Glasgow School of Art
Hallo agus fàilte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the Glasgow School of Art as your destination. Glasgow is a vibrant city with great arts and entertainment, and lots of friendly faces. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
What the Glasgow School of Art has to offer
The way the Glasgow School of Art instructs students is probably very different than what you are accustomed to at your U.S. University. It is important that you understand these differences before filling out the school/department preference form.
U.S. students who find themselves accepted in second and third-year levels of study can be a bit lost. By the second and third year, Glasgow School of Art expects students to have already learned basic techniques and theories. At this level, students are expected to work independently and in groups on assignments that are often very broad and allow for much creativity, imagination and self-direction. Guidance from instructors is always available, but students must go to initiate contact with their advisors at the GSA. Students will also greatly benefit from group critiques and discussions of their work. If the idea of spending most of your time working independently on projects with little direct supervision appeals to you, then the GSA will be an excellent fit!
Aside from independent studio work, students can expect the following learning methods while at the GSA:
What is the Scottish educational system like?
Academic life at the Glasgow School of Art
Will I take classes at the Glasgow School of Art?
If I don’t take classes at the GSA, then how are grades assigned?
What year of study should I apply for at the GSA?
If you have never attended an art school, or if you do not have at least two or three years of experience in your department of choice, you may want to consider applying for first year studies at the Glasgow School of Art. Although the first-year program is a general course of study focusing on a wide range of issues and concepts in art, students will have the opportunity to work on studio projects in a variety of areas. Furthermore, it should be noted that first-year studies at the Glasgow School of Art are not beginners’ courses. U.S. students must keep in mind that students in the U.K. began studying their major subject or medium when they were 16 years old and have extensive knowledge of their area before entering the university.
What does it take to succeed at the Glasgow School of Art?
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
At the Glasgow School of Art, a full course load is 12–15 U.S. semester credit hours for the fall term, 15–18 U.S. semester credit hours for the two-term spring semester, and approximately 30 U.S. semester credit hours for the year.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Course Form Guidelines
Instructions for completing the School/Department preference form
If you are applying to the School of Design & Craft or the School of Fine Art, a department must also be selected. The departments are:
School of Design & Craft
*Departments not listed here are not available to study abroad students
I am required to take Forum for Critical Inquiry while at the GSA. What is it?
Though these specific courses may not be offered while you are abroad, this list should give you a general idea of the many directions a Forum for Critical Inquiry course can take!
When is the application deadline?
Application Term Fall/Year Spring
What are my housing options?
Meals are self-catered on the Glasgow School of Art program. There are no meal plans available.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Scotland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
Independent travelers who arrive in Edinburgh between 9 and 10 a.m. on the date marked "Mandatory arrival in Edinburgh" will be met at the airport and transported to orientation site. Students arriving after 10 a.m. will be given directions to the orientation location. All students must arrive by 12 p.m. on the program start date.
Glasgow School of Art Fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Glasgow School of Art program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the Glasgow School of Art must complete five additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the Glasgow School of Art for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the Glasgow School of Art program, you can check the status of your application using the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Scotland:
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of four college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Edinburgh. Click here to read more about Resident Director Ruth Casey.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.
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