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University of Glasgow, Scotland (Exchange)

IMPORTANT! Please note that this exchange program is limited in spaces we have to send students, and therefore is highly competitive. We encourage you to apply, but please note that we are able to send 4 students during the 2017-2018 year. Students should make sure to have a second program choice if they are not chosen to participate in this program.

The Program

The University of Glasgow, located in the cosmopolitan west end of Glasgow, is one of the oldest, largest, and highly ranked institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom.  A founding member of Universitas 21 and one of our newest exchange partners, Glasgow is in the top 1% of universities in the world.  The campus has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students (both undergraduate and graduate students) and welcomes international students from more than 120 countries. Students who study at the University of Glasgow reside in the center of a vibrant metropolis and yet have easy access to the beautiful Scottish countryside and coastline surrounding the city. Edinburgh is less than one hour away by convenient train service.

The Academics

Courses are available for exchange students in the following faculties: Arts, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Engineering Information and Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Business, and Social Sciences. Engineering students can pick from concentrations in Aeronautical Civil, Electronics and Electrical, Marine, and Mechanical Engineering.  The Guardian University Guide (2010) ranks the Electronics and Electrical Engineering department at the University of Glasgow as #1 in the UK. Service Learning options are also available that combine upper level academic work with volunteer service in a variety of organizations.

UConn students who attend the University of Glasgow as part of this exchange may earn 12 – 15 credits for the fall or spring terms and 24 – 30 credits for the academic year.  Please take time to look at the undergraduate course offerings and then meet with your academic advisor and a study abroad advisor to discuss your academic needs and plans.

The University of Glasgow, unlike many of its counterparts in the UK, operates on a semester system.  The fall semester begins in early September and ends by mid-December while the spring semester begins in early January and ends at the end of May. You can take courses in all departments except Computer Science either semester.  Computer Science is the one department that only caters to students coming either for the full year or for the spring semester. Explore the University of Glasgow course catalog here.

British university education differs somewhat from the U.S. pattern and you are given more independence than you are used to here. Attendance at seminars and lectures is required, but you will also be expected to learn on your own. Instead of course syllabi that direct you to specific readings, you will have reading lists from which it is up to you to choose a certain number of books and articles to read each week. Class meetings may be less frequent than here, but you will be expected to devote the available time to reading and preparing essays. Credit is earned both by submitting essays and by taking end of year examinations. UConn students are normally required to take four courses (officially called modules).

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ARCH 1001 Archaeology 1A: The Archaeology of Scotland 3 6/30/2020
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ARCH 1002 Archaeology in the Modern World 5 6/30/2020
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ARCH 2011 Archaeology in Theory and Practice 5 6/30/2018
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study TRS 1007 The God Question: Exploring Christianity 5 12/31/2020
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study CELTCIV1001 Celtic Civilization 1A 3 6/30/2022
CE 2120 Applied Mechanics II: Dynamics ENG 2007 Applied Mechanics II 3 12/31/2018
DMD 3993 Foreign Study ARTMED1001 Digital Media and Information Studies 1A 4 6/30/2022
ECON 1201 + ECON 1493 Principles of Microeconomics + Foreign Study Introduction to Microeconomics (20 credits) 3 + 2 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
EEB 2208 Introduction to Conservation Biology BIOL2022 Ecology and Conservation 2 (Half) 3 6/30/2022
EEB 2245 Evolutionary Biology BIOL2009 Evolutionary Biology 2 3 12/31/2020
ENGL 3621 Literature and Other Disciplines SCOTLIT 1003/1004 Scottish Studies: Exploring Scottish Culture 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ENGL 3627 + ENGL 3693 Studies in Literature + Foreign Study SCOTLIT1012 Scottish Literature 1B: Reading the Nation 3 + 2 12/31/2021
ENGL 3693 Foreign Study SCOTLIT 1002 Scot Lit 1B: Writing the Nation: Scot Lit post 1945 3 12/31/2018
ENGL 3698 Variable Topics KGAW Scottish Literature 3B: 1945 – 21st Century 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
FNCE 4893 Foreign Study MGT 4005 Financial Management 3 12/31/2019
HIST 1993 Foreign Study Celtic Civilisation 1A: The Ancient Celts (20 credit course) 5 12/31/2019
HIST 1993 Foreign Study CELTCIV 1002 Celtic Civilisation 1B: Celtic Peoples 5 6/30/2020
HIST 1993 Foreign Study HIST 1025 Introduction to Scottish Culture – Semester 2 4 6/30/2020
HIST 1993 Foreign Study HIST 1022 Introduction to Scottish Culture 3 12/31/2019
HIST 1998 Varieties of History ESH 1002 Economic & Social History: Themes in Globalisation 1914-2009 (20 credit course)` 5 12/31/2018
HIST 3361 High and Later Middle Ages HS1001 Medieval Europe 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HS1742 The British Civil Wars, c. 1638-49 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 9TMV Scotland: The Stateless Nation 1707-1999 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
MCB 4211 Basic Immunology BIOL2015 Immunology 2 3 6/30/2022
ME 3250 Fluid Dynamics I ENG2085 Fluid Mechanics 2 3 6/30/2022
MGMT 3101 Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior MGT 2001 BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT LEVEL 2B: ORGANIZATIONS & MANAGEMENT 3 12/31/2021
MGMT 3234 Opportunity Generation, Assessment and Promotion MGT 4004 Entrepreneurship/Business Planning 3 12/31/2018
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study MGT 4012 Managing in the Public Sector 3 12/31/2018
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study MGT 4033 Innovation & Participation at Work 3 12/31/2019
MKTG 3625 Integrated Marketing MGT 4013 Marketing Communications 3 12/31/2019
No Credit ACCFIN 1006 Management Accounting & Finance 1
No Credit GEOL 1051 Science & the Environment in Scotland
NRE 3693 Foreign Studies in Natural Resources BIOL2002 Bioengineering & Global Change 2 3 6/30/2022
OPIM 3801 Principles of Project Management MGT 4017 Project Management 3 12/31/2018
OPIM 4893 Cases in Operations Management MGT 4001 Cases in Operations Management 3 12/31/2019
OPIM 4893 Operations & Financial Decision Making MGT 2002 Business & Management 2A 3 12/31/2019
PHIL 1102 Philosophy and Logic PHIL 2001 Philosophy 2K: Knowledge, Meaning and Inference 3 6/30/2019
PHIL 1104 + PHIL 4293 Philosophy and Social Ethics PHIL1002 Philosophy 1M: Right and Wrong 3 + 2 6/30/2021
PHIL 2215 Ethics PHIL 4004 Contemporary Ethics 3 6/30/2018
PHIL 2217 Social and Political Philosophy PHIL 4093 Political Philosophy 3 12/31/2017
POLS1202 Introduction to Comparative Politics POLITIC1002 Politics 1B: Comparative Politics 3 6/30/2018
PSYC 2200 Physiological Psychology PSYCH4065 Physiological Psychology 3 6/30/2022
PSYC 2501 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY PSYCH3002 Cognitive Psychology 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3100 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY PSYCH3005 Concepts and Historical Issues in Psychology 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3883 FOREIGN STUDY PSYCH3007 Individual Differences 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3883 FOREIGN STUDY PSYCH4028 Language and Meaning 4H 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3883 FOREIGN STUDY PSYCH4024 Forensic Psychology 4H 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3883 FOREIGN STUDY PSYCH4034 Psychology and Biology of Mental Disorders 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PSYCH4032 Postive Psychology 4H 3 6/30/2022
SOCI 3271 + SOCI 3993 Topics in Culture + Foreign Study SOCI 4037 Society of Consumption 1: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives 3 + 2 6/30/2019
SOCI 3307 + SOCI 3993 Drugs and Society + Foreign Study SOCI 4068 Drugs and Culture 3 + 2 12/31/2019
SOCI 3621  + SOCI 3993 Sociology of Sexualities + Foreign Study SOCI 4023 Sexualities 3 + 2 12/31/2019
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOCI 4071 Global Health, Local Healing 5 6/30/2019
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOCIO4106 Revolution, Modernity and Social Change 5 6/30/2022
STAT 3345Q  Probability Models for Engineers STATS2005 Statistics 2X: Probability II 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

The University of Glasgow guarantees campus accommodations and has a variety of housing options, including large and small residence halls and shared student flats.  All housing is self catered, and therefore, you must cook your own meals with other students or purchase them in the cafeterias on campus.  Most exchange students reside in Kelvinhaugh Street, Kelvinhaugh Gate, Maclay and Cairncross House. Click here for more information on student housing.

There are four major student bodies that offer a huge number of activities on campus, including 42 sports sections that range from fitness training to intramural and intervarsity teams.  In addition, the unions provide a wide range of entertainment and recreational facilities.

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and a cultural center–home to many music, theatre, and dance companies, museums and galleries, restaurants, and clubs.  It is also filled with more than 80 parks and green spaces and twenty-five minutes from the Clyde coast. Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park are just 40 minutes from the campus.  Click here for photos of the region on the Visit Scotland website.

All students who study in the UK must get either a Student Visitor Visa (for students who study in the UK for less than six months and who don’t plan to work) or a Tier 4 General Student Visa (for students who plan to stay in the UK for more than six months or who want to work or do an internship).


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/03/2018 05/25/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Public Health, Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, Humanities
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3