Visiting students: How to apply
What are the entry requirements?
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (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?
- Find out more about application deadlines and semester dates
How do I choose my courses?
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 Glasgow credits per semester. On average you will take three or four classes per semester.
- Find out more about assessment and teaching style
Advice on selecting courses
Please think carefully about the class choices that you submit on your application. Provided you are eligible, you will be enrolled 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.
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.
Pre-requisites on the course catalogue apply to degree-seeking students and do not apply to Study Abroad and Exchange students.
Take care when selecting classes from different years
Certain subject areas (see below) do not permit students to take classes from different years at the same time e.g. level one classes (first year) at the same time as level three (third year) classes. Note that the following list is subject to change.
- Engineering - students cannot mix levels of class OR disciplines of Engineering (eg it is not possible to take Civil Engineering classes at the same time as classes in Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic, Biomedical or Aeronautical Engineering)
- Adam Smith Business School – including Economics, Accounting & Finance and Management – it is not possible to take classes from different levels in any of these subject areas
- Politics – it is not possible to take classes from different levels at the same time in this subject area
- Chemistry – it is not possible to take classes from different levels at the same time in this subject area.
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.
- 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 our English Langauge entry requirements you could come to the University early to study on one of our pre-sessional courses.
If you have not been nominated by your home institution and are applying independently, you will also need to provide:
- One academic reference on headed paper.
- Personal statement of 500 words explaining why you would like to study at the University of Glasgow.
How do I apply?
The application process for the Study Abroad and Exchange programmes is online.
2020-2021 applications now closed
Please refer to the following documents when completing your application:
- Online application guidance notes
- Visiting Student Course Selection Guide
- School of Engineering course selection information pack
If you have difficulties with the Application form, see Application troubleshooting / FAQs.