Study abroad in Scotland with IFSA
Glasgow
, Scotland

University of Glasgow Partnership

Program Overview

Part of the Russell Group of UK schools—think Ivy League—this university has high-caliber academics on a large, city campus, with everything from public policy to functional anatomy to bagpiping. Special courses make it easy to explore Scottish culture, volunteering, the arts, or medicine. Rich in history yet plenty hip and spirited, Scotland’s financial and cultural center gives you much to explore.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 15
Academic Year: April 15
Spring: Oct. 15

Minimum GPA

3.00

Credit load

15

Housing

Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database—if the University of Glasgow's Program is preapproved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Search for courses on the University of Glasgow's online course catalog here.

  • In the middle of the page, click the “Online Course Catalog” link
  • Click on “undergraduate course catalog” for all level 1 and level 2 classes (equivalent to freshman and sophomore level classes in the U.S.)
  • Click on “departmental webpages” for information on level 3 and level 4 honors classes (equivalent to junior and senior level classes in the U.S.)

Credit Conversions

At the University of Glasgow, a full course load for a semester is 60 Glasgow credits (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours).

1 SCQF credit = .25 U.S. semester credit hours

SPECIAL CLASS OPTIONS

You also have the opportunity to take one of the following special classes:

Acrylic Painting, Graphic Design, Life Drawing, and Stained Glass
(Suspended for Fall 2023, Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024)
Taught at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, you can choose one of four classes. Learn more here.

Bagpipes: History, Repertoire and Performance
Taught through the Scottish National Piping Centre, this course consists of three class hours a week at the piping centre. One hour is spent in a small group lecture learning about the bagpipes in relation to Scottish history and culture. One hour is spent in small group instruction in playing the bagpipes, and the third hour is spent in one-on-one instruction with the tutor. For more information, please click here.

Functional Premedical Anatomy
A 20-credit Glasgow course (5 U.S. semester credit hours), Functional Premedical Anatomy is aimed at students who wish to attend medical school in the U.S. The course is a level 2 course and the GPA requirement is 3.4. Students wishing to take this course must be premedical or biology majors. For more information, please click here.

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Accounting and Finance
Students cannot take classes from different levels. Level 3 classes are not available.

Astronomy
Only suitable for full-year students.

Biology/Biomedical Sciences
At least two-thirds of classes must come from the department. Semester 1 not recommended if you want to take all level 4 classes.

Chemistry
It is not possible to take chemistry classes alongside other subjects. Students cannot mix levels within this subject. Preferably only for full-year study.

Comparative Literature
Single semester students cannot take level 3 classes.

Computer Science
Most level 3 and 4 classes are not available to Semester 1 students.

Dentistry
Not available.

Economics
Level 3 classes are not available. Students must have previously completed classes in Introductory and Intermediate Micro and Macro Economics plus some math/statistics to take level 4 classes. Students cannot mix levels within this subject.

Education
Semester 1 or full-year study recommended.

Engineering
Level 1 and 2 not available. Students can only take classes associated with a single engineering degree. Students cannot mix levels within this subject.

English Language and Linguistics
Level 3 classes not available.

English Literature
English majors may take up to two level 4 classes. Non-majors are restricted to level 1 and 2 classes. Students cannot mix level 1 and level 2 classes.

Film and Television Studies
Students may take up to two level 4 classes per semester. Level 3 and 4 Practical Filmmaking classes are not available.

Management
Level 4 classes available only.

Mathematics
Only available to Semester 2 or full-year students.

Medicine
Not available.

Politics (Political Science)
Level 4 classes available only.

Scottish Gaelic
Level 1 and 2 Gaelic language classes are not available in Semester 2.

Sociology
Level 3 and 4 classes available only to students majoring in sociology at their home institution.

Statistics
Only available to Semester 2 or full-year students.

Theater Studies
Level 3 and 4 classes only available to students majoring in theatre at their home institution.

Veterinary Medicine
Not available.

Consider enrolling in a community-based learning course taught through Glasgow's Public Policy department. Students complete volunteer work for six hours per week and take a related course for 5 U.S. semester credit hours. Read more about the details. Students must apply for and receive a PBS Tier 4 visa in order to participate in volunteer activities. IFSA will guide you through the visa process; however, you are responsible for the $500 cost for the visa.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for the semester program.
  • A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • A visa is required if you are participating in the year program.

TRANSCRIPT
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

Activities

  • City Walking Tour: During IFSA Orientation, learn about the city on foot and attend a walking tour of the social, cultural, and historical sites of Glasgow.
  • Scottish Parliament Tour: See behind the scenes on a guided tour through the chambers of the Scottish Parliament, how the Scottish Government makes new laws on devolved matters, and how it debates the issues of the day.
  • Glasgow Mural and Street Art Walking-Tour: Glasgow has created a Mural Trail featuring the diverse range of art within easy walking distance of the city center. Follow the trail of a huge range of artwork on display which has something to suit all tastes, from conservative to radical, quirky to bizarre. Enjoy discovering the hidden public art, with assistance from digital resources, with this self-paced walking tour.
  • Ceilidh Dancing to Scottish Folk Music: A Ceilidh is a fun-filled night of wild dancing, good music, and Scottish culture! A live Scottish folk band plays through traditional music as one of the band members calls out the dance steps to the group, teaching how the dance goes. As the music takes off, the fun begins.

Excursion

  • Highlands Trip: On your first day of the Highland’s excursion, delve into the past and discover how Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil, and how they dressed. Then visit the Culloden Battlefield, location of the final Jacobite Rising. It was the last and most harrowing battle to be fought on British soil and its impact ripples into present day Scotland. On day two, sail across the waters of the legendary Loch Ness to learn about the history of the renowned loch and what makes it so famous. Perhaps have a look for the Loch Ness Montser yourself! Immersed yourself in the verdant and impressive rolling hills and mountains of the highlands with spectacular views of the Three Sisters Mountains in Glencoe. Also experience the poignant history of Stirling at the Wallace Monument and learn about the history of the battles fought at this strategically located city.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Self-Catering

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2024

January 4, 2024

May 24, 2024

$25,775

Oct. 15

Fall 2024

Early Sept. 2024

Mid-Dec. 2024

$22,775 (estimated)

April 15

Academic Year 2024-2025

Early Sept. 2024

Late May 2025

Contact IFSA

April 15

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

January 4, 2024

Term ends

May 24, 2024

Program costs

$25,775

Application deadline

Oct. 15

Term

Fall 2024

Term begins

Early Sept. 2024

Term ends

Mid-Dec. 2024

Program costs

$22,775 (estimated)

Application deadline

April 15

Term

Academic Year 2024-2025

Term begins

Early Sept. 2024

Term ends

Late May 2025

Program costs

Contact IFSA

Application deadline

April 15

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Jasmine Di Diego

Jasmine Di Diego

Admissions Counselor

Jasmine Di Diego

Jasmine Di Diego

Prearrival Counselor

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