University of Stirling

United Kingdom


The University of Stirling was founded by royal charter in 1967 and is based within the walled Airthrey Castle estate in the foothills of the Ochil Hills. It also has a campus in the United Arab Emirates and degree partnerships in Singapore, Oman and Vietnam. More than 17,000 students attend the University of Stirling, with 28% coming from more than 120 countries around the world.

It is ranked in the top 350 global universities by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the top 500 in the QS World University Rankings. It’s also in the top 50 UK universities in the Complete University Guide and guides from The Guardian and The Times/Sunday Times.

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Stirling is a small city surrounded by beautiful natural environments and green space, away from the hustle and noise of major cities. It has also been rated the safest student city in the UK. The university campus itself has been ranked 1st in the UK for its campus environment in the International Student Barometer.

The University of Stirling has been awarded 5 Stars in the QS Stars University Ratings 2021 for its teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness. Meanwhile, 87% of the University's research has an outstanding or very considerable impact on society.

If you are looking for a sporty university, Stirling is one of the best. It was named The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide's Sports University of the Year 2020. It was also 2nd in Scotland and 5th in the UK for sports facilities according to the UK International Student Barometer Benchmark.


The University of Stirling is ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for graduate employability according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. It has also been ranked 1st in Scotland and Top 5 in the UK for its careers services in the UK International Student Barometer Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark. 93% of its graduates were in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021. Its Careers and Employability Service helps students achieve their career goals, from deciding on a career, to making applications and getting a first job. Its expert staff can support with practical skills like CV writing and interview practice. They also work with international students whether they are looking to work back home or in the UK.


The University of Stirling acceptance rate is 20%.



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