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 programme of study

Read any information that you have received about your programme of study, and, if possible, buy or borrow some of the books on the recommended reading list.

Check out the induction information for your programme 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

Join the British Council's free online course Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK. The course will help you to be prepared for university study in the UK by familiarising yourself with UK culture and higher education.

You'll also be able to find study help on the Prepare for Success and UK Council for International Student Affairs websites.

The University’s Student Learning Services provides advice and support about study skills at Stirling. For assistance, see our Student Learning Services page. Our STEER project also provides new students with a student mentor. Find out more about the STEER project.

3. Read more from other students at the University of Stirling

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

4. 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.