Scotland Study Abroad Program at the University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow
Hallo agus fàilte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Glasgow 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 University of Glasgow has to offer
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about the University of Glasgow by visiting their website here.
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?
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
Also, be sure to check you have the proper academic background for the course levels you are choosing.
Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
History The History department does not update the class catalogue to reflect when the modules are offered. Contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor to find out when certain classes will be offered.
Film & Media Studies The minimum prerequisite to take a class in this department is four classes as background in the subject area.
Education Level 3 and 4 classes are not available to study abroad students.
English Literature Level 3 and 4 classes are reserved mostly for students who are majoring in this area. All other students may take only Level 1 and 2.
Sociology This department does not have a history of allowing spring semester only students into their classes. They may make exceptions depending on the class and your background. Check with your program advisor for more information.
Politics Students studying at Glasgow for the spring semester can take only Level 1 and Level 2 political science courses. Level 3 and Level 4 political science courses are not open to visiting students who are studying at Glasgow for the spring semester only.
Theater Level 3 and 4 classes are reserved mostly for students who are majoring in this area. All other students may take only Level 1 and 2.
For more information about each department, please visit the University of Glasgow Department web pages. There may be course or departmental restrictions for departments that are not listed above. For more information, contact your program advisor.
While studying at the University of Glasgow, can I take courses at the Glasgow School of Art ?
There are currently three classes that are available at the Glasgow School of Art for students enrolled at the University of Glasgow. Students may enroll in up to two classes, and each class is worth 10 University of Glasgow credits. The classes are offered on Wednesdays and are taught by the Glasgow School of Art’s continuing education department. While these are introductory courses, more advanced students have the opportunity to work in the studio under the guidance of Glasgow School of Art tutors, and they often find that they are encouraged to work at a level above the general class. If you would like to take these classes, write “GSA Cont. Ed Dept – [name of class]” on your course preference form.
While studying at Glasgow, can I take courses at the Scottish National Piping Centre?
What is the Functional Premed Anatomy course option?
What is the Community-Based Learning course?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
Period of Study Glasgow Credits U.S. Semester Credit Hours
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?
What are my housing options?
What amenities are available in my housing?
This list of amenities was correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change without notice.
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.
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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. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.
They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
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: Some students will be required to obtain a student visa for the U.K. These include all full year students, any student participating in community-based learning and citizens of certain countries. U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) can enter the country as a student visitor at no cost but are not allowed to undertake an internship, paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Academic year students also have to pay a healthcare surcharge of £150 in addition to visa costs.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Your IFSA-Butler Team
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
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 4 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.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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Glasgow's Public Policy department offers a community-based learning course for the fall semester. Students do volunteer work for six hours per week and take a related course for 5 U.S. semester credit hours. Read more.