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

895 international students in 2016–17

English Language Requirements

International applicants are normally asked to provide an IELTS certificate with a suitable score as follows:

  • Architecture (undergraduate) 6.5 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component).
  • BEng/MEng Product Design Engineering 6.5 overall (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).
  • All other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component).
  • Please note these are minimum scores and some programmes may have a higher English requirement – please refer to individual programme pages on the GSA website.

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 five 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.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 16,800 5,880–17,640
Mixed 16,800 27,000
Laboratory 16,800 -
Clinical - -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.