternatives, with open fires and folk music, a vibrant mix of old and new, with outdoor gardens for long summer evenings.  Culturally, Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, having hosted acts such as Bob Dylan, REM and Jamiroquai.

The city is a major tourist destination, something reflected in the wide choice of cuisine at the numerous restaurants, bistros and cafés. There’s everything from pub grub to fine dining, with Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican all well represented. And you can pop into nearby Bridge of Allan for delis, bakeries and a classic fish ’n’ chip shop.

Comprehensive fee of $3900 includes:

  • tuition
  • 6 semester hours of academic credit
  • on-campus housing in single-study bedrooms with internet hookup
  • a comprehensive orientation
  • field trips and excursions
  • social activities
  • airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Sports Centre membership
  • NHS free medical/emergency access. 

NOTE: Additional costs for which participants are responsible include airfare, food, the occasional textbook and incidental expenses such as entertainment and shopping.

Classes available:

The Stirling 4-week program provides 6 total credit hours.  For the Summer 2014 program, students will choose two Stirling courses from the following:

  • Brief Encounters: An Introduction to Writing Short Stories
  • Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective
  • Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism
  • Marketing and Branding Scotland
  • The Psychology of Art with a Tartan Twist
  • Psychology of Evil
  • Photographing the Urban
  • Religion and Conflict
  • Scottish History: The Covenanters
  • Scotland on the Screen
  • Scotland the What?  Contemporary Scottish Literature & Identity

Classroom time is an intense 3 days per week with an additional 4th day providing site visits and field trips related to your academic study. A 3-day weekend each week allows for independent exploration of all that Scotland has to offer.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for participation in this program.

For more details please check out the web site of this summer program:

For additional program information and sign-up contact Marian Phelps, International Programs Office, 325 GCC (309) 677-2400 or