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The University of Stirling is located in central Scotland, with over 120 different nationalities represented amongst its 14,000 students. Stirling was founded in 1967 and its campus is set in an 18th century castle estate on the shores of a loch, surrounded by beautiful hills.
The University of Stirling continues to have several unique factors outside of its location. It is a pioneer of a two-semester structure and modular degrees, allowing great flexibility in start times and changes in study. Degrees are also made up of credits earned from modules, which means that students can effectively change their subject as/or if their interests change.
More than 95% of all undergraduates were in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA) and it was Stirling students who named the University first in Scotland for having good teachers, quality lecturers and performance feedback (International Student Barometer 2016).
Work placement opportunities are also encouraged. These include 'Making the most of your Masters' and a university initiative with Edinburgh and Aberdeen aimed at building links between universities and employers. A number of Scholarships are also available for international and EU students and details can be found here, while Student Money Advisers can help you with your budget and assist in applying for financial support.
The University of Stirling International Study Centre provides an undergraduate certificate, a specialist foundation course which replaces the first year of Stirling's four-year honours degree and leads directly to the second year of an undergraduate programme – and a pre-masters course. The International Study Centre guarantees that students will receive a conditional offer of a degree place at the University.
The University of Stirling also offers 12-week pre-sessional and in-sessional English support, while the Student Union runs an International Society for students.
The QS World University Rankings awarded the University of Stirling 5 stars in the areas of teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness, whilst the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey saw Stirling excel in the following areas:
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 reaffirm Stirling's reputation as a research-intensive university committed to making a difference to society.
In the Times Higher Education (THE) REF 2021: Impact Scores, the University ranks joint fourth in Scotland – behind the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Glasgow, and equal with the University of St Andrews.
At UK level, Stirling ranks joint 43rd alongside St Andrews and Royal Holloway, University of London.
The analysis follows the publication of the REF 2021 results, which assessed that 87% of the University's research has an outstanding or very considerable impact on society.
It also rated more than 80% of Stirling's research as being world-leading or internationally excellent and commended the research environment for enabling excellence and delivering impact.
All international students are guaranteed housing on campus, with the bulk of the accommodation overlooking the loch. Accommodation is only a short walk from all teaching buildings, library facilities, shops, theatre, cinema and social areas. The Residential Services Office is able to help students who wish to live in private rented accommodation.
Stirling's campus is located on the shores of a loch, by an 18th century castle. The city of Stirling features a castle, sports village and vibrant shopping area and is only a ten minute bus ride from the campus. Stirling is historically the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ and centrally located in Scotland, ith Glasgow and Edinburgh airports a short distance away.
The campus has some of the finest sports facilities on a single site in the country, including the National Swimming Academy and the Gannochy National Tennis Centre. The campus is also home to the Scottish Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland and Scottish Swimming.
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