Field Trips for Stirling, Scotland
The following are possible destinations and activities; view term calendars for specifics.
Semester and Yearlong Program Field Trips
Semester students have two-day excursions included in their USAC program fee; yearlong students have three-day excursions included in their USAC program fee. Possible destinations are listed below.
Experience the dramatic Angus coast in north east Scotland! We'll visit the ruins of Dunnottar Castle, a medieval fortress perched impressively atop a cliff and surrounded on three sides by the North Sea. Our journey then takes us to Arbroath Abbey, one of Scotland's most historically significant churches. Founded by William the Lion in 1178, the Abbey is most famous for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland's independence from England. Time permitting, the day may also include a visit to a museum of ancient Pictish stone carvings.
This day trip includes a range of sights along the Fife coast and a venture through its small picturesque villages - Culross Village and Falkland Village. Much of our day centers on the historic city of St Andrews, home of golf and the University of St Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. You’ll have free time to enjoy the medieval streets, explore the Cathedral, Castle, and University, and stroll along the town's beautiful sand beach next to The Old Course, the home of golf.
Note: Yearlong students can choose to attend this field trip in either the fall or spring semester.
Summer Program Field Trips
Summer students have three day excursions included in their USAC program fee. These trips are an excellent way to enjoy some of Scotland's major attractions, under the guidance and expertise of the University of Stirling's International Summer School Team. Possible destinations are listed below.
As Scotland's capital since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh serves as the nation's political, historical, and cultural hub. Stroll along the famed Royal Mile, explore Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy the views from the city's many hills.
Venture to the port city of Glasgow, located on the River Clyde and renowned for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, acclaimed museums, and thriving music scene.
Enjoy all this historic city has to offer - medieval streets, cathedral and castle ruins, beautiful sand beaches, the oldest golf course (known as the home of golf), and the University of St Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the English-speaking world.
Each summer module also includes an excursion to a Scottish destination, meant to bring the module's unique curriculum to life. Locations vary by module and will be confirmed on-site. In addition to field trips and module excursions, summer students can participate in a range of social activities focused on Scottish culture and the greater Stirling area.
2024-25 Application Cycle
- Summer 2024: Open
- Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
- Session II deadline: March 15
- Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
- Deadline: April 15
- Spring 2025: Open
- Deadline: Oct 1
- 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
- Summer: 20 students
- Fall/Spring: 20 students