Cliffs outside of Glasgow on a foggy day

University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

  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 Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0. This is a strict requirement; students below this mark should explore other options.
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

    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.

    Housing & Meals

    Live in single rooms with shared facilities in residence halls near campus.  Compare the various university halls at the University of Glasgow's Residential Services website. You are guaranteed a place in university accommodation as long as you apply as soon as possible after receiving notification of acceptance to study.

    Excursions

    The University of Glasgow offers vibrant campus life through student clubs and organizations. In addition, the International Society organizes a wide range of events over the course of the year, aiming to give international students a different view of Scottish life and tradition.

    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
    Courseload

    15-18 credits per semester; 30-36 credits for an academic year

    Coursework

    Classes

    Handbook

    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    Minimum courseload is 60 credit units per semester, equivalent to 15 University of Minnesota credits.  Most classes at Glasgow carry 10, 15 or 20 credits, meaning a typical semester schedule includes between 3 and 6 classes per semester. 

    Other academic information, as well as program dates, housing options, special classes, etc., can be found at Glasgow's main study abroad page

    For summer courses, visit the University of Glasgow's International Summer School page. Apply through the LAC's Summer in Scotland program page. 

    Major Advising Pages

    Glasgow offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following majors and student populations:

    Student Populations

    Majors

    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 this program. 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
    Academic Year 2019-2020 Early September 2019 - late May 2020 Apr 15, 2019
    Fall semester 2019 Early September - mid-December Apr 15, 2019
    Spring semester 2020 Early January 2020 - late May 2020 Oct 1, 2019

    This posted application deadline is for the Learning Abroad Center Application only. The application deadline for the host university will fall a few weeks after the Learning Abroad Center deadline. 

    *Applications after this deadline may be considered. Contact Eric Leinen to inquire.
    **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 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.

    The in-person orientation takes place on a Friday afternoon towards the end of each semester for students departing in the upcoming term(s).  You will receive specific details for the date/time/location of the in-person pre-departure orientation as it gets closer.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

    Spring 2020

    Fall 2019

    Academic Year 2019–20

    The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($1950 one semester / $2950 for Academic Year) 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.

    BUTEX offers scholarships specifically for students going to the UK.

    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.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    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 Dates page for term options
    Program Name University Study in the United Kingdom
    Track Name University of Glasgow
    Country United Kingdom

    Submit

    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.

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received.  Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • University of Glasgow application (including an Official Transcript and one (1) Reference Letter). 
    • First Step

    In addition to completing the Learning Abroad Center's Online application checklist, you must also submit an application and supporting materials directly to the University of Glasgow. Once your application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Learning Abroad Center, instructions for how to complete your application with the University of Glasgow will be sent to you. 

    Glasgow posts a detailed guide to their online application system if you run into problems. 

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center.  Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.  

  7. Program Contact

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

    Eric Leinen or call at 612.625.9008.