‌The University of Glasgow welcomed its first Russian students (the first Russian students to study at any University in Britain) in 1761. Semyon Efimovich Desnitsky and Ivan Andreyevich Tretyakov graduated with an MA in 1764 and 1765 respectively and with an LLD in 1767. Desnitsky would later become known as an outstanding Russian social and political theorist and is recognised by many as "the father of Russian jurisprudence."

Since the arrival of the first Russian students the University has continued to develop strong links and partnerships with private and public sector organisations throughout Russia.

Considered a pioneer in the modern teaching of the USSR in Europe, the University is now home to one of the UK's leading centres for Russian & East European Studies with significant holdings of historical material relating to Slavonic (including Russian, Central and East European) Studies available across our various collections in our on-campus library.

Entry Requirements


The University will consider applicants with good grades at Attestat and one of the following qualifications:

A) A-Levels or International Baccalaureate.  For information on specific grade requirements please refer to our online prospectus
B) One year of study at a recognised Russian Higher Education Institute on a relevant degree programme with a minimum GPA of 3/4 or 4/5; OR
C) A pass on a recognised foundation programme.

Postgraduate Taught

We welcome applications from students with Bakalavrs or Specialist Diplomas with a minimum GPA of 3.4/4 or 4.2/5. 

Pathway Programmes

Pathways to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered by our foundation college, Glasgow International College.


The University of Glasgow is an established partner of the Finance University in Moscow and St Petersburg State University.  Students from these institutions may join the University of Glasgow in January for two semesters to obtain a Glasgow master degree in Accounting & Finance.  In January 2011 we received our first students from these institutions.

Study Abroad and Exchange opportunities at Glasgow

We welcome over 1500 students every year via the long-established Study Abroad and exchange programmes

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Available Subjects
  • Central & East European Studies

Information for incoming participants: Study Abroad and exchange at Glasgow

If you want to come to Glasgow for a year abroad and your country does not have an existing agreement please look at our incoming Study Abroad Programme options

Meet Us


Students who choose to be counselled by an agency should expect the following standards of service:

  • Representatives will support students throughout the application process, providing advice and assistance in the preparation/submission of documents. It is, however, the applicant who must remain ultimately responsible for their account and the management of communications.
  • Representatives will have full access to student data contained within the application form and may manage a student application by discussing all aspects of the application with the University of Glasgow.
  • Representatives should be honest and accurate in communicating information about the University to the student and vice versa. At no time should representatives disseminate false or misleading information to the student or to the University.
  • Representatives will conduct themselves with fairness and integrity at all times and are subject to a rigorous selection and ongoing training process by the University of Glasgow.
  • Representatives are paid by the University for their services and will not pass on charges to prospective students.

Eugene Svishchev

Apartment 56, 17B Bestuzhev Street,
PO Box 127566,
+7 (926) 245 7170

We would be happy to welcome you to our historic main campus in the heart of Glasgow, where we host open days and campus tours for you to experience our University in person. For more information, go to:

Contact Us

Joey Kirk, International Recruitment Manager (based in Glasgow)
+44 (0)141 330 3914

Mark Stansfield, Senior International Officer (based in Glasgow)  
+44 (0)141 330 5525

International Summer School

You can also apply to join our International Summer School. This is an excellent introduction to studying at a world renowned university.  The summer school offers a variety of credit and non credit-bearing courses including Mathematics and Physics, Theatre and Performance and International Business. The International Summer School website details all courses on offer.

Summer study allows you to:

  • Explore a particular topic in more depth
  • Experience teaching from world-class academic staff
  • Supplement your studies and gain international experience and credits at a world-class university

To attend the International Summer School for most courses, but not all, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You should be a current student or a graduate of an international higher education institution*.
  • If your first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent)
  • You should have a GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)

Special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please refer to individual course descriptions for courses that vary from the standard criteria.


  • Applications for 2020 are currently open

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