Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities, the U.K. equivalent of the U. S. Ivy League. Founded in 1451, the University has almost 20,000 undergraduate and 5,000 postgraduate students and it is one of seventeen British higher education institutions ranked amongst the top 100 of the world.
Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city. It is a bustling, lively and cultural place to live and study. There is always something to see and do with excellent shopping, nightlife, museums, parks and galleries. Glasgow is a friendly and welcoming multi-cultural city which has recently been voted 'politest city in the UK'. Glasgow ideal gateway to further explore Scotland and is less than an hour away from many attractions, including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Edinburgh, Stirling and the Ayrshire Coast.
As a visiting student at the University of Glasgow, you will be able to choose from the more than 900 courses open to all University of Glasgow students. In addition to this you will also have access to a wider range of exciting new and unique courses of study, designed especially for visiting students to the University; these include:
•Functional Anatomy for Pre-Med/Pre Health Students
•Glasgow School of Art Programme for study abroad students *
•Bagpipes: History & Repertoire at the National Piping Centre *
•Service Learning (offered in fall semester only)
* subject to additional fees
Study abroad students attend classes with other British and international students and are assessed in the same manner. The most common form of teaching is formal lectures (particularly at Level 1 and 2) with supplementary group tutorials where discussion and group participation are encouraged. A significant proportion of teaching for Science and Engineering students takes place in practical laboratory sessions. In upper level classes, lectures are often to smaller groups of students and in some departments are displaced by tutorials and seminars. Students may find that they have very few contact hours and less assessment than they are used to at their home institution. It is important to note that higher education in Scotland places a strong emphasis on independent study.
Students will be expected to submit essays and tutorial work throughout the period of study, in addition to covering the texts in the recommended reading lists that are given out at the start of the study period. Assessments submitted during the course of study will be marked and returned to you and your final assessment for the class will be based on all the work you have submitted.Students who are studying for Semester 1 finish in December and will submit assignments/sit exams before the end of the Semester. Year-long and Semester 2 students must take final examinations which fall in April or May.
Students wishing to take Math or Computer Science courses should opt for the academic year OR spring semester. Fall term study abroad in in these majors does not work at Glasgow due to the way exams are run in these subject areas.
All courses are approved in advance by the hosting departments, and students should have sufficient academic background to provide necessary prerequisites. A semester course load is 60 (15 UMass) credits and year is 120 (30 UMass) credits. Glasgow courses are 10, 15, 20, and 30 Glasgow credits each (it varies from department to department).
1st Year = Freshman
2nd Year = Sophomore
3rd Year & 4th Year = Honors Level = Junior/Senior
Admittance into 3rd Year/4th Year Honors- level classes is selective and at the discretion of Glasgow's departmental tutors upon review of students’ official transcripts. To qualify, you must have: 1) Taken at least 3 prior classes in that subject at your home university; and 2) 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 3rd Year courses per semester.
5th Year courses = Graduate level -not open to study abroad students
A place in University-managed accommodation is guaranteed to exchange students; however single-semester students may be limited as to choice. All University housing is self-catering, having shared kitchens. The cost of housing varies according to location, room size and facilities available. Most have single study bedrooms, and some are en suite. The rooms will include a bed, duvet, pillow and bed linen; desk, chair and lamp; wardrobe; chest of drawers; and set of shelves. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are typically shared. Once accepted to the exchange, you will be sent a reference number by email to apply for accommodation using the online system. See the Residential Services website for further information.