Study Abroad Program Overview
Spend your summer at the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, where the main neo-gothic building is believed to be the inspiration behind Hogwarts School of Wizardry!
This intensive, fast-paced physics program offers two four-week modules in the summer for the equivalent credit of a full year. The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the course it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is important that you continue to keep up with any new material regardless.
If you want to learn physics during the summer earning one full year of credit, and are prepared to invest your time and effort, this is the program for you.
The University of Glasgow has a long-established reputation for excellence in the sciences and is alma mater to some of the world’s most renowned innovators, Physicist and Engineer Lord Kelvin, Economist Adam Smith, and pioneer of television John Logie Baird. Albert Einstein lectured at Glasgow on the origins of the general theory of relativity.
The university boasts one of the oldest and largest libraries in Europe, has two sports complexes including gym and swimming pool, and recently refurbished student café. The University of Glasgow ranks in the top three UK universities for International Student Satisfaction and the legendary friendliness of Glaswegians will be clear to all who visit.
In addition to facilitating your academic studies this summer, UCEAP and the University of Glasgow invite you to experience Scotland through an exciting, all-inclusive social program!
The Scots are known for their love of the ‘Ceilidh’ (pronounced kay-lee), a traditional party with live folk music and a lot of dancing. Your orientation social events will kick off with this fun night, allowing you the opportunity to meet fellow students while trying out some new dancing skills.
The program will include two excursions to some of Scotland’s most loved destinations such as the capital city Edinburgh with its stunning centerpiece castle, the ‘bonny’ banks of Loch Lomond, or the ‘Braveheart’ Highlands.
All UC students attend a mandatory UCEAP orientation in Glasgow, which covers important topics such as health, safety, and academics. The UCEAP orientation is separate from any orientation sessions and events which the University of Glasgow provides.
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
Students attend classes with international students.
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You are required to live in dormitory housing on campus; after acceptance you must enroll in the housing online and pay a housing deposit. The remaining balance is due upon arrival. You will stay in the Winton Drive residence of 2-5 bedroom flats. Centrally located on campus, the flats are provided with all bedding and kitchenware. Towels are not provided.
A meal plan is provided during the program Monday -Thursday, with Breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Friday just breakfast and lunch will be provided. Friday dinner and on the week-end, students will be responsible to prepare and/or purchase their own meals. Food can be purchased at the many shops in the West End area. Common kitchens in the housing are fully furnished with a refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster, pots/pans, cooking utensils, dishes, cutlery, and individual shelf space. More Information on Housing
Within close proximity to Glasgow are the stunning landscapes of Loch Lomond and the Highlands. There are excellent train links which makes it easy to explore the surrounding area. Glasgow also has a buzzing nightlife, vibrant music and art scene as well as an excellent shopping center. Previously voted European City of Culture and City of Architecture, there are numerous attractions, many of which have free entry, such as the art galleries and Kelvingrove Museum. Simply walking around in Glasgow will let you experience the vast array of modern and traditional architecture, which has given the city its current catchphrase, Scotland with Style!
Physics students have a slightly different social program than Pre-Med/Pre-Health students, with some overlapping events.
UCEAP programs in Scotland are overseen by the UCEAP Study Center in Edinburgh.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UC and local staff abroad help students integrate into Scottish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The University of Glasgow offers three tracks:
Physics: The program offers two different course sequences: Physics for Life Sciences and Physics for Engineering. Both sequences are divided into two, four-week sessions. All physics students enroll in one course during each session and are required to take both physics courses, 6 quarter/4 semester UC units each.
- The physics sequence allows students to complete the equivalent of one year of physics for life sciences majors. This sequence is normally required for biological sciences majors as well as anyone thinking of applying to medical schools.
- To determine readiness for this intensive physics program, we strongly recommend applicants take these Math Readiness tests.
- The physics sequence allows students to complete the equivalent of one year of physics for physical sciences and engineering (a specialized diagnostic test is currently not available).
- To determine readiness for this intensive physics program, we strongly recommend applicants take these Math Readiness tests.
Pre-Med/Pre-Health is designed specifically for students intending to apply for medical school, dental school, or other health-related schools. The track is divided into two, four-week sessions: Session 1: Functional Anatomy, and Session 2: Genetics OR Bioscience for Global Health. Students enroll in one course during each session (6 quarter/4 semester UC units per course). All three courses are upper division.
- Introduces and demonstrates the use of medical terminology
- Presents the principles of radiology and the identification of structures radiologically
- Develops an understanding of gross anatomy and histology
- Demonstrates clinical application of anatomical knowledge
- Helps develop dissection techniques
- Course assessment is modelled after USMLE-style questions.
- Describes the structure, organization, and replication of DNA
- Presents the properties of genes and their inheritance
- Discusses the nature of mutations, genetic variation, and gene mapping
- Describes the nature of the genome projects and their applications
- Provokes discussion and reflection on the ethical implications of advances in genetics
- Develops an understanding of recent advances in the field of bioscience and the impact of bioscience on global health
- Exposes students to practical laboratory skills, data interpretation, and analysis techniques in key biological research themes
- Focuses on the following research themes: cancer biology (primary research, detection, and emerging treatments), infection biology (virology, parasitology, and bacteriology), stem cell research, and cardiovascular disease and fitness
Mathematics is designed for STEM majors who need to take Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. Students also have the great opportunity to study Scottish history and culture. Students are concurrently enrolled in all three courses throughout the program (4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units per course). All three courses are lower division.
- Introduces general theory and methods for solutions covering First and second order differential equations, separation of variables, linear differential equations, terms of first order equations, nonlinear differential equations and stability.
- The two central topics are: the basic theory of vector spaces; and the concept of a linear transformation, with emphasis on the use of matrices to represent linear maps. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors are also defined and studied so that the process of diagonalizing a square matrix can be discussed.
- examines the history, politics, culture and socio-economic development of Scotland and, in doing so, explores the historic and contemporary understandings of Scottish nationalism.
- introduces Scottish heroes such as William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace and Robert the Bruce who led the Scottish Wars of Independence against England.
- helps you understand how this small country of just a few million people has had an enormous impact on the course of world history
- explores the role of Scotland and particularly the city of Glasgow, ‘Second City of the Empire’, which lay at the heart of the industrial revolution that transformed the world.
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You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Students enroll in a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Physics, Pre-med/Pre-Health, and Math courses must be taken for a letter grade. Math students may select the P/NP grading option for Scotland, the City of Glasgow.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Not possible in this program
The University of Glasgow enrolls about 24,000 students, including about 2,000 international students from more than 80 countries worldwide.
The University of Glasgow is one of the leading schools in the UK for international research, undergraduate, and postgraduate degrees. It ranks in the world top 50 for Life Sciences.
The university has excellent computing facilities, a wide range of support services, and well-equipped facilities for sports and recreation.
The attractive Victorian campus is situated about two miles from the center of Glasgow.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
The estimated cost ranges in the table below refer to the two tracks available in this science program. The first amount in each range applies to the physics track while the second amount applies to the pre-med track. The higher fees associated with the pre-med track are due largely to the functional anatomy lab component as well as additional social and cultural activities offered with this track.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- On-site Orientation
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
All participants in this program may receive a $1,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See which program terms are eligible.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Physics applicants: UCEAP requires that applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley (C-): Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis (C): Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Irvine (C): Math 2AB or Math5AB • UC Los Angeles (C-): Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Merced (C-): Math 012 or Math 022 • UC Santa Barbara (C): Math 2AB or Math 3AB or Math 34AB • UC Santa Cruz (C): Mathematics 11AB or 19AB or 20AB or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 15AB • UC San Diego (C): Math 10AB • All other UC campuses (C or varies): Titles for equivalent courses vary.
Physics for Engineering applicants should have taken the math courses required for the equivalent physics series on their UC campus (e.g. UCLA: Math31AB/32A (32B recommended)).
Pre-Med/Pre-Health applicants should have completed one year of university-level Biology. No specific courses are required but applicants should be familiar with biological terminology in order to succeed in this fast-paced course.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the host institution.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: