How much does the ISS cost?

See the ISS Cost web page.

What is included in the ISS cost?

Your ISS cost includes: your modules (classes); a single private bedroom with private en-suite bathroom facilities in on-campus shared apartments; Wi-Fi internet in your room; a comprehensive orientation and social programme; compulsory and optional field trips; National Health Service emergency healthcare; full on-campus sports centre membership; support and guidance from the ISS team; and airport pick-up and drop-off on designated days.

What is not included in the ISS cost?

Your travel to and from the designated pick up airports (Edinburgh or Glasgow) from your home country; most food; local travel; any additional personal excursions or incidental expenses.

What's in the social programme?

The ISS programme cost includes a full schedule of educational, athletic and casual opportunities to experience Stirling and Scotland. These range from golf lessons outside of Airthrey Castle on campus to attending day trips to nearby destinations such as the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the medieval town of St Andrews. Optional additional trips to Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye may also be offered.

How does credit transfer work?

All ISS participants will be sent two University of Stirling transcripts approximately 6-8 weeks following the end of Block 2 of the ISS. If you applied to the ISS through an agent these transcripts will be sent to your agent. If you applied directly they will be sent to your home address unless you requested otherwise. Transcripts also include a recommended grade translation sheet to help students to transfer their Stirling modules back to their home institutions. The final grade and credit transfer will be determined by your home University. 

Are there any scholarships for participation in the ISS?

The ISS endeavours to price the programme competitively and offer excellent value for money. We appreciate the difficult financial time many students find themselves in and hope that they will find the ISS a fairly priced opportunity to earn academic credits and at the same time experience everything Scotland has to offer.

We have compiled a brief list of possible funding options on a Funding page on the ISS web site.

Can I pay for my tuition or tuition and social programme activities only?

The ISS has been designed as an all-inclusive programme and as such it is not possible to take part in the ISS but not stay in the ISS accommodation on campus.

I have an English Language qualification but it is not IELTS or TOEFL - is it acceptable?

Yes, it may be acceptable if it is at an equivalent level. Have a look at the other English language qualifications we accept. If your qualification is not listed here please email with details of the qualification.

I have studied in English. Do I still need to take an IELTS or TOEFL test?

If you have studied in English at school or university for a number of years you may not need to take an IELTS or TOEFL test as long as the University of Stirling is confident that you will be able to understand university lectures, write essays and take examinations in English. If you have not studied in English you will be required to meet the English language qualification as outlined on the ISS Application Pack.

Where can I read more about the ISS modules and module coordinators?

To read about the modules offered at this year's ISS, please see the module descriptors. If you need more detail about any ISS modules please feel free to contact us on to request detailed course outlines (syllabi).

Is Stirling safe?

Absolutely. The University of Stirling is regularly described by many, including Police Scotland, the national police agency, as one of the safest campuses in the UK.

Where can I get further information about the ISS?

By reading the ISS Prospectus (coming late October) or by emailing your question to

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