Study in Glasgow

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Why study in Glasgow?

Glasgow is Scotland’s ‘second city’, but is the largest and has a large student population. With good transport links and a vibrant nightlife, there are many reasons to study an undergraduate or postgraduate program in Glasgow — and it will be an experience you won’t forget.

Glasgow is often described as Edinburgh’s younger, edgier relative. The city combines the UK’s renowned quality of education with a cultural scene that is the envy of cities throughout the UK.


Universities in Glasgow

Glasgow’s universities are a mix of historic and modern institutions. 130,000 students study in Glasgow including many international students.

The west of Glasgow has a cluster of universities making it a popular area with students — it also has good transport links.

What to study in Glasgow

All Glasgow’s universities offer a wide variety of both taught and research-led graduate programs, in all academic areas. Bachelor’s degrees take around 3-4 years, master’s programs usually last 12 months, whilst PhD programs are likely to take longer.

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What is the cost of study in Glasgow?

If you’re an EU student, undergraduate study is free in Scotland. International student’s tuition fees (outside of the EU) can work out as cheaper than in England, but this depends on the type of institution and the subject you have chosen to study. Tuition costs in Glasgow range between £8,000-£30,000 a year. At postgraduate level both EU and overseas students need to pay tuition fees which will be set by the institution.

Living costs in Glasgow are slightly cheaper than in Edinburgh, especially when it comes to private accommodation rental.

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How to study in Glasgow

For Glasgow undergraduate university and college applications, you need to apply through UCAS. Requirements for Glasgow universities through UCAS include a personal statement, your educational history and references.

Postgraduate applications for Scottish universities are often arranged directly, however some universities may still use the UCAS service. Check with individual universities on how to apply for their specific programs.

When your place is secured at a Glasgow university, you’ll need to apply for your UK student visa.