INTO University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is ideally placed in central Scotland, with great transport links to explore Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of the UK, and offers a friendly community for international students. The modern INTO Centre opened in 2017 and offers specialist academic pathway programmes designed to help overseas students get on the right path to progressing to a leading Scottish university.

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Computer Science & IT (19)
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The University of Stirling was founded in 1967 is built within the Airthrey Castle estate in central Scotland, surrounded by a loch with incredible mountain views. In 2014, the University partnered with INTO to help international students. Together, they created unique courses that help international students get accustomed to life in the UK and improve their English language and academic skills.


While the University of Stirling is a very popular choice, studying here gives you the option to study at a number of other leading Scottish universities. If Stirling doesn’t provide the subject you’re dreaming of studying, you can apply to progress to another university that does! Start with an English language course, an International Foundation or a Graduate Diploma at INTO University of Stirling, then progress to Stirling to study anything from Accounting and Finance, Business Studies and Economics, to Film and Media, Human Resource Management and Sports Studies. Alternatively, start with a pathway at INTO Stirling and then progress to another university to study a specialist subject such as Engineering.


The University of Stirling makes the difference to Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world with their research. With three main themes of study – ‘Cultures, Communities and Society’, ‘Global Security and Resilience’ and ‘Living Well’ – the University is currently conducting research into fighting harmful effects of tobacco, leading on research in sustainable aquaculture, and looking at ways to improve lives of those affected by dementia.


With industry links to local, national and global businesses, the University not only gives you a strong theoretical education in your chosen subject, but also has a big practical focus. For example, students taking a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree have the opportunity to apply for a placement at Stirling’s partner universities in Hungary or Germany. While in Stirling, you can attend a ‘My career in TESOL’ workshop to help you figure out what you want to do next and help you to improve your personal development. Other subjects may also give you the chance to take work placements or develop your understanding of the industry in internship opportunities.


Student services

The Student Services team in the INTO Centre will support you in every way during your studies, from the moment you arrive to the moment you graduate. They will be there for any issues ranging from renewing your visa and opening a bank account, to making new friends and settling into the local area. When you progress to the University, the Student Services Hub will be there for you to help you with personal support, financial advice, academic issues and any other problems that may arise. There’s a dedicated Mental Health Adviser for free, confidential counselling and dedicated Careers and Employability Consultants that offer help with job applications and making informed career decisions.

Housing services

Most INTO students stay in on-campus en suite accommodation. Sharing a flat of up to nine other students, you’ll have a private bedroom with an en suite bathroom and have access to a communal kitchen and living area with a sofa and a TV. You’ll find laundry facilities just a few minutes’ walk away from your accommodation and simply cross a bridge over the loch to get to the INTO Centre, gym facilities and campus cafes.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Stirling has a one-site rural campus in Stirling, UK. Based on a 330-acre site, the campus is almost like a mini-city – it contains everything you need to live happily and comfortably, from the library, shops and cafes to entertainment, banking and medical facilities. If you want to explore the historic city, Stirling is only a 15-minute bus ride away. If you’d like to explore the rest of Scotland, you can get to Edinburgh airport by taxi in 35 minutes and Glasgow airport by taxi in 45 minutes.

Sports facilities

Stirling is known for its sports facilities, carrying the title of ‘Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence’. With a brand new £20 million sports complex opening in 2020, this is the ideal place to keep fit, join a sports club and get involved in university life. With 50+ sports clubs ranging from archery, badminton, swimming and basketball to football, hockey, rowing and table tennis, your favourite sport is sure to be represented here. The University’s facilities include a 50m swimming pool, a nine-hole golf course, indoor tennis courts, squash courts, an eight-court sports hall, a fitness suite and a 400m athletics track. You'll also find more than 50 different fitness classes each week.

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom


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