Akwaaba! At Stirling you will find a cosmopolitan environment where 15% of our student population come from outside of the UK. We welcome all students from the "Land of Sunshine" and on this page you will find more information specifically aimed at students from Ghana.
The University of Stirling will consider students from Ghana who gained all As and Bs in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) for direct entry into first year. However, generally applicants who have studied the West African High School Certificate (WAHSC) plus Foundation will be considered for our undergraduate courses.
Students who have taken a recognised foundation or access programme or equivalent will also be considered, as well as those students who have studied GCE A Levels. We assess each application on an individual basis, so if you have further questions please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team.
Our admissions team will normally look for a good first degree. If you have any concerns, we welcome your questions. Contact our Postgraduate Admissions team
For some Research programmes, work experience may be required.
If you have taken the West African Examinations Council and have passed the English course with a C grade or above, this will be considered in satisfaction of the English Language minimum entrance requirements of undergraduate and postgraduate level study.
If English is not your first language or if you have not earned a grade C or above in the WAEC, you’ll need to demonstrate a level of English language proficiency by obtaining a pass in certain recognised tests and examinations. In addition from April 2011 the UKBA (United Kingdom Borders Agency) has set out minimum English band levels for Tier 4 visa applicants wishing to study in the UK.
We accept a variety of common language qualifications – for example either the IELTS or TOEFL:
Undergraduate Courses/Selected Postgraduate Courses*:
A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skill)
Selected Postgraduate Courses
A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with at least 6 in each skill)
Selected Postgraduate Courses
A minimum score of 6.5 (with at least 6 in each skill)
Undergraduate Courses/Selected Postgraduate Courses *
Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21
Selected Postgraduate Courses
Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23
* Please note higher overall and band scores may be required depending on your programme of study, so always check your specific programme requirements.
We also accept a number of other SELT test equivalent scores.
Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate level students should view the English Language Qualifications , to review the current approved list.
Prospective postgraduate students should also check the specific levels required for their chosen programme by checking the postgraduate programme listings as appropriate.
Tuition fees vary according to degree programme and whether or not it is an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Students coming from Ghana are considered as "Overseas Students"
Please note: a higher rate applies to the following subject areas which are not class-room based: Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Biological Sciences, Computing Science, Environmental Sciences, Freshwater Science, Nursing and Midwifery and Psychology.
For a full list of Overseas Undergraduate fees please see the Undergraduate Tuition Fees page on our website.
Please note that the fees listed here are for degree seeking undergraduate students (those students wanting to graduate from the University of Stirling). If you are looking for Study Abroad fees, please check out the Study Abroad webpage after you've read the information on this page.
Tuition fees are payable for all postgraduate programmes. Fees are set each year for overseas students; the level of fees varies according to the programme choice. For full and up to date information on postgraduate fees, please visit the Postgraduate Tuition Fees page on our website.
It is important to be aware that postgraduate study is a huge financial commitment so it is crucial that you start to think about funding arrangements as soon as possible (ideally up to a year before your programme starts).
Funding is notoriously competitive so don't be surprised if you have to rely on more than one source of funding as this is becoming increasingly common. Please see the Funding/Scholarships section below for further information.
The three types of living costs you'll need to consider when coming to Stirling are:
One of the best reasons to come to the University of Stirling is the overall cost of living. Stirling boasts some of the lowest costs of living in Scotland and the UK. Living in Stirling is much cheaper than living in Glasgow, Edinburgh or London!
Living costs for full-time students include:
University can be costly, but here at the University of Stirling you can enjoy student life without the high costs of living in a big city. Remember, Glasgow and Edinburgh are just 30-45 minutes away!
UCAS offers a great way for students to budget the costs of living for university students with a Budget Calculator.
There is a range of awards, scholarships and bursaries for many postgraduate & undergraduate programmes. For more information on funding please check out the scholarship pages on our website.
For information about visa requirements please see our immigration information within the International section of our website.
These are hosted by the British Council and our agents in Ghana to help you prepare for your arrival in the UK. They are extremely useful and will give you plenty of help and advice to make your transition to the UK less stressful. They normally take place from June onwards and you should contact the British Council or the agents to book your place.
Airport pick-ups and travel information: You will find everything you need to know in our International Students web pages.
Undergraduate degree programmes in Scotland – and at Stirling – are typically four years (eight semesters in length). In first year you have the opportunity to take up to three subjects and maintain this breadth of study until the end of semester 3, when you start to specialise in your chosen area.
Scotland’s degree structure gives you the opportunity to try new subjects and even change the focus of your degree programme during the first two years. At Stirling, you have even greater flexibility as you are not restricted to a single department or faculty and can combine subjects from different areas, for example; Film & Media and Environmental Science, French and Psychology.
Taught full-time postgraduate master programmes are typically one full calendar year and at Stirling normally start in September. Research degrees typically take three or four years to complete.
Busy, confident and fun, Stirling is one of the most attractive places to live in the UK, capturing the historic and contemporary in a unique atmosphere.
The City of Stirling is just two miles from campus - less than 10 minutes by bus. 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 community feel – and make it easy for you to get around and settle in.
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.
The University of Stirling campus hosts a range of facilities for students. All facilities are a short walk from each other. Facilities include:
Accommodation is guaranteed to all our first year students. International students (non-EU) are guaranteed accommodation each year.
There is a range of postgraduate accommodation on offer, a short walk from the campus. The Residential Services Office is also able to help you find private accommodation in the area with regularly updated lists of available rental properties and landlords.
Are you currently an undergraduate student studying in Ghana? Are you looking to spend a year, semester or summer in Scotland? This information is for you! We offer two choices to study abroad at the University of Stirling:
Term time (2 options):
We admit around 175 visiting students each semester. About half come as part of a pre-organised exchange program organized through your home university and us.
Others apply through a Study Abroad provider and these are listed in the Programme Providers pages.
Exchange students are usually in their junior year (or third year) of studies, but can range from first year freshmen to super seniors. As an exchange student you can tailor your choice of classes (or modules as we call them) according to your own academic background and experience. We support students at all levels of undergraduate study.
We look forward to seeing you in bonny Scotland soon! Have a good look about the Study Abroad website, and if you have any further questions – please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, study abroad options are available for full degree students as an undergraduate at the University of Stirling. As a full degree seeking student, you will be able to apply to study abroad in your 3rd year here. More information about Erasmus and study abroad exchange programmes offered to full degree seeking students can be found here: Stirling Exchanges
You might be surprised to learn that Scotland is only seven-and-a-half hours by air from Accra.
Stirling is well connected to the UK road and rail networks, and is only 45 minutes from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
There are many routes available to both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports via Amsterdam, London and Dubai.KLM
An express bus service operates from the Airport to the Haymarket Train Station in Edinburgh, from which you can take the train or bus to Stirling. The train or bus takes approximately one hour. From Stirling station there is a bus which brings you into the University campus. The Citylink bus service from Edinburgh to Stirling brings you directly onto campus.
For information on Air Link www.flybybus.com
For more details visit the Glasgow Airport website. The train or bus takes approximately one hour. From Stirling station there is a bus which brings you into the University campus.
The University is represented in many countries throughout the world by companies which offer educational counselling services, help in completing application forms and advice on matters such as visa applications. For details of such companies based in Ghana please check our University Representatives webpages.
We are often in Ghana and would be delighted to speak to you in person. Please contact us for details of our next visit to Ghana.
A chance to have a face-to-face meeting with Dr Michael Walsh from the Stirling Management School and the Stirling MBA Admissions and Recruitment Manager in Accra, Ghana Thursday 24 March 2011, 17:00-21:00, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. For more information on attending the fair please see www.topmba.com/mba-tour/accra.