• Scotland
    • Edinburgh
    • Stirling
Academic Year, Fall, Spring

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Apartment Dormitory


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Accommodation Activities Classes Wifi
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May 01, 2023
Sep 14, 2023
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About Program

Head to Scotland for an exceptional blend of history, culture, and hospitality. On CIS Abroad's semester programs in Scotland, you'll study alongside locals and fellow international students. Make your new home in Edinburgh, a lively city with impressive architecture, considered by many to be a top global destination. Or for history and tradition, head to Stirling, the gateway to the Scottish highlands. Whichever you choose, you'll enjoy castles, cobblestone streets, cafes, and natural beauty.

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Program Highlights

  • Choose from lovely Stirling or lively Edinburgh
  • Study alongside local and international students at Scottish universities
  • Explore Scotland's abundant castles, lochs, and cafes
  • Enjoy a blend of history, modernity, liveliness, and charm unique to a place like Scotland
  • Stretch yourself academically at prestigious Scottish universities

Popular Programs

CIS Abroad participants in Stirling, Scotland

Do you prefer university campuses with castles? Well that's a reality on this program in partnership with University of Stirling! The University is set on a beautiful 18th century estate and also features a lake and a 9-hole golf course. Considered the Gateway to the Highlands, Stirling provides easy access to Scotland's beautiful landscapes and stunning lochs. In town, you can't help but be charmed by the city's history and hospitality.

CIS Abroad participants at Edinburgh Napier University

Study at Edinburgh Napier University and you'll learn from engaging faculty, studying alongside local and fellow international students in project-based classes. Enjoy vibrant campus life with numerous sports teams, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. Explore the buzzing city of Edinburgh, home of the Fringe Festival. Marvel at the three stunning campuses with buildings dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries


CISabroad Scholarships

CISabroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study abroad. We're unapologetically committed to increasing access to international education for all students.

$250 - $500

Program Reviews

4.94 Rating
based on 17 reviews
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  • Academics 3.95
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision of My Life

Partaking in a semester abroad in Edinburgh was truly life-changing and the best decision I ever made. Edinburgh is a beautiful city with so much history and so much to learn. There are endless opportunities to learn, travel, be social, meet new people and so much more. Edinburgh became my home away from home very quickly and this would not have been possible without the help of CIS Abroad and their support. I felt so comfortable and safe living in the city and was able to make connections with many students living in Edinburgh Napier Accommodation. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming, and willing to guide you whenever you need it! I would definitely recommend studying in Edinburgh to anyone looking to step outside their comfort zone and experience a different way of living. Best 5 months of my life!

  • Always something to do in the city
  • Easy to travel anywhere from Edinburgh
  • Lots of support/guidance from CIS Abroad
24 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible Experience

Going abroad in Scotland was the time of my life. I was so nervous to leave the normalcy of my life, but I am glad that I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and go for it. I was able to have amazing experiences that I could never have dreamed of doing, and was able to travel all over Europe, even on a college student budget. I felt safe and comfortable in Edinburgh, and was able to navigate the city very easily even though I am not used to being in cities. I made amazing friends that will last a lifetime. I hope that everyone takes the opportunity to go abroad as it was the most amazing time of my life!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of all the opportunities that will be thrown your way and step out of your comfort zone whenever possible!
107 people found this review helpful.
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The best five months of my life

If you are considering studying abroad through CISabroad, do it! I went to Edinburgh from early January to late May of 2019 and it was the best decision I have ever made. CISabroad is an amazing program and we had all the support we needed throughout the entire process, and even now as CIS alumni. Edinburgh has SO much to offer and it is a great location nearby the airport, main train stations, and has a really amazing bus transportation system to help you get around. If we needed anything, CISabroad staff were more than willing to help in any way possible! This program really makes you feel comfortable wherever you go. With a director on-site, we had easy access to assistance and we always knew we had someone to go to when our families were often across the ocean.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that selecting our courses was a bit simpler and that our schedules would be known before arrival however, I feel this is more of an issue with Edinburgh Napier University rather than CISabroad.
104 people found this review helpful.
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The best few months of my life

The few months I spent in Edinburgh were truly some of the months of my life. I met so many wonderful people and instantly felt at home with the help of the amazing site director and the other students in the program. If I had the opportunity to go back I would in a heartbeat. There are so many opportunities to travel and the weekend trip to the Highlands was one of the highlights of my study abroad experience. There is so much to do and so much to see around Edinburgh - it is impossible to be bored! Simply taking a walk to Princes Street or to the Royal Mile offers you so many things to do. Pop into any cafe or the Starbucks on Princes Street (great view of the castle) or choose to discover some history with any one of the many free museums available.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
On the trip to the highlands the tour guide made haggis... I am, however, a vegetarian, but to accommodate for everyone he also made vegetarian haggis. I had never eaten anything like it before but it was so good! I was told the actual haggis (made from a sheep's intestines) was actually quite good as well!
119 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Haggis, Nips, and Tatties, Oh my!

Studying abroad in Stirling, Scotland was the best decision I ever made. The people there are so kind, and the Scottish land is stunning. I felt so supported while there, and I made so many great friends from around the US and the world. The University itself is gorgeous, and the international student staff was great. There are three housing options we were able to choose from. I lived in Alexander Court, which was nice, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend. It was one of the older buildings and was also quite far from the center of campus (about a 20 minute walk). If you can, try to live in Willow Court which is a much more central option. I would also recommend the off-campus housing on Union Street, because you will be right in town and have easy access to grocery stores, nightlife, the train station, and whatever else you may need. I would recommend Stirling to anyone who wants to go abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would like to see improved would be a site director in Stirling. Jeanna was absolutely wonderful, but she was based in Edinburgh, making it a bit of a hassle to get to her if need be.
108 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Em in Edinburgh

My study abroad experience in Edinburgh through CIS was the best semester of my life! Through doing this, I was able to meet so many great new people and see places I've always dreamed of seeing. Even though I never considered myself a big city person, Edinburgh was the perfect fit for me. It was small enough that I got comfortable exploring on my own, but still big enough to always find new things to do or see. Edinburgh also had the perfect balance of historic charm (from the castle to the palace) to being modern enough to have easy public transportation and offer a fun, social life. CIS made the transition to studying abroad so much smoother than it would have been had I not gone with them. They had great communication and information sharing prior to arriving and had the most amazing onsite program leader, Jeanna, as well. By having us all stay together in a hotel the first night, giving us walking tours of the city, and taking us as a group to the school's orientation, CIS definitely helped make life easier. CIS also organized such a beautiful trip to the Highlands, that I recommended what we did to the friends I met that were not a part of this program! My biggest piece of advice for anyone else about to study abroad is to say yes to everything! Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone! As someone who usually finds themselves a bit more on the shyer side, this is how I tried to live my life while in Scotland. By pushing myself and doing things I normally wouldn't, I was able to make so many great new friends and have tons of amazing new experiences that have left me with fantastic memories. I know I surprised myself with what I ended up loving, and even if I didn't, I was glad to have tried something new. This growth in confidence and independence has definitely impacted my life post-program as I carry what I've learned with me back home. The independence of life in the city and everything I've learned has affected how comfortable I am doing things now at home and has made me more excited for traveling and life in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
The only way I can think of that this program could be improved would be in relation to the communication with Napier University. I think the school lacked strong communication with the students leading to a lot of confusion. I know many people, myself included, who had trouble figuring out or getting into classes and had to wait a long time to hear back. It also took months for international students to get our photo IDs. I know this isn't the fault of CIS, but maybe if they were able to partner with the school more closely, the academic side of the program could be a bit smoother to navigate.
109 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIS Semester in Edinburgh, Scotland

I had the absolute best semester in Edinburgh thanks to CIS. Edinburgh was beautiful, you could walk anywhere in the city in 20 minutes. The public transportation was cheap and simple. The airport was incredible, and you could fly anywhere! I took biology classes, so I had it a little harder than my friends who were business majors. The night life is incredible, and Edinburgh has the most pubs per square mile in the entire world. Through CIS, we even got a weekend tour of the Scottish Highlands, which is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. There's something for everyone in Edinburgh - shopping, hiking, history, pubs, cafes, and more! I would definitely recommend Edinburgh as a place to live, and to use CIS! If you go, take me with you!!!

92 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Just OK

While it was a well run program, because we were in an English speaking country, I rarely saw the program coordinator. We were located in a fantastic area of the city. School was very easy and met very little so I had a lot of free time. There was not many opportunities to meet local people. It was hard to meet new people and if I hadn’t befriended my flatmates I wouldn’t have had any friends. Edinburgh was a great spot to travel to other countries from. It was very easy to find cheap flights from Edinburgh.

What would you improve about this program?
If I didn’t befriend my flatmates I would have had no friends and would have struggled to meet people.
103 people found this review helpful.

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