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  • Locations: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 3.0
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:


Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow, Scotland

Program Overview

Located in Western Scotland, Glasgow is a vibrant city with great arts and entertainment and friendly people. The city features an energetic and hip atmosphere and is center of the Scottish cultural renaissance.  Glasgow is stellar arts scene and home to the national Scottish companies of ballet, opera, orchestra and chorus.   Glasgow School of Art is recognized worldwide for its excellence in teaching and innovation in fine arts. The School is housed in a one-of-a-kind, art nouveau building designed by the renowned Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Mackintosh Building is currently closed due to a fire.  GSA alumni are world renowned in their field. The 2011 winner of the Turner Prize (the most important British contemporary art award), sculptor Martin Boyce, is an alum, and the School boasts three other recent Turner Prize winners: Douglas Gordon (1996), Richard Wright (2009), and Simon Starling (2005).

With one-on-one instruction, a high degree of independent study and focused studio work, GSA's fine arts courses allow you to realize and develop your creativity and to mature as an artist. Emphasis is placed on studio work and continuous interaction and discussion with your instructors and visiting artists. Areas of concentration include: textile design, painting, photography, sculpture, silversmithing and jewelry, printmaking and graphic design, drawing and architectural studies.


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. This is a highly selective studio art program and requires a 3.0 GPA in addition to an art portfolio to apply.  Students must meet with the Goucher Art Department to work on their portfolio and receive permission to apply.

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to GSA by their published deadline.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.  


General Program Dates

Early September through Mid December

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.


The GSA does not offer courses in the traditional sense. You will instead apply to a specific department, such as Painting, Illustration, etc., and a committee at GSA will review your application and portfolio for admittance into that department. 

The majority of students spend 26 to 32 hours per week in the studio. A Forum for Critical Inquiry course is an essential component of all undergraduate programs in the Schools of Design and Fine Art; however, it is not a part of the Architecture program.  Each school and department has a Forum for Critical Inquiry syllabus that reflects the material methods and technology of the subject, as well as the knowledge, expertise and creative interests of the tutors.  This course averages between four and eight hours per week. Private study time is additional. Students at GSA do not choose courses or seminars; rather, every school and department has a set syllabus for each year of specialization.  GSA students typically devote four days a week to studio or workshop practice and one day to a Forum for Critical Inquiry. 

Upon acceptance, you will be assigned a focus area and year of study, and you will complete projects solely in that particular area. Cross-registration is not allowed among different subject areas and you cannot take classes in multiple departments (for example, photography and sculpture).  The instruction at GSA is very different than what you encounter at a U.S. college.  U.S. art students from liberal arts colleges are typically accustomed to lecture environments and technique instructions from art professors.  As a studio art school, GSA is based on a tutorial system, which is generally unfamiliar to U.S. students.   GSA expects students to have already learned basic techniques and theories.  At this level, students are expected to work independently and in groups on assignments that are often very broad and allow for much creativity, imagination and self-direction.  Guidance from instructors is always available, however students must initiate contact with their GSA advisors. Students spend most of their time working independently on projects with little direct supervision.  

Year 1 is considered equivalent to a Sophomore level course, Year 2 a Junior level, and Year 3 a Junior/Senior level. Year 4 studies are not available for study abroad students since they require all three years of prior attendance at the GSA.  Most U.S. study abroad students are admitted into Year 2 studies.  

To be successful at GSA students should be flexible and independent and know that the frequent assessments typically found at their home school will be replaced by a less structured and more self-directed environment.

The GSA departments include; Architecture, Interior Design, Architecture DIP-ARCH, Painting and Printmaking, Communication Design, Product Design, Engineering with Architecture, Product Design Engineering, Fashion Design, Sculpture and Environmental Art, Fine Art Photography and Silversmithing and Jewelry.

Students will work with Goucher Art faculty and prepare a portfolio to submit to Glasgow School of Art as part of the application.  Here are tips for the portfolio:

Credit and Grade Translations

Glasgow School of Art's grades are validated by University of Glasgow.  Goucher uses the following grade conversion to transfer grades.


University of Glasgow Grade University of Glasgow percentage Goucher Conversion
22 A
A2 21 A
A/A3 20 A
A4 19 A
A5 18 A-
B1 17 A-
B/B2 16 B+
B3 15 B+
C1 14 B
C/C2 13 B
C3 12 B-
D1 11 C+
D2 10 C
D3 9 C-
E1 8 D+
E2 7 D
E3 6 D-
F/G/H   F


Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad


Language Skills and Language of Instruction


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:

OIS Scholarships


A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Students stay in Blythswood House or Margaret MacDonald House both located within a five minute walk.

Will I have a meal plan?

No - kitchen and cooking facilities are located in the halls of residence where students prepare their own meals


Glasgow and Scotland 

United Kingdom


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

US Embassy and Consulates in Scotland and the UK 

Entry into the UK:

All US citizens are classed as non-visa nationals by UK Visas and Immigration and will be able to obtain entry via the Short Term Student Route upon arrival in the UK as long as you intend to study in the UK for a period no longer than six months and do not participate in an internship or work.  There is no fee for this visa, but UK Immigration authorities will need some materials from you before giving you your visa upon your arrival in the UK - so make sure you have your passport (valid for at least 6 months from the end of your program), proof of your travel out of the UK (i.e. plane ticket), official leter from GSA, and a US bank statement in your name to show you can support yourself while in the UK.  For more detailed and updated information and for students who are not from the US please see the UK Government website on visa information.

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300.The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.

Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.