International students - East Asia

Welcome to the University of Stirling in the heart of Scotland, UK. Here you will find lots of useful information for students from East Asia including entry and English language requirements, scholarships and funding information, and where you can meet our representatives in-country.

If you are from China please go to the information page for your country.

Entry and English language requirements

Select your country below to find details of the international and English language qualifications we accept for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Please also check the specific grades and essential subjects required for your chosen course by checking our individual course pages.

If your country is not listed or you have specific questions about your qualifications then please email our International recruitment team at international@stir.ac.uk.

China

Undergraduate

Direct entry to Year 1

  • 3 Year Chinese Senior Secondary (Senior High) School Graduation Certificate with 70% overall
  • 2 year Chinese Huikao exam result 75% overall (Provinces without Huikao exams, students can apply with 75% overall from 6 modules)

Chinese Gaokao with a score of:

420 of 750 Majority of China
370 of 660 Shanghai
504 of 900 Hainan

Other qualifications:

Foundation qualification from pathway providers or universities will be considered for year 1 entry.

Find out more about our pathway options.

Direct entry to Year 2

Chinese Gaokao with a score of:

495 of 750 Majority of China
435 of 660 Shanghai
594 of 900 Hainan

Foundation qualification from pathway providers or universities will be considered for year 2 entry.

Postgraduate

  • Graduating with a minimum of 65% in a four year Bachelor’s degree from a 211 or 985 university.
  • Graduating with a minimum of 70% in a four year Bachelor’s degree from other universities.

English language requirements

Submission of IELTS and other recognised English language tests may be waived on a case by case basis, if the medium of instruction at previous study was in English and within the last five years. We require an official letter from your university or college. Please note that this waiver does not apply for courses that require higher than an IELTS 6.0.

For further advice please email international@stir.ac.uk.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please visit our China microsite.

Hong Kong (SAR)

Undergraduate

Holders of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A - Levels obtained locally, will be considered for direct admission to Undergraduate Degree courses for both Year 1 and Year 2 entry. Details of the required subjects and grades for each degree can be found on course webpages.

Completed Hong Kong Higher Diplomas and Hong Kong Associate Degrees with a GPA of 2.9-3.3 will also be acceptable for Year 2 entry. Contact our Admissions team for course specific entry requirements from these programmes.

Direct Entry to Undergraduate courses from HKDSE

Year 1 Entry
A-Level BBB-BBC equivalent courses
3-3-3 in three subjects

Year 2 Entry
Year 1 ABB equivalent courses (Law for example)
4-3-3 in three subjects

  • Where specific A-Levels are required for any course, an elective in that subject will be required from HKDSE category A electives.
  • We do not accept Integrated / Combined Science electives for degrees that require a full A-level subject in that area (Biology for example).

Where A-level Maths is required for any course, you will need to take Extended Mathematics. We accept both M1: Calculus and Statistics and M2: Algebra and Calculus.

Postgraduate

We welcome applications from applicants holding a minimum grade of a 2.2 equivalent (2.3 GPA, C+) in a four year Bachelor’s degree (Honours).

English language requirements

We also accept HKDSE English in place of IELTS, below are the required grades.

IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
HKDSE: Overall 3 with a minimum 3 in each skill

IELTS: 7.0 with 6.5 in each skill
HKDSE: Overall 4 with a minimum 4 in each skill

Please also check the specific grades required for your chosen course by checking our individual course pages.

Submission of IELTS and other recognised English language tests may be waived on a case by case basis, if the medium of instruction at previous study was in English and within the last five years. We require an official letter from your university or college. Please note that this waiver does not apply for courses that require higher than an IELTS 6.0.

For further advice please email international@stir.ac.uk.

Japan

Undergraduate

Direct Entry to 1st Year:

We require school leavers with a kōtōgakkō Sotsugyoshomeisho to complete a Foundation Year for entry to the University. Find out more about our Foundation and pathway options. 

We also welcome applications from students who have completed one year of university study in Japan.

Postgraduate

Minimum of 65% or Grade B in a Bachelor's degree (Honours).

English language requirements

Submission of IELTS and other recognised English language tests may be waived on a case by case basis, if the medium of instruction at previous study was in English and within the last five years. We require an official letter from your university or college. Please note that this waiver does not apply for courses that require higher than an IELTS 6.0.

For further advice please email international@stir.ac.uk.

Korea South

Undergraduate

The University welcomes applications from students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above in the Korean High School Diploma.

Postgraduate

The University welcomes applications from students who have achieved a minimum of an 3.0 GPA or 80% in 4 year Bachelor degree.

Macau

Undergraduate

Successful completion of Form 6 with average grade of 75%

Postgraduate

Minimum GPA of 2.7 in bachelor's degree or Licenciatura

For more details please contact Admissions and Access at postgraduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk or on +44 (0) 1786 466655.

Taiwan

Undergraduate

Direct Entry to 1st Year: Successful completion of Senior High School Diploma with a minimum 75% overall.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements must complete a Foundation programme for entry to the University. Find out more about our pathway options.

Postgraduate

Graduating with a minimum of 65% in a four year Bachelor's degree.

English language requirements

Submission of IELTS and other recognised English language tests may be waived on a case by case basis, if the medium of instruction at previous study was in English and within the last five years. We require an official letter from your university or college. Please note that this waiver does not apply for courses that require higher than an IELTS 6.0.

For further advice please email international@stir.ac.uk.

Scholarships

We have several excellent scholarship opportunities that are available to students from East Asia.

Undergraduate

See more undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduate

See more postgraduate scholarships

Get in touch

University representative

Get in touch with our international recruitment team for any questions you have about studying at Stirling:

Ella Zhang
East Asia Manager
ella.zhang@stir.ac.uk

Students from Hong Kong should contact:

Charlotte Richardson
International Recruitment Manager (Hong Kong)
charlotte.richardson@stir.ac.uk
WeChat: Charlotte_STIRLING

Agents

We have a network of agents and representatives in South East Asia. You can can contact any of our agents and apply to study with us through them.  Some agents may charge for provision of services so please check this directly with the agent.

China

Hong Kong

Japan

Taiwan

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Meet us in your country/region

The University of Stirling regularly travels to East Asia attending recruitment events, and visiting schools and colleges. Forthcoming trips are listed below. If there are no trips scheduled to take place, please contact us for more information.

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