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Program Description


CIEE - Santiago Family

   Quick Facts

  • One of the oldest and largest universities in Great Britain, founded in 1451
  • Located in a vibrant, urban environment with active subcultures in music, art and leisure
  • Has been ranked the number-one university in Scotland and among the top 20 universities in the U.K.
  • One of the oldest and most extensive libraries in Europe
  • Great athletic facilities available for everything from golf and tennis, to ice skating, skiing and mountaineering


Galway City

Location Details

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the United Kingdom with approximately 2.5 million inhabitants. It is considered by Lonely Planet to be one of the world's top 10 tourist cities. With its famous architectural structures like Clyde Auditorium, the Glasgow School of Art, and works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the city is a feast for the eyes. It's also a feast for the ears with its live music scene that has launched the careers of Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian, and Franz Ferdinand just to name a few. Students will be studying on the John Anderson Campus close to downtown Glasgow. 


Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course. Study is available in 120 departments in four colleges. Students take two to five courses per semester, depending on individual course weight.

Some special opportunities include:
  • The Departments of Scottish Literature and Scottish History collaborate on a special course for visiting students interested in Scottish culture  
  • A service learning option combines upper-level academic study with volunteer service in a welfare agency in Glasgow  
  • Students may take a fine arts studio course at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art  
  • Students may take a special course called Bagpipes: History, Repertoire and Performance at the National Piping Centre

Course Level Information:
  University of Glasgow ASU
Course Level Level 1 Lower Division
Level 2 Lower Division
Level 3 Upper Division
Level 4 Upper Division

Academic Culture

British universities tend to place a greater emphasis on independent student learning. Students may be expected to conduct guided readings or practice assignments outside of the structured coursework. This program is ideal then for self-motivated learners who are ready for this challenge.

Rather than receive a final grade based on multiple assignments, exams, and/or projects, it is common to only be graded on a midterm and or/final exam or paper. While the course content may not be more difficult, the standards and expectations in place may take some getting used to.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Glossary of Terms:

Semester 1 = US Fall Semester
Semester 2 = US Spring Semester
Course = US Class
Subject = US major
Faculty = US school or college (e.g. Faculty of Engineering is the School of Engineering)

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at University of Glasgow will convert to ASU credits and grades.
DCU - entrance

DCU - studying



Hampstead Apartments

Program Housing

The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.

Student flats:

Student flats are smaller, self-catered residences housing five to 12 students per flat. Most flats consist of single and double study bedrooms and a communal area (including the kitchen). Flats vary in distance to the university, so check out the map on Glasgow’s accommodation website. For more information on the students apartments please visit Glasgow’s accommodation website.

Halls of Residence:

The halls of residence at the University of Glasgow offer dorm-style living. Most halls of residence have a mixture of single and double study bedrooms. Residents in each section of a hall of residence will share kitchen and bathroom facilities. Residents will have access to a common room with couches and a TV. There are often social committees in the halls of residence that plan events for residents. The halls of residence available to international students are: Winton Drive, Kelvinhaugh Street, Cairncross House, Murano Street Student Village and Queen Margaret.. For the most current and up-to-date information about the halls of residence housing options at the University of Glasgow, please visit the University of Glasgow accommodation website.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the UK, getting around cities may be difficult at times because sidewalks can be narrow and uneven. Most London Underground and UK National Rail System stations are not readily accessible for people with disabilities. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 05/23/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed