The University of Stirling is a wonderful place – beautiful and vibrant, relaxed and engaging. The University has one of the finest campuses in Europe and has an excellent reputation for both research and teaching. Many of its students comment on the friendly atmosphere of a medium-sized university, with a large number opting to live on campus with its great amenities and strong community feel.
This unique landscape provides a range of activities to keep you entertained. As the Visit Scotland website says, "Scotland's countryside offers unparalleled opportunities to get away from it all, whether you're looking for peace and quiet or something more active”. You can go walking or cycling in the nearby Ochil Hills, visit one of the many National Parks in Scotland, such as the Trossachs National Park, or partake in watersports on Loch Lomond.
The University of Stirling is located in the heart of Scotland, nestling at the foot of the Highlands and about two miles from the historic city of Stirling (pop. approx. 40,000). The university is in the centre of the Scottish countryside. To the south of the campus, you can see the rolling hills and farms of the lowlands; to the north is the dramatic skyline of the Highlands.
Scotland has its own distinct culture, education, law and political systems, giving it a unique and diverse character, which differs from its southern neighbor, England. Outside the narrow, but well-populated central belt, much of the rest of the country consists of mountains and moors, islands, lochs, and glens. Stirling is especially fortunate in having so much of Scotland’s best scenery within easy reach.
Stirling is one of the most attractive places to live and study in the UK, offering a vibrant mix of the historic and modern. The city has a population of around 40,000 and offers a great mix of small city and rural lifestyles. Students make up over 20 percent of Stirling’s population and this is reflected in both the feel of the city and the broad range of amenities on offer.
Stirling is also a major tourist destination which attracts visitors from all over the world to view the historic sights of Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument, and Stirling Bridge. To meet the varied needs of visitors and residents alike, the city is well-served by bistros, cafes, and restaurants, as well as offering a wide variety of social and leisure facilities.
With more than 300 subject combinations available as Bachelor degrees, with 70 taught postgraduate programmes as well as research opportunities across 19 departments, the proven excellence, the dynamism and the passion at the University of Stirling make it the perfect location for your studies. We are committed to achieving the highest international standards and to shaping our students to become leaders in their fields like the many Stirling alumni in the UK and around the world.
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