Student standing in front of the Scottish Parliament


We have a long history of welcoming students from the USA, and a proven track record of supporting them to achieve their academic and professional career goals. Empowered by the University of Stirling experience, our American graduates have become global citizens, successfully forging careers in a variety of fields around the world.



International students are at the heart of what we do at the University of Stirling. We're proud to educate students from over 120 nationalities on our beautiful campus.

We deliver high quality courses that produce intellectually-able graduates, who are highly sought after by employers throughout the world.

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How to get here

You can fly to either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports from a wide range of international and domestic airports.

Glasgow International Airport is about 1 hour away, and Edinburgh Airport approximately 45 minutes from our University campus, travelling by car or taxi. By bus it's 60 minutes from Edinburgh Airport to Stirling, and 1 hour and 20-50 minutes to Glasgow Airport.

Entry requirements


The University of Stirling welcomes applications on the Common Application as well as UK UCAS application and our Direct Application form available on our website.

We recognise that many standardised tests within the USA have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Under the current circumstances and to support our applicants from the USA, we will be test-optional for entry to the 2021/2022 academic year until further notice. If you have been unable to book or complete any standardised tests, we will undertake a comprehensive review and selection process to evaluate applications. This will include reviewing your high school transcript, personal statement and reference letter. The University of Stirling still welcomes applications with any test scores you have already received as well as an indication of any tests you still intend to complete. In some circumstances we may ask you to provide further information to assist us in the admissions process.

Once you have submitted your application, please let the International Recruitment Manager (Americas) or the admissions team know if you are unable to take a standardised test or if you have any questions about our entry requirements.

American High School Diploma:

We normally require US applicants to hold a combination of the following qualifications for entry; as a minimum, applicants must hold an accredited high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale, minimum B average), and one letter of reference. If submitting test scores, we ask for any of the following:

  • ACT composite score of 26 or above (with no individual section below 24)
  • SAT - Post March 2016: Score 1200
  • Two AP tests at grade 3 or above (taken in junior or senior year of high school)
  • Two SAT II subject tests with 550-600 in each

School Codes:

College Board/SAT/AP: 9003

ACT: 5513

International Baccalaureate
We welcome applications from students studying towards the full International Baccalaureate diploma. Normally, applicants are required to obtain an overall score of between 26 - 34 points, depending on the course they're applying to. Certain subjects may be stipulated dependent on the course being applied to.


We welcome applications from students holding a relevant Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.7 for entry to most of our Masters level courses.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency. We accept a variety of tests, details of the minimum grades we require can be found on our English Language Requirements page.

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

Need help improving your English?
There's a number of options available to you, ranging from a course for those who need only a little help, up to a longer-term programme.

Funding opportunities


We have several excellent scholarship opportunities that are available to students from USA:


See more undergraduate scholarships


See more postgraduate scholarships

Tuition Fees

For details of tuition fees, please visit our International Tuition Fees page.

Meet us in USA

Upcoming visits

The University of Stirling regularly travels to USA 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. Email Jason Via.


We work with the following approved representatives in the USA who can help you apply and enrol on your chosen course:

Your contacts

Jason Via
International Recruitment Manager (Americas)

International and Student Recruitment

+44 (0)1786 467046


Undergraduate Enquiries:
+44 (0)1786 467044

Postgraduate Enquiries:
+44 (0)1786 466655

What our students said

Camy Rosen
Camy Rosen
BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
It feels like yesterday arriving on campus, and despite hearing about the bad weather in Scotland it was a beautiful sunny day. It looked amazing! Being a campus University it’s a lot like colleges at home; it was so easy to find my footing and know where everybody is.
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Join one of our webinars or live chats for International students to find out more about studying at the University of Stirling.

Our full range of webinars and live chats cover a range of topics, including:

  • The application process
  • Living in Stirling
  • Funding and scholarships
  • Course and module overviews
  • Course-relevant career opportunities
  • Student life on campus

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