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University of Glasgow

Study in the most diverse and multi-cultural city in Scotland, also named as a UNESCO World Centre for Music for its legendary live music scene.

Discover beautiful Scotland and one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Visit the magnificent medieval cathedral, the birthplace of Glasgow, or have a look at the extensive collection in the Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland’s most visited art gallery – for free! University of Glasgow is in the top 100 universities in the world (#69, QS 2019) and at over 550 years old, is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world.

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Glasgow, UK




Fall, Winter, Academic year

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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
Priority deadline: January 10, 2024 

University-specific additional requirements

No university-specific requirements. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024 

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Program Details

Areas of Study:

Archaeology, architecture, art history, astronomy, biology & biomedical sciences, business, chemistry, computer science, development studies, drama, earth science, ecology, economics, engineering (aerospace, biomedical, civil, electrical, mechanical, software), English, European studies, film studies, geography, gender studies (sociology), Greek & Roman studies (classics), history, human anatomy, law, math, marine science, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, sports science, statistics, urban studies, zoology.

Languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, French, Gaelic, Greek, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Latvian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Important note: Semester one students (fall semester only) are not allowed to take computer science, math or statistics classes as the exams are written in April/May. Students attending for the academic year or semester two (winter) are not affected.

Course Information:

Glasgow prefers students take a full course load of 60 Glasgow points (or 30 ECTS credits) per semester. One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Glasgow points (or 6 ECTS credits). Course information can be found in their online course catalogue and on department websites. Please read the guidance notes

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The fall semester runs from early September to mid-December. The spring semester runs from early January to late May.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Living costs for students at Glasgow are about £12,100/year (excluding books and UK travel). For details click here

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information. 

Accommodation at the University of Glasgow is primarily in self-catered residences and is guaranteed for exchange students (though rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis.) Residential Services also provides assistance to students looking for private off-campus accommodation.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0(B).

Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Glasgow, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Glasgow's application click here.

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Glasgow's requirements click here.

The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. Glasgow is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion and there are several supports available to LGBTQ students on campus.

Students with disabilities can read more about disability support services at Glasgow

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.