At the University of Glasgow, you can take courses that are usually not offered to international students at other universities:
- Service-Learning - Combine academic coursework with voluntary work in the community to help you experience policy in practice. This fall semester opportunity is part of the Public Policy undergraduate degree program and is open to visiting students. You will take a course called Service in the Community and be placed with a local social services agency for an 8 weeks (6 hours per week). Requires a Tier 4 visa and a criminal records background check.
- The National Piping Centre offers individual and group piping lessons to University of Glasgow students. Music background is preferred but not required; one to one lessons are tailored to your level. The piping course includes lectures and earns university credit. An additional fee of around £50 for instruments and materials applies.
- The Glasgow School of Art is now open to visiting students. The School teaches studio-based courses on Black and White Photography, Rendering the Human Form, and Figurative Sculpture. There are seminars, tutorials, and a weekend trip to the west coast of Scotland for art workshops. Beginners are welcome; introductory to intermediate levels are taught and you will earn university credit.
Use the following resources to learn more about courses at the University of Glasgow:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required.
The University of Glasgow is among the top 20 universities in the U.K and a member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League. The university has excellent computing facilities, a wide range of support services, and well-equipped facilities for sports and recreation. The gorgeous Victorian campus is located in the posh West End of Glasgow about two miles from the city center.
- The University has one of the largest biology departments in the UK and students thinking about medical school will find an array of subjects at designed for pre-med majors, including organic and inorganic chemistry, neuroscience, physiology, immunology and microbiology.
- The Adam Smith Business School is AACSB accredited and there are several law courses designed specifically for pre-law students.
- Other strengths include: archaeology, art history, drama (including theater history, theory, and performance), economics, several engineering subfields, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, religious studies, sociology and urban studies.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance. The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.
1. Internships found through the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Center
Become engaged in internships through the resources of the Edinburgh Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the Edinburgh Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.
2. Student - initiated internships
Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest. Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources.
The University of Glasgow's Club 21 internships
are open to exchange students. Many of these opportunities, however, take place over the summer. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)
Combine academic course work with voluntary work in the community. See the webpage for more details, including placement opportunities
UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice. Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses. All universities have resources to help you find private housing.
The range of accommodations includes halls of residence, student houses, and flats. Detailed descriptions will accompany Glasgow’s official offer of admission. Following your written response to the admission offer, you will be offered a place in a university residence. Your first choice cannot be guaranteed. You must then write again to accept the housing offer. Respond promptly to all communications, as housing is in short supply. A signed housing contract is binding and you will be required to pay the full cost even if you do not remain in the housing for the full contract period. If living arrangements have not been finalized before departure from the U.S., you may face difficulties finding accommodations in Glasgow.
Past students recommend the self-catering Kelvinhaugh Gate, Kelvinhaugh Street, and Queen Margaret Flats. There have been complaints about the Murano Street Student Village, which is thought to be far from the university and less safe. There have also been complaints about Wolfson Hall’s cleanliness and neighborhood. Students say Cairncross is poorly maintained. Otherwise, UCEAP students rate the housing from “fine” to “great” and describe the city as providing an enormous variety of things to do, including many concerts with low admission.
Vibrant and energetic Glasgow is Scotland's largest city but it retains a down-to-earth feel and is renowned for the friendliness of its people. The city has become one of Europe's emerging cities of culture with magnificent art collections from the classical to the contemporary, trendy boutiques, a buzzing club scene, and an endless variety of cafes. Students on a budget will appreciate Glasgow's street markets, ethnic restaurants and tea shops, fringe theaters, and street performance art.
Glasgow is a perfect starting point for exploring some of Scotland's spectacular Highland or Lowland scenery. It is a near both Loch Lomond and the famous Loch Ness. Jump on the train to visit the capital city of Edinburgh, or the castled town of Stirling, ancient seat of the Scottish crown.
University Clubs include sailing, visual arts, cross-country running, and Ultimate Frisbee (the national champion team). Ever try spelunking? The university Potholing Association may be looking for you!