Global Education

University of Stirling – International Summer School

About The University of Stirling

Founded in 1967, the University of Stirling is a unique, beautiful place in the heart of Scotland. Situated on a historic estate, the campus has both a loch (Scottish word for lake) and an 18th Century castle at its center.

Stirling University is renowned for its dedication to innovation and excellence. The stunning, safe campus sits on 330-acres (very similar to HPU’s 320 acres) and has everything students require on hand. The teaching approach at Stirling University is ranked highly by students and educational experts, and is internationally respected for excellent research.

The city of Stirling is two miles away, and public transportation allows students to easily visit the wide range of shops and restaurants available. The living expenditure in Stirling is one of the lowest in the UK, meaning money goes a lot further. Stirling is situated less than an hour drive away from Glasgow, and the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Top 3 Reasons to study here:

  1. Experience first-hand the rich Scottish culture and heritage (the university even has its own tartan that students are entitled to wear).
  2. Make full use of the university’s great facilities including an eight-court sports hall, 50m swimming pool, nine-hole golf course and fitness dance studio.
  3. Stirling provides a range of opportunities to explore the country, and with two nearby international airports students can go further abroad and visit major European cities.


Quick Facts

Location:  Stirling in Scotland, UK (population: 41,000)

University: University of Stirling (students: 12,000)

Program Website:


  • Block 1: June 10 – July 8, 2017
  • Block 2: July 8 – August 5, 2017
  • Blocks 1 & 2: June 10 – August 5, 2017

Minimum application requirements: 3.0 GPA and Sophomore status

Application: The PDF application just needs to be completed and returned by email along with an academic letter of reference, a copy of the students passport and a copy of their latest academic transcript.

Application deadlines: 

  • March 24, 2017 for Block 1 and 2 with ISS internship module (ISSU9IN)
  • April 7, 2017 for Block 1 and/or Block 2

Visa information: See the Visa Information: United Kingdom page for detailed information.

Primary Contact Information: Amy Easton,


Academic Program

Academic modules (classes) have been tailored especially for the International Summer School to help students get the most out of their studies in Scotland. A key component of each International Summer School module will be the class Module Excursions that complement classroom learning. Different modules are offer during our four week Blocks (mini-semesters) that can be taken individually or consecutively. The current Modules on offer for 2017 are below.

Block 1: 10 June – 8 July

  • 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 (ISSU9SC)
  • Scotland on the Screen (ISSU9SS)
  • Scottish Wars of Independence c.1286-1371 (ISSU9TW)

Block 2: 8 July – 5 August

  • Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society (ISSU9CJ)
  • Green Politics: Theory & Practice (ISSU9GP)
  • International Relations (ISSU9IR)
  • Internship for International Summer School (ISSU9IN)
  • 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)

The University of Stirling also hopes to launch two new art history modules and a new sports studies module in 2017.


The International Summer School offers unique modules that offers a four week internship opportunity. The Internship for the International Summer School allows students to enrol in the 2017 ISS for both blocks and take 3 modules. Students will complete two modules of their choice in block 1 and then receive full support from the University of Stirling’s dedicated Career Development Centre team, who will match students to an appropriate business or organisation and support them through the whole internship in block 2. Internships will include 140 hours of ‘work’ time and ten hours of support and ‘classroom’ time.

Visit the University of Stirling website for more information.


Credit Transfer

For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.


Housing & Meals

En-suite private bedrooms are provided as part of the programme costs. Student will have the luxury of living in one of our newly built accommodation buildings that boasts private bedrooms with an attached shower and bathroom. The private bedrooms will make up flats (apartments) that will have a shared living room and kitchen.

All housing at the University of Stirling is self catered so students will not have the option to take out a meal plan. However, basic cookware, dishes, fridge, freezers, ovens and hobs are included in shared kitchen so that students are able to prepare their own food. There are restaurants and a small supermarket located on campus as well as larger supermarkets and additional restaurants in the local area.


Student Experience

Students will have quite a few activities and extras included in the price of the International Summer School. Extras include airport transfers at pick up and drop off from Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airport, a full orientation including shopping trip to Stirling City centre as well as use of the gym/sports facilities and access to 24 hour dedicated staff support.

The social activities that are included in the International Summer School include a Scottish dance lesson, golf lessons at our University of Stirling golf course, nature walks up the Ochil Hills and the International Summer School’s Farewell Ceilidh. A ceilidh (pronaunced kay-lee) is a traditional Scottish dance and it is always a highlight of the programme. Held in a local 5 star hotel, the International Summer School provides a buffet on the night as well as a live ceilidh band that teaches everyone the traditional dances.

Module Excursions are also an integral part of the programme and each module will have unique excursion in Scotland that will relate to the module’s curriculum. Some of our most popular excursion include a tour of Stirling Castle, a trip to watch Stirling Albion football team, a tour of the Wallace Monument and a visit to a local whisky distillery.



2017 Prices*:

  • Block 1 (10 ECTS credits): £2,875
  • Block 2 (10 ECTS credits): £2,875
  • Block 1 & Block 2 (15 ECTS credits): £5,075
  • Block 1 & Block 2 with ISS9IN Internship for International Summer School (10 ECTS credits and internship): £5,075
  • Block 1 & Block 2 (20 ECTS credits): £5,650

*A discounted price is also offered for partner universities.

Estimated additional costs

In addition to everything included in the ISS programme cost, you will likely incur some of the following costs:

  • Travel to/from Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow airport).
  • Food: about £30/week. This assumes using the furnished kitchen facilities in ISS flats and minimal eating out
  • Textbooks: about £20/modules. For many modules no textbooks need to be purchased while for others multiple titles are required.
  • Local transportation: about £10/week.
  • Extracurricular activities and weekend travel: at least £20/week. This can be considerably more depending on personal travel plans

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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