We have around 7,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 postgraduate students at present.
Stirling has welcomed international students onto the campus for many years. The University is proud of its international community and has anywhere between 12 to 15 percent of its student population from outside the UK each year. There are over 85 different nationalities represented on campus, creating a truly diverse international community which never fails to make a lasting impression on those who study here.
The University has accommodation for over 3,000 students on campus and in the city of Stirling itself. Almost all international students take advantage of the University accommodation service which provides various living options. All are on, or within walking distance of, the campus. Students who come to Stirling for more than one year often choose to move out of University accommodation into private houses or flats after their first year. A range of accommodation is available (including some en suite and family accommodation) and international students will normally be housed with both UK and overseas students.
You will need to consider both tuition fees and the cost of living if you are thinking of studying overseas. At Stirling we estimate the cost of living for one year to be £5,500 to £6,000, depending on your lifestyle. Find out more financial information.
Many students find that settling in at Stirling is eased by joining the international clubs and societies, which can provide a supportive network of friends from similar backgrounds. The International Student Society (open to both international and British students) provides the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. The society organises a number of events including tours of Scotland, food tasting evenings and ceilidhs. International students are also welcome to join any of the numerous sports clubs and societies on offer, which range from sub-aqua to mountaineering and from drama to the student newspaper. You will also find that most students live on campus, so you'll be surrounded by other people within the ready-made community of halls of residence, flats, or similar. Our teaching methods too are structured around interaction and involvement - you should be able to make friends very quickly.
Undergraduate semester dates can be found on our undergraduate web pages. Postgraduate semesters vary by department. You will receive more information after you are accepted to the University.
For students arriving at the start of semester, we offer aa airport collection service, from both Edinburgh and Glasgow International Airports.
You will receive your University email account within your first few days at Stirling. This will enable you to contact friends and family at home. In addition, "pay as you go" mobile phones can be purchased reasonably cheaply to enable you to contact people.
Undergraduate students who wish to study for a full degree programme should apply through the UCAS system, the admissions system for all UK universities. A wide range of qualifications are considered for entry. Further details on how to apply.
February entry to many of our undergraduate degree programmes is also available for students who feel this would better suit their needs.
Prospective postgraduate students should apply through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Your application can be made online or on a postgraduate application form. Further details on how to apply for postgraduate study.
The deadline for undergraduate UCAS applications is 30 June of the year in which you wish to start study, although applications can be made from 1st September for the following September. There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications, although you should try to apply before the end of June to allow time to apply for visas and make your travel arrangements. More information on how to apply for postgraduate study.
Before you arrive at Stirling you will be sent a copy of the University's International Student Handbook to advise on practical issues regarding arriving and living in Scotland. To assist your arrival at the University, an airport collection service is provided to all international students arriving at Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports the weekend before semester begins.
Once at the University, Departmental Advising Teams or Course Directors are available to offer support on any academic or personal issues while you study at Stirling. You can also seek advice from Student Development and Support Services, which provides a confidential service for all students and can offer help and advice to international students on a wide range of issues. The Students' Union, also runs a Welfare Service.
Stirling is located in the heart of central Scotland, in the UK. The city is 27 miles/43km from Glasgow and 37 miles/59km from Edinburgh, both of which have international airports within easy reach of the University. That's less than one hour of travel from either airport to the campus. More information on getting to the University can be found here.
The University is situated approximately 2 miles/3km from the centre of the city of Stirling which has a population of 40,000 people. Stirling was the ancient capital of Scotland and is also home to many historic sites and monuments. Today Stirling is a modern tourism, administrative and manufacturing centre, with the shopping, amenities and recreational facilities you would expect to find in a modern city. Find out more about Stirling.
The Scottish weather is varied, but the climate is usually temperate and there are very few extremes. It is rare for it to snow in Stirling and the temperature year round is approximately only 2°C lower than in England:
If you are coming to the UK to study for a course or courses lasting longer than six months, you must apply for your entry clearance before leaving the country you are living in. You can get information from: www.ukvisas.gov.uk If you have specific questions, please get in touch with our International Student Adviser by email at email@example.com.
If your native language is not English, you must be able to show evidence of a suitable level of skill with an English Language test result. WE can help in a number of ways:
A Foundation year is available for International students who do not meet the University entrance requirements. The course runs from September to June and aims to develop the language and academic skills necessary for academic study. See www.studygroup.com/isc/stirling General English language courses and IELTS Preparation courses are also available throughout the year. For information on how to apply for these courses please refer to www.celt.stir.ac.uk.
For further information on studying in Scotland contact your local British Council office.
International students (not EEA or Swiss nationals), studying for longer that six months are usually given immigration conditions which allow them to work for up to 20 hours per week. Information at: www.ukcisa.org.uk The Job Shop within the Career Development Centre at the University has details about part-time vacancies, both on campus and in Stirling.
Please refer to the Guidance Note Driving in Great Britain: a guide for international students from UKCOSA for more information.
The following websites may be of interest to you as sources of additional information.
Information on British Higher Education
Information on Scottish Higher Education
Information on the British Council
Information on the City of Stirling
Tourist information on Scotland
Tourist information on Stirling and local area
Information on the Council for International Student Affairs
Convert your currency into pounds sterling (£)
Information on working in the UK
Online guide to Britain/UK
British Council USA E-zine
Search for scholarships