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Field Trips for Stirling, Scotland

Destinations and the details of the field trips below are subject to change due to availability of other unforseen circumstances.

Summer Students

Summer students have two day excursions included in their USAC program fee. Possible destinations are Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews. These trips are an excellent way to enjoy some of Scotland's major attractions, under the guidence and expertise of the University of Stirling's International Summer School Team.

Semester Students

The Students’ Union organizes activities for international students through its active International Society, as does the Study Abroad Office, which offers optional field trips to surrounding areas for nominal fees.

Semester students have one day excursion and one overnight field trip included in their USAC program fees; year students have one day trip per semester and one overnight trip in either the fall or spring included in their program fees. Possible destinations are listed below.

St Andrews: Castle Campbell and its medieval town

We’ll visit Castle Campbell and Gardens, dramatically situated above Dollar Glen, that was the lowland stronghold of the powerful Campbell Earls of Argyll. Then on to visit the historic city of St Andrews, home of golf and University of St Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. You’ll have free time to explore the Cathedral, Castle, and University. Enjoy the medieval streets and take a walk along its beautiful sand beach next to The Old Course, the home of golf. The day will conclude with a stop in Dundee, where you can step on board the Antarctic expedition vessel, RRS Discovery, and hear the fascinating story of her career, the lives of the men on board, and the harsh conditions they faced.

Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands

This overnight field trip will give you a chance to explore the beauty and history of the Scottish Highlands, including time spent in the beautiful Trossachs and the stunning Glencoe mountains, at the Glenfinnan Viaduct (better known to many as the Harry Potter bridge), and Eilean Donan Castle, possibly one of the most iconic Scottish castles, set on a loch in majestic scenery where three great sea lochs meet. Visit Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, Culloden—one of the most important historical battlefield locations in Scotland where Bonny Prince Charlie and the Jacobite troops were defeated by the Government’s men, and the Caingrom Mountains. Yearlong USAC students will choose to attend either in either the fall or the spring semester.

Quick Details

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open



Minimum GPA: 3.0


Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum class standing: Junior (strong Sophomore applications may be considered)

Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application

Program Type




Program Capacity

Summer: 20 students (limited Internship placements)

Fall/Spring: 20 students



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