Every university in the UK has a students' union. The Students' Union at Stirling is an organisation run by students for students and provides a social space for students to meet, social activities, entertainment and welfare advice as well as funding and supporting many student clubs and societies. Each year a Council is elected by students to represent them and to run the Union's activities. All students are automatically a member of the Union and can participate in activities, vote in Union elections and use the facilities in the Union. The Union is an important part of life on campus for most students.
You can join some of the many Union-funded clubs and societies. Students form clubs and societies based on a common interest – for example, Drama, Photography or Mountaineering. There may be a small charge to join each club. These clubs and societies are a great way to try out new activities and meet other students.
During the first week of the Autumn semester ("Fresher's Week") the Union organises many activities for new students and the Clubs and Societies Fayre is an opportunity to find out more.
The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. This means that we are home to some of the finest sports facilities in the UK which are complemented with a wide variety of sports clubs which cater for all abilities. The Sports Union is here to assist you in finding a sports club to suit you. We have everything from American Football to Water Polo.
For those not interested in joining a sports team, a Sports facilities membership costs only £75.90 per year (£37.95 per semester) and gives you access to the gym and other facilities.
An International Students Officer is elected each year to be the voice of International Students. If you have any questions or concerns during your stay at University, or if you are interested in running for this post, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Union co-operates with the University’s STEER project to provide social activities for new students and their mentors. You will find more information on the Union web site: www.stirlingstudentsunion.com
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As a student at Stirling, you will soon discover that the University offers you an excellent opportunity to meet not only Scottish and other British people, but students from all over the world.
The Union International Society regularly organises exciting night outs, which will show you the fun of being a student in Stirling. One of the International Society's most popular events is the Ceilidh (Scottish dancing party) and they will have one every semester. There are many other events to explore Scottish culture and the international spirit you can find at Stirling, including whisky tastings and samba classes. The members of the International Society represent over 80 nationalities, so it is an excellent environment to make friends and build networks.
Further information about the Society can be obtained from the Students' Union at: www.stirlingstudentsunion.com/international/
For a number of years, people from different churches in the Stirling area have occasionally invited international students to their homes. They have given them a meal, helping them to learn more about British culture and to overcome any feelings of homesickness.
They have given them a meal, helping them to learn more about British culture and to overcome any feelings of homesickness. They themselves have also benefited greatly by learning about the cultures and lives of their guests and enjoying their friendship.
A group of local Christians called ‘International Friends in Stirling’ arrange this and other activities. This includes a regular weekly Global Café in the chaplaincy every Thursday from 4pm–6pm during term time. If you are interested in knowing more you can visit the University Chaplaincy to speak to Hamish who is one of the Chaplaincy team or to pick up an application form.
More information is available on the web site www.ifstirling.org
In Stirling and Bridge of Allan students are welcome to join with local faith communities in their regular worship and other activities. Full contact details are available in the University Chaplaincy, located in the Andrew Miller Building. Contact information for Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish students is also available in the Chaplaincy.
After you enrol at the University, each time you log in to the University Portal, you will see on the left side of the page 'WebCT', click on this and go to 'International Student Information'. This site will give you a wealth of useful and interesting information about living and studying in Scotland. The site also has a 'student chat room' and discussion board. Events and activities are posted on the 'announcements' section.