Street in Scotland lined with shops and cafes and filled with people in jackets

Summer in Scotland

  1. Program Details

    Experience the vibrant urban feel of the UK's third largest city while studying at the University of Glasgow, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.

    Location Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Term Summer Session
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.8 (may be flexible); 3.0 a strict requirement for the research track
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Summer in Scotland

    Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, is a lively place to live and study. There is excellent shopping, nightlife, museums, parks and galleries. Glasgow is a friendly and welcoming multicultural city, recently voted "politest city in the UK."

    Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow consistently ranks as one of the UK's most highly-rated schools. The university is host to more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries and offers an exceptional breadth of academic choice across the physical and life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

    Started in 2014, the University of Glasgow's International Summer School offers a wide range of classes, and hosts dozens of US and international students each June and July.  

    Housing & Meals

    For the summer progam, participants are housed in university flats.  Accommodation in your own room is included. Rooms are part of self-contained flats including well-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Normally 4-5 other students will share the flat.

    The flats are located in the University’s Student accommodation, which is within easy walking distance of both the main campus where classes will take place, and of the renowned West End of Glasgow.


    In addition to some summer modules containing built-in excursions, the University of Glasgow arranges a number of social activities during the summer program. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Students studying at the University of Glasgow will:

    • augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with British and international students and community members;
    • gain appreciation of the academic culture of the UK and differences between the British and US educational systems through direct enrollment;
    • gain awareness and appreciation of British culture through dorm-style placements with British students, as well as access to a wide range of student organizations and clubs;
    • become more self-reliant through the experience of obtaining enrollment, housing, catering, and transportation independently;
    • become more effective at navigating differences by spending four to ten months of full integration in a foreign academic, cultural, and political climate;
    • and experience British and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at the British host university.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty and staff at the University of Glasgow are some of the best in the UK.  The university is a member of the Russell Group – an academic honor reserved for only the top British universities, and International Office staff assist students with all questions related to immigration, housing, academic registration, and campus life. 

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level 3000 level courses

    4–8 credits

    Most classes are based at the University of Glasgow's main campus in the west end of the city, and most feature academic excursions to various parts of Scotland. 

    For complete information on modules available, excursions and activities, dates and credits, visit the University of Glasgow's main International Summer School page. 



    The International Summer School at the University of Glasgow offers a number of different modules to choose from. 

    The University of Glasgow International Summer School uses the Scottish credit scheme. The University of Minnesota converts Scottish credits at a 4:1 ratio (ex: 10 Scottish cr = 2.5 UofM cr).

    Research Track:

    Be placed in a research project overseen by faculty researchers at the University of Glasgow. Available placements are based on research projects currently underway, mostly in the STEM fields and Psychology (other fields may be possible, ask for more details). Earn 6 credits for this 6-week program.

    The 2019 program includes:

    1 or 2 Week Courses

    Scottish Urban Landscape in Film & Glass: Glasgow School of Art—offered in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art, through research and practical experience develop skills in photography and film processing and glass techniques such as cutting, painting, and leading.

    Music Cities—using the city of Glasgow as a case study, explore the music scene through festivals, concerts, and debate what it means to be a "music city."

    Writing the CIty: creative writing workshop—brings writers together in a supportive environment to explore urban and experimental styles.

    3 Week Courses

    Education in a Globalised World—an overview of different educational practices, in global and local contexts.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science core.

    Religion & Spirituality in Scotland—explore the importance of religious traditions and spirituality in Scotland, and how new agents seek to be active agents for change.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Arts & Humanities core.

    History of Christianity in Scotland—explore history of Christianity in Scotland

    Theater & Performance—introduction to concepts of drama, theatre and performance and explore Scotland’s vibrant theatre scene

    Introduction to Mayalam language

    4 Week Courses

    Functional Anatomy—open-plan dissection labs provide functionally relevant exposure to all major regions of the body. Perfect for any pre-med or pre-health student.

    Bioscience for Global Disease—includes practical lab skills, data interpretation, and analysis techniques in key biological research themes.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Biological Science core.

    Essential Genetics—exploration of how biological science has led to the discovery of the genes that make us unique.

    8 Week Courses

    International Physics Summer School—calculus-based introductory level physics with a lab component.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Physical Science core.

    Mathematics—linear algebra, differential equations, and how some of Glasgow's greatest thinkers have contributed to the modern world.

    Note: modules offered may change from year to year. Consult Glasgow's website for updated listings. 

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Summer 2019 Mid June - Mid July Mar 20, 2018
    Summer 2019 Research track Mid June - early August Mar 20, 2019

    For precise program dates, visit University of Glasgow's Summer School website.

    *If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

  5. Fees for Summer in Scotland

    Summer 2020 fees will be posted when they are finalized.  

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars (minus 10% partner university discount), plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($950) and required UofM international health insurance.

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates and Fees for term options
    Program Name Summer in Scotland
    Track Name Choose the track that corresponds to the dates you will be abroad. If your dates/track name don't appear in the list, contact the program team.
    Country United Kingdom


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    Submit to University of Glasgow:

    • University of Glasgow Application

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Eric Leinen or call at 612.625.9008.