The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities. It was founded in 1451. Along with the University of Edinburgh, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century. It is currently a member of Universitas 21, the international network of research universities, and the Russell Group, the UK equivalent to the Ivy League.
Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
25,000 students from almost 140 countries
Member of the British Russell Group, the UK equivalent to the Ivy League
Dedicated International Career Adviser on-hand to offer advice and guidance througout the year
Follow in the footsteps of famous alumni including Adam Smith, Lord Kelvin, James Watt, and seven Nobel Prize Winners
As a visiting student, you will have many opportunities to study the range of courses open to all University of Glasgow students. You can view the list of classes in the undergraduate course catalogue.
One of the unique features of the Study Abroad program at the University is the flexibility of combining classes from across all four Colleges (dependent upon pre-requisites being met and timetabling issues).
The University of Glasgow has four Colleges:
College of Arts
College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences
College of Science & Engineering
College of Social Sciences
Study abroad and exchange students attend classes with other British and international students (exception for pre-sessional courses) and are assessed in the same manner. The most common form of teaching is formal lectures (particularly at Level 1 and 2) with supplementary group tutorials where discussion and group participation are encouraged. A significant proportion of teaching for Science and Engineering takes place in practical laboratory sessions. In upper level classes, lectures are often to smaller groups of students and in some departments are displaced by tutorials and seminars. You may find that they have very few contact hours and less assessment than you are used to at your home institution. It is important to note that higher education in Scotland places a strong emphasis on independent study.
All students are required to be enrolled full time at the University and to take a full course load at the University of Glasgow. A full course load is 60 Glasgow credits for one semester and 120 Glasgow credits for a full year. Most classes at Level 1 and Level 2 (first and second year) are worth 20 Glasgow credits. At Level 3 and 4 (third and fourth year) they can be worth anything from 10-60 credits.
A full load normally means taking about three to four classes (60 Glasgow credits) per semester. Please note 2 University of Glasgow credits = 1 ECTS, i.e. courses which are worth 20 Glasgow credits will be worth 10 ECTS. Students can normally choose classes at Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and can combine classes of different levels in their timetable.
Students will be housed on campus in private bedrooms with shared living/communal areas. A variety of accommodation styles are available from modern apartments to traditional halls of residence, and prices vary depending on the type of accommodation chosen. The most common type of student housing is Self Catered Accommodation, and we recommend that students choose this type of accommodation. Meals are not included in the Self Catered option, but students have kitchens where they can cook for themselves. There are a number of small markets and grocery stores on and near campus, where students can shop for food. Students will apply for housing directly to University of Glasgow and are guaranteed on-campus housing provided they apply by August 22. Housing application instructions will given to you by University of Glasgow.
SPU Partner Program: Tier 4
Seattle Pacific University has partnered with affiliated organizations or host universities that have been vetted for their academic and student support. Partner Programs are eligible for Federal, State, and Institutional grants and scholarships.
For SPU Partner Programs, you will be charged one quarter of SPU tuition for participation during fall quarter or winter/spring quarters combined. Depending on the tier level of the selected program, an additional fee for tiers 2-10 will be charged. For fee information, see Partner Program Cost.
Freshers’ Week is a cross-campus festival built to propel you into university life with more than a hundred events in over twenty different locations spread across five full days and nights. The week will be filled with live music, fairs, comedy and other cultural activities. You’ll get the inside track on how to make the most of your time outside of the classroom with events taking you to every corner of campus, giving you the chance to fully experience what it means to be a student at the University of Glasgow.
Access to campus library, student unions & societies, etc.
Athletic Facilities: six-lane, 25m heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room, fitness suite, squash courts, strength suite, cardio suite, exercise studio, cricket oval, and tennis courts
International Student Support: The University of Glasgow has a team of International Student Advisers who advise our international students on a host of issues such as immigration, accommodation, employment and finance, and are a valuable resource of further advice and information. See http://www.gla.ac.uk/international/support/
What's Not Included:
Medical Insurance (You may be required to purchase international medical insurance for your UK student visa)
Confirmation Deposit: A $300 fee will be due as part of your SPU application and considered your commitment to the program. As SPU has a capacity of 50 students every year for Partner Programs, this fee would be refunded if your application was submitted after we reached capacity.
Generally, students spend more money while they are abroad than during a typical quarter at SPU. These costs vary per student, and are usually associated with extra in-country and personal travel, eating out, entertainment, and purchasing gifts and souvenirs.