Preparing to study in the UK

Studying in the UK may be very different to studying in your home country. Even students from countries whose education system is similar to the UK will find that there are differences.

There are some steps you can take before you arrive in the UK to help with your studies:

1. Get to know your course of study

Read any information that you have received about your course, and, if possible, read about the subject using the recommended introductory reading your course director may share with you before the course starts.

Check out the induction information for your course and make sure you arrive in time to take part in these events and the Welcome Week events. These will help you to get orientated and prepared to begin your study at Stirling.

2. Learn more about studying in the UK and at Stirling

Take part in the free online workshops the University runs to help you understand the expectations of studying at Stirling.

You will learn how to navigate the campus, the virtual learning environment  (Canvas) and we will introduce you to essential skills such as academic writing, reading, note taking, listening and contributing in class, plus much more! You will also leave with a good understanding of what is expected of you and how to work through your course materials. This is also your chance to hear from past students about their experiences of studying at Stirling and get some top tips. Find out more details and sign up.

There is also a wide range of free online workshops available before you arrive and throughout semester to help you develop your academic and digital skills.

3. Have a mentor by your side as you start your studies

Our STEER project provides new students with a student mentor. Find out more about the STEER project.

4. Hear from other students at the University of Stirling

Check out our student stories to learn more about what real students have to say about their Stirling experience.

5. Want to improve your English before you start your course?

You may be able to take a pre-sessional English course on campus before your course starts.

See more about our Pre-sessional English language courses.