Activities and Opportunities
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.
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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.
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. Each student will have their own bedroom with five or six persons per apartment. Most of the on-campus accommodation overlooks the University's scenic loch and is only a short walk from all teaching buildings, library facilities, 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. Additionally, the city of Stirling has a number of nearby cafés and restaurants to serve a variety of tastes and budgets.
"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 Nelson
"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 Vautrin
"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 Nywening