Frequently asked questions
When is orientation? When do classes start? When are exams over? When are vacations?
Please see the University of Glasgow academic calendar for links to session dates. **Note: Orientation for semester 1 and full year international students, including Erasmus students, typically starts 1 week before the start of the academic year/orientation listed in the calendar. For students starting semester 2, we offer a shorter Orientation programme which typically begins the Thursday before the start of the semester 2 teaching period.**
Semester 1/Full Year Orientation: Monday, 9 September 2013
Semester 2 Orientation: Wednesday 8 January 2014
Do I (really) need English Language Certification with my Erasmus application?
Yes. *All* Erasmus applicants are required, as part of their application, to provide confirmation that they are proficient in English to a minimum CEFR B2 level.
Non-EU nationals: Recent UKBA rules now require that Tier 4 visa students must show specific proof of English proficiency. This confirmation must be provided to us via an IELTS or other UKBA approved secure test taken within the last two years. This is per UKBA immigration regulations, and is required for our office to process both your application and any subsequent visa paperwork.
Please see the following UKBA link for a list of accepted language tests and the scores that must be achieved in order to meet the minimum CEFR-equivalenet B2 level. The test must be dated within 2 years of the date of issue of the Confirmation of Acceptance to Study letter (CAS); otherwise, it will be deemed invalid. There is more information at the general guidelines link above, as well.
Read more about the UKBA and English language requirements.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals: Your language proficiency confirmation can be supplied to us through any one of the following documents:
- the results of an English Language course taken at your home university (either through your department, or through your University’s Language Centre) where the end level successfully achieved equals CEFR B2 or better.
- a statement from your home university (either your department or your International Office) confirming that you are proficient in English to a B2 level in all four testing areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening.) This can be supplied to us as part of your Proof of Nomination, or as a separate document.
- a recognized UKBA language test such as an IELTS or a TOEFL
Do you offer English as a Foreign Language courses?
Our language centre offers a number of options. For fees and programme information please see the English as a Foreign Language website. Please note that credit bearing English courses may not be available to Erasmus students.
Where can I find visa information?
For students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals, you may need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. The Immigration & Visas section of the University's website includes helpful information and links.
How many credits should I take?
One full-time, full academic year is 120 Glasgow credits or 60 ECTS. A full-time semester is 60 Glasgow credits or 30 ECTS. Glasgow credits : ECTS is 2:1. For example, a course with 20 credits at University of Glasgow is equal to 10 ECTS.
How many courses should I take?
This is normally 60 ECTS credits in one year.
What courses can I choose? Can I take classes outside the subject of the Bilateral Agreement between our universities?
You can select from courses within the subject area of the Erasmus Bilateral Agreement which we have signed with your institution (i.e., where that agreement is held here at the University of Glasgow). See our online searchable course catalogue or the subject area's own website for course listings. All course proposals are submitted to the relevant subject co-ordinator for review and approval.
Can I follow courses in the English Language/History/History of Art/Theatre, Film & Television Studies subject area(s)?
You will only be able to follow courses in these subjects if we have an agreement in that area with your university. Other subject areas may also have similar restrictions.
Can I follow courses in the English Literature subject area?
There are restrictions to attending courses in English Literature. You will only be able to follow courses in this subject if we have a specific agreement with your university in the College of Arts. If so, you will only be able to take only Levels 1 or 2 courses in English Literature, but not both. These courses are designed for degree students in English Literature and are not appropriate if you are simply looking to practice your English skills.
Can I take courses at both Dumfries and the main campus?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. The Dumfries campus (shown by courses starting with DUMF) is over 2 hours away. It is not possible to mix course selection.
Can I take level 5 courses? But I am a postgraduate student - why am I labeled as an undergraduate?
In most cases, no. Most subjects do not allow students into level 5 (postgraduate) courses. This is true whether you are a postgraduate at your home university or not. Both for administrative purposes and because the University of Glasgow have 4 year undergraduate degree programme, visiting Erasmus students are entered as undergraduates. Students who are postgraduates at their home university typically select from upper-level undergraduate courses (levels 3 & 4).
Can I get a University of Glasgow degree?
No. As an Erasmus student, you are a visiting student. You have not been accepted to a degree programme and will not receive a University of Glasgow degree. There is only 1 very specific exception to this (selected students from the University of Glasgow/University of Bologna Double Degree programme in Statistics).
Can I extend my stay in Glasgow?
No. Unfortunately, even if you decide you like Glasgow once you are here and want to stay longer, we will be unable to extend your studies here. It is therefore vital that you think carefully about the period of time you want to spend here, and enter the correct details on your application form.
Do I have to take exams?
You have to participate fully in your courses; this means writing essays, taking exams. If in special circumstances you are not able to take part in the exams you should notify your adviser of studies as early as possible.
Where can I get my certificate of attendance or certificate of arrival/departure signed?
There is a black drop box in the John MacIntyre building for all Erasmus documents requiring the signature of the Erasmus Coordinator. Forms left there for signature will be available for pickup within 3 working days from the SRC Welcome Point in the John MacIntyre building. Forms requiring a 'Departmental Coordinator' signature, such as the Learning Agreement should be signed by your Adviser of Studies or Subject Coordinator before leaving in the dropbox.
Can I open a bank account in Glasgow?
Yes. The bank will ask you for a letter proving you are a student of Glasgow University, the request for the bank letter can be completed online: bank letter request form.
However, if you are staying in Glasgow less than six months it is unlikely you will be able to open a bank account here. We advise you to bring a credit card. See more banking information here, including a comparison chart of area banks and other information.
Will I get accommodation at the University?
We cannot guarantee you will get university accommodation, especially if you are coming for less than a full academic year. Accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do not get university accommodation, our accommodation office can give you some advice on how to go about finding private housing. You can also find helpful information and postings through the SRC's 'Accommodation: Finding it' page.
What is Council Tax and will I have to pay it? What other costs should I consider?
For information about Council Tax, see the detailed explanation Student Services links to council tax forms. Visiting students not staying in University accommodations may be required to pay Council Tax. For further help with budget questions, see also the International Student Support site, 'Living in Glasgow - How Much Does It Cost?' While individual situations are, of course, different, this will give you a good approximate idea of the cost of living in Glasgow.
When will I get a transcript of records?
Registry will automatically send a transcript of records to your home address after you have finished your period of study at the University of Glasgow and all your exam results are recorded. It is therefore very important you check your record towards the end of your studies here to ensure all your courses are correct and that your home address and home e-mail address are complete and correct.
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