Learning Abroad Center
people in the street in Scotland

Summer in Scotland

LAC Program

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.

Program Details

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Summer Session
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year



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.  

This program has been canceled for Summer 2021 due to concerns related to covid-19.  

Program Model

University Study

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. 

Program Structure

Program Level
3000 level courses

4–8 credits



The International Summer School at the University of Glasgow offers a number of different academic modules and credit-bearing research placements 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 for this 6 credit 6-week program are in the following subject areas:

  • Life Sciences 
  • Chemistry 
  • Psychology 
  • History

Detailed project descriptions, intended outcomes and project eligibility for Summer 2022 

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)

Research Track

All research projects are awarded 6 credits.

Life Sciences

Students should expect to be in the lab conducted research-related activities and independent study, Monday - Friday, 8 hours per day. There will be a weekly interdisciplinary research seminar. All projects will offer substantial opportunity for independent investigation.

Mesophiles and Thermophiles in the Urban Environment

The project will use conventional microbiological techniques to sample from a range of urban environments that present thermal challenge and seek out mesophilic and thermophilic organisms able to survive and grow in these conditions. The properties of these bacteria will be analysed and identification will be attempted by sequencing of the 16s rRNA gene. Students on the project will develop skills in microbiology and molecular biology. and the project will offer substantial opportunity for independent investigation.

Bacteria in Freshwater: A Historical Record of Past Pollution?

The aim of this project will be to characterize the bacteria of faecal origin in a local watercourse, to establish which indicator organisms are present, determine if any are pathogenic to humans, and then to attempt detection of bacteriophage. Students on the project will develop skills in environmental monitoring, microbiology and molecular biology.

Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model Organism for Genetic Screens

The aim of this project will be to establish an experimental system with C. elegans using a forward genetic approach. Using ethylmathanesulforate (EMS), a mutagen that induces direct mutations in DNA, such as missense and nonsense mutations you will screen populations of C. elegans looking for any phenotypic changes that may be biologically interesting and attempt to further characterize the mutants. In addition, C. elegans is an excellent model organism for the study of addiction to compounds such as alcohol and caffeine, areas that can also be investigated during the project. This is a very exciting project as the outcome is unknown and it may lead to the identification of a new mutant phenotype.

Investigating the reliability of Daphnia as a model to study the autonomic control of heart rate

The project will use neuropharmacological techniques to investigate the receptor system responsible for controlling the heart rate and will seek to compare that to what is known about our own autonomic nervous control of heart rate. It is known that the Daphnia HR will slow in response to parasympathetic stimulation using Acetylcholine and conversely increase by sympathetic stimulation, but there is limited information regarding the receptor systems involved and the pharmacology of the controlling system. The project will involve basic manipulation Daphnia under dissection microscopes such that their hearts can be easily viewed, and heart rate determined. Once proficiency in this technique is established, a systematic pharmacological investigation of the neural control of heart rate in the Daphnia will be conducted

Genetic Engineering for Agriculture in a Changing Climate

One significant outcome of current climate change models is that agriculturally important species will become more susceptible to devastating diseases, leading to impacts on food supply. The aim of this project will be to investigate proteins involved in the spread of disease from cell to cell in plants. The student will conduct experiments which temporarily alter the expression levels or functions of relevant genes and proteins. The student will then investigate how different environmental conditions (temperature, light, water levels etc) affect cell to cell movement in combination with altered expression of the genes of interest.


Must be majoring in Psychology and be junior level.

Sensory Perception and Neurodiversity

In SimmonsLab (https://simmonslab.psy.gla.ac.uk/) we explore aspects of sensory perception and how these interact with neurodiversity. Current projects include using online and Virtual Reality (VR) drawing packages to investigate neurodiversity and creativity, using VR drawing packages to explore sensory experiences in both synaesthesia and autism, how aspects of sensory processing vary with personality and the induction and amelioration of anxiety due to the sensory environment. Students will interact with one of these projects and either gather data themselves or help in analysis of previously-gathered data. If all goes well covid-wise we also hope to use the brand-new multi-user Virtual Reality labs which are due to open in Spring, 2022.

Disgust Sensitivity and Mental Health Stigma

Our behavioural immune system keeps us safe by alerting us to potential infection threats in our environment and we tend to avoid stimuli that display signs of infectious disease. One type of disgust, pathogen disgust, is triggered when we are exposed to infection-related stimuli (e.g., stepping in dog poop). However, the behavioural immune system has become overgeneralised and can trigger a “false positive” when stimuli are actually harmless (e.g., facial lesions, obesity). This project looks at how the overgeneralisation of the behavioural immune system may predict stigmatising attitudes towards mental health conditions that carry no threat of infection. Students will develop skills in survey platforms and reproducible data analysis while engaging in an exciting and novel theoretical area. Interested students should read this paper for a fuller review of the general project area: Dawydiak, E. J., Stafford, H. E., Stevenson, J. L., & Jones, B. C. (2020). Pathogen disgust predicts stigmatization of individuals with mental health conditions. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 6(1), 60-63.

Exploring adolescent wellbeing in the #sleepyteens research project

This project involves working with survey data from thousands of Scottish adolescents in the national #sleepyteens research project, which includes measures of wellbeing, sleep and social media experiences. Students will be supported to review and present current research literature in this field. Students will develop skills in data wrangling and reproducible data analysis.


Must be majoring or minoring in History or a related field and be junior level. In this course you will pursue an independent research project in History guided by a supervisor with group seminars in historical methods. Projects will draw on the University of Glasgow’s outstanding research library, local archives and printed and online primary sources. You will produce a research paper and share your findings in a mock conference. A range of topics will be offered each year, typically featuring Scottish and British history.

The Sexual Revolution in Britain and Europe, 1945-1980

This research project will explore the nature and the extent of social, political and cultural changes around sexuality in the post-war decades in order to reflect critically on the idea of sexual revolution. Exploring a variety of themes such as access to contraceptives, homosexuality, the student movement, gender equality, pre-marital sex and religion, students will especially reflect on the discrepancy between triumphalist discourses and lived experiences. Students will use publications of the time, newspapers, activists’ papers and written and oral testimonies, available online and at the Glasgow Women’s Library to reflect on how different kinds of sources offer different kinds of narratives about the sexual liberation. Working with their supervisor, students will develop a research paper that uses several types of sources to reflect on the complexity of changes in sexual norms in the post-war.

Oral History and Feminist Activism in Scotland, Britain and the United States, From Women's Liberation to #MeToo

This research topic covers gendered political and social protest, more specifically the recent history of feminist social movements in different parts of the Anglophone world - notably the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition to providing students with a nuanced understanding regarding the history of 20th and 21st century feminist activism and gender history as an overall discipline, this course offers an introduction to oral history methodology and its practical, ethical and theoretical dimensions. The primary source base of this course draws on existing English-language personal testimonies, located in various (online and in-person) oral history archives. The course includes a visit to the Glasgow Women’s Library, the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women's lives, histories and achievements. Working with their supervisor, students will develop a research paper topic focusing on selected oral history testimonies, combining them with relevant theoretical/methodological approaches.

A Greek Tragedy at the Junction of Three Worlds: the Roots of the Greek Revolution of 1821

In 1821 the Greeks lived at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, and of Christianity, Islam and secularism. As they navigated this intersection, they found themselves on a course that would plunge them into a decade-long conflict with the Ottoman Empire. As their nation gained independence, would the Greeks embrace their ancient classical inheritance, their medieval Byzantine heritage, or the ideas stemming from revolutionary Europe? By examining primary evidence (available online, and in English) this research project explores these avenues. Students will be equipped with the methodological skills to handle these sources, ranging from memoirs and state documents to material artefacts and folk songs. There will also be an expedition involving Glasgow’s neo-classical architecture, demonstrating how an idea of ‘Greece’ captured Europe at the time. Working with their supervisor, students will then select a root cause of the rebellion and develop a research project dedicated to their chosen theme.

Plantagenet Authority in Medieval England, 1154-1216

This research project explores the expression of authority by Plantagenet rulers in England between 1154 and 1216 and the role the Church played in supporting or countering their authority. During this period, ecclesiastical and secular leaders in England had interests which either unified them or led to intense conflict. Working with their supervisor, students will develop a case study rooted in close evaluation of primary sources such as chronicles, charters, papal documents, hagiographies, and letter collections, available in translation at the University of Glasgow library and online through digitised archives and collections. Potential case studies include the Becket Controversy, King John’s relationship with the Church, or the ways in which noblewomen expressed their own authority.

Books and Material Culture in the Scottish Enlightenment

This research project will explore the Scottish Enlightenment through print culture and materiality. Students will consider how books or printed matter, considered as objects, can help us understand the mindset of the intellectual Scoto-British elite of the eighteenth century. Students will engage with techniques and methodologies from the field of book history, including provenance research and investigation of early modern printing and book production processes. Working with their supervisor, students will develop a research paper using books, pamphlets, and manuscripts from one of the best preserved eighteenth-century private libraries in Britain, the Hunterian Library, now housed in Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections.

Scottish Political Parties and the Memory of Robert Burns (1910s-2010s)

This project will explore the political legacy of Robert Burns: Scotland’s best-known, most influential, and most contentious poet. Burns’s ambiguous verse, oscillating between patriotic odes, egalitarian lines, and royalist songs, lends itself to interpretations from across the political divide. Focussing on the past century, this project will consider how Scottish political parties, from right to left, and from nationalists to unionists, have tried to appropriate the memory of Burns for their own causes. Potential case studies include Scottish conservative discourses about Burns, from the First World War to Brexit, Left-wing pamphlets about Burns, including the works of John Smith Clarke (1885-1959), pacifist and socialist admirer of the poet, the deployment of Burns in British parliamentary debates (Hansard), and online and social media uses of Burns during the 2014 referendum campaign on Scottish independence. This project allows you to choose a case study to explore the complicated relationship between culture and politics in modern Scotland.

Full Course list

Fantastic Texts and Where to Find Them: Approaching Fantasy Literature, from Fairy Tales to Harry Potter (Online Course)

  • Summer
2.5 Credits

This online course will introduce you to fantasy and the fantastic, often defined as the "literature of the impossible". 

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature

Functional Anatomy

  • Summer
3.75 Credits

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

For more information on this course click here

Due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, this course will not be available for 2021 but will run in 2022

History of Christianity in Scotland

  • Summer
3.75 Credits

Explore history of Christianity in Scotland.

For more information on this course click here

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives

Physics for Engineers

  • Summer
7.5 Credits

Note that this course has 2, 4-week complementary blocks. You must participate in both blocks. It is not possible to select one.

Explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of "mechanics, waves and optics" as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences. 

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Physical Sciences

Physics for Life Sciences

  • Summer
7.5 Credits

Note that this course has 2, 4-week complementary blocks. You must participate in both blocks. It is not possible to select one.

Explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of dynamics (from a vectorial point of view), and thermal physics as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences.

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Physical Sciences

Religion & Spirituality in Scotland

  • Summer
3.75 Credits

Explore the importance of religious traditions and spirituality in Scotland, and how new agents seek to be active agents for change.

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Scotland's Cultural Landscape: National Heritage and the Arts

  • Summer

Study a variety of Scotland art forms, undertake significant hands-on research and participate in class discussions of theories, methodologies, and interpretation of cultural practices.

For more information on this course click here

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Scottish Urban Landscape in Film & Glass: Glasgow School of Art

  • Summer
2.5 Credits

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.

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Women and Gender in the Bible and Contemporary Society

  • Summer
3.75 Credits

Understand the ways in which readings of biblical women establish creative transactions between ancient patriarchal cultures and modern post-industrial cultures via counter-readings, misreadings and outraged readings, and more broadly, how this relates to our understanding of the place of the Bible in western society.

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Writing the City: creative writing workshop on urban landscapes and the literary flâneur/flâneuse

  • Summer
2.5 Credits

Brings writers together in a supportive environment to explore urban and experimental styles.

For more information on this course click here.

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Writing Intensive

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Term Program Dates Application Deadline
Summer 2022 Course Track Mid June - Mid July; exact dates vary by course Apr 1, 2022
Summer 2022 Research Track Mid June - early August Mar 1, 2022

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

*Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.

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.

Term Abroad Date/Time Location
Summer 2022 TBD TBD


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

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.

Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

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.

Summer 2022

Summer in Scotland: Research Track

Summer 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $3,950
International health insurance $100
Housing and/or meals $0
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $4,450
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $4,450

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,200
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,350
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $150
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeSix weeks room and board $2,000
Essential daily living expenses $750
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,900

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $8,700
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $750
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.


Complete pre-application advising.


The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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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.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

Program Contact

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

Molly Green or call at 612.625.6076