** 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.
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the UK and has maintained a consistent reputation for academic excellence and innovative research. We are a truly Scottish university, with over 73% of our students coming from all over Scotland. We offer visiting students the opportunity to study in a world-class teaching and living environment. International students can choose from 900 courses from a range of faculties. This flexibility ensures a broad academic experience and allows you to match your study abroad options with your degree course at home. Students can take two art courses at The Glasgow School of Art as well in addition to their other studies.
Glasgow, Scotland's largest city is a bustling, lively and cultural place to live and study. There is always something to see and do with excellent shopping, nightlife, museums, parks and galleries. Glasgow is a friendly and welcoming multi-cultural city which has recently been voted 'politest city in the UK'. Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Glasgow is an ideal gateway to further explore our beautiful country and is less than an hour away from many attractions, including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Edinburgh, Stirling and the Ayrshire Coast.
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 University of Glasgow by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
•The following departments do not allow fall-term only students to enroll in their courses if students cannot be present for the final exams (often held in April/May): mathematics, statistic, and computer science.
•Film and Media Studies – The minimum prerequisite to take level 3 and 4 classes in this department is four classes as background in the subject area
•Education Level 3 and 4 classes are not available to study abroad students. Students wishing to take level 3 and 4 classes can inquire to see if the class is open.
•Computer Science – students must study for entire academic year.
•Sociology – This department may not allow spring semester only students into their classes. They may make exceptions depending on the class and your background. Check with your program advisor for details.
There may be course or departmental restrictions for departments that are not listed above.
When determining which courses to take, please keep in mind that the British system is an intensive three year program, therefore first year (1000 level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience. Second year (2000 level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses. Third year (3000 level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. Admittance into 3rd Year/ Honors- level classes is selective and at the discretion of Glasgow's departmental tutors upon review of students’ official transcripts. To qualify you should have taken at least three prior classes in that subject at your home university and earned a grade of a B or above. Fourth year (4000 level) courses are equivalent to courses for a postgraduate degree. You may not be eligible to take these courses as a study abroad student. Timetabling is not confirmed until the student arrives in Glasgow.
The following courses are are especially designed for visiting students:
Note: You can select either one/two classes from the Glasgow School of Art or the Bagpiping class offered by the National Piping Centre. Unfortunately, it's not possible to take an Art class and the Bagpiping class in the same semester.
Please be aware that Goucher cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course even though it is listed in their catalog, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you should correspond with the program directly during the application period.
Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with UK and other international students, therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the British education system by understanding some of its important characteristics. Please read the article Ready To Go To Great Britain and Prepare for Success to gain an understanding of the academic cultural differences between Goucher and universities in the UK. University of Glasgow's teaching style, assessment and credits is explained in this article.
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.
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:
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.
Goucher students will apply to and pay directly to University of Glasgow for housing for the posted deadline. You cannot apply for housing until you have been accepted by the program, but make sure you do so immediately to get your first choice.
The University of Glasgow has several residence halls and housing is guaranteed for international students. Please be aware that Accommodations may be several miles away from the campus and located in the city of Glasgow. There are buses that run from many of the apartments to the university but students typically do a lot of walking.
A range of accommodation is available, from self-catering flats to more traditional halls of residence. http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/accommodation/
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.
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
All students without an EU/EEA passport are required to obtain a visa to study for a semester in the UK. Please take a look at the UK Government website to see if you need a Tier 4 visa (typically for students staying for a year or students participating in an internship for a semester). U.S. students studying for one semester and not participating in an internship can normally use the Short Term Student route and have the visa issued upon arrival when carrying the proper paperwork (.(US passport holder, proof of funds, letter from host/home institution, round trip airline ticket, etc) Students from countries outside of the EU and U.S. should look at the referenced website to find out what is required for entrance.
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.
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.