Visiting students: How to apply

Visiting students: How to apply

What are the 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.

When should you apply?


How do I choose my classes?

Course choice

Study Abroad and International Exchange students can choose from classes in our course catalogue. There are also unique courses set up especially for Study Abroad students. 

Credits and teaching style

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

Advice on selecting courses

Please think carefully about the class choices that you submit on your application. Provided you are eligible, you will be registered on the classes you select before you arrive in Glasgow.

Class choices emailed to the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team after the application has been submitted will not be accepted. 

  • Level 1 and 2 classes are lower level classes requiring no/little previous experience. 
  • Level 3 and 4 classes are upper level classes requiring at least two years background experience in the subject area that will be studied at Glasgow.  Often you 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. 

Completed applications are reviewed on an individual basis to ensure you have met the pre-requisites required for the courses.

Note: pre-requisites on the course catalogue apply to degree-seeking students and do not apply to Study Abroad and Exchange students.

We cannot guarantee that you will gain entry into classes that are not submitted on the application as classes are subject to change and so will not be finalised until students arrive in Glasgow. 

Note for Semester 1 applicants

Students who are studying for Semester 1 finish in December and will submit all assignments and sit exams before the end of the Semester. 

Semester 1 only students are not permitted to take level 3 and 4 classes in Computing Science, Statistics and Mathematics as these subjects do not provide alternative assessments for Semester 1 students.

What documents will I need to provide? What are the English Language requirements?

To apply for the Study Abroad Programme or for an international exchange you will need to provide:

  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript (and an official translation if required) - scanned copy in colour of the original document. Please note unofficial copies will not be accepted.
  • 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).

In addition you may need to provide the following:

  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide a language test.
    The entry requirements for the Study Abroad and  international 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.
  • Information for Study Abroad programme (not Exchange) applicants: 
    If 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: International Exchange students do not need to upload a financial letter of this nature.
    To check whether you are a Study Abroad or International Exchange student, see: what are the different types of exchange? 

What is the application process?

The application process for the Study Abroad and Exchange programmes is done online.

What are the steps involved when applying online?

Step 1: Register and complete an online application and any other subsequent applications using our online application system (note that applications for 2017/18 are now closed)

Step 2: Once you have completed an application, you can then access Applicant Self-Service to check the status of your application. Here you can:

  • Upload any additional documents
  • Update your personal details
  • Accept any offers you receive

Login details 
To access Applicant Self-Service, you need a:

  • User ID - This will be emailed to you 1-3 days after you have completed your application. 
  • Password - This is the password you created when registering for the online application (step 1) 

If you have difficulties logging into either of the above, see Application troubleshooting / FAQs.