Founded in 1451 and one of only five medieval universities in the U.K., the University of Glasgow remains at the forefront of educational innovation. With over 15,500 students, including 2,000 international students, Glasgow offers a broad range of disciplines within ten faculties (arts, social sciences, engineering, law and financial studies, medicine, veterinary medicine, education, physical sciences, biomedical and life sciences, and information and mathematical sciences) and has one of the best libraries in Britain.
Conveniently located in the West End of the city, the university is close to museums, parks, shopping areas, and entertainment districts.
The program offers BC students the opportunity to be fully immersed and integrated in the Scottish university system.
Students may take any available course in the undergraduate catalog for which they are qualified, except those in medicine and veterinary medicine. Mathematics and Computer Science students should be aware that level 3 and 4 courses in these disciplines are not available during Semester 1.
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Academics & Support
Course information for Glasgow.
The academic system at Glasgow is different than what students find at Boston College. Student must take a full course load of 60 Scottish credits (three to four classes). Students are not restricted to one academic department. Students may take courses across disciplines, provided they have met the prerequisites. Courses, or modules, are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to conduct more independent reading and research.
Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely that a course grade will be based on one final exam or paper. Students are expected to enroll in a full course load while at Glasgow.
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university
- Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
*The spring semester exam schedule is not released until late spring semester. Spring term students should be prepared to stay at Glasgow until the end of the term. Taking exams early or outside of established Glasgow regulations is not allowed.
Students are required to live in program housing. Students will pay their housing costs directly to Glasgow and costs vary according to the type of accommodation. The majority of the accommodations is self-catered (with shared kitchen facilities). Boston College students generally choose the self-catered housing, preferring the flexibility of preparing or purchasing their own meals.
Some of the residence halls have single as well as twin rooms, but the Accommodation Office cannot guarantee that student will be allocated to a single room. All halls remain open during the Easter vacation, except Wolfson Hall (the catered residence). Students who receive university housing will sign a housing contract with Glasgow (similar to a lease). For spring and full year students, if exams are over in the early part of the examination period, students will still be responsible for paying the rent on the housing to the end of the exam period.
More information on the residences can be found on the accommodations website.
There are generally no meal plans at Glasgow. Students pay out of pocket for groceries and meals. Many of the residence halls have their own kitchens where students can store and prepare their meals. There are numerous shops and restaurants located on campus and throughout the city.
The BC coordinator organizes several activities throughout the semester. In addition, students may join clubs and societies offered by the University of Glasgow. A popular option for student social activities in Great Britain is the student union. Glasgow has two student unions
. Please view each for more details.