Scotland: Stirling Summer

Program Overview

University of Stirling: Ranked 1st in the International Student Satisfaction Survey (International Student Barometer 2012. 
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) program at the University of Stirling provides a high quality academic overseas experience at a cost much lower than other program providers in Scotland.

Stirling City, is a beautiful and historic city that once was the ancient seat of the Scottish crown. Dominated by the famous Stirling Castle, the city boasts an attractive blend of modern shopping and leisure facilities and historic architecture. With convenient access to Scotland’s railway and bus systems, Glasgow and Edinburgh are within easy travel distance, as are Scotland’s major cities and the Scottish Highlands. 

The beautifully landscaped 310-acre campus is designed around a central loch (lake) and has been described by the Guardian as “some of the most beautiful campus scenery in the world.”  Students enjoy some of Scotland’s best sporting facilities, an on-campus-shopping precinct and cinema complex that complement a world class academic experience. It is no wonder that Stirling is listed among the World's top 350 Universities - Times Higher Education University Ranking 2014-15. Come study abroad in Scotland; study at the University of Stirling.


Academic Profile & Summer Course Offerings

University of Stirling in Stirling

The University of Stirling was opened in 1967 on a brand new campus built on the estate of the 18th century Airthrey Castle. Currently approximately 11,500 students are enrolled with 19% from overseas. The 2006 Times Higher Education Supplement ranked the University of Stirling in the top 10 in UK for the best student experience, while the 2007 and 2008 International Student Barometer voted Stirling 1st in the UK for a 'good place to be'. In 2009, the University earned the distinction "Scottish University of the Year" by The Sunday Times. In 2014-15, Stirling was listed among the world's top 350 Universities - Times Higher Education University Ranking 2014-15.

The University has some of the finest sports facilities on a single site in the country, including its own golf course and golf academy, a state-of-the-art fitness center and appropriate arenas for all the major indoor and outdoor sports.

Course Offerings

CCIS students can take two, three, or four modules (courses) over a four or eight week block. Each module is worth 3 U.S. credits and has an experiential component that involves a field trip which supports academic content.

Module descriptions are available at  

Block One Modules - Teaching Dates June 11 to July 9
'Brief Encounters': An Introduction to Writing Short Stories (ISSU9BE)
Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective (ISSU9EL)
Marketing and Branding Scotland (ISSU9BS)
Photographing the Urban (ISSU9PU)
The Psychology of Art with a Tartan Twist (ISSU9AR)
Psychology of Evil (ISSU9EV)
Religion and Conflict (ISSU9RC)
Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism (ISSU9JO)
Scotland the What? Contemporary Scottish Literature & Identity (ISS9SC)
Scotland on the Screen (ISSU9SS)
Scottish Wars of Independence (ISSU9TW)

Block Two Modules -  Teaching Dates July 9 - August 6
Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society (ISSU9CJ)
Green Politics: Theory & Practice (ISSU9GP)
International Relations (ISSU9IR)
Marketing and Branding Scotland (ISSU9BS)
Monsters and Vampires: The Impact of British Gothic on Contemporary Popular Culture (ISSU9MV)
Psychology of Evil (ISSU9EV)
Scottish History: The Jacobites (ISSU9TJ)
Sports Management and Culture: A European Perspective (ISSU9SM)
Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland (ISSU9WS) 

Internship for International Summer School(ISSU9IN)   (students in the Internship program are also required to register for two modules in Block I)

Modules are subject to change

Academic Highlights

With 19% of its students coming from overseas and more than 85 nations represented on its campus, the University of Stirling is a truly international institution. It consistently receives high ratings for teaching and research and has over thirty years experience of study abroad.

The University employs teaching staff who are consistently among the best in their fields and are dedicated to each student's sucess. Modules have been tailored to ensure students get the most out of their studies in Scotland. A key component of each summer school module is the Experiential Excursion which complements classroom learning. For instance a visit to one of Scotland's main sporting venues helps to contextualize the module in Sports Managment, or a trip to battlefields around Scotland helps to make Scottish history come alive.


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

In 2012, Stirling ranked 1st in the  International Student Satisfaction Survey by the International Student Barometer.  Students have much to occupy their time outside of the classroom. Student life takes many different shapes through student clubs, outstanding sport facilities, on campus stores, bars, cafes, and other social facilities. Modern computer labs with email/internet access are available to students at all times.

Check out our ISS Promotional Video on Youtube.

Student Services

The University of Stirling provides very comprehensive student services and student support.  Students can make use of the free Glasgow and Edinburgh airport pickup service and the onsite orientation program at the start of each block.  A detailed Welcome Pack gives students information about student services.  Included in the cost of the summer program are a number of field trips and social events sponsored by the International and Study Abroad Office.  Advisors counsel students who have academic questions.  Many excellent services and amenities are available on campus including a four-floor library, 24/7 computer labs, laundry facilities, 50 meter swimming pool, state of the art fitness center, six indoor tennis courts, outdoor sports facilities, an arts center, shops, a post office, a movie theater, a travel agent and 70+ clubs and societies.

Extra-curricular Activities

Social activities and day trips are an important part of the summer school program. The program cost includes guided trips to Glaslow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews, and a full program of activities including pub quiz nights, guided hikes and walking tours.

There will also be opportunities to visit other Scottish treasures such as Loch Ness, Glen Coe, the Highlands, and the Isle of Skye at discounted rates. All will have the opportunity to learn and practice Scottish country dancing at the ISS Ceilidh (prounounced kay-Lee).


All International Summer School students will be housed in on-campus apartment-style accommodations in the brand new Beach Court Residences. Each student will have their own bedroom with en-suite shower and will share living and kitchen space with five or six persons per apartment. Beach Court is a short walk from all teaching buildings, laundry facilities, library, shops, theatre, cinema, public transportation links and social areas.

In order to ensure that students have the flexibility to cook for themselves or eat out, meals are not included in the summer school package. However each apartment has its own furnished kitchen/social area. Or you may prefer to eat at one of the on-campus catering outlets, including Stirling's new restaurant, Fresher. Additionally, the city of Stirling has a number of nearby cafés and restaurants to serve a variety of tastes and budgets.

Alumni Feedback

"Studying abroad has been, and probably will remain, one of the best experiences of my college years. I made friends with people from around the world, sampled a variety of activities/foods that I don't have the opportunity of trying at home (anybody ever heard of haggis?), and learned the culture and lifestyle of another nation. It was truly an experience of a lifetime!"
- Devin N.

"Everybody who has the ability to study abroad should study abroad, it will change your life in more ways than you yourself ever thought possible."
- Elyse V.

"My time at Stirling U. was completely life changing. I have never been in a place so beautiful that every morning on my way to class my breath was taken away. It was an experience that I will never forget and never want to either!"
- Laura N.


Program Details
Stirling, Scotland Summer Program Details


Block 1: June 11 - July 9, 2016
Block 2: July 9 - August 6, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Block 1:      March 18
Block 2:      April15

(Note: Modules fill up quickly; early applications are encouraged)

Financial Aid

A College Constortium for International Studies (CCIS) scholarship is available for students from member institutions. CCIS students should check with their study abroad advisors for applicable campus deadlines.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
Minimum of 15 college credits
Minimum age of 18




Block 1 or 2 6 Credits$5164 / Non-CCIS $5914
Block 1 & 2 9 Credits*$8398 / Non-CCIS $9148
Block 1 & 212 Credits$9398 / Non-CCIS $10148
*Note: Internship is 9 credits over blocks 1 and 2. 
Fees are subject to change due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, fees, accommodation, airport pick up and drop off, orientation, guided field trips, sports center membership, and sickness and accident insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare (Approx. $1200-1500), personal expenses, textbooks ($150 approx.), and meals.

Entry Requirements

A visa is generally not required for study of six months or less and if there is no internship.  Students can enter the UK as a student visitor. However, students who plan to study longer than six months and/or who will have an internship must apply for  a tier 4 visa.

For more information visit the UK Border Agency Website.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in Scotland Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Janice M. Thomas, Ph.D., Director

International Education Center
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738-1543
732-224-2980 (Fax)

How do I apply?

Submit the following documents to CCIS/Brookdale Community College by the following dates:
Internship: March 18
Block 1:     March 18
Block 2:     April 15

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms.


  1. CCIS Application & Instructions
  2. One reference that attests to your ability to live and study in a new international environment. 
  3. Stirling Summer School Application
  4. Internship Supplement (for internship applicants only)
  5. Statement of purpose for your proposed study abroad program and how it is related to your current academic program, your future goals and personal growth.
  6. Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
  7. Legible photocopy of your passport

In order to complete the Stirling summer school application, you will need to choose your modules. Descriptions are found at

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.