How to apply for Study Abroad and Exchange Programme

Applications are now open for 2015/16 Semster 2 (January - May 2016).

Applications for 2015/16 Semester 1 (September - December 2015) and Year-Long programmes (September 2015 -May 2016) are now closed.

To apply for the Study Abroad Programme you will need to provide:

  • Current undergraduate degree transcript (and an official translation if required) - scanned copy in colour of the original document
  • One academic reference on headed paper
  • Personal statement of 500 words explaining why you would like to study at the University of Glasgow
  • copy of your passport (photopage)
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide a language test.   The entry requirements for the Study Abroad and Exchange programme are IELTS 6.0 with no subtest less than 5.5.   If you don't meet one our entry requirements you could come to the University early to study on one of our Pre-Sessional courses.
  • If you are applying for the Study Abroad programme (not Exchange) and your home University/ third party-provider is paying tuition and/or accommodation fees directly to Glasgow on your behalf then the applicant will need to upload a letter from the Institution confirming this.  The letter should include the name/email address of the person/institution paying the fees and exactly what fees are being paid.  NOTE: Exchange students do not need to upload a financial letter of this nature.

You can find more information about making an online application to the Study Abroad and Exchange programme in the Study Abroad and Exchange Application - Important Points

Applicants are advised to read How to Select Classes at the University of Glasgow before submitting an application.

A step-by-step guide to the online application can be foud in our Study Abroad and Exchange Detailed Application Guide


Application deadlines

The deadline for Semester One and Full Year Programmes beginning in September is 1 May 2015

The deadline for Semester Two beginning in January is 20 October 2015.


Entry Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent. 

The level of class students will be admitted to depends on classes taken to date.



Classes available are listed on our course catalogue -

All students must be registered as full time and will take classes worth 60 SCOTCAT credits per semester.  On average students will take three or four classes per semester.

Students are advised to think carefully about their class choices when making their application as if eligible for the classes he/she would like to take they will be registered before they arrive in Glasgow (depending on timetabling).   Class choices must be submitted within the application and classes emailed to the Study Abroad and Exchange after the application has been submitted will not be accepted.  We cannot guarantee that students will gain entry into classes that are not submitted on the application.

Level 1 and 2 classes are lower level classes that require no/little previous experience.  Level 3 and 4 classes are upper level classes that require at least two years background experience in the subject area that will be studied at Glasgow.  Often student must have a Major in the subject area to be admitted to level 3 and 4.  Students with no previous experience in a subject area will not be admitted to level 3 and 4. 

Once applications are received transcripts will be reviewed to ensure that students have the correct pre-requisites to take the classes they wish.  All applications are reviewed on an individual basis and students should not look at the pre-requisites on the course catalogue.  These apply to degree-seeking students.

Classes will not be finalised until students arrive in Glasgow as classes are subject to change.


Online Application System and Applicant Self-Service


Please note that there are two steps to the online application:

  • Step 1: Register and complete an application and any other subsequent applications. This can be done using the Online Application .
  • Step 2: Once you have completed an application then you can access Applicant Self-Service to check the status of your application; upload any additional documents; update your personal details and accept any offers you receive. This can be accessed through the Applicant Self Service page.

Please note you should use your email address and the password you created when you registered with the online application to log-in to the online application form (Step 1) and the username supplied in your acknowledgement email (which you will receive 1-3 working days after completing the online application) and the password you created for the online application to log-in to Applicant Self-Service (Step 2).

If you have any other difficulties logging into either of the above we would suggest that you visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.


Please note: we will also take suitably qualified students from the programmes provided by Arcadia University, Centre for Education Abroad , Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University and International Studies Abroad (ISA).  Please contact these organisations directly for further information.