Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. A member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities, the University of Glasgow has about 29,000 students and welcomes international students from more than 140 countries worldwide. The University of Glasgow is a progressive, innovative, and globally minded university that welcomes and values students from all over the world. Students have a wide range of courses to choose from and access to world-class collections and resources. Learn more about the University of Glasgow.
Thinking about studying abroad in Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
Glasgow, Scotland's largest city is a bustling, lively and cultural place in which to live and study. The varied and colorful social scenes ensure there is always something to do and places to go: busy shopping streets and modern indoor malls such as Princes Square and the Buchanan Galleries; pubs and restaurants offering everything from pub grub and international menus to haute cuisine; discos, clubs, cinemas, art galleries housing important collections, parks, museums, theatres: in fact, all the facilities you would expect of a large cosmopolitan city. Glasgow is situated on the west coast of Scotland with ready access to countryside natural beauty and less than an hour away from many attractions, including Edinburgh, Stirling, the Ayrshire Coast, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
Students can find available courses in the University's Course Catalog. Students can select courses from multiple colleges across the University. Level 1 and 2 courses require no/little previous experience in that area; level 3 and 4 courses are upper level courses that require at least two years background experience in the subject area. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and explore course options at an appropriate level of study. Course enrollments are finalized after students arrive in Glasgow at the beginning of the semester.
- Students may not take courses in Medicine, Vet Medicine, and Dentistry.
- Students may not take any level 5 courses.
- Semester 1 (Fall semester) students may not take level 3 and 4 Computing Science, Math, or Stats courses.
Term 1: early September - mid December
Term 2: early January - late May
The University of Glasgow guarantees accommodation to exchange students, provided their accommodation application is received in a timely manner. Students can apply for accommodation 72 hours after accepting an offer to study at the University of Glasgow. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for accommodation as soon as possible. Find more information about accommodation, including pricing and contract dates, at the Undergraduate Accommodation page.
Costs and Expected Expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. Additional resources are available on your host university’s website, including:
Tuition and Fees:
You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
To estimate Housing/Room and Dining/Board costs, you can take a look at the “Attendance Cost” section on Glasgow's US Federal Loans page
. In that section, there is a sample outline (Undergraduate maximum Cost of Living) of cost of attendance which may be helpful. This lists costs including rent, utilities, food, books/computer equipment, travel (local), and personal expenses. If you are studying abroad for one semester, divide the number of weeks in the academic year in half. As you budget/estimate costs for housing, be sure to include utilities. (Note:
While the link above to Glasgow's website is about US loans, since you will be participating in an exchange program and therefore paying tuition and fees to UVA, financial aid, including loans, will be processed through SFS at UVA so other information on that page does not apply.)
Travel and Travel Documents:
You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
- Airline Ticket prices will vary based on where you are traveling from.
- Local Transportation costs will vary but a cost estimate is included in Glasgow's Cost of Attendance information linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
- Luggage may be an additional cost if you need to purchase it for your travel.
- Passport/Visa/Immigration costs should also be factored into your expected expenses. Students can find information about passport costs on the State Department’s Passport Fees page. Information about visa requirements and associated costs can be found on gov.uk. Note that in some cases, students will have to pay an NHS healthcare surcharge along with their visa application.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses will vary based on the classes you take and personal spending choices, however a cost estimate is included in Glasgow's Cost of Attendance information linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
Education Abroad Expense Form:
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.