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The Glasgow School of Art is an international community with a shared visual language. It offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued. International students at GSA come from over 79 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – and each year the school welcomes more than 90 students from exchange and Study Abroad partners.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

915 international students in 2017–18

English Language Requirements

International applicants are normally asked to provide an IELTS certificate with a suitable score. The following show the standard requirement but some programmes may have require higher scores. Please refer to the GSA website for details.

  • Undergraduate: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component); except Architecture and BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering, IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component).
  • Postgraduate Simulation and Visualisation, Innovation and Design programmes: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).
  • Postgraduate Architecture programmes: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component).
  • Postgraduate Fine Art programmes: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component).

Accommodation for International Students

  • As Scotland's largest city and with five higher education institutions, Glasgow has an excellent supply of student accommodation, wherever students choose to live.
  • The Glasgow School of Art offers new undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to stay in one of two purpose-built halls of residence; Blythswood House and Margaret Macdonald House. Both sites are located in the city centre, close to amenities and travel links, and within 5 minutes' walk of the main GSA Garnethill campus. All halls are secure and fully-furnished, making the move to study in Glasgow as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
  • If students are interested in finding a private flat or a room, sharing with other students, they can get in touch with the Student Welfare Department who can assist with information on finding accommodation within the city.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance