Study Abroad: what can I study?

You can choose to study at the University of Stirling for either a semester or a full year as part of your undergraduate degree.

Flexibility is built into our curriculum. You can select three modules (courses) per semester from a variety of subject areas. For upper-level modules, you will need to demonstrate prior study in a subject in order to be granted a place. You can also register for your chosen modules prior to your arrival, ensuring you’re taking the modules that fit in with your academic degree at your home institution.

Upon completion of your modules, an official transcript of your grades will be sent to your home institution.

Subject area options

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Animal and Marine Biology
  • Biology and Cell Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Computing
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film and Media
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology / Sport and Exercise Science
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Maths
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport
  • Sport Psychology

Study Abroad Course Catalogue

Our Study Abroad Course Catalogue outlines all the modules you can choose to study in the Autumn and Spring semesters.

Module combinations

As a Study Abroad student, you’re not restricted to taking modules (courses) within your degree, and can choose from multiple academic areas. Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact prerequisites - you only need to make sure you’re selecting modules at the appropriate level of study.

Transition from study abroad to a full degree

Many Study Abroad students enjoy their time at Stirling so much that they choose to transfer here for their full degree. As long as you meet our entry requirements, this is a very straightforward process. Come and meet with one of our dedicated advisors during your semester to discuss your options.

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The amount of credits you will gain depends on your duration of studies. One semester is made up of three modules, which are worth 20 SCQF/ 10 ECTS credits each. If you stay for a full year, you will study six modules for a total of 120 SCQF/ 60 ECTS credits.


Teaching is carried out through lectures and smaller group seminars, with some subjects also incorporating practical lab sessions. Education in the UK has a stronger focus on independent study, with the number of dedicated hours varying between subjects. Our Student Learning Services are always on hand to offer guidance on making the most of your academic studies.