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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering

The University of Glasgow has a long history of achievement, and it offers a wide array of disciplines to a diverse student body. As the home to the James Watt School of Engineering and the School of Life Sciences, the university offers modern facilities and provides a nurturing environment for qualified STEM students. The Adam Smith Business School attracts enterprising students, and many UC students have enjoyed highly engaging courses in history, psychology, sociology, and studio art. 

Unique study opportunities

  • Course in the history, repertoire, and performance of bagpipes led by the National Piping Centre (additional fee)
  • Art Studio courses at the Glasgow School of Art (additional fee)
  • A Service Learning course with a voluntary work placement (available every two years to year-long students)

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Foreign language study available. Notable options: Gaelic, Catalan, Chinese, and Japanese. Check host institution catalog for additional offerings.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three to six courses for 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester.
  • A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units is required per year.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

After arrival, on-site staff will help you find and enroll in classes to fulfill degree or general requirements. Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC. 

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Glasgow Course Catalog: Find university courses and resources. Open each course to see a description that states whether it is open to visiting students.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Academic Offerings: See an overview of academic offerings at all Scottish partner institutions.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

Studying abroad in Scotland helps you develop an independent learning style, with strong writing skills and active participation in your own learning.

  • Many lower-level courses at Scottish universities are equivalent to upper-division UC level. Third- and fourth-year courses are specialized and demand significant background knowledge.
  • There is more emphasis on writing and independent reading than at UC, and your participation can influence the final grade.
  • Differences in teaching style may include less detailed instructions, fewer in-class sessions (except science classes), and fewer in-term assessments.
  • Many courses are taught with lectures and seminars; lecture class sizes can be quite large and seminar groups are smaller.
  • Faculty (called lecturers) do not often hold office hours, but welcome individual questions and are eager to help visiting students. Several instructors may teach a single course, each lecturing on their specialist area.
  • Past exam papers are available and local students use them to prepare for exams. Your final grade will heavily and sometimes fully depend on the final exam.
  • Exam dates are not flexible, and UC policy does not allow UCEAP participants to retake exams (called re-sits).

Grades

Grades for the fall semester are typically available late March, and grades for the spring semester are typically available late July or early August.

Tip: If you intend to put yourself on your campus degree list for graduation while on UCEAP, consult your campus advisors before departure about possible delays in the degree verification process.