Is this Program Right for You?
Study and live amidst the charm of Scotland! Although still part of the United Kingdom, Scotland has always retained its own identity. Rich Scottish traditions are still observed and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Scotland is remarkably diverse, offering everything from dramatic Highlands to ancient castles to churches and battlefield to dynamic city life.
This program is ideal for a student who wishes to directly enroll in a Scottish university and take classes right alongside local students. Course options are extremely diverse, and the city of Glasgow - Scotland's largest - is well known for its fantastic arts and music scene.
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow
is the fourth oldest university in the UK and has a reputation for academic excellence. The University is a truly Scottish university, with the majority of students coming from all over Scotland, and offers visiting students the opportunity to study in a world-class academic environment. AU students are fully integrated into a welcoming and vibrant campus life, experiencing Scottish culture at one of Britain's most popular and largest universities.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate in this program.
AU students directly enroll in the University of Glasgow for either a semester or for a full year and earn full AU credit. The University of Glasgow is divided into four schools and colleges: College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Social Sciences. Study abroad students in the past have taken classes in the departments of: Arts (including Divinity), Biomedical & Life Sciences, Education, Engineering, Information and Mathematical Sciences, Law and Financial Studies, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Visiting students are able to study subjects, not only across a range of departments, but also across a range of Faculties simultaneously. With over 900 courses to choose from, the University of Glasgow ensures flexibility and a tailored academic experience.
The University of Glasgow provides some additional and unique course offerings for study abroad students in:
Course listings and descriptions can be found at theUniversity of Glasgow website
Generally, a full course load in Scotland is 3-4 courses a semester for the Fall or Spring term. Students must enroll in a full course load while abroad. Summer programs are all worth differing amounts of credit and the total credits depend on the courses students take. The standard full time load for Fall/Spring is 60 "Glasgow credits." Most courses are worth 20 Glasgow credits and each of those 20 Glasgow credit courses equals 5 AU credits. Refer to the chart below for the complete credit conversion information that AU will use to transfer credits from there to AU:
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Life in Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, is a bustling, lively and cultural place. It has everything one would expect of a large cosmopolitan city - busy shopping streets and modern indoor malls, a wealth of pubs and restaurants, discos, clubs, cinemas, art galleries, parks, museums, and theaters. Glasgow is situated on the west coast of Scotland with ready access to the Highland countryside and less than an hour away from many attractions. Students can take a train to Edinburgh, Scotland's historical and cultural hub, in about 45 minutes. The University of Glasgow has a beautiful, historic campus located in the green, park-like West End of the city of Glasgow.
Glasgow is particularly known also for it's quintessential Scottish character and it's thriving music and arts scene.
Housing and Meals
Visiting students are responsible for making housing and meal arrangements independently directly with the University of Glasgow accommodations office. After acceptance, students receive a Student Residence Guide from the University of Glasgow which includes a housing application. Students are housed primarily in either University Residence Halls or University flats; assistance with private accommodation can be provided as well. Glasgow guarantees accommodation to all visiting students provided their application form is received by their deadline.
University Halls are split into two categories: Catering or Self-Catering. This means the Hall has a meal plan or does not have a meal plan. Both types consist of single or shared study bedrooms and a range of communal rooms. Most are within easy walking distance of the main campus. University Flats house between three to five students. Flats are self-catering and offers single study bedrooms and a shared common living/kitchen area.
Learn more about housing in Glasgow on their website here
The University of Glasgow Program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please see the Glasgow website for specific program dates.
* US Fall Semester (Glasgow "Semester 1"): September - December
* US Spring Semester (Glasgow "Semester 2"): January - June
* Academic Year: September - June