ERASMUS and JYA are schemes by which students may spend either their second or third year at selected universities in Europe or in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Latin America, New Zealand, Singapore, or the United States. The European Commission sponsors the Erasmus scheme which involves 250 universities, although not all will have comparable geography and earth science courses. The courses taken overseas must be approved by Glasgow and the grades that you obtain there count towards your Glasgow degree. In order to be eligible for such schemes, students must obtain good grades at Glasgow and reach a satisfactory level of language competence where instruction is conducted in a foreign language; however, admittance depends on the university you wish to study in. There are free lunchtimes courses available in the Language Centre in a range of European languages open to all students to boost oral and written skills; its library holds tapes in many more.
Read what some of our students have written about their experiences on exchanges in other Universities:-
- Gail - formerly a Geography undergraduate, who spent a year of her degree on a JYA exchange in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Jennifer - a recent Earth Science graduate describing her experiences when spending a year of her degree in New Zealand.
- Richard - a Geography undergraduate who spent a year of his degree on a JYA exchange in Santa Barbara, California
Also read about the experiences of one of our Australian exchange student who spent a semester at Glasgow:-
- Cassie - an Earth Science undergraduate from the University of Queensland, who spent the first semester of 2008-2009 studying in the University of Glasgow.
The schemes are inter-university reciprocal arrangements, which ensure standards and the proposed range of courses are compatible. The schemes cover tuition fees but students must pay for their living expenses. Living expenses may vary considerably between participating universities even in the same country.
In recent years, GES students have studied abroad in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Spain, France, and Iceland. hange students from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, and the USA. Read about the experiences of one of these students