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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 12/16/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/13/2020 05/29/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program within 1 week of submitting complete application and will be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Housing: apartment, residence hall/dormitory Class: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, transient student
Experiential Learning Offered: None
Program Description:


The University of Stirling was the first genuinely new University in Scotland for over 400 years when it was founded by Royal Charter in 1967. It retains its pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellenc in all it does.

The University itself stands on an estate with a rich and varied history. At the centre of the Stirling campus is the historic building of Airthrey Castle. Still in active use today as the home of the University's School of Law, the 18th-century castle, extended and remodelled in late Victorian times, has a fascinating history.

Located just two miles from the centre of Stirling, it is set in the shadow of the Ochil Hills. The magnificent 330-acre campus encompasses a loch, a golf course and the 18th-century Airthrey Castle.

Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport.

(Adapted from the University of Stirling)


The geographical heart of a nation that blends the historic and modern, Stirling is one of Scotland's most attractive places to live. The population’s around 41,000 – the student population is a visible part of that. This makes Stirling big enough to offer a full ‘city experience’: shopping, café culture, performing arts and nightlife. Yet it’s still compact enough to retain a warm, friendly community feel – and make it easy for you to get around and settle in.

Stirling city centre is just two miles from the campus — less than 10 minutes by bus. A central train and bus station offer frequent services to all points UK-wide.

Stirling combines the charm of an historic destination with the buzz of a contemporary city. There’s truly something for everyone, much of it aimed directly at students.‌ 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 it a magical aura.

Stirling’s history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. Closer to campus, Bridge of Allan’s pubs are a vibrant mix of old and new, with beer gardens for long summer evenings. Culturally, Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, having hosted acts such as Travis, James Blunt and Lulu. The Tolbooth building is another busy focus for performing arts and other events. The city’s 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 Scottish, American, Greek, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, French and Mexican all well represented. And you can pop into nearby Bridge of Allan for delis, bakeries and a classic fish ’n’ chip shop.

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 tranquillity of unspoiled mountains, lochs and shores – perfect for outdoor activities such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing. And, as the geographical heart of Scotland, Stirling naturally has superb links to the rest of the country and beyond. In particular, both Edinburgh and Glasgow are only 45 minutes away by road or rail. 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.
(Adapted from the University of Stirling)


While attending the University of Stirling, you will enroll in 3 classes, each worth 5 U.S. semester hour credits. Some classes may be more or less credits. To determine the number of U.S. semester hour credits for a class, you may use the following conversion: 2 ETCS is equivalent to 1 U.S. semester hour credit. Each class that you will take at the University of Stirling must be approved by UAB via the course articulation process.
Course articulation is the process that determines the UAB equivalent for the foreign courses you will take. Course articulation is a vital component of planning your experience. This process starts when you submit, to the Office of Education Abroad, a syllabus for each course you intend to take while abroad. Then the Office of Education Abroad works with the UAB Registrar, UAB department chairs, and advisors to determine the UAB course equivalency for each of your intended courses. 
Many classes at the University of Stirling have already been articulated. To review the list of pre-articulated classes, please click on the Courses Offered link above. To review all classes available at the University of Stirling, please click here.

Courses are available in Accounting, Biology, Business, Cell Biology, Communication Management, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Digital Community Studies, Early Childhood Education, Earth Science, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Finance, Foreign Languages, French, Geography, Health and Physical Education, High School Education, History, Humanities, Information Systems, International Business, International Studies, Justice Sciences, Kinesiology, Management, Marine Environmental Science, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Middle School Education, Natural Sciences/Math, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Science, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Spanish.


the University of Stirling prioritizes accommodation for all incoming Study Abroad students who apply by the advertised deadline dates. Accommodation will be in either University owned or managed housing which is located both on and off campus. Off-campus accommodation is nearby in Stirling city centre, with easy access to University bus routes.

Accommodation available will be: Alexander Court (Standard Flats), Willow Court Flats, Union Street, Stirling.

Alexander Court Standard Flats: Located on the North East side of the University campus, the site offers four blocks of 5, 6 or 7 bedroom flats. Each flat shares 2 bathrooms and a kitchen/dining/living room. Kitchens are equipped with cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle. Most bedrooms contain a wash-hand basin.

Willow Court: Located in the heart of the campus and completed in September 2013, Willow Court is one of the newest properties and offers 120 bedspaces over 4 levels, with the ground floor having a café and laundry. Each flat shares a kitchen/living room equipped with cookers, fridges, freezers, microwave, toaster and kettle.  The communal living room is provided with a TV (and license).  Every bedroom has a ¾ size bed and an ensuite shower room.

Union Street Development: Located off campus in Stirling City Centre, the development offers accommodation at: Union Street, Bayne Street and, Lower Bridge Street. The property offers  4 or 6 person flats over 4 levels.  Each flat consists of a shared kitchen/living area equipped with cookers, fridges, freezers, microwaves and kettles.  Shared shower / WC facilities. Limited parking is available within the development and Union Street is located on the main bus route from Stirling city centre to the University campus.

All accommodation at the University of Stirling is self-catered with kitchen facilities for students, and there are a number of catering outlets on campus including a small food shop..


Education Abroad Insurance $50
Study Abroad Admin Fee - paid to the Office of Education Abroad $125
Rent - paid to host campus abroad residence hall of your choice*
Food expenses - to take with you abroad* $1,000
Books and Supplies - paid to host campus abroad* $150
Health Insurance  - paid to host campus abroad* $220
Airfare - paid to the airline of your choice* $1,2000
Student Visa - paid to the U.K. Consulate* $100
Personal Expenses - to take with you abroad* $2,500
Total: $9,535
(plus UAB Tuition and Fees)
*These costs are estimates and are subject to change. Estimated amounts will vary and depend on individual spending preferences.

In comparison, you 're going to spend about  $9,275.00 plus UAB Tuition and Fees to attend UAB next semester.


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Emily M Jennings, Fall 2016 Participant
Studying at the University of Stirling was an amazing experience. Everyone was super nice and friendly, and the town of Stirling is so quaint but so full of history! And beauty! Stirling is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been (the university even has its own lake and castle!), but really that's all of Scotland. Scotland is just gorgeous, as I found out from traveling around on weekends. But I did not travel around every weekend. Instead I became involved in Fencing Club, one of the many clubs the university offers. It's really easy to get involved in clubs and organizations at the University of Stirling, as everyone is super friendly and no one judges you for what you can and cannot do; they're just happy you came to practice and want to learn and have fun! I had never fenced before when I joined Fencing Club, and by the end of the semester, I had competed in three tournaments across Scotland. That just goes to show that it does not matter what your level of ability is, everyone is welcome, and that goes for all of the University of Stirling clubs and organizations (in which there is no shortage of opportunities). Another great thing about studying at the University of Stirling was the faculty. All of the professors and instructors are very kind and helpful and keep the lectures interesting. It's easy to learn at Stirling! Overall, studying abroad at the University of Stirling is an experience I would highly recommend to all UAB students. It's easy to make friends in Scotland, and there are tons of fun, adventurous, and interesting things to do in, such as hiking, seeing castles, or just hanging out with friends at the pub. This combined with the welcoming, supportive, and scholarly environment at the University of Stirling makes for an excellent study abroad experience.