University of Stirling Courses

You will take 15 credit hours, typically over three classes per semester. Sophomore, junior, and seniors are limited to taking only one first year course. Prior to leaving, you must obtain approval for 8-10 classes per semester. Final course registration takes place upon arrival at the University of Stirling.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.


  • Academic Year = 120 SCQF units = 30 semester hour credits
  • Fall or Spring Semester = 60 SCQF units = 15 U.S. semester hour credits
  • Most students take 3 Stirling classes per semester.

Course Catalog

View the University of Stirling courses available to study abroad students by selecting the "Study Abroad Course Course Catalog". This catalog displays the courses available to visiting students, listed by department. You should also familiarize yourself with the details in the "Essential Information" document.

All listings include: the course number and title, which semester the course is on offer (autumn or spring), prerequisites, SCQF credits and the SCQF level.

  • Delivery Period
    See "Availability" in each course description for confirmation.
  • Understanding Course Codes
    • SCQF Level 8 = a Freshman/ Sophomore level course (course numbers ending in 1 or 2)
    • SCQF Level 9 = a Junior level course (course numbers ending in 3 or 4)
    • SCQF Level 10 = Honors Level = a Senior/Graduate level course (course numbers ending in 5-8 or a letter)
    (Generally the last digit of a course number will indicate whether it's offered in the fall or spring; if the course code ends in an odd number, it's a Fall course, if the course code ends in an even number, the course is offered in the Spring.)

Course Restrictions

  • Students who are not first-year students at their home university (i.e. those who will be studying abroad as sophomores, juniors, or seniors) are limited to taking only one first year module (modules with course codes ending in a 1 or 2).
  • Admittance into SCQF Level 10 courses is selective and at the discretion of Stirling's departmental tutors upon review of students’ official transcripts.

To qualify for Level 10 courses, you must have:

  • Taken at least 3 prior classes in that subject at your home university
  • Earned a grade of a B or above in each of those classes

Most departments will limit a qualified student to no more than one or two Level 10 courses per semester.

Making Your Course Selections

Submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University through your Arcadia Passport.

List all course choices and alternates in order of preference. Your first choices may not be available due to timetabling, prerequisite or availability issues.

Please choose at least eight courses for a single semester, and twelve for an academic year, in order to ensure a wide range of course approvals.

This form is used only to determine your eligibility for admission and for the pre-registration process at Stirling.

After you are accepted, courses will be pre-approved by Stirling prior to your arrival. Your program manager will notify you as to which courses were approved, and from that list, you will need to choose three courses which you would like to take, and one alternate selection.  This course confirmation process must be completed in a timely manner in order to finalize your registration at Stirling.

Credit Transfer

You are responsible for:

  • Meeting with your academic advisor to discuss course selections.
  • Confirming that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit at your home school.
  • Obtaining approval for approximately 8-10 classes per semester (including alternates).
  • Registering for a full academic load.

Important Notes

  • No specific course requests can be guaranteed by Arcadia or Stirling.
  • Final course registration does not take place until you arrive at the University of Stirling.