What is an Exchange Program?
An exchange program is a direct agreement between the University of Illinois and a foreign university. Exchange programs offer you the best of all worlds: an affordable way to spend a semester or an academic year abroad, and the chance to continue taking courses that can fulfill graduation requirements. As a participant in an exchange program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at your host university. You will take classes with local students, live in student housing, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university. These programs are designed to immerse you in the student life and academic system of another country.
Where you will study
From the shores of the loch to an 18th-century castle, from the Ochil Hills and to the towering Wallace Monument, the University of Stirling is a feast for the eyes. The University of Stirling employs teaching staff who are consistently amongs the best in their fields and are dedicated to the success of their students. Stirling is also recognised as one of the UK's safest campuses.
The University of Stirling is a modern campus with buildings surrounding a lake. The site of the campus is in beautiful wooded hills with manicured gardens and a view of the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. In total, the campus takes up 330 acres of parkland. Here are Ten Good Reasons to Come to Stirling.
With more than 300 subject combinations available as Bachelor degrees, 70 taught postgraduate programmes as well as research opportunities across 19 departments, the proven excellence, dynamism, and passion at the University of Stirling make it the perfect location for your studies. The university is committed to achieving the highest international standards and to shaping students to become leaders in their fields like the many Stirling alumni in the UK and around the world.
Stirling offers around 70 clubs and societies for it students. Indoor sports facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, fitness room, squash courts, a weight room, and a sports hall. Outdoor facilities include four grass fields, an athletic track, four artificial fields for soccer and tennis, and a boathouse on the campus lake for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
The Student Union is at the Robins Centre and houses four bars for its students. The MacRobert building is the main venue on campus for virtually every type of artistic event, from fine art displays to live music. Though Stirling is a small city, there is a fine selection of pubs and clubs for students to enjoy the nightlife.
To learn more about student life in Stirling, click here.
Studying at the University of Stirling offers full immersion into courses with local students. The class sizes will vary with courses taught mixing lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs and fieldwork. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.
All classes (called “modules” in the UK) in this program will be taught in English.
Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.
For a full listing of courses offered, please click here.
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
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International Summer School
The International Summer School program run by the University of Stirling and presents a unique opportunity to sample student life at the University, whilst gaining credits towards your degree at your home institution. Courses have been tailored especially for the ISS to help you get the most out of your studies in Scotland. A key component of your ISS course modules will be the class field trips that complement classroom learning. For instance, a visit to one of Scotland's main sporting venues helps contextualize your studies in Sports Management and your Jacobite history course module comes alive with a trip to Glencoe and Eilean Donan Castle.
Classes are structured in two, four week blocks - you can either chose to study for four weeks or eight weeks. Students who enroll in both blocks will be able to participate in an internship in Block 2 (obtaining a Tier 4 visa will be required for students who want an internship). Each module is made up of a taught and field trip component, giving the opportunity to learn from University teaching both in and out of the classroom. Each module is assessed by a combination of exams, essays, presentations, participation and fieldwork. Each course module you successfully complete will earn you 3 US semester credits. For the 2013 International Summer School you have the following course module options.
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International Student Office
The University of Stirling has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of Stirling’s international student office by clicking here.
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Accommodation is largely provided in four self-catered halls where students have their own single room with a washbasin. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared between 12-16 students. There are also common rooms, game rooms, and a TV room. Halls are within a five-minute walk of most campus buildings. There are also six self-catered complexes available for students - two of which are off campus.
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- Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Application which includes:
- 1 letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
- Personal essay questions
- Official transcript
- Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.
Step 2.) The Host University Application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
- If you are nominated by the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to Stirling. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.