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Fields of Study: Engineering, Sciences

As the home to the James Watt School of Engineering and the School of Life Sciences, the University of Glasgow offers the perfect environment for this intensive physics summer program.

The program offers two tracks during the summer:

  • Physics for Engineers
  • Physics for Life Sciences

Unique study opportunities

  • Develop reasoned strategies and techniques to analyze and solve problems.
  • Participate in experiential lab work to better understand core concepts of physics.
  • Fulfill requirements for a life sciences degree that may be impacted at UC.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete either the Physics for Engineers or the Physics for Life Sciences track:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
  • Take both courses for a letter grade.
  • Enroll in one course per four-week session.


Current Program Courses

Check with your campus study abroad advisor to see how the department at your campus has evaluated these courses.

Research and independent study are typically not available.

Catalogs and resources

  • Math readiness tests: To determine academic fit for the intensive physics program, consider taking these optional tests.
  • UCEAP Summer Program course list at the University of Glasgow.
  • Comparison of UCEAP summer physics: Review similar physics program information across all of UCEAP’s country locations.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Video about this program with former UCEAP students
  • Check with your campus study abroad office for course equivalencies.

Academic culture

If you take the Physics track, the pedagogical approach is very different from traditional classroom models. You'll be introduced to the learning material before class and expected to complete the readings and online assignments as preparation. Classroom time will be used to deepen your understanding of the material through discussions and group learning activities. Your role is to take ownership of your learning outside of the classroom so you are prepared to actively participate in problem-solving activities that reinforce what you learned. Many students find this model engaging and motivating.

Continuous assessment includes regular tests, exercises, and laboratory work to provide feedback. You will be working in small groups, each with a dedicated tutor.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are usually available late September to early October.