Salisbury University and the University of Stirling (US), Scotland engage in the exchange of students and faculty. While Scottish students from US study a variety of disciplines at SU, SU students can spend a semester or year studying a variety of disciplines at the US campus in Stirling, Scotland. The program is a bi-lateral international student exchange. So, outgoing SU students continue to pay their tuition and fees at SU as always, and are charged no tuition at US. The number of exchange slots for SU students is limited to two (2) per semester and selection for the spaces is competitive. SU students not selected for one of the competitive exchange slots are still able to spend a semester or year at US in Scotland as fee-paying study abroad students.
COURSE MODULES: Each semester SU students choose three different academic modules at the University of Stirling. It is recommended that students have up to six modules approved by SU prior to departure. That will allow the student the maximum flexibility upon arrival in Scotland. Each module is generally equivalent to 5-6 SU credits for a total of 15-18 credits per semester. Modules are available in a wide variety of disciplines from Science and Technology to Business Studies to Education to Media and History just to name a few. Students can see the module selections at the University of Stirling website. Students can study abroad during fall or spring semesters or spend the entire year in Scotland.
SU students can earn 4 of 5 courses for the interdisciplinary minor in European Studies during one semester at the University of Stirling. For more information on the European Studies minor, see the Area Studies Minors website.
HOUSING: All study abroad students at University of Stirling are guaranteed University owned or managed accommodations located on or just off campus. Normally that accommodation is a room in an apartment shared with local Scottish students and/or other study abroad students.
PROGRAM TRAVEL: The Salisbury Abroad: Stirling semester study abroad program does not offer any customized travel excursions as part of the program. However, Stirling is an excellent location to launch independent travel throughout the United Kingdom and all of Europe. Low cost airlines offer connections from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the rest of Europe. Train travel also connects Scotland to the rest of the UK.
HOST INSTITUTION: The University of Stirling was named Scottish University of the year for 2009/10. It is a comprehensive university similar in size to SU with just over 8000 undergraduates and 3000 graduate students. Nestled in the heart of Scotland, where the highlands and the lowlands meet, Stirling is ideally located approximately 30 miles from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The city of Stirling is an historic college town with a population of around 40,000, also very comparable to Salisbury. The campus is a combination of old world charm – with the historic 18th century Airthrey Castle located at its very heart – and modern conveniences including a 9-hole golf course, a small shopping mall, bars and a nightclub all located right on campus.
COSTS: Exchange students on the Salisbury Abroad: Stirling, Scotland program pay regular full-time tuition and fees to Salisbury University and study tuition free at the University of Stirling. Costs for room and board are separate but are roughly equivalent to the same costs in Salisbury, MD.
SU students who are not selected for one of the competitive exchange slots (only 1 spot for Fall 2013 semester) are still able to spend a semester or year at the University of Stirling as fee-paying study abroad students. For the Fall 2013 semester those costs will be £4568.75 or approximately $7000 for tuition and fees. Costs for room and board are separate but are roughly equivalent to the same costs in Salisbury, MD (cost of living at Stirling).
All financial aid is eligible to transfer to a semester at University of Stirling.
Admission is competitive, particularly for the two exchange slots. The two exchange slots will be offered to students based on the quality of the application including GPA, Personal Statement, and recommendations.
The application deadline is March 15 for Fall semester (or Fall and Spring semesters) and October 1 for Spring semester.
In addition to the application form interested students should submit the following directly to the program director: